Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – March 2020

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Have you ever felt like you are not skilled enough to make useful things for others with your hands? Or, have you ever felt too old (or too young!) to help others?

Here is an encouraging example from local White Cross group at Zion Baptist Community Church (Edmonton, AB).

This group sets a few consecutive days for preparing medical supplies, such as bandages and 4” x 4” absorbent squares. On some days, mothers will come and help with their young children. Some people take days off from work to join the White Cross workdays. And most notably, many 80+ years old seniors are devotedly coming to the preparation.

The workdays are a great community time. Everyone enjoys working together, sharing meals and what God is doing in their lives. Some are celebrating an anniversary, and others were encouraging each other to continue to assist their ageing partners. People come and serve others, and they receive blessings at the same time by coming here.

White Cross March 2020 As you might already know from the bandage video, each piece of the materials they prepare is prayed over. The bandages have scripture verses rolled in. While you are serving others with your hands, it is a therapeutic, meditative, and prayerful time for you too.

At the end of the day, one box (pictured below) had 535 rolls. It takes 1-3 minutes to roll one with the right tension and without wrinkles. And the sheets were touched by so many hands before being rolled—washed, torn, ironed, and trimmed… Can you imagine how many people’s, and how many minutes of prayers are filled in one box?

Many local groups throughout Canada are gathering like this group to prepare items to be sent in our containers. Some people are very talented in sewing and make baby items. Others come and learn to cut squares or roll bandages. God uses different gifts in various ways, and everyone gets to join His mission. And that includes you too. Thank you for joining White Cross through prayers and more!

Would you like to know more about the ministry? Or, do you have stories, pictures, and encouragement from your group? Please contact us at WhiteCross@Taylor-edu.ca.

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Did you know that White Cross has so many connections with businesses because God has provided us with volunteers who introduced them to us?

Here is an example. The prosthetic department of Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services’ Mbingo Hospital has recently received over 15 boxes of prosthetic supplies sent in our June container.

The prosthetics were donated to White Cross from medical supply shops in Canada. How much would it cost if White Cross had to purchase those? How much would it cost if the hospital had to purchase? The cost saved from this donation is supporting the ministry of the hospital in one of the underserved regions in Cameroon to provide quality care at an accessible cost to all.

And that is how we collaborate—through networking with those who want to help others and connecting them to those who need help in our field.

Do you know anyone from the medical field? Then, would you consider connecting us to them so we can participate in God’s mission together?

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We would love to hear from you too! If you have stories, pictures, and encouragement from your group, please send them to us at WhiteCross@Taylor-edu.ca.

Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – December 2019

Contaienrs On ShipAs the year-end approaches, we would like to share some praise items from the year 2019.

1. We were able to ship 2 containers to Cameroon The June 2019 container has cleared the Cameroonian port, and the items that we sent are now being distributed to hospitals and clinics. The October 2019 container is now travelling toward the port.

2. 56 local groups across Canada have prepared and donated items to send and/or made financial contributions from October 2018 to October 2019. Many more churches are supporting this ministry through prayers, providing volunteers, and referring local businesses to us.

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3. We celebrated the 100th year of the White Cross ministry since the American Baptist Women’s group inaugurated the ministry in 1919. We are grateful for all who have served before us. God has used our work, donations, and prayers for his Kingdom.

4. The 100th Anniversary fund was established by our volunteers and has raised more than $5000 for a contingency fund to offset container shipment costs.

5. Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, our partner in Cameroon, continues to grow their ministry despite the difficult socio-political situation in the country. It is such a privilege to be able to join their mission to love people in need and witness God’s transformation of lives through them! Praise God for continuing to sustain them.

The list has captured only a portion of the praise items, for there are more than we can list. Thank you for being part of His mission by partnering with us in many ways throughout the year!

Please also remember our Director, Dr. Hammer, who is still in the process of multiple surgeries and recovery periods in your prayer so he has a restful Advent and Christmas season with his family.

We would love to hear from you too! If you have stories, pictures, and encouragement from your group, please send them to us at WhiteCross@Taylor-edu.ca.

Our October 2019 Container has shipped!

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In the last week of October, another 40-feet container has filled with baby items, hospital supplies, medical supplies and equipment. It is now traveling toward the port in Cameroon. Thank you for being part of this vital ministry in so many different ways! Visit our Taylor Seminary’s Facebookpage to see more pictures and stories from this loading.

Also, our June 2019 container has arrived in the Cameroonian port, Douala. Items are going to be distributed to assist the ministry of Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services. (See pictures and some behind-the-scene stories from the June 2019 loading on Taylor Seminary’s Facebook page.)

Thank you for participating in God’s work through joining White Cross.

Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre –October 2019

After some break over the summer, we are getting ready for the fall shipment by repacking donated items from local church White Cross groups across Canada. Thank you for preparing all the materials!

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On October 16th, we had the final repacking day before loading onto the October container.

In the picture, rolled bandages are tightly repacked into a 16”x20”x22” box.

 

When the box is full, another group of volunteers weigh, strap, and label the box. Bandage boxes are particularly heavy—sometimes a box of rolled bandage exceeds 100 lbs!—and require two strong people to lift.

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Sewn items are repacked tightly in similar ways. Today, we had 4 ladies who were on this job.

 

The stack of boxes is growing.

Thank you, local volunteers, for the hard work!

And thank you all for praying for the next shipment. We are planning to load a container at the end of this month. More pictures of volunteers in action are coming!

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We would love to hear from you too! If you have stories, pictures, and encouragement from your group, please send them to us at WhiteCross@Taylor-edu.ca.