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Barbara Morrison

Volunteers Corner from Barbara – June 2017

Therefore GO!
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations ….”

It’s Mission Trip season! It’s a wonderful thought to be going to do something for God’s Kingdom. What will we do, and what will it be like? Very common questions for first time Mission Trippers.

This week I was reminded of the story of Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman at the Well. He gave her living water and she told her story to the town. Jesus took his disciples on a Mission Trip through Samaria to Sychar. He knew the way to the Well, and He knew the woman was there. She was alone, hurting, unloved. When she met Jesus, her life would never be the same again. Jesus walked for hurting, forgotten, sick and lonely people.

I encourage everyone going on Mission to prepare your hearts to walk as Jesus did, to meet some of His people who have been forgotten, neglected, unloved and need a visitor.

How will they know if we do not tell them, how will they believe if we do not GO to love them?

GO to SERVE …. step out of your own agenda and into God’s agenda for your trip.
GO to GROW …. stretch your ‘mission muscles’, expect something to happen, seek God, listen, learn, and you will grow.
GO to SHARE …. share God’s love in a way that is your way! A Bible verse, testimony, a song, a poem, a craft, a game, a gift ….. a touch, a smile!
PREPARE in PRAYER …. with your concerns, excitement, hopes, and for each other with thankful hearts for the opportunity.
PREPARE as a TEAM …. helping each other with fundraising, talk, plan, get to know each other, learn to consider others first.
GIVE your ALL …. do your very best and God will do the rest!
Record your days in a diary, it will be a great read one day.
God is taking you on Mission, the command to all Christians is GO!

Penny outside the Kilimanjaro lift
Penny Kennedy is just back ….

It has been 6 years since I visited Romania. I was immediately struck by the improvement in roads, houses and shopping facilities. Kevin showed us round the different projects on the Sunday and my jaw dropped when I saw the huge glasshouse full of flowers at Sminro.

We also visited JFL at Salonta and I was very moved to see my name on the plaque at the Kilimanjaro lift, having been part of a team climbing Kilimanjaro to help raise funds for this amazing facility. It was awe inspiring to see the transformation in the shell of a building which I had visited 6 years ago and which is now a heavenly place of respite and care to the elderly and disabled.

I was struck by the fact that although there have been clear improvements in standards of living in Romania, there was still so much need and so much poverty. We met 3 sets of homeless people and it was hard to imagine how people could live in such squalor, having daily battles with rats and desperate for food and medicine.

The container village for the homeless was new to me. We had a BBQ there to cook the traditional ‘Mich (meech)’ which is eaten throughout Romania on Mayday. The devotion and commitment of the Romanian staff to helping the deprived and needy was humbling. We were treated to songs from the new CD created by the staff to help raise funds.

The Smiles Foundation is doing ground building work in bringing together the estranged Roma and Romanian people. A whole street of new houses has been completed for a gypsy village in Rapa and what was wonderful to see was that a Romanian man who had been helped by the gypsies when he had been beaten up and abandoned by his brother, wanted to live with them in their village and a house has been built there for him as well.
Awesome work; awesome staff; Awesome God!

The Container has been and is back! A wonderful job done by drivers Alan & Richard. I express sincere appreciation to McBurney Transport who made it possible. We had a very special time of thanks and prayer as the men departed, and we know God covered every Kilometre with them, making the trip smooth and trouble free … such a blessing!
Container send offI am delighted to report successful Fundraising events;
Team Aghadowey hosted ‘Green Fingers for Smiles’ where we enjoyed expert advice & tips on gardening, with a brilliant demonstration on pots and hanging baskets; followed by tea! It was a great event for anyone to try, raising £507.70 ($660)
Gardening demonstrationI always appreciate our Primary Schools who faithfully support year after year. William Pinkerton in Dervock presented £371.38 ($483) from “20p Tuesday’s”, & Coagh Primary School £435.60 ($567) following an Easter Sponsor. Thank you kids!
Coagh Primary SchoolTeam Benburb braved the Belfast Marathon raising £1316.00 ($1,711) so far. Great Team work!
Team BenburbPlease contact me anytime with questions and stories. We appreciate all you do.
With sincere thanks for your love and commitment.

Barbara Morrison
Development Ambassador & Volunteer Coordinator for The Smiles Foundation

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