That’s right – after expenses, the MEMO fundraiser on October 28th raised $42,000.00! $23,000.00 was received in donations from all of you, and then it was matched by a very generous anonymous donor, dollar for dollar. This means we can pay off our considerable deficit.
We can pay off the cost of sending a container to Nicaragua in October. We can cover the cost of sending 20 pallets for Zimbabwe to Missasauga including the cost of a generator etc last August. And we have money to ship the next container in the Spring without having to go into debt (A bad habit I have!)
AND MORE GOOD NEWS
I just returned from a 9 day trip to El Salvador which in every way was successful. Thank you Lord.
The first purpose of the trip was to see if things we had sent had arrived safely and were being used appropriately. I can give a resounding yes for the 4 hospitals we (Dave and Arlene March were my companions) visited.
And for the four clinics we visited. In each case the El Salvadorian doctors and nurses were extremely grateful for the improvement in care allowed by our donations.
The second purpose was to find out what each of these health care facilities needed, that we could supply.
Arlene March has provided me with a 24 page document of needs we discussed with the El Salvadorians!
I was able to visit with our EFCCM missionaries in El Salvador. Eduardo Pulin with his wife and family are happily serving the northern city of Metapan. Eduardo is the Chaplain of the hospital and is busy counselling employees and because he is not an employee is trusted to settle disputes that every hospital inevitably has. He is also being used by the Lord to bring increasing harmony and cooperation among the churches in the area.
Cecilia Huezo’s Christian Community Centre is an ongoing concern.
The day we visited her the following was going on:
- 9 women ages 18 to 65 were busy taking the one day a week, 9 month seamstress course, that will provide them with a livelihood. We sent sewing material and sewing machines. I made them have a fashion show wearing the blouses and skirts they had made!
- 8 men and women were taking an ambulance attendants course from Thunder Bay’s Steve Wiebe. We have provided an ambulance and equipment.
- Young boys and girls neglected by their parents were being fed and learning that Jesus loves them in the Kids Klub.
- 12 older Boys and girls were taking guitar lessons from from a trio of young Christians from the capital city 2 hours away.
- Locally made guitars are available to them for $5.00 when they complete the course.
- A doctor from a larger town was seeing patients in the small clinic building equipped by MEMO
This was just on the Saturday. During the week there are Bible studies and tutoring classes and much more!
I could fill several pages with all we saw and learned, but let me share what is happening at the Don Benner Afternoon School. This school for kids from destitute families was begun partly as a result of the need in La Pressa (where we built a railing and community centre). Many of the kids could not afford the bus fare to go to school. Many of them were untrained in social and living skills. Now with the Support of HIS ministries and American sponsors they are fed one meal a day, are being educated, and they have a future here and for eternity.
FINALLY : FOR THE PERSON ON YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST THAT YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO GIVE
The other day one of our volunteers told me that this year she is giving Christmas gifts to her relatives that seem to have everything and don’t need more trinkets, by donating in their names to MEMO. Karen Parker is making up Christmas Gift Cards to use for this purpose. If you are interested in solving the problem of buying gifts for the person who has everything on your list, let us know.
Send the name and address of the person to receive the card to: MEMO 380 N. Court Street, Thunder Bay, ON, P7A 4X1
with your cheque made out to EFCCM-MEMO acct 2-5055. Donations over $50 will be income tax receipted.
These special gifts will buy things like Blood Sugar testing Strips for the Clinic in Nicaragua. CO2 monitors for children at the Matanzas Children’s Hospital in Cuba having anaesthesia. Batteries for monitor/defibrillators in the Metapan Hospital where Eduardo is Chaplain. And a hundred other small but necessary things we supply and do.
Thank you to those of you that support us in prayer and donations. Both are important and necessary