Sale Circuit News
MINISTER’S LETTER - Easter 2018
Easter day at the beginning of April is where 2.4 billion people across the face of this earth will celebrate their belief in the Risen Christ. Belief in Jesus being raised to life is central to the Christian and demands a response, we can’t just say, ‘nice story’ and do nothing, it’s a miracle that demands a response from us which results us living in a new way of life.
As Christians, we are commanded to share our faith with everyone. Whilst we might find it difficult to tell people about the love of God we find it relatively easier to show the good news of Jesus through our actions.
One of those good news stories can be found in a forthcoming book, entitled Ships of Mercy - the remarkable fleet brings hope to the world’s poorest people, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion the book tells the fascinating story of how the fleet of hospital ships came into existence sailing the globe to this day. From a teenager’s extraordinary vision to the multi-million pound organisation it now is, the book unfolds the story, testifying to the sacrifices made in order to offer acts of life saving hope to thousands people.
Don Stephens who founded the Mercy Ships recently said, "We are shocked and distressed when we see the devastation and number of lives lost in a natural disaster. But there’s a tsunami of deaths in West Africa every day. People live in fear, hopelessness and desperation, but our mandate in Mercy Ships is to transform those lives with hope and healing."
Testimonies from adults and little children abound as to how the acts of mercy from the skilled medical teams have made a difference in their lives for example:
Ravette - Ravette was disabled by an anti-malarial injection when she was a baby. Her “backward-bending knees” left her struggling to walk, sit in a chair, or attend school. She knows what it’s like to be bullied and ridiculed – to watch from the side-lines as other children run and play together. She and her mum had travelled across Congo to reach Mercy Ships. Ravette’s smile grew wider when she was chosen for surgery. Prior to surgery, Ravette’s legs were placed in the first of a series of specialty orthopaedic casts that would gradually stretch her legs to increase the bend ability. Then came the operation which was a huge success. Ravette was thrilled at taking her first few steps after surgery.
Pulcherie - At our eye screening, Pulcherie made her way carefully through the crowd with her baby wrapped on her back. We were dismayed to see a white, cloud-like corneal scar in her right eye, which was beyond repair. Thankfully the cataract in her left eye could be fixed. Pulcherie had never even seen her baby girl. “I know her by the feel of her nose, her hands and the smell of her hair,” Pulcherie said quietly. A month later, she received a free cataract surgery on board our floating hospital. Pulcherie was overjoyed to see her daughter for the first time. A few months later, she found work to support herself and her daughter… and hasn’t stopped smiling when she looks at her baby girl. I hope you’ll read the updated book and be inspired by many people’s dedicated work in the Kingdom of God and who knows, God may speak to you about a work he wants you to do?
Grace and Peace
For details of quiet days - see Worship Page.