Over dinner, near the City last summer, Mary told me it was something she really wanted to do for a long time. She had donated funds and someone close to her completed a charity walk over seven days, donating the money raised to the Calais camps. But it wasn’t enough to be sending money over. Mary wanted to go, experience it for herself and put her hand to the plough.
After reading Do Great Exploits she felt so inspired and activated, Mary immediately got in touch with one of the charities working there, volunteered herself and booked her train ticket. She phoned me up and told me her great news. I was so excited for her. And proud. Wow.
Above is her first pic of the Calais seaside. in the background, is the Mediterranean Sea upon which thousands of people risk their very lives crossing into Europe from the Middle East, Sudan, Ethiopia and other regions. So many have died crossing over, including young children.
Whatever our political views about refugees coming into Europe, it is still a very Christ like thing to drop everything and rush to the aid of those who find themselves in absolutely desperate situations. Jesus set this example when he came to dwell among us and make a way for us that we couldn’t possibly make for ourselves. Well done Mary. God bless you. Stay safe and may the Lord be with you.
In Matthew 25:35-40 (Amp) Jesus said, ‘For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you [a]brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and [b]lodged Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me [c]with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me.
Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You? And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You?
And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [[d]in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me.
This is the reason Do Great Exploits, saying yes to God’s call when it’s easier to say no was written. People like Mary have dreams and longings to make a difference, no matter how small or large; to serve in ways they are passionate about. But for one reason or another they put it off or don’t think they can etc. The book is packed with inspiration to mobilise us to do the wonderful things we believe God has put in our heart to do.