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LFS Introduces…Fran Brady & Love Ghana

Hello. Thanks to LFS for the chance to be a guest post. My real name is Frances Young but my penname is Fran Brady so that’s what I go by on Facebook. My maiden name (such a funny, old-fashioned expression that seems now) was Brady so I am really me by either name. A rose by any other.

I started writing fiction about four years ago. I’d always wanted to write (something a bit more imaginative than research reports, feasibility studies, staff appraisals and funding proposals, which I spent my professional life on) but it wasn’t until I reached the great age of retirement that I got the chance. Since then, after a few creative writing courses, I have been hooked.

To my own and everyone else’s astonishment, I have churned out millions of words resulting in one published and one unpublished novel and another one in first draft form at present. My published novel is The Ball Game and you can buy it on Amazon and in some bookshops.

Recently one of my daughters set up a new charity to raise money for mothers and children in Ghana. “What would I like to do for it?” she asked me. Dreading another sponsored walk – I love the walking but hate collecting the money – I decided to put together some of my short stories, fund the first print run and sell them at £5 each. The full £5 from each copy goes to the charity, which is Love Ghana


So Tales to Dip Into is now available from: franbbrady@aol.co.uk. Just email me that you want one (or more) and I will send you an order form.

Then relax, uncurl your toes and dip them into this little book… Meet a mad woman in the streets of Florence, a baby speaking from the womb and a nonagenarian going courting. Watch Facebook ‘friends’ at the Edinburgh Book Festival, go to garage sales in Toronto and attend the last performance of a stage legend. And much more! Fifteen funny, romantic, sad, dark and quirky tales – three of each.

Indulge yourself and support a wonderful cause at the same time.

Go on… You know you want to.

You can get a copy of Tales To Dip Into to support Love Ghana by e-mailing Fran (click here) Find out more about Fran Brady by heading over to her website www.franbrady.com. You can also find out more about Love Ghana on facebook or by heading over to their website.

Thank you Frances (aka Fran!) for sharing with us, I love your writing, and hope that the book raises lots of funds for Love Ghana!

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LFS Introduces…Alece & Thrive Africa

Please introduce yourself, and tell us about what you do with Thrive Africa?

Hey! I’m Alece, Originally from New York and have lived in South Africa for almost 12 years, where I helped pioneer the ministry of Thrive Africa. I provide strategic and visionary direction to the ministry, even during this season of being Stateside.

What inspired you to start Thrive Africa?

I fell in love with Africa when I first spent a summer on her soil at 16 years old, and then I moved to South Africa by myself when I was 19. All I knew was that I felt God was leading me there and I wanted to use my life to make a difference. As I began by simply meeting needs around me, God brought clarity to my vision and my ministry work became more focused on leadership development.

What is 2010 shaping up to look like for your work with Thrive Africa?

I’m in a unique season of restoration right now. A year ago my husband chose to leave me and the ministry to pursue another woman. The ripple effects of that decision have obviously been devastating both to me personally as well as to Thrive. By God’s grace, Thrive continues to move forward and bear fruit of changed lives under the leadership of our Director. I am spending this year Stateside, allowing the Lord to do His healing work in my heart and promoting Thrive domestically.

What is your favourite thing about the work you are doing?

What I’m most passionate about is the work we’re doing in public schools, teaching students what it means to follow Christ and make Godly choices. I believe it’s the best thing we can do to prevent the next generation from contracting AIDS.

What is the most challenging thing about the work you are doing?

The challenge for me lies not in the work we’re doing, but in the work we’re still unable to do because we simply don’t have the finances yet. Our vision is bigger than we are, which is how I know God’s in it. But it is also an ongoing challenge to lack the resources and manpower to do all we want to do. The realities of poverty and HIV increase the urgency of the vision. My heart always longs to reach farther and have a greater impact than we currently are.

Who do you have supporting you? How do they support you?

We are funded solely by donations from generous people and churches across America. Support information can be found here if anyone is interested in partnering with us: http://thriveafrica.org/helpout/

Do you partner with any other organisations?

We partner locally in South Africa with over a hundred local churches of all denominations. We work with several other African-based independent missions organizations that have visions similar to ours. We also have supporting partner churches in America that run the full spectrum of denominations.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone that is thinking about doing mission/charity work overseas?

More important than Biblical training or a missions degree, is a teachable heart. For anyone doing missions work, it is vitally important to have the posture and attitude of a learner and not just a teacher. Be willing to be flexible and to learn as much as you can from the people you are going to serve. Nothing makes a missionary more effective than a teachable spirit.

How can others engage with you and support you in the work you do with Thrive Africa?

You can support our work through your prayers and giving. You can help promote what God’s doing through us by telling others about us. You can also spend time on the field with us. We have programs that run two weeks, two months, one year, and three years, giving you the opportunity to serve with us for any length of time that you might be interested in.

If people would like to pray for you, what would you have them talk to God about on your behalf?

For Thrive, I covet your prayers for wisdom, favor, and provision as we navigate through this new season of ministry. For me personally, I’d appreciate your prayers for my heart healing and strength for the journey.

Thank you so much for sharing with us Alece. What an inspiration, we pray for continued healing and restoration for you, and for the growth and provision needed for Thrive Africa to continue its work alongside partner churches in South Africa.

You can read more on Alece’s personal story and many of her thought provoking writings on her blog Grit and Glory at www.gritandglory.com

LFS Introduces…the Collie Family & Samaritan’s Feet

Please introduce yourselves, and tell us about what you are doing in South Africa just now?

Hi! We’re Mark and Caroline Collie. Mark is originally from Welkom, a wee town in South Africa, and I (Caroline) am originally from Washington, North Carolina, in the States. The story of how we ended up together (including how we met in Scotland) is very lovely but also very long so perhaps I’ll save it for another post! We are currently in South Africa working for a missions organisation called Samaritan’s Feet. Their lovely story is also quite long, but you can check it out here.

We share the Gospel by giving shoes to children and adults who need them. We measure them up for the right size shoes, wash their feet, tell them about Jesus, and bless them with a new pair of socks and shoes. We get local churches and other organisations involved to help make this happen.

What inspired you to work with Samaritan’s Feet and how did you get involved with them?

For a while we’d felt like the Lord was leading us to a new country for a season, perhaps before settling down in the States. After the birth of our first child (while we were still in Scotland) we began considering moving to South Africa for a season, to be closer to Mark’s parents and to serve the Lord in poorer areas, because His Word so often encourages us towards that. We began looking for missions organisations and through another long and lovely story got connected with Samaritan’s Feet. They’ve been hoping to give away 100,000 pairs of shoes in the cities in SA where the World Cup is being hosted this year. And for people who live in impoverished areas, a pair of shoes can change a life.

A person with HIV can die simply from getting a cut on their foot while walking along the road. With poor sanitation in some areas, shoes are really a very significant thing to have. Using a pair of shoes as an instrument to bless people, and meet a very practical need while sharing with them about the Lord is exciting for us.

What is 2010 shaping up to look like for your work with Samaritan’s Feet?

We’re going to be partnering with local churches and organisations like YWAM to make distributions happen around the country this year. We are currently working on setting SF up as a trust so that we can import shoes without paying duties. (K-mart recently donated a million pairs of shoes to SF in the States, so they’re waiting for us there!)

What is your favourite thing about the work you are doing?

I (Caroline) really love being a blessing to people, especially children. It warms my heart and feels like we’re doing what the Lord told us to do. We’re only just getting started, preparing for the distributions to kick off, so we’ll probably have more to say to that question soon!

What is the most challenging thing about the work you are doing?

Right now, it is #1, being away from family (for Caroline) and #2 continually trusting the Lord for financial provision. As is the case with a lot of charitable work, money is a challenge.

Who do you have supporting you? How do they support you?

We have a team of folks back in the States, and a few folks in other parts of the world (Canada, the UK, and South Africa) who make regular contributions to support our ministry with Samaritan’s Feet. For example, they might send $100/month to SF to support our ministry here. We are incredibly blessed to have this team of folks behind us. They are such an encouragement, genuinely just great, great people, and we couldn’t be here ministering without them!

Do you partner with any other organisations?

As mentioned above, we’re looking forward to working with YWAM this summer. Other groups may send missions teams our way, and we partner with some humanitarian aid projects in the north of South Africa as well. We also look forward to connecting with lots of local churches throughout the country to make the distributions happen!

What piece of advice would you give to anyone that are thinking about doing mission/charity work overseas?

Get grounded in God. The faith you build at home will help you through the tough seasons when you’re sent out. Learn to deeply ground your trust in God. Find wise mentors to counsel you through the sending process. (We’d probably add this opinion: that you should make sure you’re well funded before you go, and take the time to raise a full support team. This is of course subject to the Lord’s leading! If He says go, then go!)

How can others engage with you and support you in the work you are doing with Samaritan’s Feet?

You can leave a comment anywhere on www.carolinecollie.com if you’re interested in getting in touch with us. You can also follow our story there, and find details about partnering with us if you click the “How you can help” tab!

We would love to share more with anyone about what we’re doing in SA and invite others to be a part of it!

If people would like to pray for you, what would you have them talk to God about on your behalf?

As you may have guessed, additional finances, and new partners joining our team is a big prayer request at the moment! However, we really desire a deeper intimacy with God…just to continue to know Him more and more, and to follow Him closely as we aim to do His will here.

Thank you so much for sharing with us! The work you are doing is really exciting and dare I say, a little bit different (I’m thinking about the feet washing thing here… 😉 ).

If you would like to find out more about Samaritan’s Feet you can go to their website here. You can also check out Caroline’s blog From Africa, With Love on www.carolinecollie.com


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