2021 has been another challenging year for us as an organisation and, as ever, I am astounded by the dedication shown by staff, volunteers, supporters, and prayer partners alike to keep us going, with the Grace of God. If I may say, this past year at times, and in lots of cases, has been akin to being on a treadmill with no access to the off button! but praise God, you nevertheless have all kept going and I have only heartfelt appreciation and admiration for everyone associated with our work in all its facets. Unfortunately, the need for our various works is growing, and to be frank, we anticipate that going forward, 2022 will be a similar year to this one and your continued support, and in particular your prayers, will be key to our continued efforts to serve those most in need within our area. Despite anticipating further pressure on us as an organisation, I am reminded each day that it is always darkest before the dawn and, he who created everything, is sure to bring us through, Philippians 4:6-7 tells us - 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  

 

As we approach this Christmas period, we should be reminded about what John 3 v16 and17 tells us; 16 That God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 

Despite what is going on around us currently, Christmas is about marking the birth of Christ, the hope of the world, the steadfast hope that never waivers no matter what.  

 

I wish you and your loved ones a blessed, happy, and restful Christmas, and a prosperous new year ahead and I thank you all, once more, for your efforts throughout 2021.    

 

Glenn Jones  

Chairman of the board of Trustees