I had not see Cameron before. Sitting with him it was soon obvious that Cameron was a highly intelligent guy. "My thing is Japanese, it all started when I couldn't sleep and I got watching an Open University programme on spoken Japanese"
As we are chatting one of the new volunteers at Faith House - a student studying theology at Durham - is having a conversation with one of the homeless guys about New Testament Greek which quickly draws Cameron's interest. Rolling a cigarette, hardly looking up Cameron complete's the Greek alphabet. With incredulity in his voice our new volunteer says "that's right!!".
Cameron just 30 had big dreams for his life, a talented sportsman, particularly football and Judo; who knows some of the dreams may have been realised had his mid teens not been a cocktail of wrong decisions. A life of drugs and violent crime landed Cameron in trouble and until six months ago his twenty's have known only prison.
As Cameron offered his story there is a sense of someone desperately wanting to make up for lost time - with the agenda to make something of his life. Inside - his agenda became of of education. Now free his first priority to keep active and away from past 'friends'. His second priority to complete a degree in Japanese at SOAS.
Faith House offers many things beyond fish finger sandwiches! That of being able to help people to articulate hope from hopelessness is one of the greatest consistent gifts it offers. I hope Cameron comes again.