It is always good to receive an email that makes you happy! I have just had one from Miriam to say that some of the things I sent in June have just arrived! Along with Branco’s birthday present, I had also sent some clothes for children and craft bits for the Happy Hearts Club and they had not arrived all summer. A parcel sent more recently has still not arrived and also a parcel Miriam sent me with items to sell has not yet arrived. The post is up and down it seems and has been a cause for concern. I hope things will settle down and we will be able to continue sending and receiving things! If you normally send something for Christmas, my advice would be to send it off ASAP!!
I have been reminded how much we take good health for granted in this country. When things go wrong, we go to the GP or the chemist without too much thought, but in Peru life is not that easy! Miriam has been suffering from migraines for over a week and is not able to carry out basic tasks at present. Her sister is suffering from anaemia which is also interfering in her day-to-day life. Please remember these ladies in your prayers. Over the years HSF has sent financial gifts towards medical costs when possible. Thanks to our supporters we hope we will always be able to do so. I hope to report back with encouraging news soon! In the meantime, as always, they are grateful to have friends who care for them, though far away…..
I have just heard that we received over £900 back in gift aid this past year for our work in Peru. As you can imagine, this is a big help towards our monthly costs! We are also encouraged to have received a few gifts over the summer months for the new vehicle fund. If you are not already using easyfundraising, please do consider this as it all helps (at no extra cost to you!). A big thank you to everyone, whether you provide pennies, pounds or prayers (or a bit of everything!). All is gratefully appreciated and IS making a difference!
As we all enjoy the summer sunshine and more relaxed way of life here, it is hard to think that it is not summer in Peru! Life continues as normal during the colder part of the year over there. The children have just had a short break from school and have started up their studies again. There is nothing significant to report at this time, but that does not mean there is nothing happening. So in the midst of the summer fun here, please don’t forget our friends on the other side of the world and keep praying for the work of Hope and Song to Freedom! Thank you!
We have received several financial gifts recently towards the new vehicle, which is much needed…another gift helped provide necessary medical treatment for one of our ladies…we are so grateful to our supporters – we couldn’t do any of this without you!
One of our ladies (who was released a few years ago) suffered a haemorrhage at the week-end and needs an operation urgently. She was very distressed on Sunday and Miriam spent time with her. She has been told she needs an operation – she has had to have others in the past, and as always, there is a cost involved. We would be grateful for your prayers for this dear lady: for peace, for wisdom and for provision….as usual, it is good to know there are people far away thinking of her!
This coming Saturday we have the opportunity of displaying our boards in Aylsham Town Square. We should be located somewhere near the Town Hall, so if you are local, why not pop over and see us? The forecast is good, so come along for a chat, it would be good to see you! We are excited that we have this opportunity to raise the profile of HSF; we also have an article in the ‘Just Aylsham’ magazine for July. More and more people are hearing about the work in Peru!
Saturday night’s fundraising event was a huge success – a big thanks to our friends in Mundesley for putting on an amazing evening full of fun, friends and dancing! With ticket sales, raffle and auction we raised over £500 for the work in Peru! Come one everyone, get your creative juices flowing, let’s see what other events we can put on….the great thing too is that more people heard about the work that is happening, so definitely a win win situation!
Sadly one of our ladies had her house broken into this week. The thieves took some important documents and many items, including the blankets on her bed! She is just grateful she wasn’t at home, or she might have been attacked! So many of our women (who are no longer in prison) live on their own and feel vulnerable from time to time. No insurance usually, due to cost, so very difficult to replace items. We are sending some emergency funds so our friend can buy some essentials. This is what the general fund is for, so we are grateful for our supporters who allow us to help in times of need…..
If you are in Norfolk, please come along to this event if you can….dance poster 1….inbox me for further details….we need to know numbers by the 15th June. See you there!