Flecks of Gold

“People often wonder what is the point of doing random acts of kindness in different parts of the world. It is a thought that could be applied to the work of the Epiphany Trust.

I have found myself led to a very different conclusion as a result of having the great privilege of visiting some of this work, particularly in Romania, Sri Lanka and Burma.

It is not just the very quiet professionalism, it is not the high standing that it is held in by the local government authorities, even though both are evident in spades, but the compassion and tenderness of those that Epiphany employs to run the programmes on the ground. In the midst of, quite frankly, appalling slums and poverty, or situations which are so often forgotten, these fine men and women exude an outstanding gentleness which is mirrored in the lively joy of those they are looking after.

To see the faces of the children, the physically disabled adults and to share in their achievements as they are treated with respect and personal, individual attention is profoundly moving. It satisfies a deep part of what, I might call, ‘my gospel compassion’. The Holy Spirit thrumming, as it were, with my spirit in delighted union.

Epiphany Trust has captured the essence of Jesus’s parable of the ‘Good Samaritan’- to do something about the needs of the person who presents to you. They are not pretending to be the answer to every need, self evidently they are not, But what they are doing is to bring the love of God to several areas of the world which many of us would have never thought of and then to deliver a timely love and practical action.

During my time in Sri Lanka, Burma and Romania I have been amazed at what a small amount of financial support can do when put into practical action by a well thought through ministry beautifully delivered. It is truly wonderful.

In God’s rich tapestry Epiphany is truly flecks of purest gold.

I am privileged to be associated with a work that is doing so much good. I wholeheartedly affirm it and commend it to you.”

Charlie Colchester.