On Saturday 23rd September 2017, The Mission Service at The Good Shepherd was devoted to learning more about, and raising funds for, REVIVE.
Sal told us about the first time she had met Andy (the founder of Revive International) and his soon to be wife, Rose, in 2009, and a little about what he was doing at that time.
She had then met him again in 2012 and at that time, although he had been working with at risk boys in “Our Father’s House”, a “safe-house” in Olinda, Brazil how he was planning to start something for “vulnerable and at risk girls” in Olinda as there was no where for them to turn. That was when they were first setting up a new charity ReVive International that was to work within the auspices of CMS.
After the short service everybody stayed for a “Coffee morning” with delicious cakes and an amazing raffle organised by Michelle.
Altogether the “Coffee morning raised over £320 which we were able to add to the donation from St. Mark’s PCC to present to Andy on Sunday.
The following day Andy, Rose, and his delightful children Sophia and Julia, joined us for the 11.00 a.m. service at St. Marks.
As always, Andy spoke passionately about his work in Brazil. He showed us this slide…
… as he told us about the contrast between the very wealthy and the very poor in Olinda who literally lived side by side!
As well as telling us about his work for ReVive in Olinda (and pointing out Mica …
…who the children that come to OYM after school club raise money to sponsor) Andy talked about the meaning of “mission”.
In fact he challenged us by asking us what we thought “mission” was!?! He said it was holistic. That is to say it included many aspects.
He reminded us that God did not destroy Sodom merely for sexual sins but that as Ezekiel reminds us God had said, “that the sin of Sodom was that “She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me.” [Ezekiel 16:48-50]
It was challenging stuff! Am I arrogant, overfed and unconcerned???
The above quote from a Brazilian Archbishop drove home the message.
Finally Andy said he’d brought various things that we could buy to support ReVive as well some information leaflets if we wanted to find out more about the charity and what it does.
When Andy had finished his talk Eileen invited Sean and Sal to come forward to give him a couple of cheques for ReVive – one from the children at OYM and one fro St. Mark’s and The Good Shepherd.
After the service Andy and his family joined all those who were able to stay for lunch in the parish hall. This was a great opportunity for fellowship and for anyone to ask Andy any questions that they had on their minds.
Thank you, Andy,
for coming to visit us here at St. Mark’s.
We feel very fortunate
that you were able to fit us into
your extremely busy schedule.
Thank you too
everyone who supported the
“Coffee Morning for ReVive”
everyone who provided cakes
and all the other delicious food
for Saturday and Sunday
everyone who cleared away and washed up afterwards.
Walter for the photos!
If you want to find out more about ReVive, or support them, please click here!