Funding Mission with the Gift of Poetry

By Ruth Leigh | 21 November 2019

No less a person than William Wordsworth once said that poetry is emotion recollected in tranquillity. This has certainly been the experience of Paul Bebbington, part time civil servant and poet. Twelve years ago, his friend Mark Darvell invited him to be his travel companion on a church trip to Romania. Neither traveller had any inkling of the changes that would come as a result of their journey.

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A Knit in Shining Armour

By Ruth Leigh | 16 September 2019

Support comes in many forms. Armed with a basket of rainbow-coloured wool and apparently bionic knitting needles, this is the story of a retired granny in West Yorkshire who’s touching the lives of young girls and their babies thousands of miles away in Kenya.

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Would you sacrifice your retirement to give more?

By Ruth Leigh | 12 August 2019

For most of us, Dolly Parton had it right with her classic song about being a slave to the alarm clock, Nine to Five. As the songstress says: “Working nine to five, what a way to earn a living, barely getting by, it’s all taking and no giving.” By the time most people hit retirement age, they’re more than ready to give up the early mornings, rushed breakfasts and commutes to work in favour of a quieter life, pruning the roses, ambling round garden centres and looking after grandchildren.

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Modern Slavery: Have you seen me?

By Ruth Leigh | 19 October 2018 | Comments (1)

When I was at school in the 1970s, the word “slavery” meant the TV series “Roots.” We were all glued to it, open-mouthed at the successive generations of enslaved people who made up writer Alex Haley’s family. Today, in 2018, modern slavery is everywhere, its toxic fingers reaching into every country and community. People are still forced to work against their will by cruel masters.

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Safe and Sound: Stewardship's Deposit Account

By Ruth Leigh | 23 June 2018

 

Deposit Account from Stewardship 

Stewardship’s Deposit Account is a gift to churches and Christian charities, with no setup charges, monthly interest and plenty of flexibility. One satisfied customer is Rachel Fadipe, Executive Director at SAT-7 UK.

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When a family of four became seven...

By Ruth Leigh | 18 July 2017 | Comments (3)

When four became seven - A blog from Stewardship

Zara and Simon Reynolds* (not their real name) live in the Devon countryside with their two teenage children. For years they’d felt the urge to become foster parents, but it never seemed to be the right time. Then two years ago, at New Wine, they heard a talk by Home For Good, the fostering and adoption charity, and put in their application to become foster parents.

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Introducing Stewardship: Ram's Giving Story

By Ruth Leigh | 21 October 2016 | Comments (3)

Civil war. Bloodshed. Violence. Injustice. Ram Gidoomal has seen it all. Born in Kenya to parents forced to flee from the horrors of Partition; escaping from East Africa to start all over again in London with the bare minimum (£2,000) allowed to families leaving Kenya; he’s a double refugee who has carved out an impressive career as a businessman and entrepreneur. Now the Chairman of Stewardship and the Lausanne Movement, and a CBE into the bargain, Ram’s early experiences have informed his life of philanthropy and generosity.

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