Do Your Christmas Shopping In Japan

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In November 2014 the Onagawa Megumi Project opened an online store. Their unique products can be purchased online from Canada or the USA, and made great Christmas presents—especially for ladies. And all proceeds go toward helping rebuild the lives of some people in Onagawa.

The Onagawa Megumi Project is an income generating social enterprise that transforms vintage kimonos into beautiful products. The Megumi Project shares the love of Jesus Christ in a tangible way in the town of Onagawa, Miyagi-ken that was devastated by tsunami generated by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011.

The Project is a ReachGlobal and EFC of Germany initiative that the EFC of Canada Mission (EFCCM) is partnering with. The Project received over $30,000 from the EFCCM disaster fund for the construction of their working trailer where they make all their crafts.

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The EFCCM church planting ministry at Tokyo Multicultural Church (TMC), led by Dale and Ann Little, is closely connected with the Onagawa Megumi Project. Throughout 2014 TMC ladies have prepared kimono fabric for the Project by seam ripping many donated kimonos so the ladies in Onagawa do not have to do that time consuming work.

Several times in 2014 Dale and Ann delivered the prepared kimono fabric to Onagawa, and offered encouragement to the missionaries and workers there. They will continue to do this in 2015.

World of Hope Video Clips

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Here are three clips revealing projects highlighted in this year’s World of Hope. We invite you to share these with your church, small group, family even your favourite goldfish!

You can download these by clicking on “Vimeo” in the clip, and looking for the download link below the vimeo clip on the website. (Contact us if you need help with that.)

Also the digital file of these clips are being mailed to each church on a DVD. The booklets will be on their way to you soon!

World of Hope has had a significant impact over the last number of years, and we’re expecting big things again this year!

MEMO Packing Day (Updated)

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Just a last minute reminder to those of you who live in Thunder Bay area that tomorrow (Thursday May 22nd), beginning at 9am we will be packing our 55th container, this one headed to El Salvador.

There will be a ceremony in which the keys of the ambulance will be handed over to Eduardo (an EFCCM missionary). It will also be dedicated it to the benefit of those using it in El Salvador, and then put into the container.

This container itself has been bought by MEMO and will remain at the Shalom Clinic as a much needed warehouse.

We are also shipping a lot of shelving, digital X-ray machine and needed tools.

If you’re not in the area, please remember to pray for the packers, and the whole process of shipping this container on its long journey.

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Here is a quick summary of the packing, which was another great success!

The container is now filled with:

  • 1,000 lbs of modular metal shelving
  • 5 palettes containing the components of the digital X-ray machine
  • a palette of computers
  • bicycles
  • furnishings (eg a ping pong table)

The bottom of that list is to benefit Cecilia Huezo’s Christian Community Centre in the remote hills of El Salvador.

It should arrive in Tuxecuangos the later part of June.
We hope Eduardo will be on hand to unpack it as he was integral to the packing.

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Promo Video for Agua Yaku

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This video was created by an intern with Agua Yaku, the EFCCM ministry committed to providing safe, clean drinking water in Bolivia.

If you’d like to support this ministry, head over to our donation page, scroll down to Designation and select ‘other’, then input this code: #2-5035

Urgent Plea from Talita Cumi (Bolivia) (Updated!)

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Can you imagine what having no safety net would look like? These are the conditions Talita Cumi Children’s Home rescues kids from. Perhaps their parents are too impoverished to raise them. Or perhaps home life puts them at risk of abuse or neglect. Some only know a life on the streets, where they are likely to be victims and perpetrators of crime, and where they are susceptible to disease.

Without intervention, they would be trapped in the perpetual cycles of poverty and injustice.

As a ministry of the EFCCM, Talita Cumi provides children with:

  • basic necessities like food and clothing
  • safety
  • nurturing role models
  • educational assistance
  • training in a variety of life skills

Talita Cumi is currently facing a financial shortfall. They operate with a budget of roughly $7,500 per month to support staff and to supply the children’s needs. This month they are $1,500 short. Sadly, that’s not all.

The Bolivian government insists that at Christmas time, employees earn a 13th pay-cheque as a bonus to cover the end of the year. This further puts the squeeze on Talita Cumi’s limited resources.

We are asking for $5,500 to cover the ministry’s most pressing needs. But Talita Cumi is requesting donors to join their efforts on an ongoing basis. You can sponsor children starting at $50 per month.

Please help Talita Cumi continue its important protection and nurturing of children in Bolivia!

By the way, Talita Cumi is one of the projects covered in this year’s World of Hope. You can see more about that by clicking here.

Also, lots more information is available about Talita Cumi on its website.

New Update From Talita Cumi:
A BIG thank-you to all who responded so very generously to our urgent need for financial support and prayers for the kids of Talita Cumi Children’s Home. The body of Christ in Canada and the United States stepped in and bridged the financial gap we were facing this Christmas season. Not only have our projected needs been met, it appears we may have a small reserve for the months ahead!

Thank you for giving; you have blessed and encouraged all of us who work and live at Talita Cumi. It is our hearts desire to honor God in this ministry. With our hands we labor, with our hearts we serve and we push ourselves to give all of our love, care and attention daily to these wonderful kids. If only that was enough to fill the hole each child feels, however their sad memories and real scars will take more than just time to recover from. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to reside in each child, so they will be filled with Christ and they can learn to trust the Father for all their needs this Christmas season.

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and praise the Lord for you!

Merry Christmas,
The Talita Cumi Family xoxo