The Mustard Tree (Manchester) Celebration May 17th 2014
I volunteer for Image which is situated in the Mustard Tree building, 110 Oldham Road Manchester; On Saturday 17th May 2014 The Mustard Tree celebrated becoming official owners of the building by opening its doors to all its supporters, workers, volunteers, clients and sponsors.
I invited Judith Mayer on behalf of Wellspring to come and see what work goes on there. It was a joyful afternoon, a superb buffet lunch was provided, and the event proved to be a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful work that goes on at The Mustard Tree.
Although I work in the Image office I had no idea of the extent of practical help both immediate and the ongoing structured programmes provided for the marginalised, homeless vulnerable people in our society.
Judith was especially impressed by the art studios and the garden, a tranquil green space in the city. I never knew that there was a gym on site I may have to disappear in there after work.
Also on offer are counselling, language classes, music workshops, drama, creative writing, and IT skills.
There are other organisations that share The Mustard Tree building including, Image, The Boaz Trust (who work with destitute asylum seekers) and Rock Salt, a computer business enterprise.
I decided to volunteer for Image, after listening to a presentation at New Life Church I came away feeling that God had called me to do this his work. I applied to do The Christian Pregnancy Counselling Skills Course run by Image. Then went on to do “The Journey,” which is a ten step program to post abortion recovery. Women can develop Post Abortion Stress which can be defined as an event outside the range of usual human experience. The Journey helps women to explore and address their abortion experience sensitively and eventually come to recovery. I know that for now, Image is where God wants me to be, the love of The Lord and his presence is tangible in that place. The love and support I receive from the Image team is beyond words, we pray together for our clients, everyone is totally committed, completely non-judgemental of each other and our clients.
We also have a satellite branch of Image at New life Church in Congleton; there are other satellites around the greater Manchester area. Image also runs training courses in Bedford and in Spain. They have recently completed their second Christian Pregnancy Counselling skills course in Spain, the participants coming from four areas of Spain. Please pray for us, the two paid workers who work above and beyond the call of duty, for all the volunteers, and for our financial needs.