Last Sunday – first Sunday of Advent

“Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed slaves and brought deliverance!” (from The Christian Resource Institute website)

On Sunday morning we welcomed Ntambwe Nkombe, released from internment by the Home Office after a failed attempt to deport him back to the Congo where he would probably have been killed due to his opposition to the government of that country. It was fantastic to see his smiling face and to celebrate the hope that justice might prevail in his situation. He has a long way to go still before he is safe, he has restrictions on his movement, he has to report regularly to a police station and he still has to convince the High Court that he should be allowed to stay here.

Despite these issues, Ntambwe was able to celebrate his release and he sang a song of praise which we were able to join in the chorus.

If you wish to know more and / or wish to show your support for Ntambwe please visit the campaign page on

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