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A message from John

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After 25 years, I feel that God has led me to the end of my season with Christians Against Poverty UK. Lizzie and I are humbled and hugely grateful to Jesus for the privilege of starting CAP and being used for his kingdom advancement.

Whilst I’m leaving my role at CAP UK, I will always be the charity’s founder and my heart to see CAP grow and play its part in seeing God’s kingdom advance will never leave.

I’m delighted to look at the organisation CAP is now and wholeheartedly know that I have played the part I was called here to do. I see an organisation made up of people who are strong in mission and faith, ablaze with passion and overflowing with compassion for those they help. The next generation are already in place, experienced and released to take CAP forward in the direction God has planned. As I prepare to leave later this year, I could not be more delighted to see our CEO, Paula Stringer, and her leadership team pressing forward with the mission. I’m filled with a sense of excitement at what is to come.

As I complete my remaining months of work here, I’ll be making extra effort to look up from all that I’m doing to celebrate everything God has achieved through CAP and his Church over the last 25 years. I’ll be finishing up at the end of June and taking a sabbatical over the summer with Lizzie. We’ll use this time to really listen to God as we discern his next call on our lives. One thing’s for certain, I'm not retiring, and we’re simply going to allow Jesus the space and time to lead us as we look to continue to serve his kingdom, the Church and those trapped in poverty here in the UK and beyond. 

Of course there will be time for a proper goodbye later this year, including the chance for me to thank the many people who have been written into my story and CAP’s. 

At this point though, I’d simply like to thank every one of you who have stood with us in prayer, who have given generously to set people free from poverty, and who have supported this ongoing vision to bring hope into thousands of lives.

Finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Without his Spirit that first captivated me 28 years ago, without his faithfulness, grace and countless miracles, nothing of my life transformation would have happened and CAP would not have achieved all it has this far. To him be all the glory, honour and praise.


Dr John Kirkby CBE


If you have any questions please email
For encouragement and prayers please message John directly


Our CEO, Paula Stringer, has written about John’s legacy and CAP’s vision, on our blog.

Read Paula's blog

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