I’m kinda way trying to write about everything in the right sort of order, and next on the list is http://www.beautifulfeetbelfast.org. Mark Spence coined the name a year ago (otherwise known as the Big Soup Pot Thing – based on the wee prayer room thing – get it? Oh never mind), and after discussing it together, the mad group that is Beautiful Feet Belfast abandoned the wprt domain name, and Ryan Mitchell designed us a new website, which is rather nice. I won’t talk about the content, because I’m necessarily biased (ie I wrote it).
Tonight we go out on the streets again to feed homeless people, and just hang out with them. We don’t know how many are coming, unfortunately, but all we need is three people, and I’m pretty sure we have that many. If we have seven or eight, we can split up into two groups, but we don’t like fewer than three people for safety reasons.
On our rounds, we regularly bump into the people from Homeplus, a charity working with homeless people in North and central Belfast. The biggest difference is that we can offer more time than Homeplus, even though we’ve seen them hang out with homeless people for upwards of 15 minutes before moving on to their next hangout, but the big thing that Homeplus do that we simply can’t even try to do is clothe people, give them sleeping bags if they’re sleeping on the street, and get them to hospital. They and the Welcome Centre (near St Peter’s – not to be confused with the Touristy place in Donegall Place), together with other groups, do an amazing job just looking out for these people, in all weathers, and all days of the week. I can’t help but be totally humbled by what they do.
In turn, they’re never shy to offer us help and advice. They know that we’re Christians, but we’re not out preaching, simply trying to make people feel valued, and offer them our time together with a few rolls and some soup – although we will talk about Jesus, his love, and why precisely we’re out serving people every Tuesday night to anyone. I think they respect this, that we’re determined not to give homeless outreach organisations a bad reputation, and that we’re more than willing to let them take the lead when we bump into them. We’re not out until the next week, they’re out the next night, and like I say, that’s pretty amazing.
Tonight, like every other Tuesday night, we head out to pray our way round the City Centre and out to Botanic Avenue and back. Remember us and pray for what God can do through us, that we will let him get on with it.