CANFORD MAGNA CHURCHES - MISSION 2 ROMANIA
Well now, this is brief but important – so read on! It has now been decided which organization we shall be working with in 2015.
After much prayer, considerable discussion and feedback from both our potential partners, the RAG team have, by a majority decision, plumped for Phoneo, the Dutch-run charity operating in Reghin and the surrounding area. We knew it wouldn’t be easy but feel our limited resources will be more effective and of wider benefit to the communities there.
We realize this decision will be a disappointment to some of those who enjoyed such a good time with Smiles in September, as it is also to Smiles. However, their CE Kevin Hoy, has said any of our people who wish to go there again will always be most welcome and
Now though, our efforts are concentrated on planning our programme with Phoneo and ensuring with them, that we really do make a difference amongst their families who are in so much need. Already, they are prioritising those whose housing is way beyond the “patching-up” stage and we are expecting to link up with a team from the Netherlands who are preparing to visit next spring, to help with building.
Phoneo’s Selah school 5-year project is another exciting opportunity – they are actively aiming to raise 70000euros to buy land and build and equip four small class-rooms, kitchen, dining area, showers etc. They are hoping to make a start next year though it remains to be discussed if and how we shall get involved.
There are also opportunities for children’s work, youth work etc for others who may wish to accompany our building teams. For more info about Phoneo see www.phoneo.nl
As I said in the last newsletter, we shall also be maintaining contact with Little John’s House and hope to send a team there in July to help with their Summer School. Anyone who is at all interested please get in touch with Angie Meyer  or myself immediately [though no commitment at this stage]. Have a look at the latest LJH newsletter on www.littlejohnshouse.org
To kick off our fund-raising for next year, we are having a grand dinner/dance at St Barnabas’s on Saturday 29 November. There are still some tickets available but, as there is a choice of menu, it’s essential that you get yours before next Sunday [23 November]. This is your last chance and they’re available from Angie Meyer [St Barnabas] or either of the other two church offices.
NB. One person who has bought a ticket and is now unable to come is kindly donating it. So, I have one free ticket or “two for the price of one” available on a “first come first serve” basis – phone me immediately if you wish to accept this offer.
If we don’t sell all the tickets it simply means we’ll not be able to do as much as we could in Reghin next year. Don’t forget, all those who go out there to work pay their own expenses and your money just goes towards buying building materials, food etc for the families.
So come along, have a good evening with a 3-course meal[own choice], wine and dancing and at the same time, help those in so much need.
Don’t forget the next Romania pray–station which is on Thursday 20 November at 124 Lywood Drive - it only lasts for one hour [8-9pm] and you will be very welcome. If you aren’t able to get along then do please pray anyway:
• for all the arrangements and for a good attendance at our dinner/dance on 29 November
• for Smiles – that they will have no difficulty getting others to help and finance the work we started with them in the Rapa community.
• on our future partnership with Phoneo and Little John’s House – that their current fund-raising campaigns are successful and that together we shall be able to achieve much in His name.
• for His guiding hand on them and each one of us as we pray and plan for next year.
• that a team from The Netherlands is able to go to Reghin and that we can develop a good working relationship with them. and as always:
• that all we are doing is in accordance with His will. We can make our plans but the final outcome is in God’s hands. Proverbs 16 v1 [TLB]
With every blessing John Clift [01202 884043] 16 November 2014
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