Updates from White Cross Canada Shipping Centre – March 2020
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.
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.