Thursday, October 13, 2011

Harvest Festival Season

It's harvest festival season, which means a seemingly endless stream of food from local (and not so local) schools, churches and other organisations being delivered to the Kerith Centre, ready to be transferred to our warehouse. We even had deliveries last Friday during the Global Leadership Summit - fortunately they came during the sessions, so they could be packed away before the delegates came out for their next break. It's amazing what goes on behind the scenes at events like this which most people never get to see!

It's amazing to see the generosity of our local community, and their support for what we do. Today I had the privilege of going into Garth Hill College to be presented with a cheque for £5,000, which they raised through a series of events including a walk to school day. All of that money will go towards the girls dormitory which is going to be built in Serenje. In addition we last week got a grant for £10,000 towards the cost of the reception works, and next week a team from GlaxoSmithKline will be giving up their time to volunteer in Foodbank. Amazing.

Sometimes we can have a sense that as Christians everyone is against us and develop a sort of siege mentality. Yet in the book of Acts it says "They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people" (Acts 2:46). Acts 2:42-47 is often quoted as a description of church at its best - let's believe that part of that will mean us continue to enjoy the favour of those around us.


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