When was the last time you received a handwritten letter? Or an encouraging personal message? Words have great potential. They can create a serious impact on the lives of people. For some, personal words of encouragement were the difference between life and death. That is why we are inviting you to take part in this new project: “50 Days of Grace“
Written by Cristina Prida, Editor –
ACS Dublin volunteer
At ACS, nobody leaves hungry. But many leave without talking to anybody. Feeling alone, again. Carrying the same heavy weight they had coming in. What if we could change that?
Imagine you are the one in the queue, coming to get your hot rice and sauce. You pass onto the next table, grab some apples, sandwiches. At the end you say “thank you” when suddenly a volunteer hands you an envelope.
Message for you, it says. You open it.
To whomever may receive this,
I hope you are keeping well, and wish you a happy, heartwarming Easter time. After the winter we’ve had I’m sure everyone is happy to see the world bright again. In every blooming flower, in every ray of warm sunshine, I hope you find a reason to smile. It has definitely been a strange year, yet even in our hardest times we can find hope. Know that you are valued and loved in this world. I am praying and keeping you in my thoughts,
We don’t expect to heal life wounds in one short note. But we would like to give them a reason to smile. A physical proof that they are not nameless, faceless strangers. That they are valued, and loved (just as God values and loves).
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil; plans to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
So how would this work?
First of all, we would like to ask the little children to get involved and draw as many pictures as they can, writing a simple sentence to greet their receiver.
We would ask any artistic youth (or adults!) to get involved with the Bible verse cards. Get inspired with this start-up list of promising verses. You are welcome to use your favorite ones.
And of course, we need everybody’s help with the messages. Think of an encouraging, short note you can write.
One important thing to keep in mind when writing the notes, or your child is drawing a picture: it must not be larger than 1/4 of an A4 sheet. It is inconvenient for homeless people to be carrying large envelopes.
Once you have a few drawings, notes etc. send them to the following address: 31 Priory Walk, Celbridge (W23R208), Co. Kildare or bring them to our ACS table at GPO, every Saturday night from 8pm.
We will sort all the mail coming in so that each envelope handed at ACS contains (1) a drawing, (2) a personal note, and (3) a Bible verse.
The project runs for 50 days (7 weeks), between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday.
Every Saturday night we will hand out the letters to our friends in need.
P.S. One can do the project locally, sending the letters to a nursing home, to neighbours or other groups (church, school), to people in the community.