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Category: Street Stories

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Homeless, sold for sex……….

We were approached by a man who said that there was a lady sat outside a shop who was crying. As we were heading there, CCTV radioed to tell us about the same lady. Sure enough, we found her outside a closed shop. We approached and asked if she was all right and with that […]

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A life saved?

Our team had quite a challenging incident with a young woman called H, who had apparently suffered a blow to the head having slipped off a concrete ledge she was sitting on. Although one of her friends had initially called an ambulance, the four others were intent on getting her into a taxi and ‘home’. […]

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Someone took the time

We continue to be amazed sometimes that what to us may be the smallest thing, has such a huge effect on a person’s life, as shown by the story below

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The first time he had ever opened up to anyone……..

A young man, late 30s, was walking towards us. We exchanged a few pleasantries and then he gradually engaged deeper in conversation with us. Another Team member takes up the story…… He was an ex service man, having served in Iraq and Afghanistan. As he started to chat he opened up to confide in us […]

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3 examples of “God-incidences”

On Saturday night, or rather Sunday morning we JUST HAPPENED (thank you Lord!) to be in the right place at the right time again – as we passed a side street we heard a young woman in tears, calling out her partner’s name time and time again – she was in great distress and floods […]

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“God doesn’t exist”!

One recent Saturday night, or rather Sunday morning, we were approached by a man who told us he had not only known about, watched and interacted with us since we started in Plymouth; but that he was very annoyed with us as none of the teams he’d talked to were prepared to take the ultimate […]

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Alone, scared and a little out of control…

“Several months ago, on my way home on a Saturday evening, I asked two Street Pastors on Mutley Plain if they would walk with me. I was alone, scared, a little out of control, and pretty upset. I knew that I needed some help and the Street Pastors walked with me from Mutley, right to […]

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“Wrestled with an octopus and many babes”/ a good training exercise

We were on patrol at about 3.30 am on a very cold night when we came across a young man on the floor against a wall

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Am I going to hell…?

I had a great conversation with a man who was really concerned that he hadn’t been christened so wouldgo to hell. Our discussion led to finding and trusting Jesus first before baptism. He was grateful and saidhe was going to seek out his nearest church on Sunday.

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Our God’s perfect timing

One of our ladies sees something like cardboard on the ground and is going to ignore it, but picks it up to find it’s a current Zimbabwean passport. After some time they pass a Policewoman and hand it to her and, while they’re talking, a distraught young Zimbabwean lady comes up to tell the Police […]

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Saved from my self-destruction path

Whilst out on our last patrol, a young lad stopped us as he wanted to thank Street Pastors for all we do. “One Saturday night in March this year Street Pastors came across me outside the Theatre Royal, I couldn’t stand, could hardly speak and was being sick. I was in a very dark place, […]

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“I’m homosexual”

Towards the end of our patrol a young man stepped out of a doorway and announced that he was homosexual, so we would not be interested in him! We told him that God loves everyone unconditionally and that that included him. This took the wind completely out of his sails! He said that no-one had […]

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Given up drugs

Just wanted to share an experience with you, after cleaning up a young lady a little worse for the wear, her brother caught hold of my hand and started to tell me about how much he appreciated Street Pastors and their work. He explained that over a year ago he had passed out in the […]

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Rape avoided?

We saw a girl come out of a night club alone and quite drunk, so we went over to see if we could help in any way. However, within a few seconds she was “latched onto” by two men who, when we got there, were trying to persuade her she wanted to go in a […]

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I no longer want to kill……

We were patrolling on the Octagon in Union St and a girl asked me to thank the lady St Pastor who she had talked with for 15 minutes, last month; at the end of which, she no longer wanted to kill the people who had been responsible for the death of her young cousin.

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Pastoral care needed 3 times in one night

Twice we were called by police to help with pastoral care of girls in distress; one was suicidal due to the death of her mother when she was only 9 years old. The other was a young mum with 2 children whose partner had just gone off with her best friend. A third girl was […]

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The amazing power…….of a well-placed hug!

One of our ladies was talking to a prostitute (let’s call her “D”), who was telling her she’d like to give up prostitution, but she needed the money to feed her drug habit. As they talked, D shared some other sad personal history and our Street Pastor asked her if she would like a hug, […]

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Confession

A couple of months ago I was on duty and unusually for me I found myself really tired and yawning around 3 am, so I was quite pleased when the streets seemed to be quietening down around 3.40 am.

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Oil on troubled waters

It was 0200 on a Sunday morning and we were returning to base for a break. As we passed a club, we saw a man with blood all over his face and T-shirt, sat on a pavement, being attended to by the staff and others; we stopped to offer help. He and his friends claimed […]

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The power and importance of (just) listening

I don’t feel I can share too many details of this one but we met a lady who initially thanked us for what we do and asked if she could have her photo taken with us. We obliged and she then began to tell us about her life, which included mental health problems and the […]

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Some thank yous

Hi – I went out last night and lost my phone and I know I was being cared by some Street Pastors as I was ridiculously drunk. I just want to express my sincere gratitude to whoever looked after me in my state, and I also want to apologise for being that drunk. Whoever looked […]

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The simplest thing!

I’m always amazed at how the simplest things, to us, can make such a huge difference to the people we do them for, like the following example: We walked past a group of friends obviously saying goodbye after an evening together – one of the girls went to the kerb to try and flag a […]

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Suicide

Just before Christmas one of our teams found a lady looking for something sharp to cut her wrists with. We were able to talk to her and help avert that suicide which would have no doubt devastated her young family.

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Thank you for talking to me

We were talking to a street sleeper who’d already been given a space blanket by one of our teams. We gave him a bottle of water and chatted to him for about a quarter of an hour. When we left we shook hands and said goodbye and he called after us, “Thank you for talking […]

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