Thursday, August 30, 2012
Faith Walks Across London during the Paralympic Games
By Phoebe Thompson, 2K Plus International Sports Media
Special to ASSIST News Service
LONDON, UK (ANS) -- Standing on Oxford Street in London, it can feel like you are in the busiest place on earth. Thousands of visitors and Londoners flock to this area every day, as it boasts one of every kind of shop imaginable. Only moments away from all of this action, tucked away in side streets, are pockets of calm and tranquility – in the form of historic churches.
Wanting to walk the walk as well as talk the talk, I decided to try the central London faith walk out for myself. Starting off at All Souls Church, literally just off the main concourse of Oxford Street, I chatted to Helen Collins, one of the church assistants and organizers of their Olympic and Paralympic activities.
She recounted to me a particular highlight of the past month: “I’ve seen one guy several times before, who has collected food tickets from us in the past. On this particular day we had our reflection zone happening where we had different languages of the Bible shown up on the screen, and as he was collecting his ticket he noticed his language. He stood there and read every verse that was up there. He came back later on in the day and sat in the café. It was fantastic to know that we had been able to encourage and include him.”
The Faith Walks will continue to run until the end of the Paralympics, offering visitors or whoever else – like me – needs peace and quiet from the business of London.
Note: 2K Plus International Sports Media has reported from major sporting events with a Christian perspective since 1991. During the 2012 London Olympic Games 2K Plus is serving over 1500 radio stations in four languages as well as offering print, video, online and social media services and is now covering the Paralympics. See www.2kplus.org.uk and www.planetsport.tv. Contact Adrian Barnard: email@example.com, phone: +44-7986-362487.
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