Motorcycles for Workers (Nepal and Bangladesh)
GOAL - $4,000
Nepal – These motorcycles are for self-supporting pastors using motorcycles for both ministry and for “marketing.” The pastors could transport goods to the market on the motorcycle to sell goods and create bi-vocational income for their support. $2,000
Bangladesh – Motorcycles provide our Friends workers with the flexibility to go where people are, whether near or far, and regardless of what the public transportation schedules are. $2,000
GOAL - $4,020
GOAL - $420
Six bicycles are needed for ministry and for vegetable and seasonal fruit vendors. These leaders are doing ministry and evangelism while they are doing business.
Ireland: Vehicle for the Howells
GOAL - $3,600
Our workers are in need of a vehicle.
(Contact our Children's Coordinator, DeAnna Linville, with questions about current Children's Projects.)
February Offering: Vehicle for Worker
GOAL - $2,000
M. and K. L. have found that the process of setting up their business visa has been very slow. They had been on hold waiting for their local business bank account to be set up - which has been mind-bogglingly slow - before they could move forward in purchasing a good used vehicle. The most current news is that it appears there is a way for them to purchase the vehicle in their personal name rather than in the business name, due to the type of visa they have. M. is working at getting his local driver’s license, which - surprise! - he says he has been working on it for several weeks and it’s been quite an ordeal! The family is currently either on foot or in a taxi. It appears that they will likely be able to purchase the vehicle in 2020, as funds become available!
March Offering: Regional Women's Seminars- Bangladesh
GOAL - $800
M. gives leadership to an annual women’s conference they call ‘The Beautiful Feet Movement” in which women are encouraged and trained to stand strong in their communities for Christ and be a witness. This annual conference has really strengthened the Friends Women of Bangladesh, as they hold their heads high and lead in their communities. The annual national conference is 100% self-supporting now, with the women saving a handful of rice every day for it, plus A. and M. recently reported that the local women have become so competent in their teaching and preaching that neither A. nor M. did any teaching at the recent conference. These regional seminars are in place to continue to develop these women as leaders once a year between the national conferences, and is supported by EFM, but is currently underfunded. On a quarterly basis, M. and others also meet with the women in their local communities for training and encouragement.
April Offering: Burundi VBS
GOAL - $2,500
All materials have been used that we have helped pay for in the past and they are needing to replenish their supply. From two Yearly Meetings, Kibimba and Kwibuka, there were 35,256 children that attended – 20,148 who were saved!
May Offering: Bio-Sand Filters
GOAL - $1,000
Water Filter projects are part of launching new work in the Far West of Nepal. Recipients are required to meet criteria to participate in these projects, which will help develop sanitary and healthy households as well as help towards self-sustaining livelihoods.
September Offering: Rwanda Friends Theological College
GOAL - $2,000
These programs are invaluable to the leadership and ministry development of countless pastors, leaders, and future leaders in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa.
October "Missions Emphasis" Offering: Kibimba Hospital Sheets
GOAL - $1,500
Kibimba Hospital has recently added onto their facilities and needs bedding for these additional beds.
November Offering: Bangladesh Computers
GOAL - $1,500
The Bangladesh government requires any registered church to be providing a good service to the community. So when EFM first began supporting A. and M. A. to begin the mission in Bangladesh, the “Friends Fellowship Center” was started. The Friends Fellowship Center is a store-front which steadily offers computer training to the public for a nominal fee, and when possible, offers conversational English training. The computers are very outdated and can’t handle Windows 10.
We are asking every FWF to collect foil stars for the next year. Our missionaries in Africa use these for the children at our Vacation Bible Schools. The kids get such a big smile on their faces when they receive a star! (Foil stars are available in the school supply sections of most stores, including Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Family Dollar and Dollar General.) We can never have too many stars!
If you have stars, don’t hold on to them! You can mail them directly any time to Burundi to this address:
Stars, c/o EEA, BP 1198, Bujumbura, Burundi, Africa
Create Layette Sets for New Moms
Most new mothers in Africa leave the hospital with virtually nothing they can use to care for their babies. We are asking FWF’s to work all year on creating layette sets in a bag! Be as creative as you want, but try to make sure each one-gallon Ziploc bag contains the following items for a mother's take-home starter kit:
- 1 small blanket (only flannel receiving blankets please)
- 1 small gown or onesie
- a cap (knit is ok, but needs to be small)
- a pair of socks
- 2 cloth diapers, large safety pins
- plastic pants if available
- wash cloth
- 1 bar of soap. (You can cut the large ivory soap bars in two pieces and put one piece with one layette.)
A lot of women at retreat wanted a pattern so they could make their own onesies. You can get a pattern (and more information about things happening at our hospital in Kibimba) from Lorna Long. Her phone number is 316-524-5104 and her address is 5166 S. Vine St, Wichita, KS, 67217.