We are pleased to report that Mirian and Dinger have arrived safely and are reunited with their family after a long journey. Remember them as they settle back into everything they are involved with and pray for wisdom for us in planning future trips – both for them and for us!
We are very pleased to announce that Miriam and Dinger are coming to England!! They arrive on the 24th October and will be with us until the 29th November. During that time they will be travelling to Bristol, Wales and Scotland to share about the work of Hope and Song to Freedom. They will also be catching up with friends in Norfolk and meeting new people. It will also be a break from their busy routine in Lima and Dinger’s first time on British soil! We hope to see as many of you as possible and will organise different events while they are here. Please do get in touch and help make their stay a really enjoyable one!
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We are delighted to announce that one of the ladies from our group has been released today, after serving 4 years for a crime she did not commit. The judge declared she was innocent and has served her with her papers, freeing her to leave. Miriam has gone to meet her and take her back to the Ark, which will be her new home for the short term. Her children are in the jungle and she hopes to be reunited with them soon, there are also legal papers to be sorted out. Her husband remains detained in the men’s prison, so we are hoping for a happy ending to this story! God’s timing is perfect and we rejoice at His provision, the dream that has become reality, that there is somewhere for those in need upon their release. Thank you all for your support and encouragement, no doubt you will celebrate with us!
I have just returned from a meeting for stallholders who will be at this year’s CELEBRATE event at The Forum, Norwich on the 8th and 9th of June. It is very exciting to think we will be there again with the Hope and Song to Freedom stand, along with other groups, displaying what is happening locally and further afield. Do come along and see us and please pray that the week-end will go well. Bring your friends too, there is plenty going on outside so spend some time at the event if you can. We look forward to seeing you there…
Why not consider an alternative gift this Christmas, instead of the usual socks and aftershave? There are several to choose from on the Grassroots alternative gifts page – take a look at our website or the Grassroots one and you will see for yourself! We hope this will be a great opportunity for more people in Peru to receive the things they need. Thank you for your support!
We will be having a stall at Mannington Hall in Norfolk tomorrow for their charity day. Overall the money raised from the event is going to support the work of the Red Cross this year, but individual stalls can be there to raise funds for their own charities. We are hoping to meet other people who work for different charities and do some networking, as well as making ourselves known and hopefully selling some Peruvian items to raise money for Hope and Song to Freedom. We hope to return with good reports!
The Ark is not yet home to any women as we are awaiting release of several in the coming months, but it is being used for Kids Klub on Saturdays, so it is great to know that the children don’t have to stay outside when the weather is not so good. Hopefully this will happen less now though, as summer is approaching in that part of the world! Over there things are ticking along nicely with nothing major to report, over here we are gearing up for the charity fundraiser/auction evening on the 22nd October, so a gentle reminder to those who are local to put the date in your diary and to get in touch if you have any items/services you can contribute to help make the evening a great success, many thanks in advance!
On Saturday 22nd October we are holding an auction to raise funds for the work in Peru. If you have any item you would like to donate, please get in touch – or maybe you can offer your services as a cleaner/gardener etc…? Watch this space for my details, in the meantime put the date in your diary and invite some friends! With your help we can have a really good evening and support a very worthwhile cause! Gracias!
One of the ladies in our group in Santa Monica prison has been released. She comes from a long way away from Lima and has gone home to be reunited her with son. She will not need to use the facilities of The Ark but we are happy for her, now she can enjoy freedom after many years. We join with the others who remain, wondering who will be next and who will be our first resident in The Ark?…