The Power of Kindness

The year was 1863, on a spring day in Northern Pennsylvania. A poor boy was selling goods door-to-door to pay his way through school.

He realized he had only a dime left, and that he was hungry. So he decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water.

She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”

“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”

He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strengthened also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later, that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation.

When he heard the name of the town she came from, he went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown, he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.

He went back to the consultation room, determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to the case. After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final billing to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room.

She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all.

Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words: –

PAID IN FULL WITH ONE GLASS OF MILK
Dr Howard Kelly

*Dr. Howard Kelly was a distinguished physician who, in 1895, founded the Johns Hopkins Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins University. 

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Our Faith Ministry

I have just created a special page for people who wish to make donations to help us expand our Ministry.
This is something completely new to us – and something that we have never done before – but I know that there are people ‘out there’ who would like to make a donation, however small, towards our ever increasing financial commitments in the expansion of our Ministry.
Our Donations page may be found at:-
We work as a Faith Ministry.
Much of our work is through Facebook messages and emails – very time consuming but also very rewarding as people ask us for all kinds of help that they are unable to receive from other sources.
Please help us to help them. A donation, whether large, or small, will enable us to help  an even greater number of people.
Thanking you, in advance, for all your love and support
God Bless
Geoffrey

 

 

On the Lighter Side

Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his granny’s house.

 When Johnny received his plate, he started eating at once.

 “Johnny! Please wait until we say a prayer,” said his mother.

 “I don’t need to,” Johnny replied.

 “Of course you do,” his mother insisted.

 “We always say a prayer before eating in our house.”

 “That’s at our house,” Johnny explained. “But this is Granny’s house and she knows how to cook!”

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Work of the Holy Spirit

My wife, Marlene, and I have a Faith Ministry.

This means that we have no regular source of income; we rely on God to help provide all our needs (Philippians 4: 19).

And through our absolute Faith and Trust in God we wait upon Him to open the minds and hearts of many people with whom we come into contact and who feel drawn towards giving us a freewill donation.

And if you would like to do so you can make a freewill offering to the Work of the Holy Spirit by going to:-

https://godsholyspiritdotnet.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/holy-spirit-donations/

At the moment our laptops are very old and both have seen better days. And, since nearly dying my poor old eyes find the laptop screen too small and tiring to look at.

Many years ago I used to have a desktop computer with a 21″ screen. I am now looking to find the money (or perhaps a blessed soul will donate one to us?) so that my eye strain will be a thing of the past and I know that I shall find it much easier to write my books using a large screen desktop computer.

I know that our Father God will bless you mightily in everything you say and in everything you do.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11: 1)

Your loving support of our Faith Ministry is incredibly important to us.

God Bless

Geoffrey

Please Join Me on Twitter

If you have a Twitter account I warmly invite you to follow me by going to:

I don’t use Twitter as much as I should but it is truly a wonderful way to connect with people who you might otherwise never know!

I have received profound messages from people I only know slightly but because we connected via Twitter it is so easy to receive (and, of course, send) messages.

See you on Twitter?

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Gospel For Asia

Three-year-old Jishan felt his grip on his father’s finger slip as the crowd jostled them in the marketplace. Suddenly, his father was gone. Strangers surrounded him.

Crying helplessly in the midst of the crowd, Jishan had no idea he would never see his father, mother or sister again.

In the years that followed, Jishan spent many days crying at street corners, hoping his family would find him. Instead, he found disappointment day after day.

Train Ride to a Life of Begging

When a kind man saw little Jishan crying in the market, he took Jishan home to care for him as his own son. Even at such a young age, Jishan’s religious beliefs were strong and contradicted those of his new family. The family treated him very well, but their different beliefs bothered Jishan deeply. Eventually, 9-year-old Jishan ran away and boarded a train bound for a major city.

Upon arriving, Jishan didn’t have a friend in the world. He had nothing to eat for the first two days in the city. To survive, he slept in the train station and partially appeased his gnawing hunger by begging.

“I used to miss my home,” Jishan remembers. “I used to think, What happened to my father? Where is he? I used to cry all alone at the station.”

At one point during the two or three weeks he spent on the streets, a group of boys beat Jishan in the middle of the night and stole the few coins he had earned through begging. Wary of everyone after the attack, Jishan isolated himself from others. But he did not go unnoticed—a loving eye spotted him among the multitudes packed into the city.

A House of Hope

One day, a lady approached Jishan. When she asked what his name was or if he was hungry, he barely answered her. The lady told Jishan about a place he could call home, and after listening to her for a little while, Jishan decided to trust her and accept her help.

The lady brought Jishan to a Gospel for Asia-supported home for street boys. When Jishan arrived, he met the men, women and other rescued boys who would become his family. The staff gave Jishan a bath, tasty food and his very own cot in a room shared with other at-risk boys.

The environment was new for Jishan, but he embraced it. The rooms were kept neat and clean, and there was structure to the days’ events. Jishan had fallen behind in his schooling since running away, and he earnestly wanted to catch up, so the staff arranged for him to receive extra tutoring.

One Big Family

The men and women serving at the boys’ home truly love the children they minister to. As new children enter the home, the staff recognize each child’s individual needs.

“[The children] are already depressed, they are downtrodden,” explained Manik, the project coordinator for the Gospel for Asia-supported boys’ home. “They are not happy, and people despise them in the world outside. If we are not kind to them, if we do not show love to them, they will lose hope . . . and I don’t want that to happen to these children.”

The atmosphere in the boys’ home is that of a big family, with many “uncles,” “aunts” and “brothers” to learn from, play with and cherish. Children who are sullen or dejected when they arrive at the boys’ home soon learn to laugh again through the love shown to them day after day. Jishan quickly recognized this genuine love.

Once, when Jishan experienced trouble with his legs and became weak and tired due to illness, the staff ladies cared for him and served him in many ways. They provided medicine for him and even massaged his weak legs.

“I will never forget the way they have cared and loved me,” Jishan said. “They have served me more than a mother would do to her children.”

Positive Role Models for Life

Jishan, now 16 years old, is a testimony of the love and encouragement the Gospel for Asia-supported staff pour out for the children at this children’s home. Their lives demonstrate gentle yet strong character, and Jishan values their direction and counsel.

“Had that sister not come to the railway station and not met me that day,” Jishan shared, “my life would have totally changed. I would have become very bad and rogue. If I had not met that sister, I would have been into criminal activities, drinking, consuming drugs, maybe stealing, even murdering. Who knows?

“One of the reasons I like the staff here at [the boys’ home],” Jishan continued, “is because even if I do [make a] mistake, they correct me . . . and I don’t feel bad when they scold me because I know that they are trying to correct me. They are trying to teach me what’s right and what’s not right. . . . I know they do it out of love and concern to make my future and my life [better]. I am very grateful and thankful to them.”

Jishan might be miles apart from his biological family, yet he has joy in his heart because of the love showered upon him in Jesus’ name.

Through the kindness and care Jishan received at the Gospel for Asia-supported children’s home, his ambition changed from simply finding some food to fill his stomach to becoming a cricket player and completing his education. What’s more, God’s love has been demonstrated in ways Jishan will remember the rest of his life.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Book of Ruth

Today’s Biblical Word Search to challenge your Biblical mind has been created by my wife, Marlene.

To view and download this inspirational word search please go to:-

http://www.christianwordsearches.net/Ruth.html

Happy Word Searching

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey