During July there were:
- 4 Friday night patrols
- 3 Saturday night patrols
- 7 Patrols totalling 36 hours of cover involving 23 Street Pastors
- 7 pairs of flip-flops were given and 330 lollies and Love Hearts
Here are some of the ways Street Pastor teams cared, listened and helped in July:
- Kept an eye out for a missing grandfather
- Prayed with a young man whose girlfriend has cancer
- Stayed with a distressed young lady
- Patrolled at Henley Royal Regatta
A young man approached one of our teams and asked us to keep an eye out for his missing grandfather. We often get asked to look out for different people. Although we don’t always see the person we’ve been asked to look out for, it is comforting for those searching to know that there are others out at night who are able to join in the search.
One of our early teams spent some time with a young man whose girlfriend has cancer. When we encounter situations that are beyond our ability to help, we turn to prayer. We offered to pray there and then, which the young man gratefully accepted.
One of our teams found a young lady on a bench in Wantage crying. She had been trying to get hold of her mother for some time without success. Again we turned to prayer this time by asking our prayer team to pray. After a short time a friend of hers came past and offered to walk home with her. The lady soon cheered up and was on her way home.
Two of our Street Pastors joined with Street Pastors from other areas to patrol at Henley Royal Regatta. With over 5,000 people on the streets of Henley it was quite an experience. Much of the time was spent caring for those who had drunk too much and were feeling unwell. One of the teams stayed with a young lady who had collapsed and was behaving erratically. We called for an ambulance and stayed with her and her friends until it arrived.