A Week of Sharing and Caring, March 21-27, 2021
Women are encouraged to do something this week for others to share the love and kindness of Jesus.
Source: TED Adventist News
The Trans-European Division (TED) Women’s Ministries department does not let the pandemic stop them sharing the love of Jesus and is organizing a week of caring and sharing from March 21-27.
Being stuck indoors for almost a year now can easily lead us to believe there is hardly anything we can do for others. Therefore, TED Women’s Ministries department decided to get women across its territory involved in doing something for others to share the love and kindness of Jesus.
Clair Sanches, TED Women’s Ministries director, shares how she recently received a hand-written card from someone whom she did not really know well, but who had decided to send it to her anyway. “It was so surprising and uplifted me so much that it got me thinking I can do that. So, I have been making cards at home and putting them in the doors of my neighbors hoping that this spreads a little sunshine and love.”
This is where the idea for a ‘Caring and Sharing’ week came from. Making cards and writing a personal message and then giving them, sending them, or even making them for the nurses and doctors at a local hospital.
“Recently on the news I saw a nurse who was crying because after having pulled a double shift, because it was so busy in the hospital with Corona, she came across people with banners denying that Corona existed, and they even spat at her. After she had just witnessed people dying on the ward and was exhausted,” explains Sanches, “she then gets such a treatment. Instead, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could brighten someone’s day and say how much we appreciate them,” suggests Sanches.
Although showing kindness and care can be done at any time, the week from March 21-27, 2021 was chosen for the women throughout the Trans-European Division to pray, work, and send cards to the people in their sphere of influence. If any of them feel comfortable, they can also leave a phone number for the recipients of the cards to call if they feel lonely, depressed, or just need someone to listen to them. Where possible, our churches might consider buying a pay-as-you-go phone for such a purpose.
“Even in times like these, we can still do something for others,” says Sanches. “If you don’t make cards but can write notes, team up with someone who makes the cards. Then it becomes a team effort. If you can’t make cards or write personal greetings, perhaps buying stamps for mailing them and putting them through the letterbox, or finding something else will suit you better. Whatever that is, it will be something that shows others that we care. So, let’s not let this pandemic stop us in spreading the love of Jesus,” concludes Sanches.
Trans-European Division covers 30 countries/territories consisting of the "Aland Islands, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia (new name for The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - 2019), Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the southern portion of Cyprus" according to the 2021 Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook.
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