MEMO has always tried to keep our supporters well informed so they can pray and give intelligently for and to us.
For those of you in a hurry I will try and hihighlight the most important points.
OUR PLANS FOR 2017
Feb 25 we shipped a container to El Salvador.
It will provide a lot of life saving and life enhancing supplies and equipment for:
Metapan Hospital and missionaries Eduardo,Marta and family.
300 bed Zacamil Hospital, Guazapa clinic that serve Cecilia Huezo’s clinic and community.
Shalom clinic and Teri Benner who does all the frustrating work with customs for our containers.
The bad news: We do not have the $14,000 to cover the costs of shipping and delivering this container.
April 8th finally ship the container to Mexico
This container for the Good Samaritan Home for abandoned elderly, and the 18 bed Good Shepherd Hospital in the Baja peninsula has been waiting since Sept. 2016 for customs approval.
Good News: I just returned 2.1 lbs of customs documents (all signed) by courier to the Mexican lawyer who will personally present them to government officials who have promised to approve them within 5 days.
Also good news the cost of shipping this container has been covered by a designated donation.
Middle of May ship a 20’ container from North Bay to Cuba Council of Churches
This container has a lot of Hurricane relief supplies in it.
The cost of shipping it is covered by the estate of the man who had the vision to help, but died before it could be completed. MEMO was asked to complete the shipping arrangements.
End of May ship another container to El Salvador
This will contain a lot of medical equipment and supplies coming from Sioux Lookout in Northern Ontario. Pastor Meryl Burkholder headed up the effort to repurpose medical supplies from this community.
It will be going primarily to Saldana Hospital that serves the Shalom Clinic area but also to the other hospitals and clinics we serve in El Salvador.
The cost of shipping this container will be covered by a designated gift from a couple in Thunder Bay.
End of June ship a container to the Council of Churches in Cuba
This container will hold supplies for caring for the aged by family at home, as well as supplies for ongoing renovations at the Las Palmas Children’s Camp and Conference Centre in Northern Cuba.
The cost of shipping this container is also being paid for by designated funds for Cuba.
October 15: Fund Raising Breakfast
This year we are having a breakfast fund raiser to reduce our costs. We are hoping to have Juan Cruz the man who started and runs the Good Samaritan Home as our guest speaker.
If we are out of debt and have the funds from the fund raiser we will ship a sixth container in the fall of 2017.
As you are aware we lost the use of the 8000 sq ft warehouse we have been using, and have had to down size to our 1200 sq ft Grace Church warehouse.
On the main floor we process Medical supplies for shipping and in the basement we have our wheel chair repair facility.
We have emptied our 8000 sq ft warehouse by shipping 5 containers this spring as our lease expired.
To provide some storage of things prior to shipping we are buying 2 53’ highway trailers for $4000 to be parked at the trucking company’s yard.
Our expenses do not just involve the actual cost of shipping containers.
We have utility costs every month to pay-$200/month over the year
Repair parts for valuable donations such as batteries, cables, medical light bulbs etc
Specialized surgical supplies to support Dr Marisel at Matanzas Children’s hospital doing hare lip and cleft palate repairs for example.
Packing and office supplies.
Our monthly expenses run about $2000.
PRESENTLY WE ARE $19,000 in debt.
To accomplish all the ministry this year we need to raise $55,000 to end the year without debt.
Because of the urgent need to down size, the EFCCM who handles our money allowed us to run a deficit though normally this is not their policy.
I am constantly amazed at how much MEMO,its volunteers and it’s donors get done for so little compared to other organizations.
WE ARE ASKING YOUR HELP IN ELIMINATING THIS ONE TIME DEFICIT
On going, we have reduced the amount of material we will store and accept, discarding what is not immediately useful, and will try and ship on an ongoing basis to eliminate storage.
You can donate to our cause today! Every bit helps!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and considering how you can help.