Thanks to our faithful supporters, we printed boxes of ‘A Little Bit of Hope!’ and we went far afield to share the hope! We shared the potential, the possibility, and the promise; we shared our need – prayer, people and provision; and we were able to support a number of projects and organisations in several areas.
We have been challenged along the way – it has not been a smooth and easy journey – with many questioning our qualifications and even our motives. At times it has left us quaking and shaking! We have to say that we are not qualified, but we are called; we are not worthy, but we are willing; we are not out of the ordinary, but we are obedient.
Over this last year we have seen many, many changes around us; we have seen people fall out, fall off the rails, and fall apart; we have witnessed disaster, distress and despair; but through it all, somehow, we still have hope – we hold on, sometimes by our fingernails to ‘A Little Bit of Hope!’
Through the sunshine and the rain, there’s always a rainbow of Hope!
There are many more challenges ahead – but we remain faithful. As we have previously stated, we are still taking a huge leap of faith in this venture, especially my beloved partner who has to trust that this mission and this vision was, indeed, God-given and not a huge, incredible delusion of my own making!
Next year will prove to be a pivotal year. As 2016 ends and we enter 2017, we are going through the process of achieving charitable status, registered with the Charity Commission. This will not be an easy process, and rightly so. We need a number of people to join with us to become trustees, and to help us make progress as the year unfolds.
Over the coming year, we are going to be working alongside, and supporting, projects and organisations, community groups and charities, who help and care for those in need – the homeless, the addicts, the abused, the lost, the lonely and the lepers, the hungry and the thirsty, the poor and the marginalised, the widows and the orphans, the sick and those in prison. In particular, we will be focusing on:
- Poverty, with an initiative known as 4:32ACT1Community, and linking with ACTS435 across North Wales and Chester, and working alongside organisations that help those in debt and poverty;
- Prison work, and supporting ex-offenders and those leaving prison, by coming alongside them and mentoring them to foster change and rehabilitation in their lives;
- Men’s work, coming alongside men, mentoring and supporting those who are looking for a positive change in their lives; women’s work, supporting and coming alongside those who need help and support;
- Building community, looking into neighbourhood chaplaincy, community transport, and supporting community groups and community action;
Giving and supporting
Above all, our focus is on giving and supporting. Amongst the organisations we have been able to give to and support during 2016 are:
- Beit Tikva, Penmaenmawr – a new developing residential centre for those living in chaos and crisis;
- Community Development Wales, Rhyl – an established charity, helping the homeless and supporting vulnerable people recently housed;
- Ebenezer Operation Exodus – an international charity helping displaced Jewish people all over the world, with humanitarian aid and practical support;
- Evangelical English Church and International Evangelical Church, Gran Canaria – supporting the pastor and his wife in their ministry to those in need and struggling with various issues;
- Prison Fellowship – a UK charity working with those in prison, to help foster change and rehabilitation;
- R3 Ministries, Old Colwyn – a community group supporting those in need of recovery from addictive and compulsive behaviour, or from other life-disturbing difficulties;
- Sure Hope Church, Old Colwyn – providing a Christmas meal for around 80 senior citizens of the area;
- TearFund – mission to Tanzania, by Grace Lomas.
To be able to support these few organisations in a small way has been a huge privilege, and we would like to say a huge Thank You to our supporters over this last year for their help, their support and their gifts. We would love to do a great deal more in 2017!!
We would especially like to say a big Thank You to Alpha Business Centre in Colwyn Bay, for their amazing gift, which helped us to save Christmas for the homeless in Rhyl. For many organisations, 2016 has been a difficult year, and whilst there are increasing requests for donations, their ability to give in the same way has been reduced.
It looked at one stage that we would have no turkey for the homeless at Christmas!
However, into the rescue came Alpha Business Centre in Colwyn Bay, with a generous donation that ensured that not only did they have turkey at Christmas, but they had cranberry sauce, bread sauce, and Christmas pudding to follow. Thank You once again!
We will be adding Alpha Business Centre to our Socially Responsible Business Directory. And if you are part of, or own, a commercial organisation or a business, you can join too!
Join our Socially Responsible Business Directory in 2017, and enjoy the rewards!
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In order to continue our work, we need your help in 2017! We will be launching our new campaign on social media – our #FridayForGiving Campaign.
All we ask is that you give a £1 every Friday!
Alternatively, you can sign up online to give £4.32 a month – that’s 99.7p (less than £1) a week. Everyone can afford to give a pound a week, right? Giving monthly on a regular basis will enable you to join in our 4:32ACT1Community – and we will be revealing more about that in the coming months, early in 2017.
We will also be running a similar campaign in the “real” world, as opposed to the social media, online, or virtual world wide web. We will be providing special plant pots in a number of organisations and businesses – those that register on our Socially Responsible Business Directory, or on our Find Hope Directory – and encouraging people to “plant a pound” every Friday to help end poverty in their community. All monies planted in the plant pots will be used by our charity for mission and community groups in the local area.
There’s always a rainbow of hope
Our mission is:
“to make a real difference in people’s lives, and in the community you live, by giving ‘A Little Bit of Hope!’ to those in need.
Our deepest desire is that those in need will know that “there’s always a rainbow of Hope!” As a Christian organisation, we know that Christ is the Hope of all the world. But it is Christ in us who must show non-Christians that is the case, and we can only do that by our ACTions. It is only by working alongside, and supporting, projects and organisations, community groups and charities, who help and care for those in need – the homeless, the addicts, the abused, the lost, the lonely and the lepers, the hungry and the thirsty, the poor and the marginalised, the widows and the orphans, the sick and those in prison – by doing what the Bible, in Matthew 25:35-36 tells us, that we can show, in practical ways, that He is the Hope of all the world.
2016 has seen the birth of a vision and a real leap of faith. The question now is:
will you join us in 2017? Will you take a leap of faith: pray for us, partner with us, or provide for us; and help us give ‘A Little Bit of Hope!’ to those in need?
Thank You, may God bless you, and may 2017 be everything YOU hope for.