Generosity of Love

Evidence of the generous heart of the Creator is seen at every turn. As we look at the heavens, the vast array of heavenly bodies without number and awe-inspiring. Take a closer look at the creative ingenuity of the flora and fauna of planet earth – mega-millions of leaves artistically decorating a huge variety of trees, each delicate leaf an amazing life supporting mechanism. As we delve deeper into the micro-world visible under micro-scopes another generous display is seen of excellence and beauty. The whole of creation is embellished with the hallmark of a generous Creator.

However, the greatest act of generosity was witnessed on a rugged hill just out side an eastern city – a scene of the most brutal cruelty that mankind could conjure up for serious criminals. There the generosity of Love displayed its rugged power of vanquishing death and the power of sin.

“In the fact of the Saviour’s sufferings, sin deepened into densest darkness and grace broke forth in brightest brilliance. In the strange mystery upon which we have already reverently looked, sin and love met in fiercest conflict. All other forces were withdrawn and alone in a death grapple in the darkness, sin took hold on love and love took hold on sin. The issue of the conflict is now the subject of consideration but only the contemplation of the opposing forces, as seen in this supreme hour. Love incarnate has taken hold upon sin and the issue must be a decisive victory for one or the other. In this hour, sin or grace will triumph for ever. If sin and grace are seen as here revealed, there will be no possibility of mistake as to the nature of both.” The Crises of the Christ by G Campbell Morgan D.D. page 221/222

May we all be deeply challenged and enriched by this historic act of generous Love. The Creator/Redeemer taking our place on the Cross that we might live for ever.

“Come see His hands and his feet,

The scars that speak of sacrifice,

Hands that flung stars into space

To cruel nails surrendered.

This is our God, the Servant King,

He calls us now to follow Him,

To bring our lives as a daily offering

Of worship to the Servant King.”

Graham Kendrick.

Global Nomad

22 March 2008

Generous Hearted

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.  The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: “Today My Best Friend Slapped Me in the Face.”

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: “Today My Best Friend Saved My Life.”

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend’s life asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?” The other friend replied: “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away; but, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.” [From Bob and Brenda in UK]

Global Nomad

14 March 2008

Resources to Enrich [3]

 

 Harvest on the Horizon

Farming and all the related skills for resourcing our daily lives are so vital to community development. Throughout the globe, families and communities are constantly and energetically labouring to harvest supplies from the countryside, rivers and oceans. The back- breaking work of preparing the ground for sowing, the long hours of caring for the growing crops and the wise husbandry of the oceans and rivers are all undertaken with the harvest in view.  Finally the great time arrives and there is much joy as the ripened crops are harvested whether from the ground or trees or bushes or deep in the oceans.

 

For many the harvest fails or is damaged; for others it is delayed and for some it is aboundant.  Generous hearted folk around the  world are totaly committed to stepping into challenging situations, seeking to redress the problems; to enrich the soil; increase the yield; restructure the methods of production, contribute to long term sustainable answers to the immense challenges of disrupted supplies of vital food and water.

 

Education, partnership, microloans, new machinery, donated seed etc can all be of tremendous blessing to those facing giant-like difficulties in this field. Here are a few projects that are seeking to make a difference so that “Harvest on the Horizon” becomes a reality.

 

http://www.agrinas.org/

 

http://www.farmsinternational.com/index.html

 

http://www.farms.com/

 

http://www.kokonutpacific.com.au/

 

http://www.ced.org.uk/

 

http://www.meda.org/

 

http://www.rurcononline.org/index.php

 

http://root.reason2b.net/operationagri/content/resources/appeal2007/front

 

 

Glabal Nomad

07 March 2008

Resources to Enrich [1]

Welcome to this new category from Global Nomad!!

The aim is to share resources to enrich your networking and your community projects. You are welcome to share resources which you have found valuable. There is a vast ocean of material “out there” for us to explore. Trust these notes will enable us all to be further equipped in our desire to become generous people.

The whole concept of seeking to improve the quality and the availability of safe water is one that is close to my heart. One of my favourite videos is called “Where the Waters Run” produced by Moody Science. It is a classic in its own right and captures the subject photographically in such an excellent manner. Well worth seeing even though it has been around a while. We used these videos  in High School science classes a few years back. Some technical material is timeless and thus in some ways this video series is as relevant as ever. If you would like to obtain a copy let me know through the comment section.

The generosity of our Creator in masterminding such an ingenious process as the water-cycle is awesome in its magnitude. Millions of tons of water are gracefully, silently and seemingly effortlessly lifted from the oceans of the world and then expertly recyled to be returned to earth in various forms and strength.

In the blog entitled: “Skilled Generosity”, dam and well production is highlighted. Other excellent resource projects in this field are:

http://bushproof.biosandfilter.org/

http://www.livingwater.org.uk/home.asp

http://www.water.cc/

On the BBC website a while back was an excellent article on a simple method of purifying water using plastic bottles. A friend of mine has invented a new type of unit to purify water for rural communities. Each unit can provide fresh water for some 2000 individuals and requires minimum maintenance. You can read all about this initiative on the following site: www.meckow.com 

More later…..

Global Nomad

Skilled Generosity

SKILLED GENEROSITY

People with generous hearts throughout the world are responding to challenges far beyond their imagination. In Eastern Kenya, a dry and arid area of that resilient nation, water is a precious commodity. Drought is a frequent visitor bringing with it all the trauma and tragedy of minimal and contaminated water supplies. A group of motivated residents from a village in the UK has established an initiative to address this issue. Using skills in construction and water supply technology, they are ably constructing catchment dams. These huge lake-like features serve between 200-300 households with at least seven people per household. They’ve also supervised the construction of wells up to 86ft deep fitted with sturdy manually operated pumps and filters. While in the rural community they noticed a need for assistance with education in slum areas and have generously responded by providing buildings and books.

A timely reminder from the “Wishing for a well Appeal” – “It is important to be reminded that every 8 seconds a child dies of water related disease and around one billion people do not have adequate sanitation facilities.” Sponsors are generously supporting this project. You might like to join them. “Water is Life”

Global Nomad

03 March 2008

Generous Collector

GENEROUS COLLECTOR

Postcards are still contemporary and you may well have a load of them that you would like to clear out. If so, then why not send them to us now. Write to us for details of local contact point.  A former RAF chaplain is collecting and selling used and surplus new postcards as well as other material listed below. He generously gives his time, along with his family, to sorting and selling these cards. Several thousands of pounds have been generated so far for a wonderful Aviation Project that operates light planes worldwide serving rural and isolated communities with essential services and community development personnel. Recyling with a purpose!!

Global Nomad

March 03 2008