prayer and praise
I was looking through some of last year’s
photos, which I often do and I came upon this one of Beth Morrow
who was out in July as an Intern from Belfast Bible College. What
a beautiful photograph, and very true words on the caption –
"The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the best of everything they have."
Many times on Mission Trips I hear similar
comments; ‘.... so little, yet always smiling, and so happy’; ‘The
children appreciate the simplest of gifts’; ‘what beautiful
smiles....always smiling’; ‘don’t they make the most of what they’ve
I have learned through Smiles that we
receive a beautiful blessing by giving the simplest, smallest gift
away and allowing God to turn it into something bigger for someone
else. We don’t actually always know the impact we are having or can
have on people’s lives by going to them, by giving
something to them, or by spending time with them. God does the
things that we can’t.
Lynda Donaldson has written for us;
The Small Things.
Barbara’s words last month were a great encouragement; " there is no
such thing as too few people, because we don't know what that 1 person
who did turn up will do".
I was thinking at Christmas that it was time
to hang up my wellies as ‘Peppa’, as I had no bookings in my diary.
Maybe it had run the course. Then I was approached by a local
Christian Charity doing similar work on a housing estate in Carlisle
who wanted to host a ‘Peppa Party’; for Smiles. They said they
wouldn't be able to raise much; would I be interested? Well, the party
was a huge success and Community Reach handed me a cheque for
($246). Fantastic! One Charity helping another Charity.
‘Peppa’ has also attended an Easter Ball,
and will be going to the Annual Fairy day....The highlight of my 'pig'
year.... and the cutest event ever!
The wonderful late Stephen Woodward
encouraged us all to 'dream big’, and we did so for Tileagd. But he
was also a great believer in the ‘small things’ and valued every penny
donated. A cardboard collection house full of pennies was equally
valued as much as a whopping cheque, probably more so. Nia even had an
album called Small Things.
From selling cakes and cards at my Toddler
Group, Coffee Mornings, Hot Chocolate Afternoons, a Garden Party,
Quizzes or prancing about as ‘Peppa’, it all counts. Every penny is
making a difference for someone.
When I first set out with Smiles I was scared I would never be able to
raise the courage and confidence, never mind any money! Dawn
encouraged me with an arm around me saying "we will always be here for
you, and so will God". I have kept those words with me, and can still
feel that hug from April 2001!
I won't be hanging up my wellies just yet!
Go for it, enjoy it, and make a difference.
God Bless. Lynda x
Read what Joye & Robin Carson have been
up to for Smiles
as Rapa has captured their hearts.....
We recently completed a sponsored walk for
The Smiles Foundation. I decided to celebrate my 60th birthday by
walking 60 miles to raise funds for the Rapa Community and build a
house for a family. I have not visited Rapa yet, but it has captured
my heart. We will be going out this July and would hope to be helping
to build in Rapa and meet the community.
The walk; around the North Antrim Coast from
Larne to Portstewart – a total of 63.3 miles or 149,940 steps in 5
days. My target was to raise £5,000 ($7,500)
and at writing this I have almost £14,000 ($21,000).
People have been really amazing, generous and kind. People tell me
that what we did was amazing, but I say to them that we just did the
walk; they supplied the money and other support – that was the amazing
part. I know from the start that it was a vision that God had
given me. I am 60 years old in July, and I am so pleased to be able to
thank Him for all that He has done for me.
Doing the walk was much easier than I
expected as I had an accident about three weeks before. I cracked my
tail-bone and concussed myself after a fall. I was in hospital and
wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to do it. On the Friday night
before I was still in great pain. We attended The Vineyard, Belfast
Good Friday service, where my son, Alan is the Associate Pastor.
Afterwards, they were offering prayer ministry. I went for prayer but
didn’t feel any immediate difference. Next morning I was still in
pain. I have to say that I was a little bit disappointed at that
stage. I thought: "God - I am doing something for you, could you not
just heal this awful pain?" I was frustrated. However, the following
morning, Easter Sunday, I swung my legs out of bed! There wasn’t a
pain and I haven’t felt any discomfort since!
Fellow supporters walked with us, drove
support cars and provided hospitality each night. I am really
happy to have completed the walk. We would like to thank anyone who
supported us in any way. The money that came in has absolutely
amazed us, alongside the prayer that we had. We are so grateful!
I thank God for you who believe in Smiles
and the work we are doing, who take the baton of opportunity to make
a difference and allow God to enable stories like these to be shared
each month. Stories of vision, commitment and faithfulness.
Let go of something of your life and let God
do something much bigger with it for His purpose and His glory.
The Truck arrived safely in Romania, we are
blessed again. Thank you Garth & Gary for your commitment to do
this work with us, thank you also to McBurney and Blair Transport
for your input and ongoing support.
Keep in touch. Let me know what’s going on,
I want to hear your stories!
Development Ambassador &
The Smiles Foundation
Telephone: 0788 087 5845
- ' ...you did for me'
- Smiles Day
2016 - We love because He first loved us
2016 - Sharing Smiles Day
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
2015 - GO andGrow!
July 2015 - Being prayerful
June 2015 - Be glad you are not a cow!
2015 - Sharing Something Special
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2015 - Welcome back
February 2015 - Introduction
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