If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know I live in the UK. I’m from a town where I would say the majority are royalists so, as you might expect, this weekend has been one of celebration. Yesterday, one of the usually-quiet streets was crowded with stalls as the food festival came to town; ciders, chutneys, sponge puddings, fudge, hot dogs, and maybe one of the only places in England you would have found fresh, home-made Welsh cakes. The mayor led a procession of vehicles through the town in a Jubilee parade, sadly minus horses, and tomorrow should see more celebrations – a 1950s-style street party, and a beacon (one of several across the nation) to be lit.
Queen Elizabeth II joins her great great grandmother, Queen Victoria, as someone who celebrates a diamond Jubilee – 60 years on the throne. I think it’s right to honour the queen, and I’ve been enjoying all the fun, but in a town called Weybridge in Surrey, there’s another, lesser known Jubilee going on.
It was also in 1952 that an American missionary called Everett Swanson went to South Korea. Seeing the war-ravaged country, and 35 children orphaned as a result, he reached out. Like Jesus’ disciples with the 5 loaves and 2 fish, he started small and it multiplied! Today, over 1,000,000 children in 26 countries benefit from the ministry God brought about through him.
So, will you join me in saying a very happy diamond Jubilee to the amazing Compassion International?
Perhaps you could even celebrate by sponsoring a child. Just a thought.