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Monday, October 31, 2011

UNOH Urban Neighbours of Hope

I am aware of this Churches of Christ supported mission dedicated to being there for the marginalised and poverty stricken people in various urban areas throughout the world.
One of my sons has done some short time placement with them in Bangkok in the slum areas.
I would urge caring Christians to follow their blog and those who can support financially and all concerned Christians to pray for this work. They are striving to make a difference for  these people through Jesus and their faith in Him in really challenging situations .
Below is their website address for the Bangkok group..

A few words from their website:

ash_smallWelcome friends,(Ash Barker)
Thank-you for your interest in what God is doing through us. As Urban Neighbours Of Hope (UNOH) we often feel overwhelmed by the immense needs we see each day in our neighbourhoods. With 167,000 new people living in urban poverty each day now, including 94,000 new urban slum residents, we know this breaks God’s heart and he is looking for more people to be his hands and feet in response. Would you join us in our quest to love God and neighbour in more faithful and relevant ways in this new urban world?
As Urban Neighbours Of Hope we covenant together to focus our lives on:
  • Loving God and neighbour
  • Releasing neighbourhoods from urban poverty
  • Equipping for Christian discipleship and mission among the urban poor.
UNOH began out of the privilege Anji and I had of relocating our home to the multicultural neighbourhood of Springvale (Melbourne, AUS) in 1992. We had no real idea then of how God would use us. We simply wanted to love God and our new neighbours in practical, life-giving ways. Many of those we sought to serve as neighbours at that time found real hope through Christ; however, it also transformed our lives too. We found real life and UNOH was born as God brought others along who had this calling too. Though UNOH workers and supporters come from diverse Christian traditions, UNOH was officially formed as part of the Churches of Christ in July 1993 and in 2001 commissioned as a ‘missional order among the poor’.
In 2011 there are now nine UNOH neighbourhood-based teams living and serving Christ amongst the urban poor in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Mae Sot and Bangkok. We pray that God will raise-up more UNOH workers and teams in cities and neighbourhoods across the Asia-Pacific to seek transformation through Christ too. As well as community workers and volunteers, UNOH also have a training arm and a publishing arm that aim to inspire, inform and equip Christians for more creative responses to Christ among the urban poor."

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