I love September, especially when it’s a long hot ‘African Summer’ like this one with warm days stretching into mild evenings, sometimes I wish the summer would stay forever; Still season’s change as seasons must, just like the seasons of our lives and of the soul, only one thing remains constant…Gods unchanging love and faithfulness keeps this world turning!
September officially marks the beginning of autumn in the U.K or ‘fall’ in the U.S.A. Around the world including Africa and the Bible lands It’s a time for celebration of the Harvest, traditionally a time for thanksgiving and praise.
For many of us, it’s a month of new beginnings seeing the start of new academic terms for schools, colleges and other institutions of learning.
For me it’s a time to reflect on the busy summer festival season. Summer 2016 was busier than most to say the least. Our festival season started with Big Church Day Out in May followed by the Methodist Conference in June, New Wine in July and David’s Tent in August. It was great to meet so many friends both old and new at all of these events. Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit the Silverfish Jewellery stand; thank you for your prayers and your purchases, together we ‘make Jewellery Change lives’!
Talking of African Summers and ‘making jewellery change lives’, it was a huge privilege to return to Nigeria in July of this year to revisit S.T.A. (Shepherds Treasured Academy) in Osun State, Nigeria
S.T.A. (Shepherds Treasured Academy) was founded in 2014 following our pioneer visit to Nigeria when we trained over 50 women mainly widows in Jewellery making. S.T.A. offers continued support to these as well as training new members.
S.T.A. is a joint project between Shepherds Food Ministries of Lincoln U.K, Treasured foundation U.K (The charitable foundation of Silver Fish Jewellery) and our Nigerian host charity The Dorcas Foundation which is part of the Anglican Dioses in Nigeria. The Patron of S.T.A. Nigeria is the Rev. James A. Popoola.
Our team for this return mission was led by Dr. Ola Ogunyemi of Shepherds Food Ministry’s, his wife Bunmi acted as interpreter, Pauline Anderson led a workshop on ‘listening skills’ and offered pastoral care and counselling. It was my honour to lead an intensive workshop in business planning over several days to consolidate the empowerment of widows and the disadvantaged using our ‘TREASURED BUSINESS BUILDING TOOLKIT’ the focus was to deliver practical, essential skills in business planning, marketing and entrepreneurship; to attack poverty at its roots by instilling vital methods for competitive edge in rapidly changing business environments.
We were greatly encouraged by the progress of S.T.A. to date, a credit to our host charity, the Dorcas Foundation who have continued to run the project, offering ongoing Vocational training in Jewellery Making and computer literacy to a high standard.
During the business training programme the delegates completed a business, marketing and personal finance plan to a high standard using the ‘TREASURED BUSINESS BUILDING TOOLKIT’. On the last day of the training delegates were invited to present their business plans to the panel, I was greatly impressed with the very high standard of presentations. A First, second and third prize of business micro finance was presented to the groups delivering winning presentations.The winning prize was £50.00 which might seem very little to us but it’s a whole months wage for many in Nigeria.
No one left empty handed as our gifts of further jewellery making tools, bead supplies with thanks to our sponsors Cookson’s Gold, goody bags curtesy of the women at The Rock New Testament Church in Birmingham, bibles and more were accepted on behalf of the project by the Rev. Bishop James Popoola.
It was also a huge privilege to take part in the opening celebration of Shepherd Farmers Academy (S.F.A.); This flagship academy was commissioned by The Rev. Bishop James Poppoola (The Bishop of Osun State), on July 14th 2016 to train local farmers in organic farming techniques, crop preservation and processing, tractor maintenance, digital literacy and access to local and international markets, fighting food poverty by reducing post-harvest loss.
Thank you again for your friendship and continued support with special thanks to the Churches and groups who have invited me to share the ‘TREASURED’ story so far, I would love to revisit soon to update you and show you the pictures from this mission, some of which can be viewed on our Facebook page or at www.treasuredfoundation.org. To book a speaker email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0121 554 4575.
Finally, please pray for us that we may, as the the verse above instructs, always be ready and willing, whatever the season, to share the love, and the Gospel of Jesus through our Bible Inspired Jewellery Designs and through our charitable projects.
Our website has been updated with some of our latest designs, browse and buy online today at: www.silverfishjewellery.com
Thank you to everyone who visited the Silver Fish Jewellery Stand at The Christian Festivals this year. Our next event is: New Wine Women's day on October 8th at Methodists Central Hall, Westminster.
As well as our extensive range of ethical Jewellery designs to reflect our Christian Faith with quality and style, we also specialise in commissions including wedding and engagement rings, anniversary gifts and more to make the Jewellery of your dreams a reality. For a free quote or consultation, call us today on: 0121 554 4575
Visit our retail workshops:
We have downsized our workshops slightly and we don’t have a shop front anymore, however you can still visit us by appointment to preview and purchase from our extensive range of Ethical Jewellery designs inspired by the Bible. To arrange an appointment please email: email@example.com or call us on: 0121 554 4575.
Make a donation or recycle your old silver and gold:
To make a donation directly to our registered charity ‘TREASURED FOUNDATION’simply click on the ‘donate’ button at: www.treasuredfoundation.org.