Operation Joy

operation_joyWhen Paul moved to Bolton having retired, his desire to work with people stayed with him.  He contacted Manchester City Mission and in 2014, Operation Joy – Manchester, came into being. 

We’ll let Paul himself explain …

The name Operation Joy was given to a ministry of the London City Mission in 1997 after the death of a lady called Joyce Brunton.  It was over two months before I found the Coroner dealing with the death and shortly after a funeral was arranged.  I was the only one there.

I was concerned at the isolation Joy had died in and I started to encourage members of the Street Population to give me their family details so that I could keep a record.  This could be used to inform the Coroner if there was any difficulty in finding next-of-kin in the future.  It was apparent that birth certificate details were also helpful for finding family.

The everyday work of Operation Joy is outreach work on the streets, whilst visiting hostels and drop-ins, and hopefully giving some useful advice for getting some normality back into life.  It is good to remember birthdays and to provide help with identification where necessary.  Going back to Joy, her ex-husband was traced and he told me that they had a son in Aberdeen.  He was informed of his mother’s death over a year after it happened.

Jesus cared about people that were the outcasts of society, and if they can get to know Him better through Acts of Random Kindness that makes it worthwhile.  Operation Joy is still staffed in London by a team covering the Camden area.  Now that I have semi-retired to Bolton I hope that some of the principles can be used in Greater Manchester through Manchester City Mission.

Paul and Angie’s prayer letter (Spring 2014) can be downloaded by clicking the following button …

Paul and Angie’s prayer letter (February 2014) can be downloaded by clicking the following button …

Paul also blogs about his work – click here  to read his updates.