FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETEEN MILLION REASONS
A Daily Express article highlighted the fact that Charities in the UK missed out on £419,000,000. How did that happen? Simply that donors did not fill out the tax-reclaim forms used in the Gift Aid Scheme that the UK Government has so generously setup. What a tremendous number of valuable development projects could have been helped if these good folk had remembered to fill in the form or had actually known that such a splendid scheme was in operation.A commendable goal for all of us would be to ensure that a high percentage of that vast sum is reclaimed for generous projects affecting the daily lives of thousands in countries where often the basic facilities are at a minimum or need funding for further development.
At the heart of the Christian Faith is the generous heart of a loving God. The first century saints were generous – read the action-packed adventures recorded for us by Doctor Luke in his story of the early church. Those who had resources used them wisely so that they could share with those who were in need of assistance. Those who were doing well, shared with those who were not in such a rosy situation. Thus everyone was cared for in that immensely family-like community.
Today there is much emphasis on using our resources wisely, recycling is the in-thing and the right-thing – following the template of creation – designed by an vastly intelligent, generous and caring architect of the Universe. An ancient poem-lyric says:
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you set in place. What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”
The Shepherd-King : Psalm 8: 3-4
One big hearted project – is called: COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES based in Sussex and bursting at the seams in seeking to service the thousands of opportunities to share in the IT-world. CFC seeks to respond to as many of the 20,000 requests for help it receives each year. Container loads of useful equipment along with expertise is sent to projects of integrity in Africa and elsewhere. In the UK CFC is pioneering a “hands-on” education project using computer technology in selected prisons.
An immediate way you could join in this generous adventure is to actively collect surplus or used mobile phones. Of the millions of discarded or surplus phones hanging around in the UK, only about 4% are actively recycled. Why not rescue this valuable resource and turn it into a useful asset with CFC.
If you would like to know more about CFC – check out their website or phone them on 01323 840641 http://www.computersforcharities.org/
Happy mobile-hunting!!…. and don’t forget the tax form for Gift Aid.Global Nomadmailto:firstname.lastname@example.org