Back in the summer of 1999 I found myself homeless on the streets of Waterloo. I slept on the steps of a local church and spent my days wandering around London looking for food drops and begging for money.
After an unfortunate attack by a dog, I remember someone telling me about London City Mission where I could get a shower, some food and maybe some new clothes. Before food was served to us, someone brought a message from the Bible and I remember being challenged about a previous commitment I had made to Jesus.
I’ve always had a religious upbringing but never understood what a relationship with Jesus was until I was on my knees through crime and addiction. It was Jesus who picked me up. Back on the streets, I came in touch with more Christians, who were giving out sandwiches, tea and coffee to the homeless. I managed to re-engage with my faith and return to the West Midlands, where I found a church and began the road to recovery.
I began helping out with soup runs and outreaches and found myself working in homeless hostels. As I had been caught up in addiction and alcoholism, my heart is to help others off the street and out of addiction.
Today, 18 years later I am employed by Derby City Mission as Missionary for Housing & Homelessness and leading my first Derby Churches Nightshelter which started on the 1st December.
Please pray for our Nightshelter guests, many of whom are active alcoholics and addicts, that God will provide a way for them to get clean. I hope you will join me in lifting our prayers to Jesus