Allen's Home Shop

Allen's Home Shop

Allen lives in rural Uganda and struggles to feed her five girls and one boy while dealing with a violent alcoholic husband who provides no income. When I met her she was by all appearances a hopeless soul, listless and trapped.

When I was in Uganda in March 2014 I was able to pass on a photo of our family and money (from me and my siblings which we had raised for our mum's birthday) to Allen's child Rona who our Mum sponsors through World Shine UK. I asked the World Shine Foundation School's Child Development Officer what needs the family had that this money could go towards…

Raising funds for Cancer Survivor Paul

Raising funds for Cancer Survivor Paul

"Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." – 2 Corinthians 1:4

I came in contact with Paul in January 2013 through my consulting work for a Ugandan charity he also worked for, though we didn't meet in the flesh until I visited Uganda a year later in March 2014. In addition to our common interests of design and technology was the fact that we had very similar personalities and I was really touched by Paul's earnest faith in God despite a very tragic background story. 

Little did I know it was about to become more tragic still. A week after I returned from my Uganda trip Paul revealed he had been diagnosed with stage one colon cancer. He had been undergoing checks for some time but been in denial about it until he received biopsy results that confirmed the undeniable truth. He collapsed in despair. As a student with no job or family support in a third world country where hospital treatment costs a lot of money it might as well have been a death sentence he held in his hand. 

Bring to the world something new

'It was written of a writer who died some years ago, "He was asked to endure the sufferings of those who bring to the world something new."

Our Lord Jesus brought "something new" to the world; and as I have thought specially of the suffering from which He did not shrink, I have found myself wondering if we realise that we are all called to bring something new, not to the world as a whole, as He did, but to some part of it; and that if we are to do this we must be ready for what it costs. 

To break with all worldy customs; to live utterly seperate from the spirit of the world, so that we shall not say, "What is the harm of this and that?" but simply shall have lost all relish for what is not of the Father; to live as those who truly lay all on the altar - time, strength, posessions, literally everything we are and have; to live, not nominally but truly, in unity; this will cost us something. Are we ready for what it will cost?'

From Thou Givest, They Gather by Amy Carmichael