A year on from the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow, and Dean, who volunteered at it, is turning his life around.
Following the tournament, he reconnected with staff at Glasgow City Mission and spent some time volunteering with us. Our Project Workers told him about Teen Challenge, a Christian residential rehab centre. He went to Teen Challenge in February, where he is tackling his addictions and his faith has come alive. He has now been baptised!
He gave his testimony at his baptism and described how he had grown up in the care system, believing that he was worthless and unloved. He started smoking cannabis and then started drinking. He ended up homeless – sleeping on the streets and in and out of hostels. He said: “I’ll never forget, four years ago, I remember getting on my knees and crying, ‘there must be more than this’. And the Lord showed me Glasgow City Mission. That place opened my heart. It gave me friends, it gave me family, it gave me hope.
“At the end of last year, I was told about Teen Challenge. Now I know that God’s my father. I’ve got a father for the first time and I can say with confidence that He loves me.”
Dean described volunteering at last year’s World Cup as, “Just amazing. Absolutely brilliant. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done." He continues, “I got to do a bit of everything – ball boy, stewarding, helping out the teams with things. It really helped me.”
The Homeless World Cup 2017 runs from 29 August – 5 September in Oslo.