"Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can
do today." I am using
this well known phrase as I write from Romania, where more and more,
day by day actually, I realise with Smiles the significance of the
statement, and how it applies to my life, many lives and possibly
At our evening fellowship we shared a ‘snap
shot’ summary of our day. Many, many words used to describe each day,
along with tears and laughter. Let me share a ‘snap shot’ of my
thoughts while I have been here.
Rapa, my heart swelled with joy as I witnessed 7 people being
baptised, 2 more than scheduled. I watched a young woman responding to
the call of the Holy Spirit to ‘just do it’, surrender, and allow God
to take over; a child-like faith that is so refreshing. None of us
ready or perfect, but a new journey began for her as she simply
Rapa Church worship and praise God like the
roof is going to lift; such passion, enthusiasm, faces glowing with
hope and love for their Lord. I am reduced to tears as I realise these
people cannot yet read or write. But there is Revival in a village,
This trip has strengthened my belief that
the ‘best expression of LOVE is TIME’.....it is so vitally
important for everyone to be on Mission at some point in our lives.
Not only are we IN God’s hands; we actually ARE God’s hands. Sitting,
chatting to the elderly, playing with kids, colouring in, singing,
bowling, gymnastics, holding hands, a gentle hug, serving lunch,
watching the light in faces as they read for the first time with new
spectacles, as hope enters their lives through the smallest of gifts
or essential items for life.
The facilities that Smiles have built here
are a ‘life line’ for all those who come through the doors. The
work begins with the people when the ribbon is cut!! We have built the
building which is great, but as many of you will be aware, all costs
are not yet covered in JFL2, Rapa Houses and Rapa Church, EHU and each
project needs continuous funding to operate as we change lives daily,
and bring glory to God through the work and commitment of staff.
Volunteers..... we are all thrilled by what
is going on here, so it is time for me to really encourage and invite
you to get some Fundraising planned into your schedule during the next
6 months. We launched the need to clear deficits and support operating
costs of all the projects while on the UK Tour, as well as giving you
a 2017 Fundraising Form.
Fundraising challenge link...
Today, I want to launch our 2017 SMILES DAY. Following a very
successful time of focused Fundraising last year, we’re ready to go
again 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.
What can we do? I have organised a Craft
to Care Day where we will be making fancy Gift Cards with
professional teaching, having a day ‘away’ from routine; enjoying
morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea together.
I suggest you try a Coffee Morning or
Afternoon Tea, large or small, could be just a few friends in your
own home for a natter and some scones, or invite a few more to your
Church Hall, School or Community Centre. In winter a Film Afternoon
or Evening is a great idea; again at home may suit you with some
stew or soup, hot drinks and the nice fire lit! Or go to a Church Hall
and present a Film for adults or children with Pop Corn and Hot
If you feel energetic enough, perhaps
organise a Sponsored Walk (or Cycle) which could be as part of
a walking group, or with a few friends and family. Take the challenge
to stretch the legs a bit!
How about producing a Fireside Quiz
which is great in Winter, sell them to your friends or workplace, pop
them into your Post Office or Corner Shop. Or give out Smartie
Tubes to your Bible Study group, friends, family, work colleagues
and ask them to fill it with 20p’s.
Or would you be as brave as Caitlin and
Paula to do a Sponsored Hair Cut? Thank you ladies, tremendous
fundraising efforts and commitment to the cause.
Please do something!! .....keep your event
within your limits of time to organise, numbers and what you enjoy.
Remember always, always; fundraising must be FUN. I am happy to help
you with any ideas you might have, so please contact me.
Together we can raise some significant
funds, we will encourage each other in our various functions, as well
as equipping our Romanian Project Leaders to continue on the Mission
Field, making a huge difference to many, many people for God’s glory.
Please continue to pray for all that is
going on here, as we watch lives transformed forever by the power of
the Holy Spirit. Personally, I feel privileged and blessed, humbled,
emotional and filled with joy that God would even consider using me to
be His hands and feet today.
Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can
do today.........tomorrow might be too late!
I look forward to hearing from you all.
Development Ambassador &
The Smiles Foundation
Telephone: 0788 087 5845
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...
2016 - A calling
May 2016 -
The Small Things
- ' ...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
- Welcome backrch
2015 - Welcome back
February 2015 - Introduction