Henry has been assistant leader of the International Meeting Point on the Lisburn Road in Belfast since May 2016, working alongside Keith Preston and Sharon Heron. The International Meeting Point is a drop-in centre primarily for asylum seekers and refugees.
Henry, along with his colleagues and other volunteers, seeks to help everyone who comes into the centre which is open Monday to Friday, and there is great variety in what they do. As well as providing a tasty hot lunch each day for around 100 people, they spend a lot of time filling out forms and talking through issues with all who come in. Henry teaches English language at different times during the week, and on a Wednesday evening there are around 50 registered in the various classes. There is a Bible study every day and it is a joy to look into God's Word with those who are growing in their faith.
“We are so thankful to God for what He continues to do through the ministry of the centre,” comments Henry. “My desire is to see people come to know Jesus and to walk in obedience to his Word. It is a privilege to be able to serve and love those who come into the centre and be a small part in what God is doing in their lives.”
A young man started coming into the centre a few months ago. His journey to Belfast from the Middle East was traumatic and after arriving here he talked of ending his life. This started a long journey with this young man during which he came to faith in Jesus in one of the Bible studies. However, the journey is not over as we seek to help him almost on a daily basis.
Prior to his role in the International Meeting Point, Henry worked with Operation Mobilisation in Bangladesh from 1986 to 2015. As well as teaching English he had the joy of coming alongside new believers in Jesus to study God's Word with them. Henry is married to Joanne and they have two children, Joshua and Shona.
- Give thanks for all the volunteers who work so hard in the centre.
- Pray that everyone who comes into the centre would be aware of God's unconditional love for them.
- Pray that Henry may love and care for everyone who comes into the centre, seeking to be a good ambassador for Christ, faithfully sharing God's Word.
- Pray for the protection and safety of all who come into the centre, especially the staff and volunteers.