Agapé – God’s Love – is the willingness to serve without compensation, and the willingness to suffer without retaliation.
In 1996, Agape Street Ministries, a Catholic Christian Street Outreach prayer ministry started reaching out to the women involved in prostitution of the downtown eastside area of Hastings and Cordova in Vancouver. Since that time, we have responded to the call for a second location and expanded into the Whally neighborhood of Surrey. Dedicated volunteers of Agape Street Ministry, donning their red jackets and often referred to as ‘the Candy People’ by the women, give over 43,000 candy bags a year, each with the message of God’s love for them. Through encounters with Agape Street Ministries, women learn that God’s love for them is unconditional, and it is through Him that freedom and true healing from addiction and sexual exploitation can be realized.
That all women who work in prostitution and or suffer from addictions will hear Jesus’ message of Love and open their hearts to His healing power.
Agape Street Ministry Volunteers are called to bring the Love of Jesus to women who work as prostitutes and/or have drug or alcohol addiction. Through non-judgmental and prayerful actions and words we share God’s unconditional love for the women.
Agape Street Ministry is also affiliated with Sancta Maria House located in Vancouver, BC. Sancta Maria House offers structured 12-step supportive living for 9 women who desire freedom from addiction.