As you'll see in this first person account of a shoebox distribution trip from our very own Theresa White, these boxes make a huge impact on those who receive them. Pack and return your box for this Sunday November 16th, with our goal as a church of 500!
In sight of the shattered bridges and demolished buildings of the city of Novi Sad, dusty and sad in a scenic valley that could, in happier circumstances, rival the Okanagan; between the lean-to shacks of destitute families who remember what it was like to have a safe and warm home; along the roadway strewn with "souvenirs" of violence and sorrow, I found a people so deep-down courageous and so sky-high noble that I am in awe of how well-built are God's children everywhere.
My halfway-through life has been profoundly changed by the 10-day trip to Serbia that would have remained a foggy dream if you had not helped. Your time and encouragement, your open wallets and cheque books, your cheerful assistance with a major fundraiser, and the contribution of hand-sewn blankets and hand-knit sweater sets to cart along through six airports--these are your gifts to many hundreds of brave families who share our world.
I promised the children, the moms and dads and grandparents of Serbia that I would bring a message home. They said to tell you, "Hvalah, Canadian friends we don't even know." With deep appreciation, I echo, "Thank you, dear Canadians that I am so very proud to know and call my friends!"