Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019
Hello MEMO Supporter,
I have good news to report regarding the MEMO matching grant fund raising drive for shipping a container to needy Zimbabwe November 16, 2018..
YOU DONATED MORE THAN ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY FOR SHIPPING THE CONTAINER TO ZIMBABWE IN NOVEMBER.
We thank you for your donation and thank God for moving in people’s hearts to give.
If you follow international news you will know that Zimbabwe is having a terrible time with food shortages, 250% inflation, and military crackdowns on demonstrations.
Meanwhile the 3000 AIDS orphans being supported by EFCCM’s Susan Janetti through her Zimbabwe Gecko Society have to be daily fed, educated, cared for medically and taught
life skills so they can support themselves as adults.
Knowing that the living Jesus loves them, gives them hope, to keep going in spite of the country’s deteriorating conditions.
Pray for the workers both national and from Canada that they will be protected from harm.
The container you paid for contained every thing from food,school supplies, gardening and carpentry hand tools, to computers for education and much more.
As a MEMO supporter you have a right to know how your money is being used, and that your prayers, and volunteering are being effective.
We shipped 3 containers to El Salvador, one to the Children’s hospital in Matanzas Cuba and 2 to Zimbabwe (1 shared with Karanda Hospital from Feed the Children in Missasauga).
We have shipped over 80 ocean containers in the last 14 years!!
In past emails we have shared with you expressions of profound gratitude from the recipients.
This excerpt from an email from Suzan Janetti was particularly touching:
“I will ration the Canadians and give to all our volunteers who are working extra hard to get the buildings ready for their community.
And all the goods in the container.
They have no idea what delights they will have in their church soon.
From 4 poles in the ground with a leaking tin roof to a large room with chairs a desk shelves bibles. And a play room full of toys.
Not to mention all the sewing and woodworking supplies.
They will know god is a God of love and kindness.”
Thunder Bay Tourists going to Varedaro near Matanzas and the Children’s Hospital, carried over 1500 lbs of valuable life saving and life enhancing medical and other supplies.
These are distributed to local hospitals by Dr Abel Santana and his wife Dr Marisel.
They also work through the local church providing ostomy supplies (almost impossible to get in Cuba) to needy patients.
Here is a recent note from Dr. Santana:
“Dear Jerome, we are at home now. The suitcases are great. The light bulbs for otoscopes are very important for the hospital, Marisel is very happy with the instruments for cleft palate and hare lip surgery. The catheters will be very useful, colostomies bags very important, the glasses very useful for people who need them. Our
All this was accomplished for $100,000.
Actual Shipping costs $68,000
Repair and replacement parts for medical equipment: $10,000
Utilities and maintenance of the 1200 sq ft warehouse $6000
And a fee from the EFCCM for meticulous accounting, and oversight including actual visits to each of the ministries we are supporting.
This is required by the Canada Revenue Agency to be sure your money is being properly used and to be able to issue income tax receipts.
THIS YEAR: (If the Lord spares me!)
- Ship 2 containers to Cuba (When permission arrives)
- Ship 2 containers to El Salvador
- Ship 1 container to Zimbabwe.
- Continue to have tourists carry supplies to Cuba.
- Provide mobility aids to Thunder Bay residents who cannot afford to pay for them.
So there is still lots to be done.
We can only do it with your support and God’s blessing