Usually, it is Maj-Lis who distributes our warming gifts. Maj-Lis is a missionary here from Sweden, and with her family, established the Maj-Lis Philanthropic Foundation which over many years has reached out to the poor in Portugal with practical help and the love and good news of Jesus. She has been an inspiration to many and our Chaplaincy has supported her foundation through our Advent and Harvest gifts on many occasions but due to ill-health the charity is no longer accepting gifts. We received just last week some news from her family:
'A few weeks ago we helped mother travel to Sweden for care when her health clearly began to deteriorate. We have seen no improvement since then, but rather a continued deterioration every day. It's about getting older, so no specific disease. Now the family's focus is on supporting Maj-Lis'.
'We know that mom never wanted to be a traditional pensioner, but wanted to continue doing what she lived for her whole life - to show God's love to the most vulnerable, and she has done that every day'.
'Now please pray for Maj-Lis, that God eases her pain and that His will be done'.