“God bless the Fox Street Community and Central Methodist Church in Preston. You guys are awesome.”
Meet Brian: Today he is a local preacher in training and an evangelist working in a church within a community where many are dealing with issues such as addiction and homelessness.
Brian was addicted to heroin for 16 years and spent time dealing drugs in Preston, where he grew up. This resulted in time in prison and the breakdown of his family. Brian really hit rock bottom with nobody to turn to, he was forced to live on the streets for two years. He lost his hip through injecting heroin contaminated with Anthrax, was covered in open abscesses and shed a vast amount of weight. He spent all his time sitting on the streets begging to feed his drug habit.
One evening he was approached by a couple of Christians who offered him warm food and clothes. They told him of the soup kitchen run by the Central Methodist Church in Preston town centre where he was welcomed by a warm and caring group of people who were there to listen. They put him in touch with Fox Street night shelter and from there Brian’s story of redemption began. He went into a rehabilitation unit and really connected with his faith.
Brian says, “Fox Street and the church gave me the opportunity to stop and re-evaluate my life. I would urge anybody facing hard times to approach these wonderful places and allow the amazing people there to offer you the hand of friendship and the heart of love. This was a pivotal moment in my life.”