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How do you ease the frustration of those who want to see to see a fair society where the weakest are helped in such a way that they become stronger and nor weakened further?

You help them become part of the solution. Yes, that sounds easy but what does it mean in practice?

A case study – Heavenly Crafts

Heavenly Crafts serves some of the weakest members of society. The people who come to this craft group need round the clock care. The one issue that they have in common is that they have a learning disability. In addition to having a  cognitive impairment, they could have issues with their sight. or struggle so much to walk that they use a wheelchair or find it hard to make their hands do what they want them to do.

We wanted to do something to help such people and ended up starting a craft group. We put the tables out in the church opened the doors and invited people to come in and join us. Once in the doors, we have dome a variety fo things such as making sal dough then shaping it into fridge magnets one week and painting the pieces the following week. We do Christmas decorations and things that they could give as gifts in the run-up to Christmas.

It was a natural fit. We know who we wanted to help. We knew what resources we had available, for example, our craft skills and the building. we could do. We used what we had to help the people we wanted to help

We have learnt a lot on the way enough to write a book called Developing Heavenly Crafts. One thing that the book points out is that we don’t have the perfect building for such an activity. We are not in the perfect location. yet we thought that there was a need and did something about it. This is very much a loaves and fishes operation. In other words, it uses what we have to hand and God adds to it.

Since we started the pressure on funding for other resources that serve the same people has increased. It is possible that some of those resources will close down. Yet we never thought about that possibility. Our original thinking was to serve the people we could see in the community around us. Once we got started we realised that there was a whole community of interest that we had overlooked. we had forgotten that there are so small community-based projects scattered all over the place that provide homes for people with special needs.

How can God’s Lily Training help you do something to change the world for the better?

The first thing we can do is help you ask the right questions these include:

  1. What problem do you want to solve?
  2. Who do you want to help?
  3. What are you designed to by God to do to help others?

Find the answers to those questions and you will be surprised by what you could actually do.

One of the courses offered in the God’s Lily Training programme takes you through the process of looking at a problem and coming up with a solution.

It sounds obvious but problems with continue to cause headaches until someone comes up with a  solution to them. The question then becomes “What part of the solution to the problems in your community can you develop?” Nothing will change until someone does something about, preferably the person who God has designed to do something about it.

That brings us round to another question. Do we really know what we are designed to do? The book Find our Purpose Love your Life was written to help those who recognised that they had made some mistakes and had ended up in the wrong place. The aim of the book is to help them get back on the right track so that they could dos what they were designed to do.

That is just the starting point. There is more planned. Practical stuff like getting a  website up and running. Personal development stuff helping you become the person you need to be to solve the problems that you see int eh world around you.

God’s Lily has been on this journey for a few years now. In the process, she has down a lot of writing. It actually surprised her just how much she had written when she started pulling everything together. Not only that but she had bought the rights to use a lot of videos and other materials. These could all be added to the training programme.

It is going to take a few months to gather all the resources already created or brought into a usable format. However, to get the ball rolling God’s Lily Training is offering discounted memberships at £20 a month.

You get the chance to shape and improve what is offered by giving feedback. After the first 20 people, the price for new starters will increase. Your subs will not increase providing you remain part of the first cohort. If you drop out and rejoin you will become part of whatever cohort we are up to when you rejoin.

Our bit of tax evasion

The last thing God’s Lily Training wants to do is to get embroiled in collecting VAT on behalf of the taxman. It is complicated, time-consuming and generally a big nuisance being an unpaid tax collector.

There is a way we can avoid it and that is to add as much live and interactive content to the programme as possible. There are a variety of ways that we can do that and in the early stages, we will be testing to find out which ones people are comfortable with. Amongst the ways we can do this are

  • making it possible for people to add comments on the course materials
  • setting up an email group
  • having discussion forums in the membership area
  • using a teleseminar system to create live audios

The live audios could include

  • training
  • question and answer sessions
  • interviews
  • case studies or testimonies from other members

One thing I know is that whatever time you chose to do a live recording there will be someone who will not be able to attend. That is why they will be recorded and added to the member’s area.

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It is going to take some time to work out what is best for this programme. See why God’s Lily Training needs people to join in and help improve what is on offer. To be honest, God’s Lily Training is practising what it preaches i.e. start small and test what works then build on what works.

As you probably guessed when you heard the idea of avoiding tax this programme is not free. However, the first few people who join the programme will only be charged £10 a month for as long as they are part of the programme. If for some reason they decide to leave and come back again they will be expected to pay whatever the new level of subscription is.

If this interests you then sign up below to join me and help me do my bit to help people change the world into something more in line with God’s best. And yes in the process your frustrations over its imperfections will be eased as well.

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