Last Saturday afternoon, myself and a few other ladies from Refuge went along to the Bethany Christian Trust Afternoon Tea fundraising event. There have been lots of ways to fundraise for Bethany this past year—including running marathons and 5/10Ks, zip-sliding across the River Clyde or abseiling down a lighthouse but instead we bravely decided to drink copious amounts of coffee and eat chocolate éclairs in a bid to do our part.
I have had the joy of working for Bethany Christian Trust the past few years, so for me it was really lovely to have friends from Refuge come along and support the work in this way. As well as enjoying the tasty delights which the afternoon tea had to offer we also heard from the founders of the Trust, Alan and Anne Berry. This couple saw an injustice and need in their local community and did something about it. They started a project, which would become Bethany Christian Trust, to engage with that injustice and need. They were burdened with what they saw and that led them into action, alongside prayer and the support of others. I was particularly encouraged to hear from Anne Berry as she retold stories of stepping out in faith and compassion to many folks who desperately needed it. As Anne told her stories it was clear that there had been difficult times throughout but also so much joy and hope and change in peoples lives. It was inspiring stuff!!!
Perhaps next time we’ll all take part in an epic cycle or a 24 hour dance-a-thon to raise some cash :)