July 2008 Articles:
July 25th 2008 marks a
whole year since the Friends took over the six bed wing
within the Evangelismos Hospital and converted it into an
independently run Hospice.
Our many well wishers and
supporters at that time donated gifts or money with which to
make the wing as much 'home from home' as possible for the
many patients with life limiting illnesses who have been
admitted during the past year, many of them for respite
The Hospice has been
fortunate in having a number of highly trained and caring
staff who have refined the care and special procedures
needed for palliative nursing and the Hospice has received
much praise from patients and their relatives. A new Hospice
Manager has been appointed, Ruth Marsh. She replaces Judith
Pallot who has done so much to ensure the smooth running of
the Hospice and remains very much in an advisory capacity,
as does Diane Turner who masterminded the Volunteer
programme. Her place has been taken by Ann Hill.
The money given by donors and
money received from fund raising events is used for patient
care, but from time to time the Friends need equipment and
for this a fund has been started whereby people may donate
specifically for a piece of equipment. A need has arisen for
a van to be used by the Hospice shops. The Friends receive
many household goods and clothes which need storage and
transportation. Anyone who could help achieve this goal, a
car sales outlet for example, should contact Chairman
Stephen Willis on 26652437. Suitable acknowledgement will be
A DVD has been put together
showing the daily care of patients, plus interviews with
patients and relatives. The theme of this DVD is 'One day
someone you love will need us'. It will be used to bring
awareness of the existence of the Hospice and its functions
to a wider community as well as generate funds for a service
which is free to everyone with a life limiting disease.
The Friends; would like to
thank all those who have been so generous in their support
this year and all the staff who have made the hospice a
place of sanctuary. The Friends also acknowledge the input
of the Evangelismos Hospital who made the wing available and
remain staunch supporters.
An Unshakable Destiny,
On things to come; What do you see when you look ahead- past
your years on this earth-to eternity? The writer in the
Bible, Hebrews clearly saw the shape of eternity in a vision
of all history rushing to a conclusion in the "kingdom which
cannot be shakenĒ the glorious kingdom of God.
In may ways, in the Bible the Book of Hebrews pays tribute
to the awesome display of Godís power throughout history.
The book begins by acknowledging the various forms by which
God has communicated His truth in the past, Hebrews 1:1, and
goes on to praise Jesus for working to provide us salvation
both in His life and in his death.
Throughout Hebrews, the author compares Jesusí work to the
events recording in the Old Testament and compares the
awesome experience of Godís presence on Month Sinai with
what Christians can look forward to in Godís eternal
kingdom. The Israelites at Mount Sinai were frightened; they
begged God to conceal Himself in some way. Even Moses
confessed terror. But the author of Hebrews describes
Christians as heading toward "Mount Zion and to the city of
the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, Hebrews 12:22.
There, we will be in a great company of angels and
believers, praising God. This life on earth will fade in the
background as all believers join in praising God for his
gracious provision of salvation. Everything will pale in
comparison to the glorious future with our Savior.
Shaking the Foundations: Yet this kingdom of God will arrive
in an unexpected fashion. According to the description in
Hebrews 12:25-27, the present world is make of 'shakable"
things-such as earthly power, wealth and fame. Thus at the
end times, God will shake the entire world. After this great
"shaking," only those who belong to Godís kingdom will
We live in a world that is dominated by earthly power. World
leaders and political systems threaten one another and vie
for domination. But all of these structures are transitory;
they are shakable. Throughout history, kingdoms and
countries have risen to power, only to crumble under the
weight of their own blunders. Sometimes even Christians have
been tempted to try establishing Godís kingdom with earthly
power, only to see their efforts fall apart in their own
Yet God's word and His kingdom will stand forever. Belief in
Jesus Christ saving work on the Cross makes us citizens of
Godís kingdom, Colossians 1:13-14. We have no need to fear
any shaking that may come to this world, for we are on our
way to the one unshakable kingdom. In light of this, how
should we live? The author of Hebrews clearly and concisely
answers this question: Let us have grace, by which we may
serve God acceptable with reverence and godly fear. For our
God is a loving God but is also a consuming fire. For we
have come to the ultimate goal of all of history; you have
come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the
heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angelsÖ. To
God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made
perfect, to Jesus the Mediator.
Remember the Bible says in Romans 10-13; ďForĒ whoever calls
upon the name of the Lord Jesus shall be saved.Ē
(For more information contact);
Pastor Mike Beesley
I hope you'll be inspired by the following amazingly true
In 1830, Peter Richley survived despite a series of strange
and harrowing events. The ship he was travelling on
capsized. He was rescued but, by some strange twist of
circumstance, the ship that rescued him also sank.
He was rescued again but, this third ship sank too. He was
rescued for a third time. Nevertheless, the fourth ship also
sank soon afterwards. Unbelievably, he was rescued for a
fourth time, but the fifth ship sank too.
It would have been laughable if it hadn't been so serious.
By this time, Richley must have been floating confident that
somehow God would not let him die. And sure enough, as if on
cue, another ship came along and rescued him.
This ocean liner, The City of Leeds, was bound from England
to Australia and was travelling in the same sea lane as the
other ships Peter Richley had been on. The crew hoisted
Peter aboard and provided him with dry clothing. The ship's
doctor also examined him and pronounced him fit. But then he
made an unusual request. "There's a woman on board who
booked a passage to Australia," the doctor explained. "She's
looking for her son who disappeared years ago. She's dying
and sheís asking to see him. She knows everybody on board
and since you're the only newcomer, would you pretend to be
her son?" Peter agreed - after all, his life had now been
saved for the fifth time, so why shouldn't he feel amenable
to any request?
He followed the doctor below deck and entered the womanís
cabin. She was obviously suffering as she lay on her cabin
bed. Deliriously, she was crying out. "Please, God! Let me
see my son before I die. I must see my son!"
The ship's doctor gently pushed the young man towards the
bed. Soon, however, Peter Richley started to sob because he
suddenly realised why he hadn't been allowed to die. Here
was the lifeline that had kept him from drowning five times.
For lying on that bed was none other than Sarah Richley -
who had prayed for ten years to be reconciled to her son,
The ship's doctor stood in amazement as the young man fell
down by the bed and embraced the sick woman. "I'm here,
Mother! I'm here. It's me!" Within days the fever had
subsided and his mother woke up to find an answered prayer
sitting on the edge of her bed.
Let's persevere and continue to pray and expect the Lord to
remove all obstacles in answer to the prayers of our hearts.
Let us remember what Jesus said (recorded in Matthew
21:21-22) after He made a fig tree wither: "I tell you the
truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you
do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to
this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it
will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you
ask for in prayer."
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The response from the article in the Paphos Post was
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