‘There were people out there who cared’

Rezarta KardellemajRezarta Kardellamaj, one of our Living Stones shares what is on her heart; and asks us to join her in helping those in need:




Loading boxes“I have really been blessed by St John’s journey of faith and listening to the Holy Spirit.   It was once when you were preaching (Antony) that everything came together for me.  “You were talking about how can we as a community get involved in sharing God’s love in practical ways with the Syrian refugees.

I remembered what an amazing job Christians around the world did in the time of desperation for Albania.  Children receiving boxes“I  remember receiving a box of fruits – the excitement of it, and I remember thinking as a little girl that a banana won’t last long, and it really does not sustain you for more than a day. But it gave me so much hope that I was not alone and insignificant, with nowhere to turn, but there were people out there that cared.

“As I mentioned before I am doing an appeal of collecting  blankets, socks, hats and gloves in the last two weeks of January from Sunday 24th until Monday 1st February.   I would really love for our church to get involved ( I know we are doing a lot of great things) but I believe there is never too much in God’s kingdom.

“We currently help Kurdistan via our local partners GAiN, where in Erbil alone there are two million Syrian refugees and internally displaced people fleeing the horrors of ISIS.  We mainly work with the families that are living in unfinished buildings and very confined spaces where hope wears down, especially through the tough winter months.

Lady in temporary home“Yazidi refugees are in the worst situation and many are living in very bad conditions.  They are currently sheltering in a shell of a building where one side is completely open, with no windows and rough concrete floor.  They often do not know when the owner might return and turf them out.  The cold temperatures and heavy rain are making this winter an even greater challenge, especially for families living in the tents

“Moved by this situation we are collecting blankets, hats and gloves, and woollen socks to send to Iraq together with inspiring handmade gift from a lady in Scotland who wants to do something about the situation to show her love and care.”

Can you be one of those who care and join with Rezarta in helping those in need?

Syrian refugeesAll you have to do is to bring blankets, and woollen socks, hats, and gloves for all ages, to church between 24th January and 1st February and place them in the large box that will be in the Main Hall.  Rezarta will see to all the rest.

Don’t have anything clothes or blankets to donate?  You can donate to the cost of new blankets (£3-4 each), or to the shipping costs, £3000-4000 for half a lorry space.

Click here to donate online

Cheques payable to Agape can be posted to:

giving to GAiN: Blanket Appeal, Agape, FREEPOST RTCZ-YRYZ-ZHRT, 167 Newhall Street, Birmingham

Any other queries, please contact Rezi

NB  Items must be new or newish, in good condition and suitable for very cold conditions. 




13th Jan 2016 Posted in: 'tellmystory', News by Stella Jennings 0

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