Gecko Today

July 2013

In this issue:

Update on Container Project

Our Latest Projects in Canada

Do You Want A Creative Birthday Party?

The Penny Story

Our Loss, Heaven's Gain

Giftshop Open at Tiggy's in Crescent Beach

Hello to all,

what an excitingly busy two months it has been since our last newsletter (besides the container information). My feet hardly touch the floor these days. Sometimes overwhelming but definitely good.

Update on Container Project

 The Container Project has generated much interest and I thank all of you for donations, passing the message on and collection of items. I have been blessed with some ladies who are helping sort, clean, and toss. Eleanor North has committed to sorting, washing and organising all the clothing items.   Massive project!
Marietta Ashton is overseeing the books, again sorting and tossing (not literally!). Another massive project.
Dianne Rowan and Marie smith general sorting. Sometimes overwhelming!
Glen Nightingale gave us a huge boost by organizing 200 donated boxes  (all the same size).

The ladies of the Nanoose Evengical Free Church have worked incredibly hard at raising the funds to send the container to Zimbabwe.  In under two months they have raised approximately $10,000!

Most of the funds have been raised by taking the beaded ornaments to  shopping malls and by approaching friends. Well done ladies and Nanoose Church for your support and encouragement.  

Donations are coming in:

Two ladies saw a fathers day promo at Canadian Tire and purchased 30 hammers and 20 saws each both selling for $3.99, regular $20. What a lovely gift. It shows that not everything has to be old!

Shirley Rhender donated several boxes of new beads which will be most welcome in the Micro Business ventures program.

Boxes of bibles have come in, plus a donation for Shona bibles to be purchased.

Tools, material, wool, books, toys, sewing supplies, first aid supplies, clothing, and garden tools have all started arriving. Thank you!

How You Can Help:

 Could I please ask folk to wash items before they come in if possible so I can just pack. I have spent hours just re-rolling wool, washing tools (muddy spades and rakes, etc) and putting things in ziplock bags. We truly want to send our best of Canadian love to the folk in Zimbabwe. The more you can sort the more time it saves me.

Many thanks to Donna Humphries and Maria Lang who scrubbed, took off rust and organized all the tools (yes men, we washed them! But they did receive a good greasing after :) ). A big dirty job. Thanks also to Bob Humphries for repairing the tools that needed a little fixing.

One gentleman painted all the handles of his garden tools and painted the metal black.  They are older but given with a great heart.

Please consider each item before you bring it in. Ask yourself: is this worth sending in an expensive container all the way to Zimbabwe? Consider purchasing a new toy, Polysporin, large jars of Vaseline, crayons (it is just not worth sending half-used crayons) pens, staplers, etc. Thanks!

We are still looking for a laptop computer for the church and a projector: we need both to show movies including the Jesus movie at the church.

We have 50 boxes filled already, but we still need items for 1333 boxes, and that will fill only half of the container! The rest of the container will hold bicycles, tools, larger items etc.

The container will be used as a "visiting library" in Zimbabwe, and will be a resource centre and a place for story time and movie time for locals. More news on this later but feel free to ask questions.

Thanks everyone for your generosity!

Our Latest Projects in Canada

White Rock Baptist Church

I was invited to speak at two study groups recently where I shared Faith stories that were well received.  I receive such encouragement from the church and am very appreciative.

The church and Marvellous Marvin have organized two rooms at the church to sort and pack donated items for the container. This is a huge gift. Thank you to Lisa for making this work!! (Frank was starting to wonder where he could sit in our living room!)

The missions group are supporting me with air fare when I leave for Zimbabwe plus some purchasing funds.

As we are not able to have our annual dinner at the Surrey Golf Course the church have also offered the church hall and kitchen, a HUGE gift!

The next fundraising dinner will be October 19, 2013.

If you can help by purchasing a table of 8 and selling the tickets to your friends please let me know! Individual tickets will go on sale September 1.

Many thanks to White Rock Baptist Church.

First Presbyterian Church, New Westminster

 The FPC Ladies Group invited me to share my story of immigrating to Canada and about my life, its challenges and blessings during their Multicultural Celebration. About 60 ladies attended and generously donated a sum of $500 to Zimbabwe! Always an inspiring group. 

 The congregation also  invited me to share a message on Faith on Sunday, June 9th. After the service we had a fellowship lunch with the Ladies' team and myself serving the meal.  They also  generously raised and donated  $832.00 for Zimbabwe! Thank-You!

Church of the Nazarene, Surrey

On Sunday 23rd June I was invited to the church to introduce the pastors and congregation of the three churches of the Nazarene we work with in Zimbabwe to the Surrey church by means of PowerPoint pictures.

Such a friendly and welcoming church, in fact it is the first church that I have ever entered that offered me a back massage within 5 mins of introduction!

They have generously offered to collect for the container.  Many thanks for your hospitality and generosity.

Valemount Evangelical Church

Upcoming: I have been asked to travel to Valemount Evangelical Free Church on the weekend of the 12th to 16th for a fundraising dinner, ladies meeting and to speak at the church Sunday morning. Pray for safe travel please.

I don't know the people other than through email but they have already organized a garage sale and raised over $2000!

We hope that several of the congregation will join us for a medical and teaching mission soon. 

Peace Portal Alliance Church, Surrey

They have invited me to speak at their missions group twice.   What a group of hard working folk! They are constantly knitting and sewing for people around the world. I have been given a variety of knitted and sewn items to put into the container.

Another project they are helping me with is making step-by-step patterns for me to teach the micro-loans in Zimbabwe. They even have the patience to teach me the steps. I have not sat at a sewing machine in over 38 years!!

Do You Want A Creative Birthday Party?

A friend recently asked me what could she do for her 60th birthday to raise funds for Zimbabwe. I suggested a medical party. Each guest arrived with a donation of polysporin, Tylenol,  or some such item.

They even had a best hat contest!

They then drove all the way from Vernon to Surrey to deliver donations and container items.

Thanks Jane and Greg!

The Penny Story

Judah and Abigail delivering their donation

Judah (age six) wanted to give all of the pennies that his family had to the 'poor' kids in Africa. He and his sister Abigail (age four-and-a-half) rolled all their pennies, by themselves, and they ended up with fourteen rolls, or seven dollars worth. They put them in a box to deliver them to Susan, and Judah made a note on the box that said, “Money for the Poor.” It’s wonderful to see young children have such compassion for others, and take the initiative to make a difference.

Thanks Judah and Abigail for your support!

Our Loss, Heaven's Gain

I recently received the news that one of our teachers at Saffron School passed away. Primate was so joyful when he took on the position as teachers assistant. He was a fun-loving man who taught the children exercise games and gardening along with many other forms of assistance.

We will miss his cheerful smile.

Giftshop Open at Tiggy's in Crescent Beach

If you're heading down to the beach this summer, check out Tiggy's at crescent on the main drag in Crescent Beach. Susan is selling items there (by consignment) until September, and she has a large and varied collection of vintage and antique collectables from all around the world. Everything's priced to sell, and the items will only be there until the end of August, so be sure to check it out before it's too late!

Tiggy's is located at 12185 Beecher St (follow the left fork after crossing the train tracks into Crescent Beach), just before the round-a-bout. There's parking in the back for customers.

Thanks Everyone for Your Continued Support. Have a Great Summer!

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