Retail Assistant in UK Midlands
Come join one of our Neighbours Worldwide teams serving in a charity shop in a multi-ethnic area.
Assist with practical tasks such as sorting, steaming and pricing donated clothing.
Get lots of opportunities to get to know our local customers from many ethnic groups.
hare your faith with them through friendship and discussion.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
Retail experience not necessary.
Good level of English required, with a joy in relating to people from other cultures.
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It is an occupational requirement of any role with WEC International to have a committed evangelical Christian faith, because sharing your faith will be part of that role.
About Neighbours Worldwide
The world is on our doorstep!
Across the UK and Ireland there is a thriving and growing population of people from areas of the world where the gospel is not easily heard. Although living among us, most of these families still have no real knowledge of Christ or relationship with a Christian church.
Our Neighbours Worldwide ministry aims to reach unreached ethnic groups in over 14 locations across the UK and Northern Ireland.
Working alongside existing churches, our multi-cultural teams visit families, lead Bible studies, give out Christian literature, and train churches in cross-cultural evangelism. They also teach English, driving theory or sport, run community farms and charity shops, doing all they can to share the gospel in a relevant way.
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About United Kingdom
The capital of the United Kingdom is London and is the largest city with a population of 10.3m. London is the fourth-largest city in Europe. Other major urban areas in the UK include Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester.
The UK is a developed country and has the world’s fifth-largest economy by GDP. The total area of the UK is approximately 243,610 square kilometres. The country occupies the major part of the Bristish Isle archipelago. The UK has a temperate climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round.
The UK has a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is the monarch and head of state of the UK, as well as Queen of 15 other independent Commonwealth countries. The UK has a parliamentary government based on the Westminster system that has been emulated around the world. The prime minister is the UK's head of government. The UK has sovereignty over 17 territories which do not form part of the UK itself (14 British Overseas Territories and three Crown dependencies).
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have devolved administrations based in their capitals, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, respectively. Each have their own government or executive, led by a First Minister.
The Times began in 1785 and is the world’s oldest newspaper. The BBC began in 1922 and is the UK’s publicly-funded broadcasting corporation – it is the world’s oldest broadcaster. In 2017, eight in 10 adults in the UK (79% or 40m adults) used TV catch-up technology such as BBC iPlayer (or streaming services such as Netflix). (Source: Ofcom).
Today is a ‘golden age of radio.’ For example, 48m adults listened to over 1bn hours of radio each week between Oct-Dec 2016 – a new record. (Source: Rajar, quoted by The Financial Times).
The English playwright and poet William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest dramatist of all time. A small selection of other notable writers include: Geoffrey Chaucer, John Bunyan, John Milton, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, George Eliot and William Wordsworth. 20th century English writers include HG Wells. Roald Dahl, D H Lawrence, George Orwell, Agatha Christie, J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis and J K Rowling.
Notable Scottish writer’s include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns, and more recently Ian Rankin and Iain Banks.
The UK is well known for its popular music. The Beatles are the biggest-selling and most influential band in the history of pop. Other notable British artists include: The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, The Who, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Police, Coldplay, Oasis, Robbie Williams, Amy Winehouse and Adele.
Major British artists include John Constable, J M W Turner, L S Lowry. William Morris, Amish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley, Henry Moore, Damien Hirst and David Hockney.
Notable British directors include: Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott. Many British actors have achieved international fame and critical success.
England and Scotland were leading centres of the Scientific Revolution from the 17th century. The UK led the Industrial Revolution from the 18th century. Notable scientists include Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Francis Crick, James Clerk Maxwell, and Alexander Fleming and Stephen Hawking. Notable engineers include Richard Arkwright, Robert Stephenson, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Michael Faraday, Alexander Graham Bell, John Logie Baird and Alan Turing.
Major sports including football, tennis, rugby union, rugby league, golf, boxing, netball, rowing and cricket, originated or were substantially developed in the UK.
[Main source: Wikipedia].
Religious worldviews and unreached peoples in the UK
The population of the UK is around 65.4 million.
57% profess to be Christian and of those 7.91% are Evangelical. Other main religions and belief systems include: Islam - 4.1%, Hinduism - 2.8%, Pagan religions - 0.7%, Buddhism - 0.4%, Non-religious - 34.5%.
The UK contains around 105 distinct people groups, of whom 32 are currently unreached with the hope of the gospel.
[source Joshua Project]
Please pray with us for:
– integration and support for refugees and immigrants
– a national awakening
– local churches sharing the good news of Jesus
– youth and childrens' work
[Operation World, 2010 print edition]
You can also pray for the UK using the online resource: Operation World.
WEC in the UK
WEC’s primary goal is to take the gospel to the least-reached peoples of the world, and to see churches planted and growing among them. WEC's work in the UK and Ireland has a long history of training and sending Christian workers all over the world, but also of identifying the unreached in our midst. WEC International is committed to:
• Working cross-culturally among immigrant communities in several cities to see Christian communities established which reflect their cultures through our Neighbours Worldwide teams;
• Encouraging and stimulating prayer for cross-cultural mission around the world, accurately researching the whole mission scene through the Operation World team;
• Partnering with churches all over the UK and Ireland to mobilise their congregations into cross-cultural ministry;
• Offering opportunities for short-term cross-cultural missions exposure and pass on the vision;
• Ministering to those who suffer from drug and alcohol addictions and plant churches among them through Betel’s teams;
• Training and producing media broadcast content through our Radio Worldwide ministry;
• Working with schools and churches to run children’s programmes and youth camps which aim to bring children to faith and to learn about their potential role in God’s world;