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is more rewarding to watch money change the world

It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than to watch it accumulate – Gloria Steinem

Funny thing money, the news is full of stories of footballers who could earn £500,000 a week but, next time you are on your laptop, type in micro lending charities and you will find information on

organisations which help sub African female entrepreneurs.  These charities lend small amounts of money and provide ongoing training, which enables the ladies to turn their hand to making enough money to support their family.  You can read about a woman who keep bees and sell the honey or another woman who runs a tailoring business – each loan helps these women provide their children with an education, as well as food to eat and clothes to wear.  Nothing wrong in earning half a million a week, but using money to transform people’s lives is even better, isn’t it?

The lyric of the song ‘money makes the world go around’ is often true, but you can choose what aspect of the world your money turns.  Helping people move out of poverty is amazing, but money can also support a local charity, buy equipment for a hospital, provide clean water for a village, support an organisation as it, in turn, supports those who are less able to help themselves.

Like all charities, hope trust requires the support of its volunteers to make each event, each community opportunity, work.  It also needs the support of its regular donors, each one who pledges to donate a specific sum on a regular basis.  One donor loves the idea that her monthly gift provides, amongst other things, the refreshments at our regular monthly film event - as a popcorn lover herself, she loves others having a chance to enjoy what she enjoys!

So, how are you doing at using your money to change the world, one person at a time?

What's for tea Mum?

What’s for tea Mum?

A familiar refrain heard in homes across the town and normally the answer wouldn’t be too hard, until you reach the season of Lent, that is.  At this time of Lent our daughter has chosen to give up bread, cheese and cider, so no pizza and garlic bread for her, or us!  This practice was introduced to her some years ago and is one that she enthusiastically embraces each year, challenging herself to do without staple items as a form of self discipline as well as reflection.  Your

experience may be like hers, either do without something you really enjoy to prove to yourself that you can, or kick start a change in your habits.  Others take the time to reflect on deeper issues than what to have for lunch/tea!  Starting on Ash Wednesday, lasting for 40 days (which doesn’t include Sundays) many people use this time of year to reflect on Jesus Christ, his life, death and resurrection. 

It’s good to spend time reflecting; taking time out to think through what is going on in life and to decide if we want it to stay like this, or not, seems like a great idea.  Question is, is it one we practice?  If we do, how often do we do it?  Certainly every Christmas/New Year we look back on the year just about to come to a close and chat through the good, the bad and the indifferent and decide how we want to approach the year to come. It would be helpful though to reflect more than once a year!

We mention this because hope trust seeks to help people who, having reflected, want to make changes, want to do or try new things.  That’s why, in April, we will help someone learn to cook their first ever Cottage Pie; once cooked, it will be served to the 3 guests invited to enjoy it with her

Time to make a right turn?

Time to make a right turn?

Just the other day, giving directions to our office, I realised that I told the driver to turn right, when in fact I meant left!  A swift left turn at the next opportunity got us back on course while I was left (or should that be right!) to explain my problem differentiating right and left when giving directions!  How often in life do we think we know where we are heading, have the route clear in our minds and then suddenly, our calm, composure and confidence are shattered. 

That same sense of knowing where we are going one minute, only to be perplexed when our carefully thought out plans are changed with one phone call, one incident, one difficult conversation - is one most people understand.  Hope trust is not immune to that sort of situation; we too have to deal with tough news that changes the direction of an activity, or our plan for that day. 

Changes in direction are always easier when we have planned them, but so often we have changes forced upon us.  One reason we try to offer a variety of events is that, when circumstances change for people, here at hope trust we want to be able to help, and to do that we need lots of different ways to offer that support. So, why not give us a call if you think we can help?