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The “little ships” of Dunkirk

Over 338,000 soldiers were evacuated from Dunkirk to Dover between 27 May and 4 June exactly 80 years ago. To speed up the evacuation an appeal went out to owners of pleasure boats and other small craft for help. About 850 participated. These became known as the ‘little ships’.  The evacuation, hailed as miraculous by the press and public, was a big boost for British morale.

Let’s celebrate what little ships, or actions, or people can do. There are so many ways you can illustrate this principle. For example, a colony of bees can operate a hive, or a gang of workmen can build a road or railway line. ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ is a common saying that originated from a famous Chinese proverb. And all the steps cumulatively will make a thousand miles.

I relish the story of how a little person’s generosity can feed 5000, if we let Jesus use our little contribution (John 6:1-13).

Three of the “little ships” which evacuated troops from Dunkirk to Dover.

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