As some of you know, I am writing this month
from Cihei, blessed to be a part of the very busy Mission Trip season
here. What is a Smiles Mission Trip all about? Our motivation in
Smiles is simply this - Our love for Jesus Christ as Lord and
Saviour and our desire to share His Love with others. Mission is to
know Him and to make Him known.
We have many people coming here on Mission
each year. I need to tell you a frequent comment; ‘you need to be here
to appreciate what it is really like - see it, smell it, touch it,
feel something of the pain and despair.’
We shed many tears on Mission.....why? Well,
usually because we see something we identify with and recognise that
actually this person could be me. The difference actually may be our
post code! We look at the people and see ourselves; an Auntie, Mother,
Granny, Uncle, Papa, Brother or Sister. This stirs our emotions and we
respond when we are here.
Mission Trips stretch us out of our
comfort zone to do something different that we have never done before.
It enables us to get into another world for a short time, allowing
ourselves to cry, love and ‘reach out’ like we’ve never done before.
I have learned from my many visits here that
the little things are so very important. We don’t have to
construct bridges to bridge gaps; we don’t have to build buildings to
build relationships. However, we do have to be here to
show love, kindness, compassion, friendship and emotion, before we see
a response of HOPE in people’s lives.
When was the last time you had visitors and
wished they would go home?
When was the last time you had no visitors,
and longed for someone to visit you?
Last weekend in JFL2, one of our
elderly ladies was so happy; smiling and just delighted as I walked
with her arm in arm. She told me she had prayed all day for visitors
to come, and we showed up! How will we know if we do not go! How do we
know what God is doing in every life that we meet, or every family
that we visit?
I hear story after story here of new or
renewed ‘hope’ because someone showed up to visit, help, give food and
gifts, someone to talk to and cry with. We all need hope and we can
bring it with us while we visit, even if we don’t see it at the time.
Personally, I find it difficult to put into
words how I feel when I am here; ‘home’ may be one word, ‘peace’ may
be another but ‘humble’ is one I need to use, and another is
‘blessed’. We are so blessed, we often miss it. These weeks I feel so
blessed; blessed to be here, and blessed that God would even consider
bringing me here to do something in His kingdom, blessed to have what
I have and blessed that I can share it with these beautiful people in
Romania, who I simply love.
Each time I come to Romania I meet new and
challenging situations. I see things that simply break my heart and I
ask; ‘why is it like this?’ Equally, each time I come I see more of
God working in and through Smiles, enabling us to reach people, bring
new opportunities and new hope for a better future. I have learned
that God will use every act of kindness and expression of love given
in worship to Him!
He does the things we cannot do and so more
and more I see Him. We simply seek to be faithful to Him in everything
Friends, we need you here! We need you to
step out of your comfort zone; come to Romania with Smiles for the
first time, second or third. We need to be doing things that we don’t
understand why we are doing them, but simply allow God to do what He
does, because we are here.
It is our involvement that enables things to
happen here. So, directly from the Mission Field this month, my heart
is stirred to invite you to come and tell you that this is a
Mission worth being involved with.
You will hear more at one of our
Presentations on the September Tour. We look forward to seeing you
there. Please mark your calendar and welcome our Romanian colleagues
to the UK.
Thank you for all you are doing. Continue to
pray for every detail here and all that is needed to make things
happen. Nelu was wearing a T shirt the other day which said; "on a
mission for Jesus", which sums Smiles up perfectly!
Keep in touch with your news, updates and
experiences from your Mission Trip and support work at home!