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The Lambfold Benefice

A group of five Anglican rural parishes

in the geographical centre of England

Reverend Carolyn Oley and the leadership team

JULY 2015

Reverend Carolyn writes...

How can we deal with this endless stream of bad news in all of our newspapers?  I think we have to remember that however much we care, we can't do everything but we can sometimes do something to make things better.

Doing something is what Susan Abulhawa decided after she returned in 2001 to her former home in Jerusalem. She walked among the rubble of the Arab-Israeli war and found herself thinking, "Wouldn't it be great if there was a playground, just a simple one like my daughter had in Philadelphia. She described this as a reawakening. The result is Playgrounds for Palestine, that has set up 22 children's parks in the region including in refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria. The charity remains small and grass roots, not involved in politics of the Middle East. In 2004. a playground in Gaza was built. The children were so excited they were already playing in the holes dug for the posts. Susan says, A playground seemed manageable to arrange.  It isn't changing the world, but it is bringing joy to those who use it.

There is a line in the Railway Children where the old man says to the children, "Most people spend their lives waiting for something wonderful to happen". Something wonderful has happened and in amongst the rubble of our disappointments and all the bad news, we have the chance of a reawakening.  The joy of God's love can make a difference and heaven knows we need it.

Love and prayers,





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