Jesus And Relief Supplies is a UK registered charity working in and for the People of Romania.
We are based in the North East of England and have a couple working full time in North East Romania.
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Jesus And Relief Supplies,
P.O. Box 219,
Last updated 16th July 2019
Hebrews 12:1 New International Version
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…"
This verse of Scripture has popped up several times recently; God is good, and we are certain He is leading and guiding us on His pathway as we continue to seek His will for our lives.
Things are going well here in Ottawa, Illinois. Although much of our time is taken up in preparing the “new” house for habitation, we continue to serve God and our community in various ways as he leads.
Ian has worked his last regular shift at PADS, the homeless shelter, for the current “term”. PADS closes over the summer months to allow the shelter to be cleaned, decorated and for any practical improvements and repairs to be made to the building. Ian has already volunteered to help with the installation of a new computer system in PADS' building here in Ottawa. This will take place during the closed period, from now until August/September.
Sue has not been working at Lilypads Too, the charity shop which helps fund PADS' work, due to sickness. She was diagnosed with pneumonia several weeks ago, after a few weeks of a nasty cough. Sue is much better now, and will return to Lilypads next Monday.
Church activities continue, we are both involved in serving on Sunday mornings, as well as attending small group meetings and other events at CCC.
Sue was recently asked to speak at an event at Ottawa Prayer Centre (OPC), and is still part of the think tank for Know Hope, the small groups connected to OPC which will serve and benefit people with mental health issues. We are hoping to begin group meetings sometime in the autumn, and hope and pray that they will help many who are suffering in our community.
At the end of June, we were both working with others to set up, prepare and serve a meal to the whosoever - around a hundred people attended, many of them homeless or lonely. It is a great opportunity to share God's love with those who come to eat, and we love to be involved!
Several events are taking place over the summer months at Cup of Cold Water Ministries (CCWM), a missions organisation based a few miles west of Ottawa. We expect to be involved in all these events, which include a Go Night (for those called to missions), A Walk in Their Shoes (which highlights the importance of recognising different cultures and people's backgrounds when sharing Jesus) and another Evangelism Day, where we teach the basis of sharing faith with family, friends and colleagues in an informal and interesting way.
Sue is booked up to take part in a global Leadership conference in August. She will attend one of the “satellite” venues which is a church in Ottawa, to learn more about leadership skills and especially in the context of Christian ministry.
Ian is as always encouraging those around him, and also has a list of jobs lined up to enable him to earn some money - these he will start very soon, now that the pressure has been taken off us in the run up to our move.
Pray with us as we seek God's will, and ask His guidance. We don't want to miss His best for us!
Just last Friday, a missionary couple from Bolivia came through the area, stopping to meet up with the folks at CCWM. They drove onto Pine Ridge's land, after around five hundred miles that day, and as they drew to a halt, the front wheel literally fell off their car! Dan, the executive director of CCWM, called Ian, who went to the rescue (in spite of dealing with plumbers at the time, who were unblocking the main drain at our home), stripped down the necessary area of the car, then went back first thing Saturday morning with parts ordered on Friday afternoon, to reassemble it and send them on their way. God is good We also enjoyed a meal with Enoel and Leisa, together with Dan and Marcy and other people who had been on mission trips to Bolivia in recent years; it was a blessing to listen to their stories and to compare notes from our own memories of Romanian trips and life.
We moved into our “new” house on June 19th, and are settled and happy, totally at home. Please pray that we can finish the jobs still outstanding, and especially those we need to do during the warmer weather.
There is still work to be done to complete the downstairs rooms and some outside work. We have done nothing to the upstairs, and would like to start those rooms so that we are able to offer accommodation to visitors…. Please pray for time, finances and abilities to renew the electrics, replace the old plaster and then renovate the rooms themselves as soon as possible.
Of course, Sue was unable to work at the house for several weeks due to her illness, but thankfully was able to complete the majority of the painting before she went down with pneumonia.
We did have help from various friends, which was great blessing, and we thank God for providing us with a comfortable home, which as always is an open house.
Mişu and Livia are gearing up for the summer camps which start in early July. They have already met with the young camp leaders, and planned their schedule. Please pray that lives will be changed through the tireless work of our friends. Please also pray for their car, which is crucial for the camps, as equipment, food and even some of the campers need to be transported up the mountain road, and it is not running as it should. As always, Mişu and Livia are struggling to raise the necessary funds for the camps, so J.A.R.S. is in the process of donating £1,000 to help with these costs.
Petrica and Viorica gave out the Easter parcels just after the holiday. J.A.R.S. covered the cost of these much-awaited gifts to every family in Voivodeasa. The ministry they undertake in their home is still going on, with people welcomed in for love, prayer, food and advice. We thank God for this work, and ask you to pray with us for our friends as they serve in this simple yet essential way.
Due to some changes which will soon take place regarding J.A.R.S., we need to contact two generous supporters who give regular gifts to J.A.R.S. on a monthly basis.
One is a Mr. Henderson, the other's name is unknown to us, but if you are either of these kind donors, please contact us on this email address:
Thank you, it really is important that we can contact you as soon as possible.
As always, we thank God for you: for your faithfulness, your prayers, your love, your financial giving….we could go on! We truly appreciate each one of you, and ask God to bless you all as you continue to back us up in the ministry to which He has called us.
Please contact us if you are able to help by giving towards our support. Our current visas are such that Ian is allowed to receive money only through the church, and Sue is not able to earn money at all. We are trusting God for His provision; He called us and we know He will supply all our needs. We will be glad to send you details of ways in which you can give (either into our English account, where finance is needed to cover insurances, etc., and through CCC here in Ottawa). Thank you.