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/ 15 February 2018

Homelessness appeal: #SofaSurfingTogether

Jesus once referred to his own state of homelessness, saying that, “Foxes have dens and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58). As an infant born in a stable and with no fixed abode, his family fled like refugees to prevent him being killed. Then on his last night on earth, he waited in the darkness of a garden before being arrested. Not unlike many homeless people today, who sleep in parks before being moved on.

It is in this last period of our Saviour’s life that many of us wait, and keep watch in the darkness of our churches on Maundy Thursday. On this night we are suggesting that people – young and old – might sleep on their couches at home, so they too can think about the last night of Jesus before his crucifixion and remember the homeless people on our streets like John, who was sofa surfing – that is to sleep on other people’s couches and floors – before he ended up sleeping rough at mainline stations. Alternatively, view the film about Nicky who was homeless for 36 years, who describes the ways in which people can help rough sleepers feel normal again. As you are #SofaSurfingTogether please tweet your efforts with a card showing the hashtag and we can highlight the issue.

By increasing our awareness of this problem, in our lives and our homes, we can focus on the issues at hand and raise essential funds for our fellow humans. For as Jesus said before his betrayal in Matthew 25:40 “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

We encourage you to use the films, find out more, sleep rough on the couch on Maundy Thursday and help us give more than £30,000, so we can do it for our brothers and sisters, and do it for him.

Find out more using the #SofaSurfingTogether tab of the Tackling Homelessness Together webpages.

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