Our day will come!

23 Dec

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As another #Christmas holiday approaches my thoughts go back to several Christmas’ ago when our #organisation faced closure.

That particular Christmas the bills were piling up and finally letters from the Bailifs arrived with notice to quit within a certain period of time. We prayed, tried hard to obtain funding but all our efforts came to naught.

It seemed certain to be our last Christmas around and there weren’t enough of us left to organise a final #Carol by candlelight event. With the threat of #eviction high on the agenda we were all #brokenhearted. We #shamelessly aired our distress openly and the tears flowed as one of the members cried: “God this can’t be the end of Wayside.” To which I responded NO by God’s grace it’ s NOT the end.

Christmas is a time of hope. With the current world situation men, women and even young people seem to loose hope for their lives. When hope dies the individual dies also.

We certainly cannot go on without something to look forward towards in life. Could this lack of hope be the cause of the recent tragedies we hear about in families and young people? No one can deny that life could be hard to face at times. There are housing and financial problems, sicknesses, world disasters, and a host of other threatening situations faced. However life does not stand still forever. Situations change and people move on. The way has not been smooth  these last few years but we look beyond our own problems. We take into consideration the consequences others would face without our presence in the community. #Thoughtfulness for others seems key in the hope we have that come what may situations will change if only we look to the future trusting in God’s #providence.

Looking forward to better days to come has carried our organisation from strength to strength. Hope forbids us to succumb to circumstances. It equips us to face challenges head on to survive another day. The hope of Christmas is that God is with us. Yes he comes in the darkness of our world to  #illuminate our lives with the light of his love. He gives us #peace in times of #crisis and helps us cope in difficult situations. So here we are several years later. Still serving our community. Generously giving our time, skills, and other resources to help those in need. Our Christmas party proved to be a success with the guests who commented on the lavish meal and activities provided. Without hope in God to fulfill the desires of our hearts this year’s activities may not have been possible. Waiting could be long and tedious. In the bible we read of an old man called Simeon who was #promised by God that he would see the #Christ. He lived in the hope that he will not die before the #Messiah came. He kept vigil in the #Temple looking for the #Christchild. One day #Mary went to the Temple with the Child Jesus. When #Simeon saw him he #prayed now #Lord let thy servant depart in peace for mine eyes have seen thy #salvation. Simeon lived for that day and the day he hoped for came. Similarly todays’ people need to have something to look forward to, some achievement to be made, some promise given by God to be accomplished. That’s hope. My prayer is that we all hold on to H O P E for better years to come.

Hope to the hopeless

12 May

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As we approach the end of #MentalHealthWeek we at #WAYSIDE have been sharing some reflection on our work in this field during the early nineties and beyond. As a small #grassrootsorganisation we are proud of our achievements in standing for what we believed in even though this topic caused persecution and great pain at the time. We believed #Godcalledus to care for people suffering the effects of #mentalillness. Through this #intervention we saw the great suffering experienced firsthand by many who were abandoned not only by society but by some friends /relatives as well.

Throughout the years we have #ministered to professional sufferers as well as the ordinary individual and over a period of time we have seen the #impactourlove,  #affection #compassion, and care has made to each person. Accepting people as they are helps to maintain their dignity, #selfconfidence, and #selfworth. It helps them to feel  #included instead of excluded from society enabling many to become #empowered enough to take hold of their lives again. Looking back at the many letters of thanks received we are grateful to God for what we have accomplished over the years.

Today it’s good to know that there are those churches that are now beginning to educate the wider community on #mentalhealthissues. Twenty six years ago when we began this subject was taboo. It was hard to access funding as a Christian organisation and we experienced great hardships.

Wayside has been working to prevent people from entering the mental hospital since 1990 through its caring programme of services to #enhance the quality of life for those suffering from depression and the elderly. Funding is hard to acquire and very time consuming. What can you do to help the situation that is again prevalent in society? #mentalillhealth could happen to anyone, but all do not need to be hospitalised, some only need to know where to turn in times of distress. We cannot perform the work alone, others must pay their part without our presence and other likeminded organisations the situation would become much worst.

We now need the support of the community to fight this illness that is destroying #young people. I challenge you today to #helppreservethiswork.

#Mentalillhealth can happen to anyone and is no respecter of persons, who knows you may need it in the future if not now. Help Wayside to care for those who have lost the strength to care for themselves. Read about the humble beginnings of the Wayside Community Centre Visit: http://www.jeanvjohn.com

The ones without a voice

11 Mar

pexels-photo-210628.jpegLove and kindness seem to have gone out of the hearts of men in our world today. We hear about those who abuse children and young people, the elderly, and those caught up in modern day slavery. The suffering experienced by groups of refugees, the hatred, fear, pain and the humiliation suffered by all the various group of individuals and the nation’s hearts go out to them. But there are groups of other suffering people e.g.  Abused partners who stand alone in their distress. When it comes to the ordinary woman/man who has for years felt unloved by their spouse and who has continuously suffered abuse, scorn, rejection and other degrading circumstances they stand alone. many women/men although they may have a roof over their heads, families around them they too can be made to feel excluded, alone, neglected and even treated with hostility. Many go about their daily lives with a smile carrying out their everyday chores even though they are hurting inside. With no one to persecute for the injustice, they suffer many turns to the GOD for comfort and solace. In HIM they can say with confidence “Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness”

The ones without a voice #inspiration

10 Mar

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Love and kindness seem to have gone out of the hearts of men in our world today. We hear about those who abuse children and young people, the elderly, and those caught up in modern day slavery. The suffering experienced by groups of refugees, the hatred, fear, pain and the humiliation suffered by all the various group of individuals and the nation’s hearts go out to them. But there are groups of other suffering people e.g. Abused partners who stand alone in their distress. When it comes to the ordinary woman/man who has for years felt unloved by their spouse and who has continuously suffered abuse, scorn, rejection and other degrading circumstances they stand alone. Many women/men although they may have a roof over their heads, families around them they too can be made to feel excluded, alone, neglected and even treated with hostility. Many go about their daily lives…

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World View On Life

10 Mar

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Looking back over the years can we truthfully say that we have moved on with the years? It is said that time waits for no man yet there are numerous amount of individuals whose lives remain static while the years go by.  Attitudes to life play a big part in our lagging behind.  However  Changing the way we think can make us less obnoxious and more desirous to live in the world. Life is a journey that entails changes. We watch our children grow from infancy and take on their identity in life. They must decide where they want to go or what they want to achieve in life. Some may take a negative stance to life while the others make a positive stance. This positive or negative view will, in the end, portray characteristic of the world view taken on by each.

Thinking I don’t care what the world…

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Restored to face challenges

8 Mar

When God Intervenes tells the story of how God transformed my life from one of brokenness and lack of self-esteem to one who can stand up to face challenges.

God met me at a time of deep distress where life seemed pointless and the only option for me was to end it all. Unknown to me the invitation to attend a convention would be the beginning of a new and vibrant life. This inspiring book tells how God’s intervention enabled and equipped me to provide a service to help those suffering emotional despair such as mental stress, loneliness, isolation, and rejection:  issues that previously affected me. God gave me a deep passion for those suffering emotionally. B y putting my faith in God I was enabled to overcome giant obstacles to offer support to destitute individuals not only in Hackney but internationally through my organisation “Wayside Community Centre”. Read about my trials, rejections, struggles, determinations and successes for the past twenty-six years.

Order your copy today online from; Amazon, or purchase yours through email from my website. Jeanvjohn.com

The mystery at the bottom of my Garden

4 Mar

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I see a great wonder as I look through my kitchen window. Resurrection glory stares me in the face. The stump of bare trees lying bare on the ground begins to bud and send out leaves. Flowers that died during the winter months seem to be awake from slumber. They burst through the soil taking on a new lease of life, sending out beautiful colours of foliage and flowers.

Above the rustling of the wind in the trees, I hear the singing of birds. On the ground below insects are stirring fully awake from their winter sleep. The garden seem to come alive from the dead as life abundant is seen everywhere.

This portrayal of newness of life reassures me that the same procedure I see in the garden applies not only to me but to all people throughout the world whether they believe or don’t believe in life after death.

Scripture teaches that death is not the end that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. (Acts 24:15).
As I ponder over the new life at the bottom of the garden, I know that the mystery of a new and glorious life will spring out of me after death. The thought of being reunited with loved ones in a new and glorious body brought a smile to my face as I proclaim “Death where is thy sting, grave where is thy victory!