We were called by one of the door staff, concerned about a semi-drunk girl on the pavement. He said he knew her and wondered if she might be upset about a friend who had committed suicide. One of our ladies sat down beside her and gently began to ask what was the matter. After a few “I’m all right-s” the tears began. It was indeed about her friend who had said to her, “M. I’ll see you next week for your birthday” and had hanged herself the next day. More tears came, which turned to deep deep sobs as our lady St Pastor hugged her and just let her cry it all out.

She told us that ever since the incident, she had been drinking to numb the pain and bewilderment. After a long time we were able to say to her that one thing we were sure of was that whatever had been in her friend’s mind, we were sure that she wouldn’t want M. to spend the rest of her life crippled by it. She nodded and we further said that whilst it was natural to try and make sense of it all, she was never really going to and needed to leave it all behind. She understood and nodded again.

By now it was 4 o’clock and we phoned the Prayer Pastors to update them and asked them to pray that we could get her a taxi quickly. 30 seconds later a taxi stopped for us and she was safely inside, despite attempts from 3 others to claim the taxi first (!). We ourselves were very touched, our emotions churned up by it all and asked our lovely Prayer Pastors to pray for us too before we went home Comment: To say that this was a reminder of why we do what we do would be an understatement. Thank you Lord for the privilege of being able to show some of your love to people in such practical ways.