The young people of Crieff Seventh-day Adventist church have a history of reaching out and helping others, either at home or abroad. At the end of 2019, the youth at Crieff church once again decided that they wanted to make a difference.
The group of 7 young people aged 12-15 decided that they didn't want to receive any birthday gifts from the church, but instead wanted to donate the money to charity. As one of the young people said, "We don't need anything at all. It's better to give it to those who need it!" In discussion with the class leader Angela Logan, they decided to help two charities; a local animal charity and a school in Romania that has strong connections with Crieff church.
Thanks to the generosity of the church, the birthday money was increased so that the donations would have more impact. On 6 January, the young people visited PADS (Perthshire Abandoned Dogs Society) and handed over a cheque for £100. The money will help with the much-needed upgrading of the quarantine area at the centre
The young people then donated £100 to the Soli Deo Gloria School in Vaideiu, Romania (www.scoalasolideogloria.com). This school is closely linked with Crieff Church. One of the Earliteens, Finlay Logan, raised money for and visited the school in October 2018 along with members of his family, and relatives of three of the Earliteens helped with renovation work there in May 2019. The school’s volunteer Acting Business Manager is Finlay’s great aunt, Ruth Farrer, (pictured) who is a long standing member of Crieff Church
Mission work of any kind does not have to take place far away; it can take place right where you are. The most important element is not the location, but the heart. The young people at Crieff Church will continue to help others, and are thankful to everyone at Crieff Church for helping them achieve their aim to make a difference.