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Through rain, sunshine and 35,000 steps, over 100 supporters of London City Mission took to the streets of central London to take part in The Big London Walk. A 12-mile sponsored walk to raise much needed funds and awareness for the one in two people in London who don’t know a Christian. One of those eager walkers was Doug, an LCM Missionary who had more plans for his walk.

Doug said: “I wanted to do something very different for LCM’s Big London Walk. It came across to me once when I was travelling on the public transport that people were staring at me when I was reading the Bible. I realised (subconsciously) I was feeling ashamed in some ways of the gospel and of Jesus and that really challenged me to consider, why should I be ashamed?” Doug decided to carry a ten foot cross along the journey with him. He added: “I’ve realised in society people are made to feel ashamed of their faith in Jesus and I wanted to make a bold statement. Amazingly people have been so positive.

“I’ve had people come up to me and give me high fives and say ‘Praise the Lord!’. I’ve had Muslims stop to say ‘Hi’. I’ve had two people come up to me and ask me, why I was doing this and they ask me what’s your favourite scripture from the Bible, and they started talking to me about the Bible. It was the opposite of what I thought would actually happen.

“I’ve learned that people want to see you being bold about your faith and that’s the message that I want to tell anyone who hears this story. Please do not be ashamed of the cross. Be bold out there with this amazing message of the gospel that we have.”

Initially working as a missionary, helping to plant churches throughout southeast Asia, Doug returned to London to work with Christian charities as a fundraising manager until he realised God wanted him back on the mission field, this time in urban London. Doug now reaches many diaspora communities in the borough of Southwark where he serves LCM as a Team Leader. He is working alongside church leaders in the borough teaching church members to engage in community based outreach.

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