Poverty in the East End of London is notorious, dating back to the days of Charles Dickens. For centuries East London has been a landing place for new immigrants, for people on the margins, for people trying to get on their feet. This has not been without tension. In fact, a new 2011 study shows that Tower Hamlets, where the InnerCHANGE London team currently resides, has 57% children living in poverty — the highest in all of the UK.
The InnerCHANGE London team was launched in 2007 by two families who relocated to the Borough of Tower Hamlets in East London. In 2010, a small group of Londoners came alongside the team to explore further connection and ministry with InnerCHANGE. These "companions" commit to live in the neighborhood, join in ministry to the poor, pray with and for the team, and seek to follow InnerCHANGE values and commitments.
The team in London spends their time committed to these activities:
- Peacemaking, reconciliation, and bridge building — particularly in regards to the various ethnic groups in our community and between those of varying economic levels
- Being good neighbors — investing relationally in both the lives of our neighbors and the development of the local community
- Reaching out to youth — especially those who may slip through the cracks because of gangs, violence, drugs, and unemployment
- Reaching out to families — particularly those who are suffering and in crisis
- Advocacy on behalf of those who need help raising their voice
- Empowering the local church and its members to become actively involved in the lives of the needy — assisting the local church in understanding the needs of the local context; helping local Christians see the neighborhood as a mission ground
To develop an incarnational presence among the poor in London