IMPACT - Josephine Butler Award Winner

The main Josephine Butler Award of £5,000 went to IMPACT, (In Merseyside Police And Churches Together), part of Olive Branch Ministries founded by Mrs Lyn and Pastor Mick Connolly.

Mick and Lyn Connolly have been pastors at Wavertree Christian Fellowship for 28yrs. They have two children, Joanne and Paul. In 2002 Mick and Lyn became victims of crime when their son Paul was murdered by two youths.

They now run a prayer network called I.M.P.A.C.T (In Merseyside, Police and Church Together) working closely with Police, schools and churches of every denomination.

In 2006, they became volunteers with Prison Fellowship, ( A Christian Organisation) working as part of a team on a Restorative Justice course called “Sycamore Tree”. On week 3 of the course, they go into prisons (20 up to now) and share their story of the hurt and pain of losing a loved one to murder.
Mick and Lyn also speak about the power of “Forgiveness” and the impact it has to bring comfort and healing to our lives. They have many testimonies of changed lives witnessed on the “Sycamore Tree” course.

Lyn talks about how she became involved with IMPACT:

They were looking for people, who felt called by God, to be prayer co-ordinators. I felt instantly this was for me. My job in sheltered housing was coming to an end, and I felt the timing of this new work was perfect, and I knew that this was something the Lord was giving me to do, and also it proved to be a first step for me, in “moving forward”.

There were to be five prayer co-ordinators, and I was asked to be the co-ordinator for Liverpool South. I was given a link person in the Police, and I would visit him about every two months to talk about Police concerns.

For more information please their website.