Generous Change

 

A friend’s Christmas news update included a note about dedicating a new aircraft for FMS for which his son serves as a pilot. Here is a note about this remarkable group “delivering change to Botswana” through various generous channels of blessing.

Flying Mission Services is based in Botswana and provides flight and maintenance services throughout Southern Africa. The heart of FMS is to generate enough income through commercial operations to not only sustain its own ministry and operations but also to provide subsidised flights for missionaries and to support the broader ministries of Flying Mission. This new paradigm in mission aviation is an exciting step away from donor reliance and toward sustainability.

http://flyingmission.org/index.php

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Brimming Generously with ideas.

 

 

 

What a special treat to attend a weekly meeting of a small group of young adults who daily face relational challenges. As they took turns to share about their hobbies or interests, it was so evident that they have so much to contribute.

 

From intricate sequence placing on a pattern of lively sea-horses to a couple of creative video clips using a kaleidoscope of production techniques.

The photography was good too as well as the art and gifted student of WWII history plus samples of rank chevrons and other memorabilia for the WWII. The latter is keen to write a book about his subject and I am sure he could.

If you have an opportunity to encourage such groups in your area, I am sure you will be encouraged. It’s a great experience.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome

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Generosity at Lunchtime.

 

 

At this season of the year, friends and neighbours ensure that folk living on their own are invited over for Christmas Lunch. Some churches also make this a special event in their calendar and arrange for folk either to be with others or to hold a special Christmas Dinner at the church hall. This is special generosity.

One year, all my family were away and thus I was wondering how things would work out. Three couples asked if I was ok for Christmas Lunch and the first one to ask, although they already had twelve guests, were most welcoming. Another example of generosity in action.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia: Christmas Dinner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_dinner

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Puppet Generosity

 

 

 

 

 

Discovering purposeful projects for youth can be a challenge. One young couple has taken a creative step. They trained in puppetry and then set up their youth group to give performances. This has gone really well and now they have many invites to take part in various events.

It was great watching them in a shoping area of our town, giving a Christmas programme on a Saturday morning. Busy shoppers were spell-bound as they watched the colourful and dynamice perfomers. The teams generous sharing of theit time, talents and enthusiasm as well as the message of Christmas was tremendous.

Maybe there are innovative ideas that you could introduce into your youth group too.

[Photos courtesy of Martock Christian Fellowship: More information: http://www.wearemcf.org/]

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Walking with Generosity.

 

In Sri Lanka, a pastor has visited a local village about 1.5hrs from his home to share the Words of Life with the residents there who worked in a local tea-plantation. He works only three days a week to enable him to continue this itinerant project. He has been doing this for two years.

When a group of overseas visitors joined him recently, several of the folk indicated their desire to the follow the Lord. He is so excited and now making plans for further development. His generous hours of  walking have resulted in lives being changed.

Such a story could be repeated many times internationally, I am sure. Pray for those who generosity knows no bounds.

 

[Photo courtesy Wikipedia: Hiking http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiking ]

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Generosity on the Canals

Friends were sharing with me some of their experiences in the canals in their NarrowBoat. It is wonderful how these ancient waterways – the “life-blood” commerce in bygone eras, have taken on a new lease of life through leisure initiatives.

An example of the opportunities surrounding them, my friends tied up alongside for the Sunday and chose a local chapel to attend. Talking afterwards to the small group of worshippers, they were invited to a home. The host lived on her own and was so pleased to welcome them to her home. They have since kept in touch and make a point of visiting her whenever they are in that part of the country.

On other occasions the Narrow Boats are open for the pubic to come and enjoy a cuppa along with fellowship. It is a very creative project and has many variations. You can read more about it on these two websites: Canal Ministries http://www.canalministries.org.uk/ and http://www.christianboater.com/

I’ve always been impressed and fascinated by mobile-focused projects. Sense they are often so closely patterned on the tours of the disciples and their Wonderful Leader.

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