Highway House Homeless Shelter

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In 2009, our church was inspired by the work of another church among the homeless.

Starting our own outreach into the community, we came across two alcoholics and fed them three days a weak and shared the gospel with them. Within a month, they invited twenty of their friends. When one of the homeless people became suicidal we opened our church auditorium to provide shelter three days a week. This quickly became seven days a week during the 2009 winter that was the coldest in 30 years. God who knows all things, provided a shelter for his people before the severe winter came along.

Our work was not without challenges. We found ourselves cleaning up urine outside the building.Our new members would disrupt the sermon with snoring, getting up and going outside to smoke. Pastor Alex would never complain about antisocial behaviour, beer cans, cigarette and litter scattered in front of the church.

We were threatened with eviction, as well as  opposition from the police, the Haringey Council and the UK border agency. The very survival of the project was in jeopardy and we had to seek the face of God as to whether to continue or not. We were soon assured official protection from the institutions that were against us.

Today we have found favour with the Council, the Police, the British Red Cross, homeless charities, Crisis, shelter, refugee council and local churches. Muslims, Buddhist, Sikhs, Hindus, atheists, agnostics have all found faith in Jesus. Through the practical demonstration of God’s love and the power of Holy Spirit we have seen our alcoholics fully recover, people moving into their own accommodation and finding employment.

Essential to our work are our dedicated intercessory team without whom none of our work would be possible.

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Our predominantly African and Caribbean congregation is culturally very different from the mainly eastern European homeless, who started joining our congregation. We interpreted our worship songs into polish, found someone to interpret the sermon and Pastor Alex had to change his style of preaching in order to accommodate the interpreter.

215815_200752966631565_908412_nTestimony of one of the residents of the  Highway House: Ming, a Chinese Buddhist was saved and healed of memory loss and a bullet wound that he sustained in China leaving him disabled . He shared his testimony with his wife in china, telling her Jesus had healed and saved  him. His wife could only believe his testimony because of his previous memory loss she gave her life to Jesus and shared her face with a neighbours 60 people gathered at her house for bible study and prayers we send them Chinese bibles which were censored, but still delivered and preached by phone using her husband as an interpreter.

Around 700 homeless people from 60 nationalities have benefited, some have been born again baptized in water and the Holy spirit joining our church.184343_190315807675281_1782884_n 188775_190316254341903_2195410_n

Pastor Alex  encourages pastors and leaders of ministries to reach out to their communities in this season of austerity. We are willing to offer support and advice to ministries want to undertake similar projects.

For more information about the Highway House please visit Highway House website.

LATEST NEWS

Pastor Alex’s interview on TBN Meets on TBN UK Sky Channel 582 and Freeview Channel 65 aired on Wednesday 24th October 2018. 

In this interview he talks about how he started ministry and the Highway House shelter.

Watch the trailer below:

Click on the link below for full interview:

Pastor Alex’s Full interview on TBN UK

POLISH CHRISTIAN FESTIVAL

Pastor Alex was invited to speak at this year’s Polish Christian Festival that was held on Saturday 8th July at:

The Haven Green Park
Ealing Broadway

He was called upon to speak at  one of the biggest gatherings of Polish people in the U.K, in honour of the work He, His wife  and the church have done with many homeless Poles in the early years of the Highway House Shelter. At the start of the shelter the majority of our residents were from originally from Poland and many of them were alcoholics and or substance abusers. With the much help and services offered to them by Highway House, many of these former residents are now established in the U.K or have returned to Poland to start a new life.

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