For The Shed That Fed A Million Children, individuals were asked for their personal brief, overall impressions...
1. I was struck by the way that the author did not set out with a plan to feed a million children, but started with a vision of the Virgin Mary, something very strange to our Methodist ears – and then step-by-step found himself drawn into a huge international project. But it worked partly because of the approach he took in involving other people.
2. When passing through Dalmally on my recent holiday in Scotland, I was inspired to find how isolated the village was, although there was a railway station. How had Magnus been able to found a world charity from such a small place? It demonstrated how God can use most unlikely individuals in such an amazing way. His faith shone through on every page and it makes me think that there are more things in the world that we cannot account for. The visions that triggered the initial work had an effect which cannot be disputed.
3. The spirit is moving all the time in different situations with different agents and outcomes. We know our own context, but the spirit works in many different contexts to enrich the world.
4. The overall impression is that it makes you realise little things can be the start of something major and worthwhile. Also, if you go in faith, other volunteers will follow.
5. Magnus met a young boy named Edward in Malawi who said that he would like to have enough to eat and if possible, go to school one day. Prayer and mass played a huge part in the project.
6. A very humbling and inspiring book, his approach ensuring local 'buy-in' before he was willing to start in any particular place. His evolving network of volunteers and people willing to fundraise locally and also to bring their expertise into a growing international operation. Interesting how what started as disaster relief morphed into long-term aid.
7. The book was very interesting and informative about the charity. I like that they used local people/resources and didn't pay large wages to those employed by the charity, but instead used those who felt called to this kind of work.
8. I was struck by how much difference one person can make to so many people and how generously so many people gave – even if they did not have much themselves. The elderly widow of a minister in Scotland came to mind, who gave away most of her kitchen equipment, including her ladle, because she thought people in Yugoslavia returning to their homes needed it more.
9. The book brought back many memories of incredible kindness of the people we met when we were in Yugoslavia; also our experience when we were in Mostar and Medjugorje.