I had the privilege of meeting up today with Andrew MacKay, the MP for Bracknell. Although I've met him briefly at some of the functions he's been to at The Kerith Centre it was great to get to spend longer getting to know him. He was really interested to hear how we are reaching out into the local community in the areas of special needs, debt counselling and working alongside other local agencies. Talking to him you realise that he's dealing through his constituency work with many of the people and issues we are dealing with, so it was great to be able to discuss the church taking a real lead in some of those areas.
By a strange coincidence he's flying off to Zambia tonight, so we were also able to talk at length about our project in Serenje. He was really up for the vision of Serenje being an opportunity for Bracknell as a whole to link up with another community. For churches, schools, businesses, health care professionals and others in Bracknell to be able to link up with their equivalents in Serenje and to make a genuine difference there.
What really impressed me about Andrew (other than his slightly eccentric dress sense) was his willingness to get involved and use the influence he has when it comes to local issues. Andy Jackson was able to thank him for a number of cases where CAP clients had written to him asking whether he could help to get their benefit payments sorted out, and he's been able to do that. I was able to raise a couple of issues we are aware of in relation to housing and special needs provision which he's promised to look into.
Let's be praying for Andrew, and the other politicians who represent us at both a local and a national level. In particular that in the uncertain times we're living through God would give them wisdom to make the right decisions for the right reasons.