MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 5-07-20

NOTES OF APPRECIATION

“Dear friends,

Thank you! Your timely and generous support this Easter helps calm the fears of homeless and anxious neighbors! As the COVID-19 virus crosses the globe, we are working around the clock to shelter and protect 70+ residents while continuing to feed dozens more hungry neighbors every day. Just like you, we are clinging tightly to those in our households and long to be reunited with loved ones now at distance. In this turbulent time, we thank you for remembering those with no other place to turn. We remain steadfast in our trust in the Lord to calm all fears! Thank you to our friends at Hazelwood!

He has risen indeed!

~Frank Baldwin

President/CEO, Muncie Mission

 

“Dear Hazelwood,

We’re grateful for your donation of $500 to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Your gift will help us continue to provide Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow with food and resources to neighbors in need – especially now during this crucial time.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have seen a significantly higher number of people in need of our help. In response, we have added additional food distribution tailgates in our communities, and we are continuing to provide school distributions using safe/outdoor methods. Due to the shortage of grocery store donations, our expenses have increased as we have to bring in additional semi-loads of food from farther away to make these distributions happen.

Thank you for your generous gift at this critical time, and for making a difference in so many lives!

Stay safe,”

~Tim Kean

President & CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank

 

WINNIE’S KIDS

A note from Winnie:

“Here is a brief history of the Kenya project, specifically with regards to the Shivembe Primary School and Mama Ni Mama women’s group:

The church has been supporting the Shivembe Primary School and Mama Ni Mama women’s group since 2009. During that time, we have been able to do the following:

  • We buy school uniforms for the students every year (students are required to have a school uniform in order to attend school). We started by providing uniforms to only 44 students. Last summer we provided uniforms to 265 students – all the kids that needed a uniform got one!
  • We provide school supplies yearly (pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, and crayons).
  • We provide pain medication yearly.
  • We provide sanitary pads for the older girls (since 2015).
  • We have been able to help the school build 10 latrines (outhouses/toilets), a kitchen, 2 additional classrooms, a library, start a lunch program, and buy a farm to plant their own corn and beans for lunch.
  • We have been supporting the Mama Ni Mama women’s group to take care of their 55 children. For the women’s group, we usually provide school supplies, medicine, sanitary pads, and cash money to help them with their small business. At the moment, each woman has a cow as a result of this support.”

As we are experiencing difficult times and want to reach out and help in some way, your donation to help Winnie’s Kids in Kenya would be a blessing for many. Each donation received will be matched, up to a total of $1,000 from the Missions & Benevolence Sulanke Trust. Please mark all contributions “Winnie’s Kids.” If writing a check, it would greatly help our bookkeeper if you write a separate check from your regular offering. We will continue collecting donations through May 17.

There are great needs in Kenya, so please prayerfully consider how you can help Winnie’s Kids.

~Blessings & Gratitude from the Missions & Benevolence Team

 

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