New opportunities

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We were pleased to be able to share about the work of HSF in Leeds on the 26th October, at a friend’s church.  We took the whole service and were able to talk about the work we do, the situation in Peru and encourage people to “remember those in chains” as God’s Word exhorts us to.  The service was followed by a Peruvian meal – we have recently discovered a company that imports Peruvian ingredients, so we were able to prepare “Papa a la Huancaina” (a potato dish) and we served a Peruvian pudding and drinks.  We also sold some of the crafts our ladies in prison make and spoke to many individuals.  It was great to be able to do this, especially in a new area, and hope we will be able to repeat the experience in other places.  If you know a church that would be interested, please do let us know!

Amazing April Adventures

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Well the Lake family have returned from a great two week stay in Lima!  It was great to have our two families together for the first time ever and we shared many happy moments together, making memories which will for ever stay with us.  A really wonderful present for our tenth anniversary of HSF!  We took part in Happy Hearts Club, visited some of our ladies, visited both prisons and discussed lots of different issues relating to the work we do and feel we made huge steps forward.  Of course there remain many things that need developing further, but on the whole we felt it was a very worthwhile trip.  We hope to share our experiences with many of you over the coming months, if we have not already spoken to you.  If you are a Facebook user, please like our page for mini-updates and don’t forget to check this blog too to keep informed of what is happening both here and in Peru.  Many thanks to you all!

A great evening

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Tonight was a huge success – who would have thought that swapping clothes in a café on the North Norfolk Coast would generate so much money for the work in Peru!?  I have come away with £235.  A huge thanks to those who organised it and those who supported the event.  This money will help provide the replacement vehicle that is very much needed in Peru.  We are a step closer after tonight….

Cheques in the post

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It is always exciting to get cheques in the post for the work of Hope and Song to Freedom!  Today I received one from the lovely people in Hingham – the parish church chose us as their charity to support for three months over the summer.  Many thanks to them for thinking of us and for their generosity.

Friday celebration

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If you live in the Norwich area, why not come along to Norwich Central Baptist Church on Friday 4th October at 7.30?  There is a United Thanksgiving Service organised by Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk and we will be amongst those exhibiting their stands.  It will be an opportunity for more people to hear about the work in Peru and we are hoping for some good conversations!  It would be great to see many of you there!

Harvest at Hingham

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We are looking forward to sharing about the work of HSF at Hingham’s Harvest Festival this morning.  We are always grateful for opportunities to speak at local churches.  Miriam and Dinger were able to share with a few people there when they were here in November.  This morning more people will be able to hear about the work in Peru.

Gift aid

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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!

Encouraging news

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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!

Saturday morning market

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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!

Encouragement from the coast

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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!