My name is Ruth Gilchrist and I’ve just joined the Street Connect family, in the role of Part time Project Worker. I trained and worked as a Primary School Teacher for a few years, however for the last 3 years I was working as a Women/Family worker for a church in Glasgow.  One of the highlights of my time in this role was setting up and coordinating a foodbank ministry. It was a privilege to build relationships with community members and share the love of Jesus with them in practical ways.

For the last 11 years I have been going over to Uganda and with the help of some dear Ugandan friends, I coordinate a small-scale ministry, supporting a group of young mums and their children from a slum community.  These young mums have spent years on the streets and their trauma and issues are deep rooted – but we continue to love them and support them as best as we can – believing that with Jesus, healing and transformation are possible!

Whilst I always said I didn’t want to do any further study – I find myself doing a part time Diploma in Integrative Counselling – A Christian Perspective, and I am enjoying it! I feel this will compliment my role at Street Connect nicely.

I found out about the work of Street Connect through my previous job, when dropping food off weekly at Govan Free Church to help them with their foodbank ministry.  It was through connecting with the lovely folks at Govan Free Church that I heard about the wonderful work of Street Connect. 

I have always had a real burden for those who are marginalised and vulnerable. The vision and mission of Street Connect is something I wholeheartedly support.  I love how Street Connect aim to tackle addiction by restoring connection.  Connection is key – God created us for connection and community.  Whether we struggle with substance abuse or not, we all need connection!

I am looking forward to working with a team of like-minded people.  I am also looking forward to building relationships with the participants and journeying with them.  It is such a privilege to be a small part of Street Connect’s wonderful work – offering hope and opportunity of recovery to individuals disadvantaged by addiction. 

A special verse for me is Isaiah 61:3.   I love how our God is in the business of taking the broken and turning it into something beautiful! Beauty for ashes!

“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:3 NKJV

Nov 15, 2023