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February 2015

Welcome to our new page on the Smiles Website, The Volunteer’s Corner!

So - Who is reading our New Volunteer’s Corner? Well, you are for sure right now! But who is this new, regular feature really for?

You may be someone who is already very actively involved in Smiles. You may be someone who supports us monthly, perhaps you pray for the work daily or at your church prayer meeting. You may be someone interested in the work and are having your first look at the website, or maybe someone who supported a recent Smiles event and you are interested in finding out more.

So, whichever category you may be - thank you for reading. I trust you will enjoy this feature and come back each month, to be a part of it and contribute to it with your news and activity!

We are all ‘volunteers’ serving our God together in whatever capacity He needs us. The Kingdom of God is made up of willing volunteers who believe passionately in something real and are committed to invest their time, energy and resources to it.

For me, I believe God has asked me to be a part of Smiles. It is not a difficult commitment for me to make, because I truly see the hands and feet of Jesus at work throughout the work of Smiles, so therefore it is a privilege to be a part of it, serving with people equally committed to their God and to their people.

I have a few simple questions for you to ponder over this month, please reflect upon them and respond accordingly...

  • Have you seen the desperation on people’s faces in the villages we visit in Romania?

  • Have you seen the tears of joy on the faces of the elderly in our Care Homes?

  • Have you heard the screams of delight at a children’s party or Holiday Bible Club (VBS)?

  • Have you watched the elderly enjoy a hearty lunch in Gepiu?

  • Have you heard the children pray before their lunch in Tileagd?

  • Have you seen the rat bites on the children’s faces in Rapa or Salard?

  • Have you listened to a mother’s story of fear for herself and for her children?

  • Are you seriously challenged by the plight of our brothers and sisters in Romania?

  • Are you willing to be a volunteer, and commit to being a part of the work The Smiles Foundation undertakes in Romania?

The need is so great; there is so much to be done in Romania. Together we can make a difference, but we have to commit to getting out of our armchairs and doing something about it.

There are many, many ways to raise awareness and increase support for Smiles. We have great material available to help you with ideas, by using power point presentations, videos and literature. We can provide quantities of literature for you to use locally. Your own story could be the most powerful and effective tool available, I encourage you to start talking!

Please do not miss the opportunity to serve God together through Smiles. I often hear it said ‘there is nothing I can do to help, what use would I be or I am too old’. God did not create us to do nothing; he has a purpose for us all. We are not here to watch other people doing some great job at helping people in need. Please take up a new challenge this year to be a willing volunteer to help Smiles.

To encourage you, I have a selection of photographs of Fundraising Fun in NI during 2014.

Reflect on the challenging words of James 2 v15-17 where we are called to put our ‘faith into action’...

"Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed’, but does nothing about the physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."

Contact me with your thoughts and comments on Smiles, maybe something you would like to share about a Mission Trip, maybe to consider going on a Mission Trip. Tell me of something that has challenged you or impressed you. Send me details on a Fundraising Event you have organised or attended, even a thank you for a generous donation made by a friend, business or church. I would love to hear from anyone interested enough in the work to do something, or maybe even - do something MORE!

The Volunteer Corner is exactly what is says on the tin, it’s about ‘Volunteers’, so that could be you! Please pray that we can increase our committed Volunteers in 2015 to help support the tremendous and much needed work the Smiles Foundation is doing each day in Romania.

Thank you and God Bless you.


Barbara Morrison

Development Ambassador &
Volunteer Coordinator
The Smiles Foundation

E-mail: barbaramorrison@thesmilesfoundation.org

Telephone: 0788 087 5845

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