“Always Available”! The reply Dr. Moore received from brother David Morton – who even though on holiday with his family, was still “Available”. “No Problem”! The second reply, this time from brother Freddy – the gentlemen (Ballycraigy Congregational Church) whom we had the privilege of meeting during our visit to Cluj in May of this year. The book of Matthew defines the qualities of a genuine disciple and of how we can make a difference to all nations in not only ‘telling the story of Jesus’ (‘Go make disciples of all nations’ Matt. 28V19) but in showing His love through His Bounty ‘Inasmuch as you do it unto one of the least of these…’ Matt. 25v40). The love of Jesus is more precious, more lasting than any gift and so we know in our hearts, the Lord has sent (in His divine plan) men whose hearts burn with a passion to serve.
I remarked last evening to my husband, ‘TellRomania now have their own Apostles i.e., meaning literally ‘sent ones’. We began to list the various men who are from far and near: Ballee, Banbridge, Castlereagh, Dromore, Magherafelt, Monkstown, Newtownbreda and Tobermore Baptist Churches; Ballycraigy Congregational Church, Forthill Assembly, Free Presbyterian & Pentecostal – the list is endless. Their commitment leaves my husband and I speechless at times – especially during these past two weeks as we have witnessed the “Hand of the Lord” filling the storehouses until they were full to overflowing.
The work load has not only doubled but trebled. We had to Reorganise, Reschedule, Hire Vans, Drive Lorries, Collate Collections, (even go the extra mile) Find further storage space – urgently required! “BUT GOD” moves, touching hearts, individuals resulting in contacts offering not only equipment (beyond our imagination) but additional storage space in Portadown and Ballyclare with a possibility regarding the Lisburn area. We are aware and acknowledge this is God’s time to fill the storehouses to capacity for the land of Romania. Dr Moore and I had projected plans in place regarding two containers – one to leave during 2015, the other 2016 – to date we could send TWO CONTAINERS – that, in the will of the Lord would leave around the end of October early November! What God starts He will finish; we believe that if God has given the equipment – ( we did not seek or source ) – surely we can look to the Lord that ( somehow) HE WILL meet the financial requirements of the incurred travel and fee expenses.
To wait “By the Brook” requires discipline and certainly commitment. We read in the book of Isaiah 55: 8,9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”. We have proved this to be so. As we landed at Belfast International Airport, our thoughts: Finally a little ‘me time’ to settle in to our new accommodation in Portstewart. Arriving home after two extensive trip(s) to Romania – filled with opportunity yet, heavy in heart as we had encountered so many needs, the burning question: “How do we prioritise”? And so we decided to spend a week-end in quiet surroundings waiting before the Lord for His guidance, His wisdom. From a human standpoint, our minds were in “Overload” . The stark realisation “we are only two people” yet so privileged to be used in the provision and challenge in hand: Yet again ‘BUT GOD’ confirmed His plan(s) – as we were vacating our room, paying the account, the owner of the Country House, Gayle Clarke handed Dr Moore 9 pairs of shoes to commence the project for the Special Needs School in Salonta.
A treasured friend once told me (and I have never forgotten his words) “Shirley, be careful what you pray for”! If I were to share with you that as I sat listing the projects so clearly laid upon our hearts, my husband decided to contact David and Freddy who were collecting approximately 7,000 Sheets/Pillowcases from Altnagelvin ( which took 2 journeys from Ballyclare to Altnagelvin). “I cannot believe this, I cannot take in all in, it is amazing, Shirley, only the Lord could do this”. ‘Please slow down’ I responded. My husband continued, “A man, I have never met (Lyle Simpson) is responsible for the storage in Altnagelvin, just offered me a Commercial Dishwasher, Two Stainless Steel Tables and 50 – 80 Beds asking have we any use for them”? What do you think? Only two hours earlier an email from a brother in Cluj, Romania, that the Christian Centre at Racatau needed a Commercial Kitchen and beds for all the bedrooms! The Lord is confirming “This Is The Way, Walk Ye In It” How can we go in our own direction, or make a detour of a comfort zone, when it is evident Divine Power is at the helm.
I am not finished yet! The following morning as the ‘boys’ were returning the van back to Bobby Jones at Belfast City Hospital Stores, they were treated to a visit to the ‘basement’ and David decided to play ‘I Spy With My Little Eye’ asking the question ‘What is happening to that Commercial Dishwasher over in the corner’? Bobby’s reply: – You already know the answer and so as I type – yes – the Dishwasher is being collected!
It is now afternoon – another call ‘Mission Accomplished’ – ‘The Boys’ are on their way home after a somewhat successful WEEK! On top of the items already notified above – I am now told they have secured Bedside Lockers / fourteen Wheelchairs / 10 Bicycles / Walking Frames with yet another episode of surprise on hold – the Lord willing we will share with you at a later date.
This week TellRomania collected : 24 Electric Beds / Bedside Lockers / 7,000 Sheets and Pillowcases / Wheelchairs / Walking Frames / Bicycles / Commercial Dishwashers!
Join with me in Thanksgiving as we stand back in amazement, in awe – what a Mighty God we serve!
Just now, a surprise telephone call from brother Jeff Wilson telling us that he, Eddie and six men from Every Home Crusade, Kinallen spent the day SORTING the Banbridge Store(s) – How do we ever say “Thanks” to men who willing give of their free time, their day with their families, to show their level of care? Words are inadequate! It is exciting, we are ALL workers together in the work of the Kingdom.
These ‘happenings’ are reality and are actually taking place day by day – I know many of you appreciate receiving the updates – yes, I write, sharing my heart with you all. A dear friend and colleague of my husband, spanning many years – Pastor David McFarlane, Moira, gives unstintingly of his time, displaying accuracy, articulate detail as he places these scripts on the web for your prayerful support. Brother David, I THANK MY GOD FOR EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU – my summation as I think of all these brethren:
“FOR THE MIGHTY ONE HAS DONE GREAT THINGS, HOLY IS HIS NAME”