We hear it so often.
With a dismissive shrug of the shoulders, irresponsible people refuse to take any interest in what's going on or refuse to take the blame for what they've done. Many of the citizens of Belfast are terribly lonely. Others are terminally ill. Hundreds are addicted to alcohol, others hooked on drugs. But who cares?
175 years ago, a mission was founded to reach out to the poor and lonely, the sick and struggling of a city. Their aim was to bring a ministry of comfort and consolation and a message of hope and happiness to such people. The Belfast City Mission, which began with one missionary to cover a town of 30,000 people, now has twenty missionaries working across a city ten times that size.
And so does the Belfast City Mission.