CHIPS Peacemaker Profiles: Meet Val!
Val is a retired teacher living in Suffolk. She is on the leadership team at her local church and volunteers with a variety of children’s work and a local winter night shelter for the homeless. She is also a voluntary speaker for the charity Tearfund.
What prompted you to support CHIPS?
Peacebuilding and reconciliation is a vital part of the Gospel. I like that CHIPS works long-term ‘on the ground’ with groups that are in conflict – living and spending time with them, getting to know them, giving time and listening to them, mentoring and leading by example – it’s following how Jesus spent time with people during his ministry.
As conflict often occurs when people feel less valued and voiceless, the CHIPS way of working gives them recognition and I believe a sense of hope that things can be different. It also means, as we have seen during the pandemic, that CHIPS is able to support people to make changes themselves to improve their situation.
What made you decide to give monthly to CHIPS?
Regular monthly giving helps CHIPS to plan its work ahead – to know what commitments it can take on and to be able to be faithful to its staff.
What would you say to others who are thinking about supporting CHIPS?
CHIPS’ work in South London, in particular, is vital to prevent conflict and violence and the pandemic ruining young people’s lives. Supporting CHIPS will enable them to give mentoring, support and hope to more young people who face many disadvantages and temptations. It will mean transforming lives with hope and love.