Collaborative work in Oldham
The recently opened weekly Restart Drop-In in Oldham town centre, that is focussed on providing a safe space for women, has led to discussions regarding the needs of homeless men in Oldham.
Ryan from Operation Joy has had discussions with Michelle, who heads up Restart, and Sandie, one of the Restart volunteers, about how this collaboration between the projects would work.
During one of these discussions a young man, ‘D’, joined the conversation and explained his background of sleeping on the streets and his desire to help those who are in a similar position to the one he had been in. This led to the idea of a street soccer team being discussed.
Ryan continued the discussion with ‘D’ who was becoming emotional as he looked back on those he had let down during his life. They discussed the parable of the prodigal son and Ryan prayed with him as he said he wanted to meet with Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. Ryan will support ‘D’ as he starts this new journey and looks for a church to join up with.
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