2017 PRAYER SHAWL PLUS MINISTRY REPORT
The Prayer Shawl Plus Group continue to meet the first Monday of the month in the Church Library at 10 am. We start with a moment of devotion and then get busy knitting or crocheting until noon. Cups of coffee and goodies are served to help keep up energy levels. The conversation, support and friendship that these ladies offer one another is beyond price.
There have been 105 items made this year, mainly shawls but also 2 blankets, some lap robes and crib blankets. These have all been blessed and distributed, the majority of which went out through Paul Richards to Atira House, Palliative Care and others in need of comfort. We again sent 20 shawls up to Whitehorse through Agatha, our contact with her church's outreach program. Our year ended with a Christmas luncheon at Morgan Creek Golf Club, which was enjoyed by all.
It was with sadness we heard that one of our older members Kathleen Fricker would be retiring from our group. For the last few years she has carefully sewn on the crosses and cards to the finished items. Her quiet and supportive presence will be missed.
On a personal note I would like to thank Ruth Dean, my “right-hand man”, and all the other ladies who have been so good about keeping everything running smoothly in my many absences due to health.
A message from Postulant Paul Richards regarding a recent donation of Prayer Shawls and Lap Robes to the WRSS Hospice:
“The prayer shawls and lap robes handmade by the ladies at Holy Trinity were delivered on August 12, 2014, to the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society across from Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock. The Acting Director Beth Kish and staff were very appreciative of the handmade products, which were blessed by our Rector Neil, saying; We enjoyed looking at all of the beautiful colours, workmanship and honoured the gentle hearts and hands that made each one. Our Coordinator of volunteers will ensure that each one is given to the hospice patients and we know they will be used for comfort and cherished! Thank you once again for your support and generous heart! "
Pictured here is Postulant Paul Richards delivering the 9 lap robes and 15 prayer shawls, with Ms. Kish holding one of the lap robes. This is one of our outreach ministries that makes such an enormous difference in the lives of the members of our community. "
2017 THE PRIMATE’S WORLD RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT FUND REPORT
"In 2017, PWRDF responded to a double-digit number of emergencies - hurricane after hurricane, drought, conflict, mudslide, flood. There was also a heavy realization that the world, with all of its technological advances, is still seeing so many at risk of falling farther and farther behind. Yet, amid the chaos, babies were being born and people were growing food and feeding their families through our development programs in maternal and newborn child health and food security. Communities from Africa to Northern Ontario are getting improved access to clean water. The work continues." - Will Postma, Executive Director of PWRDF
With your support in 2017, these are some of the updates on the impact of your generous support to PWRDF in Canada and around the world.
- continued to respond to sudden-onset emergencies, floods in Sierra Leone and Nepal and wildfires in British Columbia
- responded quickly and generously to the Famine Relief Fund for East Africa, donating $379,000 that was in turn matched by the Government of Canada
- provided emergency food, water, shelter, new seeds and medicine for those most at risk in South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria
- provided support to DARE (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network), a program for refugees from Burma trying to cope with displacement from their homes and isolation from their culture
- purchase of specialized diagnostic equipment to support the care of 600 HIV and AIDS patients by our partner Village Health Works in Burundi
- funded a project with Indigenous midwives in Mexico that were severely affected by the 7.1 earthquake that hit Mexico City in September. The midwives lost their homes in the communities of Juchitan and those living in the indigenous community of San Mateo del Mar in Oaxaca
- announced confirmation of a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, to bring clean water to 10 more homes in Pikangikum, a remote fly-in community of about 3,000 people in Northwestern Ontario
- two grants of $25,000 were announced in response to the famine in South Sudan and the drought in Kenya to fund much-needed supplies to refugee camps such as hygiene items, blankets, clothing and kitchen kits
- covered the costs of building community and school latrines and communal shelters for the most vulnerable, as well as classroom supplies and teacher training in Uganda
Holy Trinity parishioners donated $400 to PWRDF from the purchase of Christmas cards this year, as well as more than $600 in donations. Thank you for your generous and prayerful support as we build a truly just, healthy and peaceful world.
2017 REFUGEE COMMITTEE REPORT
Under the leadership of Peter Johnson, we continue in our efforts to bring our sponsored Syrian refugee family from a refugee camp in Iraq to safety in Vancouver. Having completed both the paperwork and fundraising, the arrival of the Ramo family was interrupted by joyous news; they were expecting a baby! While this news was happy, it unfortunately slowed the progress of the final stage of their travel to Vancouver. Randa’s pregnancy meant she could not undertake air travel after seven months of pregnancy, and once born, the baby cannot travel by air until three months old. This resulted in a delay of at least seven months, and we continued our liaison with the Ramo family’s relatives in New Westminster, her cousin Bahar, as well as liaison with the Diocesan Coordinator for Refugees. We were blessed with a visit from Bahar and her beautiful children at Holy Trinity, expressing their thanks for all the work done by our parish as well as our continued commitment to bringing the Ramo family to safety in Vancouver.
In this respect, another development complicated the situation with our refugee family. The internal displacement of people within Iraq due to the fighting and destruction of Iraqi government forces against ISIS, caused a huge influx of new people to the refugee camps, resulting in overcrowding, sickness and violence. Once again, the Ramo family moved away from this location for fear of their safety to a different refugee camp.
Through efforts with the Diocesan Coordinator and Bahar, we managed to communicate with the Canadian government representative processing the Ramo’s refugee case, and this official confirmed they are now working on the final phase of moving the Ramo family as quickly as possible to Amman, Jordan, for a flight to Vancouver. While waiting is frustrating, we are also cognizant that the Ramo family could be inbound at any time and very quickly. This will require us to complete many tasks to settle this family and, once here, adjusting comfortably to their new life in Canada. We will be calling on many to step up and assist us in these tasks, and we ask for your continued prayers for the safety of our family, our ministry of welcome and their speedy arrival to safety in Canada.