The harvest is plentiful …
Luke 10:2 “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
I am writing from Cihei on the last week of summer season Mission Trips. It is harvest time … there is much harvesting as well as many crops almost ready to be gathered into store barns. As I observe the work in the fields these days, I am reminded that we are in a harvest field with the Lord of the harvest.
The changing seasons brings a change of routine once again. What remains the same is the ‘great need’ and opportunity to ‘help someone in need’. This summer I have been heartbroken again and again; witnessing situations that people find themselves in by no fault of their own, children on the streets having children on the streets!
I want to ask all of you, what can you do as we enter a new season with Smiles? You know the need; you know that the work depends totally on us to provide funding, and you know the huge difference Smiles is making to so many lives. A difference in practical provision, but most importantly a difference for eternity; so many people seeing and hearing of God’s love every day. ‘The harvest is plentiful ….’
Please plan a Fundraiser, begin a Monthly Sponsorship, plan a Presentation, apply for a Grant, add Smiles to your Church Mission Budget. Whatever you do, please do something! If you need help just let me know. ‘The harvest is plentiful …’
On other news, the Container is filling up well and leaving Northern Ireland on 15th September. We still need toiletries; the greatest need at the moment. I am asking you to continue collecting these, even in preparation for the next load! Our Wish List days are in Ballymena on 1st and 2nd September, so if you can help or are interested in collecting for the Containers, please give me a call.
I asked a couple of our young Mission Trippers to share their experiences;
Chloe Hoskins wrote – “Having been on a few mission trips with Smiles before, you would’ve thought that I’d be prepared to handle anything, but no matter how many times I visit, it impacts me just as much each time- it never gets ‘easier’. This week, we got to visit different people in need, such as the homeless, elderly, and families. On Thursday, we took the children from Rapa on a kindness day, which included McDonald’s, the Park and the Zoo. Even though these children live off the bare minimum, when we were eating together they were all sharing their food, and even refused to eat their food until I had eaten some of it first. They were just so grateful and happy to see us. This sense of community really made me think about just how different our worlds are, and that we can become so fixated on living for ourselves. I also had the opportunity to get hands on, by helping to paint the amazing new school complex in Tileagd. It was lovely to work as a team to produce amazing results there. Visiting other projects, such as Gepiu and the Nursery School shows you what progress Smiles makes, and the impact it has on many lives, improving them for the better, whether that be by aiding them with food, giving them the chance of education, or taking them off the streets into safe accommodation. Another thing I got out of this week is how strong the faith of the people in Tileagd and on other visits is. They may have very little, but they rejoice and give thanks to God for what they do have, they may not live a ‘perfect’ life, but that doesn’t matter to them. What does matter is that they live their life with gratitude to Jesus, and cherish the fact they will have eternal life through Him.”
Emily Stewart shared – “My fourth visit to Romania entailed me spending, not just a week, but a whole month with the charity. I was involved with a variety of different programs and activities ranging from gardening at the new Tileagd Assisted Living Facility to getting involved with the Children’s Outreach Program. My highlight was spending time with the children from the Container Village. They are beautiful children who have so much to give in life. I would like to thank all the staff from the bottom of my heart. They are truly amazing people with huge hearts, who have helped me to have the best experience of my life. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage people to go and visit. It is a life changing experience and is something that you cannot miss! My time spent in Romania has in no doubt helped me to become the young adult that I am today.”
I want to encourage you with some Fundraising news.
George and Heather Steel opened their home in Bushmills for a lovely Coffee Morning. Thank you everyone who came and gave so generously, raising an amazing £1560 ($2,028)
Betty Calvert hosted her annual Smiles BBQ; a really enjoyable evening of great food and great fun. Just what fundraisers should be! Total £784.66 ($1,020) Thank you sponsors, those who served and for the fabulous Smiles cake.
We appreciate all of you, please keep your Smiles flag flying! We need you to be active and committed, providing the means for this work to continue daily. Remember these words; “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Let’s do something to make a difference to someone!
Development Ambassador & Volunteer Coordinator
The Smiles Foundation
Telephone: 0788 087 5845