Kate Wilson: July 2015
The happy memories of our anniversary celebrations are still in our minds, not least the amazing work achieved from the determination of Jon & Jo Parsons (and support from Jean and Michael in great measure) to improve the lives of people in the Kibera slum in Nairobi.
The school they have set up is called "chemic hemi y t umani" — Swahili for "Fountaiin of hope" under "The Turning Point Trust" and they have truly changed the lives of many children and adults with their years of hard work. Central to these past years of change is the firm belief that God is ever present to guide these projects and the promise of his love in Christian discipleship is having a positive effect on the children and their families.
Let us use some of this hymn (StF408) as a prayer to reflect on our limitless power to work wonders through Christ:
How small a spark has lit a living fire!
How small a flame has warmed a bitter world!
How great a heart was move to hope, to date,
And bring the faith out in the open air!
Even as our hearts have been stirred, we must not forget those in our community and those known to us who are in need of our prayers:
Some words from Eddie Askew to close:
"It's hard to relate, Lord, People in need, millions of people, whether they're refugees or leprosy sufferers or people without food; living in countries I don't know, names I can't pronounce in languages I don't understand. They're a long way away, just pictures. Statistics, there's safety in numbers: I can forget the humanity behind them."
Jon and Jo didn't forget them or turn away — we thank God for all their efforts and faith and keep their work in our prayers.
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