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22-year-old walks from Cardiff to London to promote church diversity

by Sophie Drew

A 22-year old is walking 160 miles from Cardiff to London as part of a campaign to bring about greater diversity in church leadership.

Daud Irfan is the Youth President of the Methodist Church, and is calling for more diversity in terms of both age and ethnic backgrounds. 

He said: "The church is definitely trying their best to increase the involvement of children and young people in the church - not just children and young people, but people of all ages - from different, culturally diverse backgrounds.

"I feel that sometimes also those people who come from different countries or who have different backgrounds from various countries, we also need to take that first step forward.

"So the reason for this walk is that I, as the Methodist Youth President, being from Pakistan originally, it works both ways. 

"The church needs to be accepting and people also need to put themselves forward and be willing to carry out the mission of the gospel, no matter where they are, or whatever their background is."

Despite maintaining high spirits, torrential rain hasn't helped him in his efforts. 

He continued: "The weather was something that maybe is not on our side, but it's been fine. 

"We've carried on.

"This was a question many people asked, before the walk, 'how you're going to walk in this weather?', 'what happens if it rains?', and we said 'we plan to do this, this is a mission, we're going to undertake whatever the weather, whatever is going on, we're going to try our best to carry on.'

"So we're still happy."

You can follow Daud's journey on his Youtube channel. 

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