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December 2016            

Dear Friends

‘Punching holes in the darkness’

The recent Smiles Newsletters have been both thrilling and challenging. The pace of life in Smiles is frantic and the amount of work done in a month is almost unbelievable.

If you agree with me, then please know that our part in the ministry is absolutely vital. Daily, Smiles continue to ‘punch holes in the darkness’, and bring light and life to hundreds of people living in darkness, in the depths of despair and poverty. Will you commit to continue with us into 2017; see more miracles, see projects grow, see lives changed for eternity?

Will you commit to being a part of this great work?
Together we can make a difference.

These great Fundraising results should encourage you, and may give you some ideas. I want to thank everyone involved in every way, we truly appreciate everything you do;

  • The Model Farm Event organised by Peter Niblock has raised an amazing £2900.00

  • Sam & Lynda Thompson’s Moygannon Garden Centre Coffee Day raised £2500.00

  • Carol Woodward organised a Christmas Market, raising over £2,100 and still growing.

  • A Concert by Ballymoney and District Male Voice Choir organised by John Campbell raised £1245.00

  • John and Joan Mayo’s Smiles Coffee Morning raised £365.00

  • Smiles Praise Service with Coleraine Community Choir hosted by Rev John Stanbridge raised £808.20

  • Cloughwater Church Craft Fare raised £901.52

  • An Afternoon Tea Party organised by Wilma Harkness raised £556.00

  • Joye Carson has produced a Cook Book .... available for a £5 minimum donation and has already raised more than £2,000

May I take this opportunity to remind you of our 2017 SMILES DAY on Saturday 4th February 2017. Please consider an event on or around that date, OR later in the year if it suits you better, but still as part of our SMILES DAY focus. Some suggestions for the day have been a Coffee Morning or Afternoon Tea, a Film Afternoon or Evening, a Sponsored Walk or Cycle, a Fireside Quiz or filling Smartie Tubes. Please let me know the details of your event.

Many of you have met Luke Wathen in the Mission Centre who is spending a year with Smiles. He has written an update for us;

My time with Smiles:
Proverbs 16:9 "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."

A word I would use to sum up my time in Romania, working with everyone here and visiting the places could be ‘incredible’. Although this barely does it justice as all my expectations have been exceeded. I have so many positive stories I would like to tell you, but I will focus on a couple that are most personally challenging and inspiring.

Rapa is where Smiles have now built 11 houses and a church in the last 12 months. But I would like to mention the people who live there and their enthusiasm for their new homes and place of worship. Once the building of the Church became a reality, their desire for it grew deeper and deeper until the opening service, when the Church was overflowing onto the street and now we have witnessed 18 baptisms this year. Rapa is a fantastic example of God working through people; mission teams, staff, everyone who did any amount of fund-raising, building, digging, painting, visiting or playing with kids. Without committed prayer and keeping God at the centre, the spiritual life in Rapa would not have come alive. Only God can improve the condition of the spirit!

Just being involved is an amazing feeling. Plus in Rapa I am not "Luke" anymore, I am "Luka", as the kids call me. When I visit, immediately we start a game of something involving running as fast as possible. The whole community are special to me and I can’t imagine having never met them now!

In Cihei, the Smiles Staff are some of the best people I have ever met, continually doing exceptional work in their projects whilst putting up with me! Actually they do far more than that; they include me and find tasks I can help with. This has been amazing, if unnerving at times, because I am often pushed out of my comfort zone. For example a few weeks ago I helped to take some of the residents from the Oradea Elderly Care Home to Baile Felix for a walk followed by coffee and cake. For me, that was difficult, having never worked with elderly before. My nervousness evaporated as all of the residents are so open and kind. It was a wonderful day sharing their joy and wishing one lady a happy birthday too!

When I arrived, one of my main concerns was whether I could be useful every day. There are undoubtedly multiple tasks to do! I had never built a house, chopped wood or re-roofed a shed, but I have now! I have learned not to worry about what I can or cannot do, I realise just being here is appreciated by all the people I meet.

Currently I am working in Cihei preparing for Winter Mission Trips when we will distribute hundreds of Shoe Boxes in partnership with Teams4U and share festive smiles and God’s love with people who will not receive any other gift.

I can’t believe that 7 months have gone by. But I have 5 months to go. I am praying about my future, that God will guide me into His will and help me every day to work as well as I possibly can for Him with Smiles.

I hope to meet you here at some point in the future on a Mission Trip!

May God bless you

Luke Wathen.

Isn’t that a fantastic testimony? Have a wonderfully Blessed Christmas. I want to thank you for all your hard work. Keep Smiles in your prayers and plans for 2017. Be a part of this special work for the Lord, He has work for us all to do.



Barbara Morrison
Development Ambassador &
Volunteer Coordinator
The Smiles Foundation

E-mail: barbaramorrison@thesmilesfoundation.org
Telephone: 0788 087 5845

Previous Reports
November 2016 - Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today
October 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...
June 2016 - A calling
May 2016 - The Small Things

April 2016 - ' ...you did for me'
March 2016 - Smiles Day
February 2016 - We love because He first loved us
January 2016 - Sharing Smiles Day

December 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 Difference

August 2015 - GO andGrow!
July 2015 - Being prayerful

June 2015 - Be glad you are not a cow!
May 2015 - Sharing Something Special
March 2015 - Welcome back
2015 - Welcome back
February 2015 - Introduction


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