White Cross Canada News
Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – December 2020
2020 in a Snapshot
In spring, our May container shipment was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation in Alberta. However, we were able to ship one in October safely. Let us praise God together for so many good things he has done even during this time of difficulties!
First, let us thank God for redeeming and using what we offered to him! Some “worked from home” to continue making bandages, even after their local church groups suspended getting together. Some of the core volunteers worked on developing guidelines for safe loading. More than 49 churches across Canada supported the mission by offering material donations, financial contributions, and prayers and connections. We are also thankful for our partner, Emmanuel Foundation, for coordinating logistics and finding medical equipment for us to make the safe shipment happen. And of course, we are thankful for Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, who graciously continued to provide us with the opportunity to join God’s mission in Cameroon!
In addition to those who have been with White Cross faithfully from before, the new way of ministry invited different people to many phases of it. Neighbours who are not yet part of the church joined the ministry with their knitting skills to offer their “stay home” time. Younger people offered their help by lifting boxes with their “freed up” time due to the pandemic.
While the restrictions continue, the new year will open the next season of White Cross. Alberta Baptist Association will direct the White Cross finance & operation from next year, in hope of sustaining it more effectively and even expanding the ministry further. Details are still in discussion, but we will hear from them soon.
This is a reminder that Finance & Operation of White Cross will transition to Alberta Baptist Association on January 1, 2021. When you write a cheque after the date, please make it payable to Alberta Baptist Association instead of Taylor Seminary. The note section should continue to say White Cross.
Deliveries in the next few weeks
Taylor Seminary buildings are closed from December 13th, 2020 to January 11th, 2021, due to Alberta’s COVID-19 situation. Please do not schedule any deliveries during this time to protect yourselves as well as White Cross volunteers and Taylor staff. If you have questions, please contact us by email at WhiteCross@taylor-edu.ca or leave a phone message at 780-431-5200 ext.201.
Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – November 2020
Create Something for Others and Have Fun!
The October container had a new item category: hand-made crutch arm covers! It is a great way to use skills and joy to help others in need.
White Cross Canada receives donations of crutches, but oftentimes, wooden ones come with the underarm pads missing. And some ladies created the knitted underarm pads from scratch. They are nice and soft under the arm. After some samples were made, we asked those who are in the field if they are useful. And the answer was… YES! If we purchased rubber pads instead, it would cost us $12.00 per pair.
Is there anything that you can enjoy making and help others in need? Your woodcraft skills, for another example, can help those who need the cutter guides for cutting bandage strips. If you created new things (like the crutch cover), please let us know before making many of them. We will make sure with those who are in the field that they are useful.
The Partnership Principle in Mind
Do you remember the “partnership” principle of our ministry (see Handbook p. 2)?
A box full of the crutch arm covers was sent to General Prosthetic Department, rather than a specific hospital. Crutches are badly needed at all Cameroon Baptist Convention hospitals and clinics, and the overall PT department knows where the needs are the greatest at any given time. The ladies also made a pattern instruction to send along with the covers, so they can locally source the same items too.
As we do “good,” we want to use our resources effectively and avoid hurting those who we serve or ourselves in vain. Let us enjoy using our hands, heart, and mind to love others. What are the ways you could partner differently? May our service be mindful of the ways we portray the Gospel through our actions.
In His Service,
Ai Hayashizaki, Administrative Assistant
Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – October 2020
Our October 2020 Container has been shipped!
Due to the COVID situation in Alberta, the number of people who could volunteer at once was smaller. It made us spread the process to 1 day of moving large items, 1 day of bed prep, and 3 days of moving items from Taylor to the container. After many days of preparation (which started at local churches across Canada), the container is now travelling to a port in Douala, Cameroon.
Thank you for your continued participation in the ministry with us. We are praising God for bringing all the prayers, works of our hands, and financial contributions, from all over Canada this far. May he bless your service to others and use all aspects of this mission for his glory!
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New Shipping Year, New Partnership!
The news has been sent out to contact people from local White Cross groups and donors from the past 5 years, as well as to subscribers of the NAB weekly newsletter, but in case you have not heard yet… Taylor Seminary have partnered with Alberta Baptist Association (ABA) to support the ministry of White Cross together!
Starting January 1, 2021, management of and financial responsibility for White Cross Canada will shift to the Alberta Baptist Association. We want to make it very clear that this partnership is not a change in the operations or funding of White Cross Canada. Taylor will continue to host the operations of White Cross on the Taylor campus as we have done for many years, and will make sure that material donations in support of the work of White Cross are directed there.
With that change on January 1, 2021, your financial contribution will go to White Cross under Alberta Baptist Association, and your donation receipts will be issued by them. If you happen to write cheques to Taylor, we will make sure to direct it to White Cross at ABA.
You can continue to contact us at the same email addresses and arrange deliveries and shipments in the same way. The announcement for general supporters is available here: http://www.taylor-edu.ca/about-taylor/resources/recent-news-articles/1433-white-cross-partnership-announcement
The US side of White Cross also had a change in its location, which also means new partnership. Here is the article on the NAB website: https://nabconference.org/changes-for-white-cross/
We are very excited for the new partnerships. Please join us to celebrate and pray for the new season of White Cross ministry!
In His Service,
Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – September 2020
The long-awaited loading week is coming soon!
Today (September 30th), we had the first move. Some large items were transported to our partner’s warehouse, where we will load everything into the container. We repacked 218 boxes, 11,025 lbs of medical supplies, hospital supplies, missionary’s necessities, and more, since last October shipment. And that is not including what was not boxed (like crutches and walkers) or large items (beds, mattresses, large machines and equipment for hospitals, and filing cabinets). While everyone has been affected by the pandemic, it is crucial to assist those who are in the most vulnerable situation. Thank you for taking part in this mission by sacrificially offering what you have.
In His Service,
On behalf of
Director - White Cross Canada
Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – August 2020
Getting Ready for the October Shipment
White Cross Canada is getting ready for the October shipment, after the discussion and planning by the leading volunteers on keeping everyone safe from the infectious disease. Currently, we are planning to have loading days after the thanksgiving weekend.
Thank you, so many of you, for have sending or delivering & repacking items to go in the next container after the last update. Our volunteers have repacked about 140 boxes as the items gradually come in. We will continue to prepare items for the next shipment.
Please pray for the safety of so many people in different locations who participate in this ministry throughout the process—preparing the materials and supplies, packing them in boxes, delivering or sending them to the centre, receiving and repacking the items into industrial boxes, and loading them into the container. Please also pray for discernment, as there is still a possibility of further postponement if the COVID situation in Alberta or Edmonton turns worse.
Blessing More than Hospitals
White Cross containers are primarily carrying medical and hospital supplies, but there are many others who are benefitting from the shipments. Cameroon Baptist Center in Bamenda is one of them. Despite the difficult situation in Cameroon, all 13 filing cabinets sent in 2019 containers reached their Finance and Development Department (who was in desperate need for them). Some of them are pictured on the left. And the Centre could use more! Please let us know if you know any filing cabinets to send—they need to be in very good condition and for legal size hanging file folders.
Join the Mission from Where You Are
As you know, there are many ways to contribute to this ministry. In early summer this year, a lady from Alberta delivered some boxes full of hand-rolled bandages. That was because the lady’s husband can barely see them—he cannot use the roller. However, he is serving those who are in need from a nursing home by rolling the sheets his wife tears.
The picture on the right is another lady from British Columbia, who had been committed to be part of God’s mission for several years from her local church. “This is the lady from my church who rolled bandages till she was 95 years old.”
– Lakeview Heights Baptist Church, West Kelowna.
Even during this time of Social Distancing, the ministry of White Cross continues with those who creatively find ways that they can contribute from where they are. Would you join and invite others to love those who are in need, from the unique community and location God placed you? As we continue to participate in God’s mission together, may God bless you and fill you with joy of giving in many ways!
In His Service,
On behalf of
Director - White Cross Canada