United Kingdom / europe

Spiritual Climate

Regardless of freedoms that are greater than ever, poverty and the breakdown of traditional family have been blamed for the overwhelming rates of violence, substance abuse, prostitution and sexually transmitted diseases. National awakening and revitalization is desperately needed among the people of United Kingdom.

Ground-Level Perspectives

The quaint picturesque image that many people from the USA have of Great Britain is quickly shattered when someone tries to engage a citizen of this island.
— Timothy Wright

Two World Wars shattered a belief in a good, loving, merciful Father.
— Timothy Wright

Great Britain is infected with a multicultural vision for the future. Like someone with amnesia, they have no idea what spiritual foundation they have deliberately rowed away from as quick as possible. Sarcasm and cynicism await almost every brave Christian who dares inquires about someones belief? They believe in themselves and quickly tire of the low expectations they fail to rise to in chasing a materialistic dream as they drown in personal debt. The patient self sacrificing love of the Father manifested in a deep dependence on the Holy Spirit is the only posture one can take when engaging the citizens of Great Britain
— Timothy Wright

More about United Kingdom

A Couple Raw Facts

Church Graph

Only 6% of people regularly attend church; those who do attend rarely engage with the unbelieving majority.

Country Illustration

England is the most secular of the four countries that comprise the UK.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in United Kingdom

The work of WorldVenture in United Kingdom has a dual focus: reaching out to the Pakistani and Gujarati populations of London.

The Gujaratis are a nation of ancient travelers hailing from India’s westernmost province. By the time Britain took control of India in the 1700s, the Gujarati flag flew over 84 ports, 23 of which were on the Gujarat coastline. Through hundreds of years of Muslim and British domination, Gujaratis have kept a strong loyalty to their language and their gods. Jesus has been considered to be the Englishman’s god and less than one percent of Gujaratis are Christian. WorldVenture workers with the Gujarati emphasize evangelism through building friendships and music. Many Gujaratis feel alone and isolated; discovering they can praise God in Gujarati styles of worship is exciting as well as challenging.

Evangelism among Pakistanis and other South Asians is the second focus of WorldVenture’s team in United Kingdom. The multicultural environment in London requires workers to cope with several different languages and ethnic mixes at once. The inner city context of the work brings further challenges such as dealing with domestic violence, homelessness, refugee issues and unemployment. In the past, short-term workers devoted time to prayer walks, outreach efforts, physical labor and construction projects.

Today &

United Kingdom Team Goals

Salvation of the various peoples living in London’s multicultural environment is WorldVenture’s vision for United Kingdom. The planting of biblically obedient and culturally appropriate churches is one means for achieving this goal.

5 Global

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here



Fish and chips!
— Michael & Dawna Jaffarian


(Our community) is a multi-cultural, multi-religious neighborhood.
— Michael & Dawna Jaffarian



When we first started talking about moving to England, people warned us, 'Do you realize what the weather is like there? Rain, fog, overcast, dreary, grey...' We said, 'Hey, we grew up in western Oregon. You can't scare us with any of that.'
— Michael & Dawna Jaffarian



Visiting museums and enjoying great art has long been a special family hobby, and for that, London is, well, not too bad.
— Michael & Dawna Jaffarian

Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

england source:bbc - Google News
Canada 2015: England postpone France game after World Cup draw - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Canada 2015: England postpone France game after World Cup draw
BBC Sport
England's proposed friendly with France has been postponed after the two nations were both drawn in Group F for the Fifa Women's World Cup in Canada. The teams had been scheduled to face each other in April as part of their tournament preparations.

Monday, December 22, 2014 8:25:31 AM

Eoin Morgan: The Irishman who is England's one-day captain - BBC News

BBC Sport

Eoin Morgan: The Irishman who is England's one-day captain
BBC News
"He's got a one-day game," former England captain Michael Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 live. "He's got all the shots, he's got the mindset. He's been there and done it." Morgan's Ireland debut came at the age of 16, with a first appearance in English ...
Eoin Morgan: England one-day captain missed selector's calls
Cricket World Cup: England recall Gary Ballance to one-day squad

Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:36:02 AM

England in Jamaica: Jade Clarke and Pamela Cookey share role - BBC News

BBC News

England in Jamaica: Jade Clarke and Pamela Cookey share role
BBC News
England squad to tour Jamaica: Jade Clarke (co-captain), Pamela Cookey (co-captain), Ama Agbeze, Sara Bayman, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Sam Cook, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, Rachel Dunn, Stacey Francis, Tamsin Greenway, Jo Harten, Laura ...

Monday, December 22, 2014 6:21:31 AM

Roy Hodgson: England remain grounded despite good results - BBC News

BBC News

Roy Hodgson: England remain grounded despite good results
BBC News
Hodgson added that England's displays since the summer had partially made amends for their failure in Brazil. "Fortunately, we have managed to redress the balance somewhat since the World Cup. "Obviously, with that not going well for us that tends to ...

Monday, December 22, 2014 6:27:17 AM

Six Nations: England must pick Luther Burrell, says Saints boss - BBC News

BBC News

Six Nations: England must pick Luther Burrell, says Saints boss
BBC News
Mallinder told BBC Radio 5 live: "If England don't pick him I don't think he'll ever get selected for England." He added: "Without a doubt he has to go to the Six Nations." England start their Six Nations campaign against Wales at the Millennium ...
He added: "Without a doubt he has to go to the Six Nations."

Monday, December 22, 2014 8:45:06 AM

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Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
Church Planting and Outreach Internship4 Weeks6 MonthsEuropeEnglandWork alongside church planters as they reach out to multi-cultural communities in London. This would include ministry at a community center, specifically reaching men, women and children of Islamic backgrounds.Attend outreach activities and church services; Assist church planting team to plan and implement outreach activities; Assist with children’s programs; Reach out to multi-cultural communities through friendship. A growing relationship with Jesus Christ; A willingness to live communally and serve sacrificially; A servant’s heart and a desire to learn how to effectively share the Gospel in a multi-cultural context to those of the Islamic background and other South Asians. 1860

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Missionary Team

Michael & Dawna Jaffarian

Global Mission Research

Christie Murphy

Missionary English education in England

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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