Thursday, July 28, 2011

Canadian Government Matching Donations

The government is matching donations for a limited time via recognized charities. Here is a current link explaining the plan:

This is wonderful!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Famine update

Please continue to pray.

We will meet at the church on Aug 13 at 10 am to make cards to sell with the aim to help even a little in this terrible crisis.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A cup of water

That is what we are aiming at - a cup of water given to those in need. Given in the love that God gives to us. We are organizing to make cards. Christmas cards. Summer has finally arrived here in the Lower Mainland and we are thinking of Christmas. The cards made will be sold and all of the proceeds, including whatever funds were needed to make them, will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. They are already on the ground in Kenya. It is an ocean of need. And we will help with our own cup of water. Our first organizational meeting and card making gathering will be on August 13 at the church. More to follow. Please join us. Please pray.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Update on the famine

The famine is beginning to get media attention. Here is a link from just moments ago:

It is not easy reading. Lord have mercy!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Perfect Storm - it has arrived

A bit ago there was a post about the coming of a "perfect storm," that is, of all the conditions being right for great tragedy. Unfortunately, those in the know were right and it has arrived. On the Diakonia bulletin board will be found a clipping from the local newspapers outlining this horror. There is a refugee camp in Kenya which currently sprawls 50 kilometers and these same experts expect it to reach half a million in population very soon. The place has a name and is called "Dadaab." You will hear and read much more about it as the days progress. Those living there will not be so fortunate. They will have first hand knowledge.

In the midst of this tragedy there are heros. Doctors Without Borders are there. From the article: "Each death is a blow to the doctors and nurses who work around the clock and against the odds, but they know they must keep going. 'If you keep on thinking about the child who's died then you'll lose the others.'"

There are many good agencies who are being allowed again in the area (there were political blocks which have praise God been removed by those who set them up) who can use financial support. This is unfortunately a long term project as the article continues with: "Beyond the fences of the camp, the drought has ravaged many more lives - an estimated 10 million people need food assistance."

This is not oddly enough - not at least at this writing - front and centre in the news world. It is in the "B" section. You may have to search for information. We will try to keep it current here.

You may also have to search for options as to how you can help.The agencies that are again in the area most certainly will be grateful for your participation in their work. Most of us cannot go ourselves, but we can support those who do with funding and with our prayers. Never underestimate the need for prayer. And never underestimate the need for financial support, no matter how modest that is.