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

Food and Clothing for Romania

A container was loaded today destined for Ploiesti Romania. The soup mix that arrived earlier from the Prairie Gleaners will make approximately 320,000 servings of nutritious soup. Also included are; many ski outfits donated from Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort, 15,000 pounds of winter clothing and blankets, sewing machines and sewing supplies, furniture, a piano, and 15 bicycles.
The container is expected to arrive at the end of October and will be received by our agent in Romania Daniel Sladariu and distributed throughout the region. Many seniors in this area live in very poor conditions often in nothing more than a steel clad shack. They often go hungry and cold because there is little government support for them. There are also several orphanages in the area that will receive much needed warm clothing and food.
This is one container in an ongoing effort to bring relief to the people of Romania; in the months to come we will send more. Please consider how you can help us either by donation of good quality used and new clothing or a financial donation.
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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 for Nicaragua

A container sent from our Langley depot early May recently arrived in Nicaragua.

The container took some time to be delivered as it was held up in customs. Near the end of July they were able to open the container and begin to distribute the material.

Pastor Emanuel Aguirre oversaw the distribution. With the help of Pastor Rivera and Pastor Madrigal they brought sewing machines to widows and single mothers, medical equipment to the Rehabilitation Hospital, and food and clothing to many poor people in and around the area of Managua.

Family receiving clothing

Family receiving clothing

Unloading Container

Unloading Container

Many sewing machines have been donated.

Many sewing machines have been donated.

Along with medical equipment there was opportunity to pray for the patients at the hospital

Along with medical equipment there was opportunity to pray for the patients at the hospital

Items being distributed to other communities

Items being distributed to other communities

Medical equipment for a local hospital

Medical equipment for a local hospital

Container arriving in Tanzania

A container that was shipped in the middle of November from Penticton is due to arrive in the port city of Dar El Salaam, Tanzania on January 21, 2013. It will be transported to it’s final destination of Kahama in the northern area of Tanzania a week later.

This container is in cooperation with One Person Project organization, in Penticton BC. It is filled with medical equipment/supplies and education material. We will provide pictures as they are made available.

Containers to Burundi

Two containers will be leaving Edmonton AB for Bujumbura, Burundi, East Africa (beside Rwanda) on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. They are expected to arrive in the middle of February 2013. These containers are for Elmer and Sherry Komant, field workers who recently lived in Rwanda.

The Komants are beginning this work and will be establishing a primary and secondary school there. There are many upheavals in Burundi and this has given a great opportunity to minister and bring change. Please pray for them as they embark on this new mission. We will give more updates as the containers land.

Trip to El Salvador Nov/Dec 2012

On November 21, 2012 Indridi Kristjansson, Darcy Dube, Clifford Holloway, Ida Hernandez and Frank Malina traveled to Central America to minister and help distribute the goods that were shipped from Langley mid-October 2012.

They landed in Costa Rica to visit with friends and churches for the first week. They traveled in the vicinity of San Jose, participated in a pastor’s conference and met with a Christian Senator to be part of a prayer meeting in the Senate chambers.

Following the visit to Costa Rica they flew to San Salvador in El Salvador and drove to Jiquilisco where the spent the remainder of their trip. Here they participated in several services and helped with the distribution of clothing, sports and medical equipment.

Pastor Douglas Rivera, the person responsible to receive the containers in El Salvador, was very grateful for the donations and the help that Indridi and others provided in the distribution as well as the ministry. Also, the mayor of Jiquilisco, David Barahona, came to thank the team for their support and the help received from GEMS Canada and KHMI and presented them with a plaque.

Children receive soccer balls and cleats

Team receives presentation from Mayor

Darcy, Indi & Pastor Douglas

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.

Indi Kristjansson set to travel to Costa Rica

Indi will be leaving on Wednesday, February 29 for an 11 day trip to Costa Rica; he will be traveling with Darcey Dube of Kingdom Harvest Ministries. The purpose of the trip will be to participate in a regional conference, meet with regional directors and to minster in various places in the country. As he travels the country he will be able to gather firsthand information on the needs in Costa Rica and make vital contacts with those who need humanitarian aid.

Costa Rica

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