We stopped several people on a London sidewalk and asked them a series of questions: what comes to mind when you think of Jesus? What does church mean to you? Do you think London needs new churches? Would you attend a new church if you found out about it?
A friend of ours from Uganda came to London recently. It was his first time. When he heard that the city's population was a little more than 8 million people, he exclaimed, “Eight million people all living in one place, London must be so friendly!”
When he accidentally stood on the left, rather than the right, of the escalator on the Underground, he soon discovered otherwise.
London is economically one of the most unequal cities on the planet. Old Street, where Inspire has been planted, represents this dichotomy more than most neighborhoods. The majority of residents live in government-funded housing, living on welfare, while the rest are social and economic climbers who come to London to be successful in the finance or technology industries. Rarely do these classes interact with each other.