Praise the Lord…
Psalm 135:5 “I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.”
Every day we should gratefully respond to God’s goodness, faithfulness and provision. It is important to stop, recognise and acknowledge His hand in all things; it‘s then when we are truly blessed and humbled.
We are chosen people to be a part of His wonderful plan. As I observe Him steer this work and the people He has put in place to serve, I see results and plans come together that make me say, ‘I know that the Lord is great’, as I am certain there is ‘no way’ we can do any of it, without Him.
Why do I say this? Well, let me share some things going on.
In September another Container left Northern Ireland, which was safely delivered, unloaded and returned home. This one was packed with essential aid, especially toilet rolls, toiletries and nappies which were desperately needed. The staff are delighted to have ‘supplies’ once again to share with those who depend on Smiles every day. Thank you for being a part of this Container, every donation makes it happen, as well as your prayers for supplies and safety on the journey. Thank you to sponsor John Adams Transport, and drivers John Adams and Darren Getty.
We had a lovely time of ‘prayer and sending’ with John and Darren on 15th September in John’s yard, where together with colleagues, his family and the Smiles family, we acknowledged our God who sends us out every day, and that; “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
We need these ‘essentials’ to continue coming, so I invite you to re-visit and share the Wish List as we start all over again to re-fill the 40 foot of empty space. Could your church or school, business, friends or family have an Autumn or Christmas focus to collect toiletries for Smiles? WISH LIST:
Summer Mission Trips may seem like a while ago now, but I am delighted to be still getting reports of their personal success to you, as well as many booking with Dawn for next year. If you are interested, we want to talk and build teams to go out. A Mission Trip will change your life, and I believe it is something everyone should do.
Caron McKane reflects on her summer trip;
‘I have just returned home after another special trip to Romania with Smiles, I have had the most amazing trip filled with plenty of love, heartache, tears, joy, a lot of playing and endless opportunities to share the love of God.
I particularly loved my days spent in the elderly care projects, I work in a nursing home back home but there is something different about the atmosphere and care in the Smiles Elderly Care Facilities – the staff are so full of the love of God and that is pointing people to God – how amazing is that!
If you’re thinking of heading to Romania I’d really encourage you, even if that means stepping out of your comfort zone – I was reminded, and challenged this trip, that when we take a step of faith out of our comfort zone that God delights to use us for His glory.’
And by Bryony Aldridge, aged 8
“After my trip to Romania, I really wanted to do something to help my friends that I met there. I remembered what Kevin said about helping the Smiles Foundation when we get back to England. I thought I was quite good at swimming and decided to do a sponsored swim.
I trained hard as I wanted to do the best I could to try and raise as much money as possible. It was a difficult challenge but I am very glad I did it!
I was very excited when I managed to do 47 lengths in the hour and very happy to see I had raised £400 ($520) to help The Smiles Foundation.
I am very thankful for all the donations because every penny counts! “
Liz and Andrew Houstoun took Smiles to the Isle of Arran, off the Scottish mainland. Having asked for prayer about the ferry crossing following some very stormy weather, Liz reported that the sailing was lovely, the presentation was well received, and the ladies enjoyed the Craft Table. £193.00 ($250) was donated from the day, thank you Andrew and Liz for your continued commitment.
Marion Morgan in Wales held an “End of Season Mega Charity Sale” for Smiles, which was great fun; a different slant on a glorified jumble/yard sale raising a very significant £250 ($325). Well done everyone!
David Kerr, one of the Northern Ireland October Mission Trip Team, organised an evening of Favourite Hymns with Special Commissioning Prayers in Dunseverick Parish. A packed Church enjoyed a great evening of praise, readings, a Smiles presentation and video, followed by a good Sunday evening supper! It was a most enjoyable evening, with a collection of £760 ($988) towards Team Fundraising. Thank you David for your great efforts to form a Team Choir, sorry we are not such good singers!!
Fundraising is vitally important all the time. Every season can bring a different focus to our routine; however the work in Romania goes on every day in every season, so please remember that winter support is equally important. Please do something if you can, take some of these ideas or from previous reports and do contact me if I can help in any way.
Finally the UK Staff Tour is coming very soon, check our itinerary and plan to join us for an evening. We would like every night to be well supported; really welcoming some of our key front line Romanian staff to the UK. They have lots to share …. you don’t want to miss it! TOUR ITINERARY
Development Ambassador & Volunteer Coordinator
The Smiles Foundation
Telephone: 0788 087 5845