Two week teams

Our final team’s BBQ… On the first night of my two week team, I vividly remember walking someone back to their hotel with Brian, whilst it chucked it down with rain and the sewers in the West End flooded, meaning we were wading through faeces in our flip flops…there really is no warm-up for what…

August blog

  It has been a long time since I have blogged, for several reasons…we have been away on holiday with my family (the first time we’ve been able to do so since moving out here!), we have been in August with temperatures rising to 40 degrees (which makes it difficult to do anything other than…

Partying pirates

Anyone walking past our centre on Friday afternoon would have noticed a few oddities about our long term team. Jamie, sat with one earring attached by some contraption to his ear, was being drawn on by Robb, who looked like a run-away hippie who hadn’t washed in years. Lucy emerged from the prayer room with…

Quid hoc ad aeternitatem

  The Jesuit saints, who lived faithfully before God during the seventeenth century, adopted the phrase ‘Quid hoc ad aeternitatem‘ – ‘What is this to eternity‘. Something about this statement-question-challenge resonates in me; if I were braver, I’d get it tattood, just to make the point. Last night in the prayer room, I looked round…

These eyes see beauty

The sun is rising and I have just got home. Tonight has been a mixture of praying, helping and laughing.. it was a fairly steady pace in terms of quantity of calls… The first call came from someone who had found a drunk guy by the ice cream shop. Whilst two of the team went…

Van night

Tonight was van night; all was quiet on the phone until about 1.30am, when the first call came in… ‘There is a girl who has overdosed…on anti-hystemines’…and off we went, not sure of what to expect! Leanne was coping marvelously, and after a little persuasion from Rach and Poppy, she agreed to hop in the…

Arrows

                                                                    And here we are, 05.13am. There were four of us on the team tonight, and we began the night by praying that…