Take Courage

~ Take Courage

“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” ~  Winston S. Churchill

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Be Strong and courageous. The Lord you God is with you wherever you go,” ~Joshua 1:9

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear. But the triumph over it.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” ~ John Wayne

“Courage, dear heart.” ~  C. S.

Brixton Soup Kitchen

Today was our first service day. The lady we had set the ministry time up with was no longer with them (thus why in the past week we haven’t been able to confirm once again our coming, etc.) however, we headed out ready to jump into Plan B, whatever that might be. The team working at the kitchen was quite surprised to see 21 of us show up to serve. They quickly scrambled and before you knew it we had:

  1. Kitchen team
  2. Pantry team
  3. Clothes Closet team
  4. Garden Clean up team
  5. Soliciting Donations team

This group of seniors did amazing. For some it took courage to:

  • Step into a new place and do something unfamiliar with unfamiliar people looking on. 
  • Stand on a street corner with a donation bucket asking people to give up their spare change to help feed the homeless  (the kitchen gets no government funding and is run completely by donations. Their own workers participate in the soliciting. Most of the locals know them and readily give up small change to the work)
  • Take wet chairs stacked outside and store them in a small storage that just might have small furry animals in it… BTW  Praise God … no rodents! 😀
  • To fold clothes and do it in a dignified way as to not make those that would be receiving them feel uncomfortable.
  • Feed those that are waiting for a handout and do it giving dignity and honor to those receving
  • Strike up conversations with people – giving value to their lives by recognizing them and their needs

Courage for the people showing up for lunch

  • For Esther and others to share their story of struggle.  Just needing to come to Brixton Soup kitchen for help, food, encouragement and community
  • To admit needing help
  • For Solomon and his comrade to step out with courage … they saw a need, they saw no one else was going to do it … they courageously answered the call.

The Outdoor Market

On our trek from the Soup Kitchen to the Theatre we walked through an amazing fresh food market!  We snacked! Delish!

The Walk to the GlobeTake Courage

As we were heading to the Globe I was fascinated by the old buildings we were weaving through, wondering, what kind of life was going on here so many years ago … then I looked up and in the distance I was captured by words of inspiration that were painted on an historic building (even though to encourage others is not history of the words being painted) taking the picture and reflecting over the day it was a day that involved many stories of courage.

  • Bear with me:  Rated PG: Today this building acts as a simple motivation for passers-by.  Not gonna lie, at first I wondered … was this for encouragement during the blitz bombings of WWII?  I have to know … Alas, this building (an 1807 house for employees). Had this slogan appear in 1955 when Barclay Perkins & Co. merged with London rival brewery, Take Courage,  now acts as a simple motivation for passers-by.

The Globe Theatre

Our guide reminded Mrs. Castello and I of a former student of Summit Christian Academy. Out guide was so knowledgeable, an actor himself, gifted with the ability to take Shakespearean terminology and history and make it engaging and fun!  Thanks Dom! You are Amazing!

Shakespear Globe Tour
Dom our tour guide at the Globe

A trek over the bridge (that was blown up in a movie) to St. Paul’s Cathedral for photo ops!  Then on to dinner and back to the hotel to debrief. 

We head to Paris tomorrow morning.

Mrs. G

Prov. 14:31  Anyone who oppresses the poor is insulting God who made them. To help the poor is to honor God.

Proverbs 31:8-9  Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy

James 2:15-16  If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

Proverbs 3:27-28  Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow” – when you now have it with you

More pics to enjoy!