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'Pray for people's wellbeing' says head of Street Pastors UK as people are warned of river dangers

by Alex Collett

Chief operating officer for the umbrella organisation Ascension Trust for Street Pastors UK has told Premier Christian News we should "pray for our cities" as they warn of the dangers to life near open waters.

Shrewsbury Street Pastors have warned people, who are on a night out, to be cautious and stay together, after several deaths in the River Severn.

A safety review is being carried out by Shropshire Council after two men died earlier this year.

Eustace Constance, chief operating officer for the umbrella organisation Ascension Trust for Street Pastors UK gave Premier a few pointers for prayer. 

"For me, we should be praying for people's wellbeing. 

"Over the last couple of years we've had an increase of people's mental wellbeing, and they will go out and just seek to celebrate sometimes, but it is all about moderation. 

"It's always about moderation and so it should be, as instructed by the Bible, let's pray for our cities. 

"Let's pray for our villages and towns, that there will be people like street pastors and all those other groups that make themselves available for to be there for those people."

Toby Jones, 31, and 21-year-old Nathan Fleetwood died within weeks of each other. 

Whilst a third man, Dan Walker, 31, suffered severe injuries despite being rescued.

Constance went onto say street pastors can be vital for people who are struggling with their mental health and can prevent them from making life threatening decisions. 

He said: "When they're faced with those hopeless moments and decide to take a final decision on what we understand to be a temporary condition.

"That's where you do need someone who can maybe approach them gently and maybe have a conversation about that how that may not be the best decision."

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