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In 1971 I was privileged to be offered a position for the NSPCC

My Bible: reasons to believe in the power of the Bible

‘In 1971 I was privileged to be offered a position for the NSPCC, running a playgroup in Belfast. I had always worked with children. The first day I went in, I wasn’t prepared for these children. I was horrified. They were running around scratching their heads. Some of them had bruises. One little girl picked up a doll and hugged it. I don’t think she’d seen a doll before. The mothers were there too, and I could see that they were also being abused. 

‘I went home that afternoon and sat on my bed. I opened my Bible at Mark 10.14, “When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these’.”

‘I kept saying, “thank you” for that. I went in the next day and looked at those children with Jesus’ eyes. I picked up the little girl and hugged her. I didn’t care if she had lice. 

‘I was there for two years and the love that I had for those people was absolutely amazing. This verse in Mark made me see them for who they were in Jesus. I wanted to do things for them as for him. It’s so important to show love for children, especially children that aren’t getting love somewhere else.’

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