Therefore encourage one
1 Thessalonians 5:11
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in
fact you are doing."
Each month has its own interesting and
As May arrives, the excitement and anticipation rises for those going
on Mission this summer. Our ‘preparation and focus’ is important as we
‘GO’. I encourage each of you to read carefully the reports shared,
read the Prayer & Praise section on the Website, and pray into each
story, project, leaders and circumstances. I encourage you to present
your thoughts daily to God; together we can cover every detail of the
Mission Work with His power and protection.
Lindsay McKinlay led a team in April from
Strathaven, she wrote:
rewards our patience! It has been on my heart for several years to
bring a team from my church to Romania. Last year, it was confirmed,
and through prayer the number 12 was in my head - and right up until
the week we left, I was quietly disappointed that we 'only' had 11 on
our team! I wondered if someone might join us at the last minute.
However, God was right, as always. When we arrived in Romania,
Jonathan from England slotted into our team. 12 as God had promised!
Mission teams are wonderful. Friends,
families, church groups, school groups, scouts, guides and total
strangers, of all ages, from different countries and from all
backgrounds and walks of life all come together with the common goal
of serving. Mission work brings everyone closer in a way that is very
difficult to articulate. If you've never experienced a mission trip
with Smiles I urge you to do so soon!"
As you receive this letter I ask you to pray
for our Smiles trailer which will be leaving Northern
Ireland on 6th May packed with essential
aid. Thank you for your donations, pray for the drivers as they
travel, and thank you McBurney Transport for your sponsorship support.
Let me share some recent tremendous
Team Benburb had a BIG Breakfast in the
Parish Church Hall. The young people had a Bun Sale at Drumglass High
School. These events raised £2874.00 ($3,736)
Penny and Victoria who are going on
their trip on 29th April, held a Beetle Drive in Jack
Straws, Belfast which was a very enjoyable evening; raising £676.00
Team October has started some activity,
Margaret Graham hosted a Coffee Morning,
Cake & Craft Sale in Ballintoy on a beautiful spring morning; raising
£830.50 ($1,079) A great day, sharing coffee and cake.
We had a Bag pack in Ballycastle
Eurospar on Easter Saturday, collecting £745.40 ($968) Great fun!
Team Jean held their Fashion Show in
Dalmellington Church with a Sale of Crafts, supper, and support of
Bonmarche Fashions. What a night of fun and fashion, raising £692.00
($900) Look out for the next one!
Team Aghadowey Cash for Clobber
collection totalled £212.00 ($276)
and Eithne Smyth opened their home for a Coffee Morning, inviting
family and friends; an amazing total £973.50 ($1,265)
Mary McCoy visited Coyles Cottage
Knitting Group who presented beautiful knitwear and a generous cheque
for £260.00 ($338) following a Shrove Tuesday Coffee Morning.
The Knitting Group presented their
beautiful work, after a lovely lunch and fellowship.
Rob & Margaret Nightingale held a Coffee
Morning and sale in St Hilda’s with the help of Jenny, Dorothy and Ed,
raising £386.45 ($502)
Presentations are popular and effective,
please seek opportunities to share your stories.
Samuel Cochrane and Jacquie Cochrane
shared their Mission Trip experience at their U3A group in Ballymoney.
A very enjoyable and emotional morning.
I appreciate all your events, knowing the
commitment it takes to plan and organise. Please send me your
photographs and a few lines about your event. We can encourage each
other and pick up ideas for ourselves, but we also encourage our
colleagues in Romania as they read our stories. They depend on ‘our
work’ to fund ‘their work’, so let’s continue with serving hearts to;
"encourage each other and build each
other up, just as in fact you are doing."
The Smiles Foundation
Telephone: 0788 087 5845
- set your affection on things above
- pressed down, shaken together, running over
2017 - Faithful in Prayer
January 2017 - Ordinary people
doing extraordinary things
December 2016 - Punching holes in the darkness
2016 - Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today
2016 - Serve on another in Love
September 2016 - Preparation
August 2016 - and what does the Lord require of you?
July 2016 - and whatever you do...
2016 - A calling
May 2016 -
The Small Things
- ' ...you did for me'
- Smiles Day
2016 - We love because He first loved us
2016 - Sharing Smiles Day
2015 - Something to share
November 2015 - Many hands and faithful hearts
October 2015 - With God all things are possible!
September 2015 - Real people make a Real
2015 - GO and Grow!
July 2015 - Being prayerful
June 2015 - Be glad you are not a cow!
2015 - Sharing Something Special
- Welcome back
2015 - Welcome back
February 2015 - Introduction