At the time of writing we have just celebrated Christ the King Sunday. The Kingship of Christ has profound and permanent implications on how we live, how we spend our money and our time, our career choices, our voluntary work, the way we relate to people, and the way we worship. In the G7 Benefice we are fortunate to have many volunteers who offer their time to help in a variety of ways using the gifts God has given them to help others. Just before Christmas I overheard a child, who had just come out of seeing ‘Father Christmas’ with his gift in hand, stating that he had plenty of these and threw his gift (a book) on the floor. His mother was very embarrassed and said to me “what can I do?” I suggested that the gift could be given to someone who does not have as much such as the Samaritans Children’s shoe box appeal or taken to a charity shop to be sold. She duly thanked me and said she had not thought of that and yes she would. We are all called to live like Christ and to do what we can to help others. Sometimes it is the most unexpected way that we are called to offer help as in this incident.
Before my last holiday my husband checked the website to see what the weather was like, exchange rates etc. for our forthcoming trip and came across an adopted schools programme that our holiday company runs. The holiday company resorts have adopted a total of 26 schools in nearby communities. Most of the schools that have been adopted by the holiday company are schools which are extremely deprived and therefore have needs in most areas. The holiday company is committed to making an impact in this area through effective Literacy Programmes. Their first step is to ensure the availability of reading material for easy access in schools and communities. The goal is now to bring these schools to a much better standard so that young minds can flourish.
So my husband set out with gusto to attain relevant reading material for the children that we duly took on holiday. It meant less space for our luggage, bearing in mind the luggage allowance for flying, but it was well worth it to see the school children’s happy faces on receiving books and equipment for their library. The school we visited was not a church school but there was evidence everywhere of God and church playing an important part of the schools daily life. I particularly like this one:
We in this county are fortunate to have items to give away that can be used by others. So both my husband and I have made New Year’s resolutions to continue to help those in education in countries that are less fortunate than our country.
So whatever your New Year’s resolutions are I hope that you will be able to carry these out and respond to helping others. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love and best wishes.