Container arrives in Tanzania

In recent years GEMS has partnered with the “One Person Project” and Director Brenda Lowe in sending several containers to the Muvuma orphanage and local hospital in Kahama Tanzania.

Beyond the basic needs the children of the orphanage were overwhelmed and excited when they received their new soccer balls and uniforms. We are currently raising funds to finish construction of the larger orphanage so that more children can be helped.

In mid January 2015 the most recent container arrived in Kahama. It was filled with clothing, shoes, sportswear, medical supplies, educational and construction material, and more.

Muvuma almost ready for the roof

Muvuma almost ready for the roof

Soccer balls and uniforms for schools

Soccer balls and uniforms for schools

Unloading container in Kahama

Unloading container in Kahama

Muvuma almost ready for the roof

Muvuma almost ready for the roof

Beds for Kahama Hospital

Beds for Kahama Hospital

Missions Fest 2015

Indi missionsfest

For the first time in our history, GEMS had a booth at Missions Fest.  It was great to meet so many friends and to build new relationships.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see us in the exhibition hall.  Missions Fest has more than 35,000 people attend every year and 250 exhibitors share their work.  It was exciting and yet humbling  to be part of what God is doing worldwide and to know that we play a part in His overall plan.  We look forward to the great things that will happen this year as we join hands with God’s people and we hope to see everyone again at Missions Fest in 2016.

Thrilled Romanians Receive Food and Supplies

Smiling-childrenIt is hard to express the joy of seeing the smiling faces of children who have received a hot meal where there is not much else for them to smile about.
Last September we sent a container from our Langley depot to help an orphanage in Romania. The children were not the only ones to be blessed with warm food and clothing, seniors and many others benefited from this shipment
The container arrived in time to distribute the warm clothing before the on set of very cold weather. It came to the town of Ploiesti, Romania; this is about half hour drive north of the capital city Bucharest. From there it was distributed to several communities in the area for seniors homes, orphanages, hospitals, homeless and to families in need.
This container is part of an ongoing effort in the area by GEMS through several ministries to bring relief to the motherless and the widows, seeing to the needs of those that have very little.

unloading  seniors-home orphans orphanage-unloading making-soup homeless-seniors

 

Soup Mix

We have received five skids of soup mix from Prairie Gleaners Society in Medicine Hat Alberta. This is our first shipment from Prairie Gleaners and we look forward to working with them in the coming months. The skids along with a number of bicycles were transported by our friends at East West Express.

They will be loaded onto a container bound for Romania this month; the container will land in Romania in late October. Winter ski suits donated by Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort will also be included.

Indi unloading soup mix

Indi unloading soup mix

Philippines Crisis

We have been able to reach our contact in the Philippines by phone this week. Pastor Chirs Barrios lives in Manila but his family is from one of the hardest hit cities, Tacloban. With the death toll in the country there are not many people who have not been affected with the loss of family members; Pastor Chirs is no exception. It is with great sorrow that we report he has lost 13 family members in the disaster.

He is currently in Tacloban to assist the remaining family members and to help others where he can. We have received an urgent request from Pastor Chris for aid. These are people who have lost everything and are in great sorrow. We are collecting money to send to Pastor Chris for immediate needs and we are also working on a container to send in the next few weeks. Keep in mind that the Government of Canada has pledged to give dollar for dollar for every donation received before December 9, 2013.

We need blankets, non-pershiable food items, construction material, construction tools, personal care items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrushes, diapers etc.) The fees of shipping a container to the Philippines is $25,000.00. This includes shipping it to the Philippians, moving it to the final destination, Tacloban and to aquire the needed items to fill the container. Our intention is to send several containers in the coming months, our immediate need is for money to make this all happen. We have provided an option on the web site to donate and you can send a checque or money order to GEMS 2870 Crossley Drive, Abbotsford BC V2T 5H3.

For futher information on how you can help please e-mail us at info@gemscanada.ca

Devastation

Devastation

Container to Guatemala

GEMS has assisted Evangel Pentecostal Church in Kelowna for several years in sending a container to Guatemala. The church loaded the container on August 9th in Kelowna, it was loaded in under 2 hours in order to facilitate a quick turn around. The shipment will he

ad to the William Cornelius Training Centre in Guatemala City and will be used by the Child Care Plus outreach and the vocational training centre for young men and women looking for a better life.

Included in this shipment are 85 bicycles, 6 barrels of food (42,000 meals) from the Okanagan Gleaners, household items for the orphanage, books for the school, as well as blankets and clothing.

The shipment was to leave Vancouver harbour on August 18, 2012 and the estimated arrival time in Guatemala is early September.