Paul's (Operation Joy) resilience in going out on one of the wettest Manchester days he's ever experienced while out, led to him meeting a new member of the Roma community
"Sightings of the Roma community known to me have been rare during the pandemic. Following one encounter with two of the women at the beginning of October, the next meeting came on the last day of the month. I spotted a lady I didn't know who fitted the profile of being Roma; she was asking people for change. When she approached me I offered her a food bag from those I was carrying. It was pouring with rain so as we stood under a bus shelter I said I would pray for her. At that moment 'R', a Roma woman known to me for several years and whose home I have visited, joined us; they were clearly known to each other. In time this might lead to another family being known and another home being visited. It was possibly the worst weather conditions I've experienced in Manchester on outreach, but these encounters make it worthwhile."