'Never Alone' campaign aims to offer young people listening ear
A Christian chatroom run by Counties evangelists Matt and Nicola Rich is launching a new scheme to reach more young people with the Christian message ...
A Christian chatroom run by Counties evangelists Matt and Nicola Rich is launching a new scheme to reach more young people with the Christian message.
Groundwire plans to give out thousands of free wristbands and pocket-sized cards in the spring with the words ‘never alone – chatnow.org.uk’.
Matt (pictured) explains: “We are very excited about the Never Alone campaign and hope it will enable us to reach even more people and let them know they don’t need to face situations alone. They always have a friendly Christian to chat to whatever time of day or night.”
The wristbands and cards will lead people to Groundwire’s chatroom, where Christian volunteers are on hand to talk privately to people about issues or simply be a listening ear.
In the last month, Groundwire has received 3500 visitors to the website and engaged in 750 live chats.
Matt added: “It’s not all about numbers, because quality conversations are so important, but we have been really encouraged by the increase in chats coming from the UK. It’s great to see Christians actually being there online for people who need answers.”
If you can help Groundwire reach more people – whether though volunteering, praying, giving or adding a link to your church website – please contact Matt at: firstname.lastname@example.org
'There was always someone for me to speak to'
Leanne was really struggling with her life and had no hope for the future. She had experienced horrendous things many times from someone close to her. Leanne found Groundwire online and began to trust volunteers with her heart-breaking story.
She wrote: “Because Groundwire was anonymous it helped me to feel safe to finally tell my secret, a secret that I had been keeping for so long. It didn’t matter what time of day or night I needed help, Groundwire was always there and there was always someone for me to speak to.
“Many times I was saved from putting myself into a really bad situation and Groundwire put me in touch with a local church that could help me. It’s hard to imagine that you can feel loved, accepted, valued and cared for online but I did really feel this from every volunteer I spoke to. My faith has now grown and I attend church every Sunday, getting to know Jesus better.
“Thanks to Groundwire I am now getting help to move on from the abuse that happened to me. I do believe that if Groundwire hadn’t been so available and so welcoming, I wouldn’t have found the help I needed.”
Leanne has now committed her life to follow Jesus and is growing in her faith.
Counties exists to tell people about Jesus and see lives transformed in communities as a result. We have been doing this since 1899 through the work of evangelists, training and resources. More info at www.countiesuk.org
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