We had the street people in for their Christmas lunch today. As expected it was pretty noisy, but most were pretty well behaved. We all sang lots of Carols and afterwards they dutifully lined up for their Christmas Hamper. These were carrier bags stuffed with food, clothes, toiletries and Christmas goodies to eat. They also had a gospel message given to them by one of our team.
Latterly I ended up praying for a young Christian lady who has suffered from a long term illness for 10 years. She also had back pain and after we prayed and laid hands on her, she felt an easing of her pain in the back.
On Wednesday this week we’ll be giving our annual Christmas lunch and individual Christmas hampers to 7o homeless/drug addicts/street drinkers. We’ll have carols too, but the solos from the floor (and sometimes from the mic) are always the highlight, as you can imagine!
It’s always pretty chaotic, but they love it and appreciate what we do. God bless them – every one! Each year a few are missing because they’ve died of their addiction, gone back to prison or, in one case, been found floating in the canal. New folk have since arrived, so will take their place. We always give a short gospel message or testimony to make the folk think. It might be the last gospel message they hear this side of the grave.