Jo Evans

Jo Evans

Jo joined the Evangelical Alliance in October 2020, after five years in Devon. Having grown up in Dubai, Jo moved to the UK to study English and Film at Exeter, before being an assistant youth worker for her church. She is passionate about equipping young people to enter conversations about contemporary issues, and ultimately speak of Jesus. Jo loves the beach, music, art and food, and is married to a Welshman.

Remembering God’s grace while we wait for the verdict

19 January 2022Jesus calls Christians to pursue justice, yet refrain from judging others – but how do we navigate this when a case is of such public interest? Something has uniquely challenged the way I process my thoughts and emotions in relation to public cases of this nature. I am desperate to see perpetrators of violence against women and girls brought to justice and to see victims and survivors vindicated. But I also passionately believe that as Christians we must long to see justice carried out in…

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Scandal and sickness

15 December 2021At least, I hope I’m not the only one who is inclined to feel that way. Particularly as concerns around Covid once again begin to rise, along with anxieties about the effect it will have as we come closer to Christmas. I will steer clear of offering you political assessments and forecasts, but instead, as some doom and gloom threatens to infringe upon our festive season, I want to offer you three unshakable, unchanging reasons for joy. Jesus is not surprised by the darkness Over the last two…

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Urgent action needed: Nationality and Borders bill

1 December 2021Recent headlines share the harrowing stories of men, women and children drowning in the English Channel in search of a life free from persecution and exploitation. Jesus calls those who love Him to love our neighbours and care for the needs of others. We can do this not only through providing aid and support, but also through influencing legislation. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home - Matthew 25:35…

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IDOP 2021: Our opportunity to channel the power of united prayer

25 October 2021I often even struggle with what to pray. My heart breaks at the suffering that so many brothers and sisters face across the world for trusting Jesus, but channeling this into coherent prayer is difficult – not least because the gospel spreads quickest when under pressure, and I want as many souls as possible to be saved. Perhaps you can relate to much of what I’m saying? God hears our heart’s cry The wonderful news is that in the face of our weakness and powerlessness, and often muddled…

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Violence against women and girls: A cry for hope

11 October 2021I find myself, along with the women around me, feeling discouraged. What has changed? What concrete solutions to the problem have really been offered? There must be a better offer than suggesting that women wave down a bus or become 'streetwise' when concerned about her safety. There are questions to be raised around the role the media has played, the government and police response, but at the heart of it there is very real pain as thousands of people cry out against a terrible reality: the…

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Climate change: Gospel motivation for a global issue

11 August 2021The report (available on the IPCC website here) is said to be the most robust to date, presenting the thoroughly researched argument that climate change is already impacting the whole world. The University of Oxford's Dr Friederike Otto, one of the many authors of the report, says: "Climate change is not a problem of the future, it's here and now and affecting every region in the world." Some other stark warnings in the report are: Extreme heat will become more frequent.There will be an…

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Job Creation Project: Supporting entrepreneurs in their non-traditional ministry

29 July 2021One night in university led Reuben’s perspective on God to change drastically. He was coming home one wet evening when he passed a homeless man sitting on the pavement. When Reuben leant down to give the man some money and ask him how he was doing, the man began weeping. He explained that people rarely asked him how he was and went on to share his story with Reuben. This interaction led Reuben’s perspective on God’s character to shift. “My ‘born again again’ experience was really understanding…

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Theos report: We have an opportunity to humanise work

21 July 2021In January 2021 Theos commissioned YouGov to carry out polling that found 33 per cent of “work is just a way of earning to provide for life’s necessities” and 45 per cent say they would retrain for a different career if given the opportunity. In a society that is generally dissatisfied with work, authors of the report Paul Bickley and Barbara Ridpath argue that the “nature and importance” of work, as well as how it can contribute to human flourishing, can be better understood when viewed…

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Helping the refugee feel at home

19 July 2021In April, the Evangelical Alliance wrote about the Government’s new plan for immigration and urged members to fill in a consultation opposing the two-tiered system which will grade people based on how they entered the UK, regardless of the complex experiences of people seeking asylum. These proposals are now being discussed in parliament in the Nationality and Borders Bill, and I hope the outcome is favourable for those seeking asylum. But as conversations develop, how can we use the tools…

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Job Creation Project: a ministry for the local church

1 July 2021“I love the idea that helping young people get back into work could be seen as part of the ministry of the local church,” he says. Mike shares different ways the local church can help connect the dots between work and the Christian faith. Through serving the local community as people seek employment, Mike believes we can ultimately point them to Jesus. Mike on running a CAP job club Mike trained as a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Job Club manager, and has run their Steps to Employment Course…

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Salt and light in a mental health crisis

21 June 2021In the Queen’s speech, which marked the opening of a new session of parliament, the issue was addressed as the Government set out its Mental Health Recovery Action Plan. There will be a one-off targeted investment of £500 million to ensure that support is in place over the coming year for everyone who needs it. However, experts say that NHS services have a very real risk of being over-run, and many people's needs are desperate. In the face of a mental health crisis, how can followers of Jesus…

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