2016 PRAYER SHAWL PLUS MINISTRY REPORT
The outreach programme of Holy Trinity Prayer Shawl Plus is alive and well! 2016 has been a year of growth for the group - with the addition of three new members, there are now fourteen of us. Consequently, we had significantly more shawls to distribute, 97 in all, plus the extra items of blankets and children’s clothes. These have been given out at a wedding, christenings, to parishioners and to Atira House. Ruth Dean took up the challenge of crocheting blankets, two of which have been kept for our refugee family.
We again contacted Agatha Kube about sending some of the work to the mission in Whitehorse. Our offer was met with delight from Agatha's contact Barb, who was in the process of making up bundles of necessities for 100 people in conjunction with the Salvation Army. We were able to pass on 18 prayer shawls, 2 blankets, lap robe and children’s wear.
There have been two significant events this year, Pauline Buckley led us in a wonderfully prepared workshop on crocheting, followed by a luncheon. Then in August we had another luncheon to celebrate Lynne’s 50th Anniversary of arriving in Canada. Great fun was had at both events. I can only repeat what I have said in previous reports – it is a privilege to belong to such a group of dedicated ladies.
Lynne Francis and Ruth Dean
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. "
2016 THE PRIMATE’S WORLD RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT FUND REPORT
With your support in 2016, PWRDF and our partners touched and transformed the lives of more than 1,000,000 men, women and children across the globe. Together we:
- Vaccinated 222,121 children in Mozambique
- Reached 6,000 radio listeners in El Salvador with programming on HIV/AIDS, adolescent reproductive and sexual health, and gender-based violence
- Assisted 11,102 people in South Africa living with HIV/AIDS with a variety of services, including home- based health care, psychosocial services, support groups, camp programs, and nutritional support
- Monitored 28,959 children in Tanzania to ensure they are reaching appropriate developmental milestones and receiving adequate nutrition
- Worked with Mining Watch Canada to advocate for public policy and mining practice changes to ensure the health of individuals, communities, and ecosystems, primarily in the Philippines
- Assisted Refuge Egypt in its work with more than 10,000 Syrian and South Sudanese refugees, providing health care, food support and nutrition education
- Equipped 1100 indigenous people of Blackfoot background with workshops and training on their origins, culture and language
- Improved farming techniques and food security for farmers in the Philippines and Sri Lanka
- Provided health care and education to almost 60,000 refugees in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya
- Worked with judicial systems, police, schools and community groups to stop gender based violence in Haiti and Thailand
- Responded quickly to the needs of more than 1.4 million Haitians impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Matthew
- Increased income of women living in poverty in Mozambique through micro finance
Thank you for your generous and prayerful support as we build a truly just, healthy and peaceful world.
Respectfully submitted, Rita Buchy
2016 REFUGEE COMMITTEE REPORT
As most readers of this report will know, the hopeful expectation expressed a year ago was not borne out by events. Holy Trinity’s application to sponsor the Ramo family of four Kurdish Syrians, submitted to the diocese in mid-March 2016 missed the federal government’s silent deadline for accelerated processing by a few days, and joined hundreds of other applications from across Canada in an obscure bureaucratic crawl to Winnipeg. Consequently, the keys to the Newton apartment secured by Richard Keats were handed back to the landlord, and the donated furniture gathered under Sheila Johnston’s leadership put into storage at U-lock on 32nd Avenue.
News of the progress of our sponsorship application has been painfully thin. The Rev. Michael McGee, who initiated our sponsorship process within the diocese, handed over to the Rev. Ruth Monette in May, but she later took parental leave. Fortunately, “Action Man” Keats had cornered Jenny Kwan MP at a Muslim Association event in White Rock in May, and asked her if she could help us track the progress of our application. Jenny’s office was eventually able to tell us that our application reached the Centralized Processing.
Fortunately, we had not spent too much of the target $27,000 given from Church funds and raised by you on apartment rent, and with the generous help of Hugh Ellenwood’s ‘Farmteam’ bluegrass band, and Michelle Harding’s ‘Barrio Flamenco’ group with local ‘Flamenco del Mar’ support, we raised over $3,000 at a splendid concert in the Griffiths Hall on May 30th. This largely repaired the hole in our funding. Our only expense since then has been the monthly furniture storage rental, which is just covered by your continuing generous donations. Hence, our principal refugee support cache of $27,000 remains intact until the Ramo family actually arrive here.
Office in Winnipeg on September 9th 2016 and in November her office was able to give us our file number - the key to bureaucratic heaven. At last, we existed! Since then, Dr. Satori Soden, who has taken over as Diocesan Refugee Coordinator, has informed us that our application has been accepted into processing, and on 9th January 2017, we learned from the diocese that our application to sponsor Randa, Kawa, Ashnah and Askiyar Ramo has actually been approved and submitted to the Canadian Visa Office in Amman, Jordan, for them to process. How long this latest, perhaps last, stage will take we do not yet know.
As some readers will know, our family’s mother, Randa, has a cousin, Bahar, living in New Westminster, with whom we have been liaising - through Sheila Johnston - since early last year. Bahar and Randa’s mothers are sisters, both still apparently living in the same city in Northern Syria. Bahar and her husband, who have been living in Canada for ten years have two children of about the same age as Randa and Kawa’s children. Bahar seems keen to have her relatives live near her and since there would be obvious emotional, social, cultural and linguistic advantages to settling the Ramos near their relatives, the Refugee Committee has decided that we shall seek accommodation for the family on the New Westminster side of the Fraser rather than on this side. Further advantages of a New Westminster placement are that the pressure on specialized settlement and linguistic services seems lower there than in Surrey, rents may be slightly lower, and transit connections to the denser employment markets of Burnaby and Vancouver are superior to Surrey’s. Since all these factors would, we hope, ease the Ramo family’s entry into Canadian life, education and employment, we feel it important to place their advantage over any regret we may feel at not having them closer to us in White Rock.