As we recognise and submit to that place, He
pours out His blessing over and over again. There is where we grow,
those around us grow and together our place becomes abundant with life
and blessing.....because God puts us there. His planning is never
wrong, it is what He does. He is the Creator of perfect things. If
anyone is going to mess it up, it will be us!
This month I want to encourage
everyone by sharing some amazing things that are going on to meet some
very important needs in Romania.
We are packing a Container at the moment
which will be leaving mid April packed with very valuable equipment
for JFL2, as well as all the supplies to enable the everyday work to
continue throughout all the projects.
Many, many volunteers are working together
in different areas of expertise and interest, gathering up what we
need. Many, many people are giving so generously of their time,
resources and gifts to make a difference to someone’s life in Romania.
We are sincerely thankful to all our
local transport companies who are partnering with us; moving loads
around Northern Ireland and delivering to Smiles in Romania. This year
‘The Grassmen’ will go for the first time and later in the year
‘McBurney Transport’ will be helping us once again with a
second load in 2016. We have been blessed with a gift of our very own
Smiles Trailer from ‘Kernohan Dismantlers’ which will be
delivered to us very soon.
Many companies have been so generous in
helping us. We have 25 hospital beds for JFL2 donated from the
Northern Health & Social Care Trust, brand new Mattresses kindly
donated by Helping Hands. Moygannon Nurseries and
Unique Garden Supplies have supplied us with beautiful Garden
Furniture for the JFL Sensory Garden. Thompson Trust sent an
unexpected gift of love to help complete the furnishing.
Individuals are buying beautiful gifts and
essential supplies; some are knitting warm clothing for children, some
donating lovely clothes of their own and of friends and family. Teams
are packing boxes all across NI; Carland, Ballymena, Portrush,
Ballymoney, Clough, Dungannon, Moy, Richill and more. Every day we
have deliveries coming in.
The final packing of a Container requires
muscles, time, love and care, as everything fits exactly in place. It
is wonderful team work with so many people working so hard; so much
love given. Every donation has a purpose; everyone is making a
difference. Thank you, and please be encouraged!
My challenge is this ... can you help in
any way? You might be reading this and thinking - "I could help
with something. I want to help with something. I just need guidance in
what best to do and to know I am contributing in making a difference."
We have 2 Containers leaving Northern
Ireland this year as well as Vans regularly leaving from Leeds. Have
you got something you can give to change the life of someone in
Romania? Could you source, park and fill a Container? Could you form a
group to pack boxes? Could you challenge your friends to collect items
of good quality clothing or other essentials?
I have lists to guide you; I have a code
for packing boxes of clothing. Maybe you can give advice or the name
of someone who may be able to help us. There are so many ways to get
involved. Keep telling your story, share your experiences and invite
people to help us.
Call me and join in this great challenge!
It is simply humbling to see God
providing exactly what we need. I realise that ‘He IS God of the
impossible’. When He asks us to do something and we realise it is far
beyond our limits..... He will provide!
He will use us if we are willing.
It is amazing to watch God work in hearts; bring the people we need
with expertise and contacts, gifts of love, time and effort.
As I said at the beginning; ‘it never
ceases to amaze me how God has things mapped out for us.’
Thank you for all your Fundraising events
planned for this Spring-time. I wish you great success, please take
pictures and let me know about your event. I will report on some next
month. Call me if you need me and please continue to pray into the
work and for all that we can do to be a part of it.
Matthew 25:40 "I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you
did for me."