Leeds Christian Community Trust (LCCT) is a charity that acts as a hub for small/medium projects providing a framework which enables them to function, grow, and learn. We also provide an ecumenical network bringing together Christians across Leeds, through our online platform Network Leeds, and through initiatives such as this prayer diary which, this year, has been produced in partnership with Leeds Church Institute.
I have been involved with LCCT since the early days, as a worker with two LCCT projects and briefly as a Trustee.
After a few years of working away from Leeds, I returned in September 2019 as Project Manager and found a rather different LCCT to the one I remember.
Rhoda has gone as have Mike, Jon, Martin, Adrian and others who were key to realising the vision to ‘Equip, Nurture and Release.’ LCCT no longer gives out grants, neither does it provide office space, we are dipping into reserves, struggling to recruit Trustees and our future is much less certain than before.
We could say that LCCT has been experiencing winter, but I see no signs of discontent here, only hope and excitement for the future. Spring is definitely in the air. We may have had to pull in our belts, turn down the heating and put our big coats on, but we are far from perishing.
This is not the case for some of the people and communities that LCCT projects are serving; those who have suffered most from policies of austerity and do not have the luxury of reserves to fall back on. Please pray for them, and for us, so that we can continue to strengthen and equip those working to bring the Good News to places where despair and hopelessness are threatening to take hold.