The ministry of the Street Chaplains around the streets of Northbridge and the Perth CBD is a provision from the Lord for the young people who get caught up in the 'night-life’ in various locations around Perth.
The task of the Street Chaplains is to provide help to those who sometimes ‘over-do’ it with alcohol or drugs. Team members provide help with blankets, vomit bags, first aid, food and water, money for a taxi home or just sitting and talking.
All members of the chaplaincy group having graduated are all very strong Christians from a number of Christian organisations around Perth and have a distinct calling from God to undertake this ministry of caring. Jan who is one of the team supervisors testifies that all team members are invaluable as they join us on the streets among the young people.
There are two other groups who work in Northbridge. The Northbridge Ambassadors started recently and assist by answering questions and by giving people information, such as when does the last train leave? or where are the nearest toilets?
The other group is the Nyoongar Patrol. They have been active in Northbridge for quite a few years and are really helpful. They drive a white van and also go to other areas where there are aboriginal gangs. These two groups are not from Christian organisations but are surely being used by the Lord by displaying Godly love and care to the people they contact.
Prayer is a major focus of the Street Chaplains group, and after the police briefing, and before going out, the team get together and everyone prays. It is so reassuring to know that we are covered in prayer and the Lord is indeed our shepherd.
He keeps us safe, guides us and gives us the words to say, says Jan. Jan says…“even when there is chaos all around the Lord gives us peace. Even though there have been violent situations, we have never been in danger. The Lord in his mercy has kept us safe.” People often comment and say… “I just want to tell you that you Street Chaplains do a great job. Thanks.”