It was one of those weird weather nights. It was spring and yet we were in the middle of a snow storm.
During our weekly outreach evening down in the city’s core, we met up with Jane. She was being bullied by the guy she was with and she was freezing cold. We invited her to step in out of the cold with us to warm up and put on a warm hoodie that we had on hand. It was very apparent that Jane needed some detox help and, when asked, she said that she didn’t know where she was going to sleep that night.
While we enjoyed our warm McDonald’s coffee together with Jane, we made a few calls and teamed up with the Salvation Army Outreach Van in the area. As we waited for the van to pick her up, we tried our best to make her feel safe in our company. We shared some jokes and a few giggles over coffee. We had a lovely visit and soon she was on her way to a warm, safe place to sleep for the night. Before she left, she gave us a hug and a grateful smile as she made her way into the van.
I so love all the moments we get to share with our street friends even while we assist them with some very real and urgent needs. Every moment and experience is different and unique and always a blessing to be a part of.
-Bonnie, Street Outreach
30 Days of Prayer, 30 Seconds Each Day, In Honour of Our 30th Anniversary
This story is part of A Special Series this month in honour of OIM’s 30th Anniversary. We hope to raise awareness, challenge misconceptions, and honestly reflect the lives of those who call the streets their home. As you reflect on these stories, please take a moment to PRAY EACH DAY – just 30 seconds – for our ministry’s needs.
Thanks and God Bless.