Every day the staff team at the Care Centre meet people with tough stories to tell. Here Manager Steve Bagnall and City Missionary Anna Maria Kaminski share some of these. Please pray for their guests. All their names have been changed.
Simon is staying in a local hostel. Many of the hostel’s residents come to us for a chat and something to eat. Because of the lockdown we have had to limit our level of engagement, particularly when we’re busy, but we try to proclaim the gospel and ask guests if they would like prayer. Simon beat us to it and asked if he could pray for us!
Over the last few weeks we have been praying together regularly. Simon knows God but he is in a battle with addiction. Pray that he soon knows where the true high comes from!
Nick came to the Care Centre for the first time. Somebody had told him we serve a hot meal and he eventually found us. We asked him where he stays. “Everywhere”, he said. Nick is in his 60s and living on the streets. He said, “This is all I have”, indicating his clothes.
As we always do, we asked if he was looking for accommodation. Often we get a ‘no’ and sometimes we have to build trust with a guest before they accept help. But Nick was keen. It’s cold outside! After a call to one of our contacts, Nick was picked up from outside the Care Centre within an hour and sent off with a brand new red suitcase full of clothes and bedding. Result!
Andrei is Romanian and he can draw and paint beautifully. He is always keen to show us examples of his decorating and artwork. Andrei took a photo of Anna Maria’s famous friend, Peanut, and showed up the following day with this wonderful drawing!
Andrei has been working ‘cash in hand’ since arriving in the UK. This meant that when work stopped, he has been unable to claim benefits as he hasn’t paid tax. This is unfortunately a common theme. We pray that he can find a real job when all this is over.
One day Camille, a lady from Paris, came to us. She is stuck in Birmingham because of lockdown. Her son was with her holding an empty trolley. We were able to fill it with food from the kitchen. She came back another day and we had some toys for her children.
Camille is staying in supported accommodation until she can go home and City Missionary Eric is communicating with her in French so we can better understand what she needs.