Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fun afternoon

One of my local volunteers met a couple of travelling actors who do their act in pre-schools and for children's parties. They were interested in doing something at the children's home and so the volunteer contacted me to see if we could work something out. I made a phone call to my contact in the home, and it was all arranged...

I came along just to make sure everything went well, and it was fantastic! The little and big kids alike loved the show which lasted just over 1/2 an hour.  There were fun jokes, some magic tricks, and they kept us all laughing from start to finish!
The two clowns became different characters as the story went along. It was all about playing outside and enjoying time with your friends (rather than being on a computer all day!)
After the play was over we had a dance party with the clowns and as you can see, the kids loved it!
I am so glad that this "accidental" meeting with my volunteer meant that the kids got to have a fun afternoon, giving them something to do on what otherwise would be a long boring Saturday afternoon! Thank-you especially to the clowns - you were amazing!  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review | The Longing in Me

Sheila Walsh, a well known Christian singer and former 700 Club co-host, takes us through a journey of self-discovery in this book, where she shares candidly about many of the parts of her journey, including divorce and bankruptcy. Using the story of King David's she takes us through longings that ultimately won't fulfill us and those that will.

Longing to be chosen, to be protected, to have control and be happy are all things that we long for that will never help us be fulfilled. The only longings that will fulfill us are longing for God's grace and for Him alone. She also shares that all of our longings are actually longing after God, but our longing for God could never exceed God's longing for us.

I really enjoyed this mix of bible study and personal experience as well as practical advice on how to find the best way to fulfill the longings in my heart.

If you are interested, there is also a 6 week small group bible study which goes along with this book. You can see the first session on Youtube. I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a way to follow after God's own heart, just as King David did.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Samaritan's Purse seminar

Every year, Samaritan Purse organises regional seminars called nConnect for the volunteers who organise the distribution of "Operation Christmas Child" shoebox packages throughout the world. As I am part of the national team for Bosnia and Herzegovina, I attended the nConnect for the Balkans in Bulgaria last week. It was great to be able to connect with people who are also committed to this ministry from Serbia, Montenegro and Bulgaria and also get to know everyone from Bosnia a bit better.
In between sessions, there was of course time to relax and enjoy hanging out in the hotel pool and sauna :) Good times!
Below is the Bosnia team doing some planning in for the next "season" which is coming up soon. Looking at where the "ministry partners" who will be doing the distribution are and where else can we go... Amongst other things we organise training for the partners involved in distributions, and do all the logistics for bringing in the three huge trucks of 30000 packages that will be distributed in December and January.
I love being part of this ministry which brings so much joy to so many children throughout the world. And working with a great team of people who are equally committed makes it easier to be involved.
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