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July 2016            

'and whatever you do..'

It’s hard to believe we are half way through the year, and the longest day has been, and gone. We have had a good Spring into Summer Season with Fundraising Events and Teams working very hard together in all sorts of ways to support projects and in preparation for their Mission Trips.

‘Team Jean’ in Scotland completed their 110 mile walk along the Ayrshire coast for Rapa – fantastic togetherness and commitment, well done everyone! They commented; "Well...... We have made it!! Huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to our fundraisers!! Way back at the start £5000 ($7,500) seemed a lot of money to raise .......but we smashed it, raising £6013.47 ($9,020)"

Chris & Pat Calow have just last week completed the Pennine Way for the Homeless; another extremely physical & very demanding challenge. Thank you.

Worthing Annual Parade proved to be successful once again, looks like a really fun day and thank you for visiting the Smiles stand. Contact Annette if you can help in the Worthing area. (annettecharles@thesmilesfoundation.org)

Schools in NI are donating to Smiles their lost property, excess stationery, even desks and chairs. Some have organised collections of second hand clothing from home, as well as toiletries and gifts to send out in the Truck later in the year. Scheduled for September 2016.

We have actually been donated our very own 40 ft Truck in Northern Ireland by James Kernohan & Son, which is now in place and being filled with valuable aid. We will send this out in September with sponsorship again by McBurney Transport, so more details of its journey will follow. Please contact me if you would like to help in any way with this part of our work. We continually receive donations of clothing and toiletries, small furniture and special items requested from Romania, with teams carefully sorting clothes and packing boxes. All this aid is essential and we also pray for sponsorship so if you can help, please contact me.

Aid is regularly delivered to Leeds HQ and driven out whenever possible. ‘Peppa’ is planning ahead; already collecting items for the children at Christmas! A great idea as we try to get more aid sent. Contact Dawn at the office if you would like to help with this. dawn@thesmilesfoundation.org or telephone: 0113-276-5060

We are enjoying the continued Summer Fundraising of coffee mornings and car washes, table quizzes and marathons, special services and special collections, even a murder mystery night! Please pick up some of these ideas, talk to me and let’s continue raising the essential funds to operate our projects in Romania.

Following last month’s wonderful announcement of the Baptisms in Rapa and the need to build a Church for the community to meet, we have had some positive response to the appeal. Everyone who visits Rapa feels a sense of disbelief at what we witness, yet a sense of unity in a community basically ‘surviving’ together.

Now, with the introduction of love and grasped hope, we see faith hatching out and people seeking the real and lasting purpose in life.

Many Mission Trippers have visited and helped in the building work over the past year, and many will visit again this summer. John and Robbie spent one week building houses in the village. Robbie, a builder and first time mission tripper, said he ‘was shaken to see the poverty in Europe.’ These men worked very hard, thank you. Are there more builders who will come to build? It’s a great experience, so contact me for more details.

My message this month is very clear. There is a lot going on, but thankfully a lot more to do. Can you help us?

The MISSION TRIP season is in full swing, teams from across UK and America are on Mission together this year. I leave on Saturday July 2nd to work in Romania for a month. I emphasise again the importance of GOING’. It is undoubtedly the best way to understand the needs, to open your eyes and your heart, to give a little something to someone and I promise you will return a blessed person with a fresh vision to invest more in God’s Kingdom work.

This year is slipping away, look at the weeks available and consider GOING, or what about 2017? Do we need to talk? I’m ready so just need your call or e-mail. We’ll make it happen!

PRAYER is essential ... God is opening so many doors, changing so many lives, taking Smiles to so many people who are forgotten and left behind. Lives are being transformed by the gospel of love and hope through our practical help, support, time and effort.

Our appeals for help are not just for money to do something, but an invitation to you to invest in hurting people’s lives in the name of Jesus Christ and for His Glory only. Please pray continually for the work and for all we need to continue. God knows what we need; we are His privileged tools to make it happen.

In closing I should remind you again of the UK September Tour! Check the venues and mark your diary. The staff will be preparing for a great programme and we would like to welcome them warmly with packed houses. If you live near one of the venues, maybe you can help with something, please contact us to discuss opportunities.

I look forward to hearing from you. I am available to support, pray with you and discuss where we can go forward together. Thank you for all you are doing.

‘And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.’
Col 3:17



Barbara Morrison

Development Ambassador &
Volunteer Coordinator
The Smiles Foundation

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

Previous Reports

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
rch 2015 - Welcome back
February 2015 - Introduction


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