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Bridge and Tea

posted 19 Oct 2016, 14:11 by Richard Ryder
Rosie Hoare is organising a Bridge Afternoon at Lavant Memorial Hall on Tuesday 6th December at 2.00pm to raise funds for New Growth Ministries (Rob & Hilary Mackenzie - see below for more information).
If you're interested in attending, tables are £40; to book, please contact Rosie on 01243 781528 or E:
However, Rosie is also looking for help from the Church community.  Because of the charge, she says we need to make the tea pretty special!  If you could help, either on the afternoon with teas and the raffle, or by supplying nice raffle prizes, cakes etc, she would be very grateful.  Please contact Elizabeth Woodford if you can help in this way.
New Growth Ministries is a very small Christian mission in Zimbabwe, founded in 1992 and run by two very dedicated missionaries, Rob & Hilary Mackenzie.  About 5 years ago, Marilyn Humphrey and I spent a week there and can vouch for the good work they do.
Their aim is to provide care for the local community, and they give a monthly food distribution to over 200 orphans and widows.  When we were there, they also assisted with school fees and uniforms, clothing and medical care, but they are currently unable to do this because of a shortage of money and the desperate economic situation in Zimbabwe.
They also run an orphanage which currently houses 20 boys, including 5 toddlers.  These are all referred to them through the Social Services.  They put these boys through school and in some cases university.  One has qualified as an accountant, another as a doctor and a third as a lawyer.
The Mission has never appealed for money, but desperately needs funds to keep these services operating.  Donor funding has dropped off, the economy of Zimbabwe has been destroyed and both missionaries are ill with the strain.  I would be SO grateful if you could take a table at the Bridge Afternoon on 6 December and thereby contribute to this very worthwhile cause                                                                                            
Rosie Hoare