Generous Friends [3]

 

I started to search for hearing aids in Perth, Australia in ’99 while serving on a volunteer ship. After researching in a couple of ports, we finally had a good break in Melbourne. The port coordinator there was excellent. She was from Switzerland and had located an audiologist who thought he could help. When I met up with him, he told me the fascinating story of generous provision.

An overseas worker’s son had found some hearing aids on the way home from school in a park. They were new and quite valuable. He handed them into the police and after the regulation time, around 3 months, I think, they were given back to him as no one had claimed them. As a healthy teenager, he did not need them so his parents suggested donating them to the audiologist whom they knew well. He then put them aside for the right person – who turned out to be myself. He supplied and fitted them – worth a thousand or so Aus$.

I then asked him how I could help him. After some dialoguing, I discovered he had a vision to supply 3 million hearing aids to S E Asia countries where hearing issues were wide-spread by income minimal. He asked if I might be able to “keep my eyes and ears open” for a good price on the specific parts, the ones he needed were manufactured in Denmark. While at a “thank-you” dinner on the new ship LH, in Denmark, I found myself sitting next to a staff member from the very firm he had mentioned. Interesting….

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Generous Friends [2]

 

In a European port of call, a fishing company operated 10 vessels. Their tenth vessel they called “The Lord’s Ship” as all the profit from the sale of each catch was generously donated to charities or non-profit projects.

An educational and cultural project based on an ocean going vessel called in to the same port used by the fishing company. During the couple weeks that the vessel held programmes in the port city,”The Lord’s Ship” came into the harbour. The owners kindly suggested that the visiting ship might like some of the catch for the volunteer crew and staff which was around 300 folk from around 40 countries.

Soon the fridges were open and being generously packed with fresh fish. Such provision kept everyone fit for some weeks ahead. It is through such generous friends around the world that such a project can continue to operate.

Over in Australia  generous friends provided several cows and home made jam. The farmers supplied the cows as complimentary partnership and the farmers’ wives donated over a thousand jars of jam. They’d experienced a bumper fruit season and desired to share it with us.

A totally different area is that of providing vehicles for the Project Management Team which spends three months up ahead of the ship in one of the future ports, making all the arrangements. An international hire-car franchise company loaned a courtesy car for the three months and even drove the coordinator to the airport on the morning he left the country, entertaining him to breakfast at the airport as a token of friendship. This kind of generosity has been shown on several occasions.

Such Generous Friends are an essential part of the project. They are highly appreciated.

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A Generous Offer

 

EAST ASIA
By “Ron” and “Susan”

When you live in a city with several million people, travel on public transportation, and meet an acquaintance, you tend to think these encounters are orchestrated by God. The most amazing encounter occurred last week as I returned home from a birthday party. A woman, with her six-year-old daughter, began making small talk. As we talked, we realized we had many friends in common. I discovered she was a believer, teaches Sunday School at the church near our last residence, and knows several of my friends who attend that church. When I mentioned that my husband was her friend’s (“Mrs. Bee’s”) boss, she looked shocked! She repeated her question to make sure she understood me and then replied, “You mean your husband is the boss at the AB Center? I used to work there when I was pregnant.”

As she intently looked at me, she said, “You are his wife, aren’t you? I remember you. Mrs. Bee introduced me to your Center and I was working there doing a short-term project. At that time, the doctors told me that my unborn baby had too much fluid on the brain and other serious medical conditions. They said the baby would never survive and that I needed an abortion. Mrs. Bee and our church prayed for me. She said that I needed to talk to the boss, your husband, and you were in the office that day. You told me that if I didn’t want to bring the baby into the world because I was worried about birth defects that I should still have the baby and you would keep him or her as your own. Then you showed me verses from the Bible.”

At that moment, I looked at her with new eyes. I recognized her. With tears in my eyes, I said, “Yes, you were six months pregnant. You wore those overalls. I remember you…and this is your daughter from that pregnancy?”

“Yes,” she replied. “She has no problems at all. She is completely healthy. Thank you for praying and caring for me and my baby.” Praise God for this providential appointment. You never know how your words can impact people and that day I was able to thank God for his goodness in allowing me to see this child and her mother!

[Kindly supplied by Crossworld Prayer Network: http://www.crossworld.org/home.html]

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Generous Friends [1]

 

Over the past few decades I’ve met some very generous friends around the world. Thought you might be encouraged and inspired by the variety of generosity shown in such multitude of ways. In one city, a key member of the city council, who was also a special friend, kindly offered to be our “parking-fine” friend. Often we were at an appointment, which lasted longer than expected. The fees incurred our special friend kindly took care of for us. In another country, a business friend enquired how he might assist us with our assignments. We mentioned that it would be helpful to have a vehicle as we had been using public transport for a couple of months which had worked out well but now, with our project getting nearer to completion, the value of being able to drive quickly to appointments etc would be a real blessing. Soon we had a wonderful 4 wheel drive with a petrol card to use for topping up the tank when needed. The car also had 8-channel CD player. Our friend had indeed been generous.

While meeting with a senior official in the Bureaux of Customs, he asked us how he could assist us. We mentioned that should we encounter the need to have an item cleared through customs quickly, as an emergency, could he kindly support us. Three months later, such help was much appreciated and the 24/7 phone number which the official had generously given to us was most helpful. The part was cleared with alacrity even on a day when the department was not at full strength. Just after arrival in another port of call, I phoned a friend who was on the senior staff of a hotel. Just a courtesy call to let her know we were in the port and to ask if she might be able to give us a good price for some of our personnel to take a break. She immediately quoted a very good price which included breakfast. A few minutes later she phoned again to say that the management of the hotel would like to offer complimentary overnights for some of our staff, especially those who really excelled in their assignments. Again generosity was displayed in a creative way.

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Camps of Generosity

 

 

Kenya (MNN) — Since famine struck East Africa, the world’s largest refugee camp has literally been overflowing. Dan Poenaru, a doctor who works in the Kenyan camp and a partner of Africa Inland Mission, says, “Dadaab refugee camp is actually three camps. Each one was meant to hold about 30,000 people. At this point in time, each camp has more than four times that capacity, well over 100,000 people.” 5,000 more people pour into Dadaab each week, mostly from Somalia. With no space left, starving people have resorted to living on the camp perimeter. “Whatever structure and organization that existed in the past few years, much of it has been replaced by the chaos of trying to help.” In the midst of the chaos, though, Poenaru and his team are able to shine Christ’s love to a hopeless group of people. He encourages you to do likewise. “The interest of the media after a few days will probably disappear, and Dadaab will again be only known by a few people. And yet, as Christians, we do have a biblical responsibility to pray and to help those that are in need.”

http://www.mnnonline.org/article/16115 [Picture from Wikpedia on Refugee: a good article]

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