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Volunteer Rachel McCormick visits India

Rachel McCormick describes opening Christian Aid Ireland’s first charity shop, The Changing Room, and going on a fact-finding trip to India.

I have always said each year brings changes.

When we decided to move to Garvagh following my husband’s retirement from the ministry, I also retired from nursing. But how would I spend each day?

On 5 February 2016, I opened Christian Aid’s very first charity shop: The Changing Room.

Family Fun Day

Rachel pictured with Christian Aid Ireland staff at the opening of The Changing Room in 2016

It has been a memorable year – getting to know the customers, sharing in good times and bad.

Then in February 2017, I was given the chance to go to India with Christian Aid.

India is a fascinating country – the vast number of people, the noise and the colour.

It’s also a land of contrasts. Near a school, we passed tables of colourful fruit, expertly displayed for sale, but across the street stood cows in piles of waste. The children’s parents sift through the rubbish looking for items to sell.

I met a lady from the lowest or ‘scheduled’ caste, a widow of a murder victim. Because of her place in society, she has been assaulted and tortured, her property set on fire. Christian Aid and its partners are giving her legal support.

Christian Aid Ireland

Jane Burns from Christian Aid Ireland, Rachel McCormick and local woman, Razia, at a women's project in India.

I realised we all can’t be in India, or wherever the need is great, but we can allow the Spirit to use us where we are.

If I use what time and energy I have, even in a small town like Garvagh, God can do amazing things.

(Taken from the Presbyterian Herald April 2017)

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