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In London, IMB workers reach out during riots
Trent Parker, Baptist Press
August 15, 2011
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In London, IMB workers reach out during riots

In London, IMB workers reach out during riots
Trent Parker, Baptist Press
August 15, 2011

LONDON — International

Mission Board (IMB) missionaries are looking for ways to serve Londoners in the

midst of widespread rioting and looting in London

and across England.

IMB photo

Rioters throw bricks and bottles at the police on Clarence Road in the Hackney area of London. As violent riots spread in England, International Mission Board missionaries have sought to reach out to their neighbors with help and the gospel.

“London is usually an incredibly

safe city, but these riots bring to light the nature of sin in all humanity,”

said Chris*, an IMB missionary in London.

“Please pray that out of these shocking circumstances people will hear and

understand the gospel.”

Missionaries Stephen* and Barbara* helped lead a prayer vigil in north London

Aug. 7 during the initial protests. Stephen, Barbara and other IMB missionaries

said they hope to bless and encourage the people of their communities in the

midst of shock, disbelief and fear. They are actively seeking open doors to

share the gospel. And they invite believers to join them in prayer.

Riots, arson and looting have spread from the capital to other parts of England

in the days following the death of a police-shooting victim, Mark Duggan.

Peaceful protests of the shooting turned violent after Duggan’s death.

Homes and businesses have been ransacked and burned in parts of London,

Birmingham, Nottingham,

Liverpool and Bristol.

British authorities are taking measures to stop the unrest and are beginning to

clean up streets strewn with debris from looting.

*Last names withheld for security reasons.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Parker is a writer for the

International Mission Board in Europe.)