Why I’m a street pastor: Belfast volunteers reveal all

We asked, ‘Why are you a street pastor?’

It’s a great way to show God’s love in an unexpected, practical and gentle way.

I want to give something back to Belfast.

In the past I’d have been out late and vulnerable and can understand when people take a night out too far. I’d have loved somebody to sit with me for five minutes. ‘Do to others as you’d have them do to you.’

It is what Jesus would do.

Because I care, and 99.9% of people appreciate that.

To show God’s love by being His eyes, ears and hands.

God loves people outside the Church and it’s a privilege to go out and care.

I have kids and would like there to be people like street pastors around if they needed help.

We are supposed to help our neighbours – we are all made in the image of God.

I enjoy being part of a team, meeting new people and helping those in need.

We are helping Belfast’s reputation as a safe city at night – good for local people and great for tourists.

I became a street pastor by invitation, to see if I could relate to others in a practical Christian way. From the first night I knew it was something that was needed badly in our cities because the world is looking on. As Christians it’s vital that we SHOW our faith and not just ‘talk the talk’.

People ‘see’ more than what we say, and they see it week after week, rain, hail or snow.

I enjoy the camaraderie and being of some help to those we meet on the street. Knowing that we help the other services is important to me and life in Belfast late at night has become safer.

Find out more about Belfast Street Pastors here.