Earlier this year, I saw an article in a magazine that featured various people in London holding up a chalk board that displayed whatever they wanted to write for all of London to see. I immediately wanted to do a spin on the project by asking people what love meant to them, especially because I knew that a frequent response would be, "I don't know, what does love mean to YOU," which would give me the chance I longed for to tell them about the Saviour who loves them desperately.
Our team combined with the basic leadership school, and we took large pads of paper out to Soho (the red light district), Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, and Leicester Square to ask people what love meant to them. We did it on Valentine's Night, the night when the loneliness so prevalent in London was almost suffocating and people came out in hordes to find something to fill the holes in their chests.
Here's a glimpse into some of the conversations we had that evening:
To see more of the portraits, you can visit the blog that I am keeping of the portraits of strangers I meet throughout London and talk to about God. I record what they say about their own beliefs. The blog is here.