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September 2016            


Dear Friends

While paying for diesel the other day, I was surprised to see Mini Easter Eggs in a basket at the check- out. I looked around wondering had I missed a season, or has the world just gone totally mad? What on earth are they doing; clearing old stock, confusing customers or planning and preparing for Easter?

Life can be like this ... planning and preparing for the next thing. It made me think about our dear friends in Romania; maybe ‘preparing’ for their next meal. This might arrive with Nelu or Raul on their next scheduled visit, it might be something from a neighbour’s garden, maybe from the bins in the street, or it might not be today at all, maybe not even tomorrow!

I cannot forget the people I meet on Mission in Romania just because I am not there, & I know many of you feel the same. My thoughts have lead me to invite you to ‘plan & prepare’ something into your schedule for Smiles this coming season.

In Northern Ireland we have spent August ‘preparing’ our next Truck of Aid which will leave us in September.

This is our very own ‘Smiles Truck’, very kindly donated to us and complete with our Logo and contact details. Thank you for responding to our appeal for Aid to both Leeds and NI; for packing boxes and delivering essentials. It takes many people working together continually to complete these loads and send them off on their journey. Can you help in any way to gather stock, pack boxes, deliver loads and encourage your friends to support? Smiles need all the supplies we can get to them.

This month I introduce Student Ambassador Elishka Coupar who has written to me. She trained hard for the London Triathlon as a fundraiser to support Smiles. Thank you Elishka, for your tremendous effort ... (and Dad too!)

At the moment I am in my first year of college and have recently been reflecting on the time I spent in Romania, I remember when we visited Salard and I was sad to hear that only a minority of the young people were able to go to school. I was thinking about how privileged we are in the UK to have such great opportunities. So I would love to help raise awareness in my college and schools nearby about all the children who would love to have an education like ours, and hopefully encourage my college to possibly sponsor a child. I have been doing a few fundraising activities here and there but I want to increase what I am doing! I decided to volunteer because I feel, since my trip to Romania, I haven't stopped reflecting on the experience so by being involved in the Smiles foundation will enable me to act on what I experienced and hopefully share Christ and make a difference to some people's lives.

At the beginning of August, my Dad and I completed the London Triathlon. I came second in my age group (17- 19 years). Thank you to everyone who supported, we raised £827.57 ($1,076) ...... praise God!

Are you a student, been on a Mission Trip and would like to do a little more to help Smiles? Please get in touch, I will be delighted to hear from you.

Yesterday I had a letter from a 7 year old ..... "I would like to tell you something. I wanted to do something to help Smiles, so I did a little something for you. I gathered up all of my and Eli’s (wee brother) toys and books, and labelled them with prices. And did a car boot sale and put together £90. ($117) And can I tell you this? I would like to give my money to Rapa. And next year I will come to help you build more homes there. Lots of love from Lucy Linton."

I was so touched by this little lady’s heart, thank you Lucy. Just take note of what a 7 year old can do.

Please start planning your Autumn events for Smiles! Contact me for support or ideas. It is a great time of the year to fundraise; maybe a Christmas Concert, Car Boot Sale, Craft Fair, School Concert, Office Collection or Church Coffee Morning. How about a Smiles Presentation to your Church or Community Group?

Last month, I hope you remember I wrote about the importance of being on Mission alongside the staff. If the Easter Eggs are in the shops already, it’s time to start planning your 2017 trip to Romania!

Finally, remember the Smiles Staff Tour! Check out your nearest venue, and ‘plan’ to BE THERE. Please tell your friends and bring them with you. Let’s welcome our Romanian guests to UK with packed halls and united hearts. Come to hear their updates and stories, join in worship together and encourage each other in the work we do, whatever your involvement.

Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

Thank you for reading and for being a part of Smiles, see you on Tour!



Barbara Morrison
Development Ambassador &
Volunteer Coordinator
The Smiles Foundation

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

Previous Reports
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
rch 2015 - Welcome back
February 2015 - Introduction


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