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Category: Street Stories

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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St. Pastor Lost Luggage Dept!

We were walking through the bus station at 2 am when we found a fully packed holdall, rucksack and laptop case under a bench. Assuming that the owner had perhaps nipped to the loo, we stayed beside them for some 20 minutes. When no-one appeared, we opened the laptop case and found a laptop, passport, […]

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Simple love

We came across a girl, alone and crouching down, sobbing. This had been the first night that she had gone out for some months after a number of operations that she’d had to endure alone. She was very disappointed that none of her family had come down to visit her when she was in hospital. […]

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You’re worth it!

We came across a man on North Hill whose hands were bleeding but to our surprise and disappointment, he refused all our offers of First Aid. We finally managed to persuade him to take some of our antisceptic wipes in case he decided to clean himself up (we later found out that he had in […]

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The danger of making assumptions

We had a reminder on Saturday of the importance of not making assumptions. About 11.20 pm we saw quite an elderly gentleman leaning on a fence, so we went over and asked if he was ok. He said he wasn’t, as he’d come down to Plymouth from Exeter for the day and had been trying […]

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“I’m fine” – but not really

The other night, we happened to pass a lassie who I greeted her with my usual Hello, is everything ok with you? Yes, thank you, I’m fine was her cheery reply. We continued to walk in opposite directions but after about twenty paces, without thinking, I found myself turning around and going back to her. […]

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Difficult questions

We are very grateful that part of our training equips us to be very honest on the street, so that if we really don’t know the answers to some questions, we can say that, but then ideally encourage the enquirer to ask his / her minister, or go on an Alpha course etc. Here are […]

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Can I stay with you?

A young man asked if he could stay with us as he was being followed by two men who were intent on beating him up. We managed to keep him safe, despite one of the men slapping him once, and we saw him safely into a taxi – grateful thanks and waves as the taxi […]

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Serving on the Friday Roving Patrols

We were alerted to a strong smell of gas outside a property in West Park. We phoned the emergency number and I was pleased to note last evening that work had been done on the site, confirming our suspicions. All in the Good Lord’s service !!! We made ourselves useful to a group of young […]

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Couldn’t believe she was telling a group of strangers – the power of just listening

From one of our Friday Roving patrols: We stopped to chat to a lady in Ernesettle who had a family issue going on and she also told us about other occurrences in her life. We just listened.  She said at one stage that she couldn’t believe that she was telling a group of strangers all […]

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The stories behind the record cards

Every Street Pastor team carries a record card. The figures from just one recent Saturday tell their own stories:

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Another suicide averted?

We came across a lady in a rather distressed state, no trousers on, had had two fits, no keys to get in to her home to get her Methodone or Valium. She had been hurt from a fall, and indicated that she wanted to kill herself. Her morale was definitely very low, hated by her […]

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Quote from the street

Thank you Street Pastors for being there, I feel 100% safer

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From one of our Police contacts:

I was called over by a couple of Street Pastors who said, “We’re a bit concerned about this girl in the doorway, she seems to be being bothered by a male”. The Street Pastors spent some time with her and put a blanket round her. She was very, very drunk and very confused. The male, […]

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Distressed

It’s well past midnight and we see two young women standing against a wall, one clearly very distressed. The woman who was crying was doubling over every so often and at first could not speak. Her friend explained that her bag had been stolen while she went to the loo. This was the first time […]

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Left by her friends

We came across a girl on North Hill, drunk and sitting on the pavement, while a friend was trying to get her up and into a taxi with some other friends. However, she was too drunk to do this, even with our help. Her friend left her with us and went off in the taxi […]

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From N….

Hi I was hoping you’d be able to pass on my thanks to the two street pastors who took care of me on Saturday night after I was attacked by a group of men on North Hill. They sat with me and calmed me down until the police arrived, giving me tissues and water and […]

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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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