We thought it was high time for an update, and have finally have got around to it!
Amazingly we are half way through our summer season here in Santa Ponsa, we have been going out every Fri and Sat night, 22:00-02:00 although we have recently decided that we need to be out from 04:00 -07:00 to be most effective, therefore we are now going out Sat and Sun mornings.
We have an amazing team of around 25 volunteers, and are steadily attracting more people, all keen to make a difference in their town, by taking the love of Jesus onto the streets.
We have been asked many times when we are going to start in Magaluf, and we have been considering and praying about this regularly. We are very keen to start ASAP, however it has taken time in Santa Ponsa for us to find out what works, and to understand the need there more, also for the volunteers to get used to working together and develop the best ways to help people etc. which of course is ongoing.
Currently we plan to remain in Santa Ponsa for the rest of the summer, although we hope to try a couple of weekends close to the end of the season in Magaluf, this isn't confirmed yet, and depends on availability of volunteers, and the ok from the police.
It has taken a while to meet the police on duty, but it has been very positive when we have, and we hope to develop more of a working relationship with them as time goes on, it's very important we are consistent in our work for this to happen which is another reason to stay in Santa Ponsa for the summer.
We plan to run another training session early in the spring, and then God willing start in Magaluf in time for the season.
To give you an idea of what we have been doing, here are our records from our last two weekends:
27th-28th July 0400-0700
During this weekend we:
Assisted a couple who had 2 phones stolen and diffused the situation with the suspected thief.
Assisted 2 girls with broken front door to apartment, checked it was safe and reassured them.
Helped a guy back to his hotel.
Cleared broken glass.
Assisted 2 girls, 1 was semi conscious and vomiting, we stayed with them until they were able to
walk with us back to the hotel.
Helped a very disorientated guy find his friends.
Picked up 30 bottles.
Gave out many wristbands.
Gave saline solution for a girls infected belly piercing.
20th / 21st July, 04:00 - 07:00
Assisted three females with cut feet
Gave water to five very sick people and stayed with them till their friends arrived.
Took almost comatosed male to his hotel, he was coherent and grateful before we left him.
Assisted male who had, had over € 2000 stolen from his wallet
Assisted male with cut to head
Assisted three males to taxi, one with a bad knee
Got ice for mans fist, after he had punched a post
Gave out wristbands for people to learn more about who we are and why we do what we do.
It's great seeing the need and being able to help and everyone who has experienced it has found it very rewarding.
We do need more volunteers so if you want to come along and experience a night with us before the season is finished, please get in touch with us to find out which night would be best. You don't need training to join us for one night, and this enables you to experience it and see if you want to be involved.
If you're already a volunteer then please check the calender and put your name down for any of the coming weekends that you can make it, we need people for every weekend at the moment :) Ideally look ahead a few weeks as well, and put your name down for alternating weeks or the dates that best suit, of course you can always just call me as well.
Thanks so much for your support, and prayers, and we hope to hear from / see you soon!
Cameron, Abi and Anour