Operation Joy Drop-In continues as a place where God is at work in it's new home.
Regular readers will know that the Operation Joy Drop-In moved homes to Bethel Church on Waterloo Street in Oldham recently, where it is open from 10am-2pm every Friday.
Last week Ryan received a phone call from a gentleman who was looking to get into rehabilitation and wanted to know if Ryan could help start the process. Ryan invited him to the Drop-In, so he could have a chat and get to know him a bit better. Having got to know him Ryan was able to connect him with Turning-Point and also have a chat with Be-Strong rehabilitation. The gentleman was over the moon with what was achieved in such a short space of time!
The conversation soon turned to God as Ryan wanted to know if the man had a faith, he told Ryan that he had been going to church for the last two years. Ryan went on to ask if he knew what repentance was and did he know what the consequences of sin were. This left the man looking puzzled.
Reaching for his Bible Ryan started to explain the Gospel to the young man, he took him to various scriptures in the Bible, (Psalm 139:14, John 3:16, Romans 6:23, Luke15:11-32). Ryan explained how the man is fearfully and wonderfully made, and that God has an incomprehensible love for him, so much so, that he sent his only begotten son to die for his sins. Explaining that there is a consequence for sin. The man said, “I have never heard the Gospel spoke about like this!” Ryan went on to explain the parable of the prodigal son.
Ryan said, “You could see the man was getting teary and I could feel a strong presence of God in the room.” Feeling it was right Ryan went on to lead him in a prayer of repentance and as they prayed the man gave his heart to the Lord.
We will continue to support him on his new journey and we have already suggested that he attends Bethel Church to join in the Sunday service. Ryan received a text message a bit later saying, “If I get a chance for rehab I won’t mess it up. Today has been a brilliant day, and I believe God has put certain people in my life like you to achieve what’s best for me. Like you said I have to be doing my best too, and days like today, help me see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for everything Ryan...”
Please pray for this gentleman that he settles into Bethel Church and is able to access Rehabilitation.