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‘Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

 

John 6:35

ZOE's STORY:

Easter weekend at 7pm we got a phone call from the Police to say they had a problem with two homeless people outside St Mary’s Church. When we got there it was pouring with rain. The lad was being sent to hospital as he had tried to hurt himself. This left his friend, a young woman called Zoe, on her own.

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Easter weekend at 7pm we got a phone call from the Police to say they had a problem with two homeless people outside St Mary’s Church. When we got there it was pouring with rain. The lad was being sent to hospital as he had tried to hurt himself. This left his friend, a young woman called Zoe, on her own. Steve and I chatted with her but she wouldn’t go to a hostel or B&B because she didn’t like them, so we went to Stepping Stones and got her some dry clothes and some food. When we got back to St Mary’s she was sitting in the rain. We took her to a part of the church that is covered and sat with her while she told us her story; she had lived with her long term partner for 10 years, then 3 weeks previously she found him dead in the flat they shared. As the flat was in his name she had to leave and found herself for the first time in her life on the streets. We prayed with her and then left her to sleep in the church grounds as there was nothing else we could do. As we were walking away we felt helpless and sad as we could not do anything more for her and we were going home to our own loving families.

TROY & CHLOE's STORY:

Easter weekend at 7pm we got a phone call from the Police to say they had a problem with two homeless people outside St Mary’s Church. When we got there it was pouring with rain. The lad was being sent to hospital as he had tried to hurt himself. This left his friend, a young woman called Zoe, on her own. Steve and I chatted with her but she wouldn’t go to a hostel or B&B because she didn’t like them, so we went to Stepping Stones and got her some dry clothes and some food. When we got back to St Mary’s she was sitting in the rain. We took her to a part of the church that is covered and sat with her while she told us her story; she had lived with her long term partner for 10 years, then 3 weeks previously she found him dead in the flat they shared. As the flat was in his name she had to leave and found herself for the first time in her life on the streets. We prayed with her and then left her to sleep in the church grounds as there was nothing else we could do. As we were walking away we felt helpless and sad as we could not do anything more for her and we were going home to our own loving families.

Chloe&Troy

PETER's STORY:

This is Peter - one of many people who have been coming to 'Loaves & Fishes' - our homeless project that we run at Stockport Baptist Church, Stockport. A few weeks ago, Steve and Ed were talking to Peter (who was living in a hostel at the time) and he was telling them that all he really wanted was his own place to live. He had the possibility of renting an apartment but they would only accept a direct debit for the rent and Peter did not have a bank account.

He explained that he had tried applying to several banks to open an account but they had all turned him down because he had no suitable ID - all he had was his birth certificate and a bus pass. We told him to try the Co-Op bank as they had special funding for cases like his and he said that he had already applied weeks ago but heard nothing. Ed and Steve then prayed for him and asked that the Co-Op bank would allow him to open a bank account and that he would be in his new apartment by next Sunday. The following Sunday when they arrived at Loaves & Fishes they were met by a beaming Peter who was dangling a set of keys in their faces - the Co-Op had given him a bank account and he was in his new apartment. He was overjoyed but the best news was that he gave all the credit to God - he said "God really does answer prayers so now I am going to pray for you!"

Peter