Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – May 2021

Until further notice, Taylor Seminary buildings will continue to be locked down. For your safety, and for the safety of White Cross volunteers and Taylor Staff, please do not arrange deliveries during this time.

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Our May 2021 container has been shipped!

Thank you for being part of the May 2021 container shipment in many ways. We heard and experienced God’s healing, intervention to the details, and more miracles around the shipment. Thank you for interceding for us!

Further, we were very blessed to have additional financial supports for the shipment in response to the invitation sent in May. Thank you for taking a step of faith to extend God’s generous love through your contributions.

It was a disappointment for us that we were not able to open the shipping centre widely to receive what you have been making, but God filled the empty space in the container with larger equipment we typically cannot ship all at once. As Alberta’s restriction is planned to be eased gradually, we hope that we can invite you all to deliver or ship baby items, hospital supplies, and all that you have prepared.

Please continue to pray as the container sails to Douala, Cameroon, for the next 3 months or so.

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Coming Soon—New website, new email, and more!

As we finish the transition of operation and finance to Alberta Baptist Association, we will launch our new website soon! More pictures and stories from the loading will become available on the website. 

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White Cross Canada—A Ministry of Alberta Baptist Association
Contact us at info@whitecrosscanada.ca or 780-431-5200 ext. 201
For mailing cheques, please use: Alberta Baptist Association—White Cross Canada 11525 23 Ave NW Edmonton AB T6J 4T3

Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre-April 2021

Until further notice, Taylor Seminary buildings will continue to be locked down. For your safety, and for the safety of White Cross volunteers and Taylor Staff, please do not arrange deliveries during this time.

 

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Some of the boxes have already been carried to the warehouse to fill the gap in the dental equipment crates. (April 30, 2021)

Let’s ship a container together!

A year has passed since we asked you to postpone deliveries due to the buildings’ closure. While the buildings are still closed, we are planning to ship a container in May. For this container, we do not have many boxes of hospital supplies and baby items that you prepared. However, God has provided us with so many useful items that we normally cannot send at once due to space. To name a few, we are sending 4 sets of complete dental chair, dental X-ray machines, and many high-quality nursing home/hospital beds. With these, we can support CBC’s expansion!

We are praising God for the provision. We would also like to invite you to take part in this shipment through prayers, and particularly through financial contribution this time to cover the cost of sending the medical equipment. Would you consider joining this shipment to make a difference in the lives of the underserved communities in Cameroon?

There are 3 ways you can do so:

  • Cheque: please make a cheque payable to Alberta Baptist Association—White Cross Canada. Please write on the memo line that it is for the White Cross shipment.
  • Online giving: Please visit ABA’s giving page at https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/1158022 and add a note that it is for White Cross shipment.
  • E-transfer: Please contact Alberta Baptist Association (aba@nab.ca) for instructions, and note that the donation is for White Cross shipment.

We are grateful we can witness God’s work together through this. Thank you for your support!

In His Service,

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Contact us at WhiteCross@taylor-edu.ca or 780-431-5200 ext. 201

For mailing cheques and forms, please use:
Alberta Baptist Association—White Cross Canada 11525 23 Ave NW Edmonton AB T6J 4T3

Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – March 2021

Until further notice, Taylor Seminary buildings will continue to be locked down. For your safety, and for the safety of White Cross volunteers and Taylor Staff, please do not arrange deliveries during this time.

Ever wondered if things we make are used?

Have you ever wondered if the things you are making are actually used in Cameroon? The answer is a resounding YES! Dr. Julie Stone in Cameroon wrote in this March:

“… the hospitals are in need of all the usual things… bedsheets, pillows and pillowcases, bedpans, K-basins, bandages (both rolled and square gauze bandages), urinary catheters, IV sets, and the like.  IV infusion pumps (which can be programmed to regulate the amount of the infusion) would be so helpful…”  

In addition to March 2021 the affirmation, we receive a needs list from CBCHS Central Pharmacy from time to time. The needs are greater than what we can send, but you can rest assured that all the things we are sending in the container are requested from the field. We thank you for contributing to the mission in very tangible ways—including rolling bandages, sewing baby items, supporting the container shipment financially, and praying for it.

Inviting others to join the mission

Just as the newspaper article we mentioned in the last update showed how local businesses are taking part in the mission, connections to local people are an integral part of what we do. Another great example was in Edmonton. One of our key volunteers was looking for items on Kijiji, and some revolving chairs were found. As the volunteer went to buy and pick up the chairs, the stories of how the chairs are going to be used and what we are doing were shared. The receptionist told the stories to the doctor later, and the clinic decided to give these chairs as a donation in kind. Good chairs like these would help set up the patient services in CBCHS hospitals and clinics, as they continue to grow rapidly.

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In His Service,

White Cross Canada—A Ministry of Alberta Baptist Association
Contact us at WhiteCross@taylor-edu.ca or 780-431-5200 ext. 201

For mailing cheques, please use: Alberta Baptist Association—White Cross Canada 11525 23 Ave NW Edmonton AB T6J 4T3

Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – February 2021

Until further notice, Taylor Seminary buildings will continue to be locked down. For your safety, and for the safety of White Cross volunteers and Taylor Staff, please do not arrange deliveries during this time.

Newspaper articlePositive Impacts to Local Communities

On the February 2, 2020 publication of Smokey Lake Signals, a weekly newspaper in Alberta, featured one of our faithful volunteers in an article. Ken Phillips’ dedication, collaboration with the local people and businesses, and the big picture of White Cross Canada and Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services are introduced in the section. Would you like to have a different perspective on what you are doing? With Smokey Lake Signals’ permission, we have the article available below. The same article was also featured on The Review, a Redwater (AB) regional paper (as seen left).

This is a great example of how God uses works of our hands—faithfully taking part in the mission and telling the stories about that—to invite more people to see his glory. Thank you all for being wonderful witnesses in your local communities who make a difference globally.

Making the Best Use of Container Space

02Picture 2 2021While most of the donated items are useful, there are some medical items that we cannot send to Cameroon.

One of the common items is the glucose monitors. Although the monitors are very useful in our context, it is difficult to have the stable supply of the testing strips in Cameroon. Just like in Canada, it is expensive to buy the strips. Even if the machine is donated, this method of monitoring blood sugar level is not practical to the demographics we are serving.

Another common thing we cannot send is liquid. The harsh conditions of the shipping container (going through extreme temperatures during the weeks of travel), packaging could break and damage the entire load… including our hand-prepared baby layette and bandages! Further, they make their own liquids, such as saline and liquid food.

packing boxes on arrivalA picture from Central Pharmacy (2014) shows how some of the boxes are crushed after the weeks of travel.

As you filter the items, and as the shipping centre makes sure that those are useful in the field and do not undercut the local economy, we can utilize the whole space of the container in truly helpful way. Your attention to the detail helps us keeping the ministry efficient and effective!

Although we are still not able to receive items at the shipping centre, we are hoping to ship two containers this year. Some churches are ready to ship all the prepared items waiting in their church building. Other churches decided not to make anything this year but support those shipments by offering the allocated fund for the container shipment. In whatever way you are called to, let us not be discouraged by the current situation but continue the good work. As the shipment plans unfold, we will communicate the details to the local contact people.

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In His Service,

White Cross Canada
Contact us at WhiteCross@taylor-edu.ca or
780-431-5200 ext. 201
For mailing cheques, please use: Alberta Baptist Association—White Cross Canada 11525 23 Ave NW Edmonton AB T6J 4T3

 

Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – January 2021

Answered prayer: Fall container arrived in Cameroon!

Do you remember the October container…?Our October container arrived at the port on December 31, 2020. The process of clearing the container has been a bit slow due to the holiday closures of the government offices, but we are just a step away from distribution. Thank you for being part of this mission in many different ways. This is one of our many answered prayers and encouraging good news! Let us continue to pray for the safe and efficient distribution of the items in the container.

Lockdown continues, but the mission continues.

As Alberta Health regulations continue with the extra measures, Taylor Seminary buildings will continue to be closed. To protect you, Taylor Staff, and White Cross volunteers, please do not arrange deliveries during this time.

However, we are hoping to have one or possibly two container shipments in 2021. If you are able to do so safely, please continue to gather materials, produce handmade hospital supplies & baby items, and collect medical supplies. Once we are able to receive items safely, we will be sure to let you know. Thank you for joining our effort to keep the community safe!

The transition from Taylor Seminary to Alberta Baptist Association

White Cross LogoThe finance and operation of White Cross Canada transition from Taylor to Alberta Baptist Association as of January 1, 2021, and we are working on the details of the transition. As things unfold, we will communicate the changes to you. In the meantime, most of our day to day operation works in the same way. The only change requested so far is that your next donation cheque to be written to ABA – White Cross, instead of Taylor Seminary – White Cross. Please also remember the transition in your prayers. Thank you for supporting White Cross—God has been powerfully answering your prayers!

In His Service,

White Cross Canada
Contact us at WhiteCross@taylor-edu.ca or 780-431-5200 ext. 201