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Helping Refugees: A Leap of Faith

September 26, 2015

Marion Interview


I always put together a post on a Saturday looking forward the the coming Sunday. Today I’m out most of the day so this isn’t going to happen at least not until late tonight. But I can share some great things that are happening that are partly to blame for my lack of a normal post. I have just come back from supporting one of my congregation in Harleston, Marion Courtney during an interview first thing this morning. Marion is 90 years old and is having her head shaved to raise money for the refugees fleeing countries like Syria (pic above). They wouldn’t let her do a parachute jump – her first choice! This action is a direct response to the Spirit speaking to Marion and she is acting in obedience to his will. The least I can do is support her.

Thank you to Julian at Christian Aid for all his help setting up publicity.

Marion will be having her head shaved at The Swan Hotel, Harleston 7.30pm tonight, just before the big screen viewing of the England/Wales rugby match. The place will be packed.

Marion’s Just Giving page is here:

More details about Marion’s step out in faith can be found here:

The response to the crisis from the Bishop of Norwich is here:

I have been praying about this and James 2 came to mind, especially verse 26 – “Anyone who doesn’t breathe is dead, and faith that doesn’t do anything is just as dead!”:

James 2:14-26 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

14 My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don’t do anything to show that you really do have faith? Can that kind of faith save you? 15 If you know someone who doesn’t have any clothes or food, 16 you shouldn’t just say, “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help? 17 Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead!

18 Suppose someone disagrees and says, “It is possible to have faith without doing kind deeds.”

I would answer, “Prove that you have faith without doing kind deeds, and I will prove that I have faith by doing them.” 19 You surely believe there is only one God. That’s fine. Even demons believe this, and it makes them shake with fear.

20 Does some stupid person want proof that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Well, our ancestor Abraham pleased God by putting his son Isaac on the altar to sacrifice him. 22 Now you see how Abraham’s faith and deeds worked together. He proved that his faith was real by what he did. 23 This is what the Scriptures mean by saying, “Abraham had faith in God, and God was pleased with him.” That’s how Abraham became God’s friend.

24 You can now see that we please God by what we do and not only by what we believe. 25 For example, Rahab had been a prostitute. But she pleased God when she welcomed the spies and sent them home by another way.

26 Anyone who doesn’t breathe is dead, and faith that doesn’t do anything is just as dead!


One Comment
  1. Reblogged this on Zen and the Art of Tightrope Walking and commented:
    Marion is an amazing lady, someone I am proud to call my friend. Please read, and consider contributing.

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