New ACS Dublin Team

At ACS Dublin, we renew our leading team every year. It is about time to prepare for the new times ahead 2021-2022 (fall to fall) and we are happy to announce that our new team is even more representative of our volunteers and supporting Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) churches in Dublin.

Accordingly, we have: Jacinta (Kenya) and Alyn (Philippines) from Dublin West SDA Church, then Miki (Croatia) and Marrisia (Jamaica) from Dublin Ranelagh SDA CHURCH, Stela (Moldova) and Anca (Romanian) from Dublin Romanian SDA CHURCH. Along with Johnny (Irish Mission/ACS Dublin) and Christian (Irish Mission pastor) the team is making plans to serve better.

The new team members are called as servant leaders, after having influenced others in their own circles, and having been deeply involved in ACS efforts as servant. We simply learn and apply Jesus’ method:

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” (Matthew 20:28)

Thank you

We take this opportunity to thank the teams which served leading ACS Dublin on the previous years. See all steps taken over the year in About Us page.

We would not have reached this point without you!

2019

Sade, Jacinta, Johnny, Christian, Angela, Ropo and Carmen (missing from this picture)

2020

Johnny, Anca, Christian, Claudia, Angela, Vasile, Stela (missing from this picture)

Helping Orphan TB Kids in Moldova

To all our ACS Dublin volunteers & friends

Can you name some diseases with a higher toll than HIV/AIDS? Claiming close to 4,000 lives a day (that makes it more than a million per year), Tuberculosis remains the top infectious killer in the world.

A call for help

ACS Dublin has received this specific call for help and we think we can rightly direct you to donate where different items will be both appreciated and also fulfilling a special need – Orphan Children.

We are invited to help a TB Children’s Centre in the Republic of Moldova.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a communicable disease that is a major cause of ill health, one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide and the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent (ranking above HIV/AIDS). TB is caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is spread when people who are sick with TB expel bacteria into the air; for example, by coughing. About a quarter of the world’s population is infected with M. tuberculosis.

WHO, TB 2020 Report – https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/336069/9789240013131-eng.pdf

CPRC Moldova

Imagine this Centre for Phthisiopneumology and Rehabilitation for Children in Tirnova (region Donduseni), a town located at 175km from the capital Kisinev (near the border with Ukraine), where more than 120 kids are being treated on long term for their TB and associated illnesses.

It is both a treatment and a rehabilitation centre for orphan children of all ages (5 to 18 yrs). That is kids who cannot stay in the hospitals for as long as their illness requires, due to respiratory issues, or kids that need to be isolated due to TB outbreaks in their families (if they have any) etc.

Our involvement

Two of our SDA members in Dublin, Nicolae and Veronica Mihalachi, having some local connections will go there at the end of July.

What is needed? Clothes, underwear, shoes, toys that we can ship there. As on every project, any amount of money (managed by Nicolae) can be a blessing, when buying right there what is of a specific need.

We got this call to help. For the next three weeks (especially on the Saturdays, when ACS runs) you are invited to bring in your donations. Add a little label (TB/MD) so we can easily identify your contributions. Deadline 20 July.

For more details please get in touch with Nicolae and Veronica – 086 063 6736.

Thank you very much

Servant leadership

While servant leadership is a timeless concept, the phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, Greenleaf said:

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.

“The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.

The best test, and difficult to administer, is:

  1. Do those served grow as persons?
  2. Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?
  3. And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?“

A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader

  • shares power
  • puts the needs of others first and
  • helps people develop and perform as highly as possible

Welcome to ACS, a journey into servant leadership 🙂

Calendar

We are offering a soup run every Saturday night. Any given month is being covered as follows:

1st Saturday – Dublin Romanian SDA Church
Person in charge: Johnny

2nd Saturday – Dublin Ranelagh SDA Church
Person in charge: Miki

3rd Saturday – Youth from all Dublin SDA churches
Person in charge: Monica

4th Saturday – Dublin West SDA Church
Person in charge: Angela

5th Saturday (once a quarter) – a call to all
Person in charge: Christy

If you want to volunteer, please get in touch.

Posts and duties for a soup run

Every Saturday night at 8pm we are serving a soup run at GPO (Dublin City Centre). As one can imagine, all the preparations are being done some days ahead, while most of the food is being prepared on the day or the day before. Please watch this video posted on Facebook and see our display.

The following posts and duties are to be covered every week:

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Handwriting a letter | 50 Days of Grace

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

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A note from “those on the margins”

27 February 2021, GPO. At 8:30pm. One of our volunteers, minding the queue at GPO, received the following note from one of our friends.

Dear members of the committee,

Just to say thank ye all very much for the Adventist soup run. I deem it quite the best in town.

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We need a VAN

When ACS Dublin started this ministry (2017) all we needed was a couple of boxes for some 100+ sandwiches. Brought every week to Hope in the Darkness, that would easily fit in any car. One time, an ACS volunteer brought the sandwiches in two bags, coming herself with a bus and then walking towards the GPO.

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