TO RETURN to my Beloved Beautiful Refugee Children and their wonderful parents, in Mother’s ‘Second Village’, Tasovcici Camp, Capljina, Bosnia Hercegovina, just next door to Medjugorje, I want to tell you about my recent lovely surprise.
I prayed as usual, for a return visit to the Camp, as we must keep giving our refugees hope and help, otherwise they are so forgotten!
God is always ahead of us and He knew I wanted to get back to see them soon again, so He arranged for my wonderful friends Sean and Ann to accompany me to Medjugorje for Sean’s birthday, last Saturday. We made a ‘flying visit’.
This couple had a fantastic surprise, as the house they are helping the Maracic Family to build, is almost complete and nearly ready to move into. What joy when they met ‘their’ family! One could hardly do better than give the homeless a home!
Also, about a year ago, when I pleaded with God for money to build for our elderly refugees, who have been 15 years in this awful camp, I asked Sean over a meal one day in Medjugorje, if he would draw me a little bungalow, and design a simple interior, so Housing Aid Bosnia might consider building some small homes for the elderly. Of course I had no money but I have great ideas!
Now Sean has seen the result of his plan and he couldn’t believe the gorgeous 12 little bungalows HAB has completed for 24 elderly refugees, who think they are in Heaven. They love being in the bungalows and are so fantastically welcoming and hospitable, and ‘at home’. They love the central shrine of Our Lady. The recent Irish visitors, among them some builders, could only say “they’re Stunning”.
They could not get over the excellent workmanship, though in fact the little houses are beautifully simple. An anonymous donation of £200,000 to the Charity enabled all this to happen. I did ask God for that exact amount and lo and behold it dropped from Heaven into ‘Housing Aid Bosnia’ Charity Account! Simply Amazing!
Of course, EVERYTHING WE DO is beautifully done as it is done for God! It is His project and He is in charge of it. We are but His tools! Everything given is directly for the refugees-nothing is ever deducted! Itself a Miracle! I wonder sometimes why we don’t trust God enough as He is in charge of life, no matter what. Even, if circumstances are bad, even disastrous, like losing your home in the war or by re-possession etc., God will always bring good out of evil as He will not be beaten!
I just read:
‘The dark threads are as needful in the Weaver’s skillful hand
as the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned’.
Christians know that Jesus conquered all evil on the Cross, dying once to save sinners. In spite of everything, He is always with us. He will never leave us. He is with us in our poverty and in our riches. He alone can restore us! He came to bring us life to the full and I see Him doing just this for our poorest refugees. How can I thank Him! What appeared to be the End for them becomes the Beginning!
YOU COULD HELP me to get our refugees
out of this terrible camp. One darling little woman, Kitty from Gweedore, Co. Donegal, Ireland, said that their cows on their farm in Ireland had better houses! To help our registered Charity to build the refugees houses, all you have to do is to contact me by e-mail: (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I can send you details, or, you could make a donation directly into our Charity Account: ‘Housing Aid Bosnia’ Charity SC030136: BARCLAYS BANK, 111 High Street, Bedford, MK40 1NJ, UK
Sort Code: 20-05-74. A/c No: 10917567. THANKS!
Or a Direct International Payment, through your own bank, to ‘Housing Aid Bosnia,’ Registered Charity No. SC030136: Swift Code: BARCGB22
IBAN: GB63 BARC 2005 7489 4235 00
Our ‘Housing Aid Bosnia’ Euro Business Premium Account No. 89423500 Sort Code 20-05-74; is lodged at, Barclays Bank, 111 High Street, Bedford, MK40 1NJ,
You could write to me at home to; Sr. Josephine Walsh, 13 Aspreys, OLNEY, Bucks. MK46 5LN, UK. If you send a cheque, please pay ‘HOUSING AID BOSNIA.’ If you are a tax payer and would like us to get Gift Aid ie. 25 pence extra on every £ you give to our charity, please let me know your intention. It is a great help to us. For this, I would need your address and your permission to claim.
EVEN BETTER STILL,
go and visit our refugees in Tasovcici Camp, CAPLJINA, if you are in MEDJUGORJE and see their poverty for yourself.
Bring them some little things like sweets, milk, juice, meat, oil etc. You won’t be sorry. Your visit will bless you! I have never seen anything like it!
There are currently 90 families. We are helping 37 0f these at the moment to build! You would see and meet our gorgeous 69 children, and those we are building for at the moment could take you to see what we are trying to do for them. Simply ask them! Mention Josephina!
Melica, who now owns one of our lovely houses, made a beautiful cake to celebrate Sean’s birthday, and was he surprised and delighted! We arrived at her house with a coach load of 50 people to thank God for His wonders. Surprise surprise! Can you imagine a coach load of people arriving at your house and being so welcomed!! All given juice and b’day cake Melica had made for Sean! The Pilgrims just couldn’t get over it all. We ended up in Sr. Helen’s gorgeous Church for the refugees, our hearts so full of gratitude we could hardly speak!
Please don‘t forget to pray for our work and especially for our refugees to get more jobs, and to get housed. HAB has in fact have created several jobs, and now thanks to another marvelous couple, six of our refugee families have a beautiful farming allotment beside their house.
This couple bought a farm for us, and we split it in 6 for 6 families to farm. You should see their vegetables!The refugees are so industrious, and all they need is to be given a chance!! Everything helps!
May God keep you safe in all you do and may He give you His Peace.
From Sr. Josephine with love and prayers