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Kat
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A spring vote for you! With…
A spring vote for you!

With all the headlines screaming disaster and heartache, it's easy to get disheartened. Reader to Reader has supported schools damaged by tornadoes, public libraries devastated by flooding, and communities deeply affected by local tragedy. But each day we see examples of how much good is out there. That goodness is not always in the headlines. Sometimes, it's tucked quietly away, but it's there, and is the very reason we do this work--to bring books and other resources to the next generation that so richly deserves them.

Reader to Reader needs your help to get books in the hands of children across the country. Will you donate or join our team? Your support makes a difference!

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Kat
12 months ago
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Charles
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Friends, As of today, Mattr…
Friends,
As of today, Mattresses for Congo has raised over $60,000.00 since June 6, 2012. We continue to work to help mission hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition to the 375 vinyl convered hospital mattresses provided to the hospitals in the Kasai, we have also provided mattresses and other medical equipment to a clinic in Kinshasa. We will continue to look for other ways to support these hospitals and the people they serve.

In addition, we are discussing expanding our efforts to mission hospitals in Malawi. The talks are very preliminary, but we hope to help there, too.

I will be returning to Congo in June and hope to take needed medical supplies and equipment such as sutures, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, and a fetal dopler, to check fetal heartbeats.

Thanks again for your past support. Please help us continue to spread the word about what we're trying to do and the people we are trying to help, so that we can continue to raise money to fund this work.

In His service
Charles Johnson
1 year ago
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Charles
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Friends, I've got some grea…
Friends,

I've got some great news. As you might imagine, since the hospitals haven't had any mattresses, they really haven't had the need for sheets. But now they do. We've been discussing how we might work with a sewing school in Congo, another project of Rivers of the World, to have the graduates make twin fitted sheets for the hospitals. The students are widows and rape victims, who receive a new sewing machine when they graduate. We will continue to seek to work with these ladies to help them and help the hospitals with sheets, but that is more of a long term project.

In the mean time, I received an email from PCUSA Mission Co-worker, Larry Sthreshley earlier today. The Presbyterian Women organization has funds to purchase sheets for the mission hospitals and are going to do so, but here's the rub; they don't have the money to buy a boat ticket for the sheets. The sheets will be baled, to save shipping costs, and shipped in a container to Congo, forty bales all together. The shipping cost per bale from the US to Congo,and then on to the various hospitals is $230 per bale, for a total of $9,200.00. Yikes! But after experiencing the cost of shipping the mattresses from Kinshasa to Kananga, I can't say I'm surprised.

So here's what I'm asking. Please help us communicate the need to your friends. If you haven't done so already, go the the Mattresses for Congo Facebook page and "like" the page; the link is: http://www.facebook.com/MattressesForCongo?fref=ts
That way all your FB friends will learn about Mattresses for Congo and perhaps will feel called to help us get 40 bales of sheets from here to there.

As always, thanks for all you have done to support Mattresses for Congo. And if you haven't done so already, check out the video at the following link that shows the results of your caring:
http://vimeo.com/60604722

In His service,
Chas
1 year ago
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Charles
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Hey Folks, Here's an update…
Hey Folks,

Here's an update on Mattresses for Congo. We only lack a few mattresses in Bulape to be completely done with the initial goal of 375 mattresses. We've had a request from Dr. Cecile De Sweemer for an additional 10 for the Butoke Orphanage and we're going to make that happen.

The latest undertaking is trying to get bed sheets for the hospitals. Nothing is easy on Congo. But we think we have a plan. Rivers of the World (ROW) supports a sewing school for single mothers (widows, victims of rape) in Tshikaji. When the women graduate, they receive their very own sewing machine to help them make a living to care for their family. We are hoping to work something out with them to get the women to make sheets for the hospitals and in turn, generate some income for them. There might even be some micro lending opportunities down the road.

Mattresses for Congo has created a Facebook page, so please go to it and "Like" the page so we can continue to cast a bigger net. The link to the page is: http://www.facebook.com/MattressesForCongo?fref=ts

Also, we've got a campaign going on Thunderclap. Please click on this link http://thndr.it/XQ1hrA and support Mattresses for Congo; it doesn't cost anything, but it will help us spread the word even further.

Thanks again for your support of Mattresses for Congo.

Chas
1 year ago
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Charles
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Hey, I wanted to share a lin…
Hey, I wanted to share a link to a video about Mattresses for Congo that I will be sharing at the March meeting of Mission Presbytery in Austin, Texas. You guys get an early peek!

http://vimeo.com/59805747

Thanks again for all you've done to support Mattresses for Congo.

Regards
Charles
1 year ago
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Kat
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An early Valentine's Day vot…

An early Valentine's Day vote for you! If you have a second, would you check out our new project, WriteMe? It's launching a writing competition and library program for students in Zimbabwe. crowdrise.com/writeme Thanks for all your support!

Happy reading,
Kat
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Charles
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Friends, Sometimes I get wr…
Friends,

Sometimes I get wrapped up in my own little world, business issues with my day job, etc., and I forget what's really important. And then something happens to remind me.

Today, I received this email from Simon Ntumba. Now remember that French and Tshiluba are his native languages, but I think when you read the email, you will be able to understand what Simon is saying.

Jimmy, Charles and Ruthie,
I shared with Rev. Dr. M. Mulumba, our Secretary-General (of the Congolese Presbyterian Church) about the arrival of 20 mattresses for Mboyi hospital. He said me that it was a feast for the village, people dance(d) to express their joy and glorify the Lord for this precious gift and unexpected in this hospital. There is now many patients who come in this hospital.

The glory be rendered to the Lord.

May the Lord bless all our brothers and sisters who have contributed to this humanitarian project.

SIMON


I'm going to post a few photos that Simon sent to me this morning, on the Mattresses for Congo Crowdrise site; www.crowdrise.com/mattressesforcongo.

The photos were taken at IMCK/Good Shepherd Hospital in Tshikaji, where we happened upon the little boy, sitting on the board.

At this time, nearly all of the mattresses have been delivered to the hospitals; we still need to deliver some of them to Bulape. We are hoping to buy good, used, fitted sheets for the hospitals and submit a request for new mosquito nets as well. As a result, we continue to raise funds, and once this part has been completed, we hope to expand the project to help other hospitals.

In closing, I will use the words of Simon Ntumba; "May the Lord bless all our brothers and sisters who have contributed to this humanitarian project."

In His Service
Chas
1 year ago
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Kat
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Happy January vote! Wishing …
Happy January vote! Wishing you and your projects the very best this year.
On Thanksgiving Day 2012, someone broke in to Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi Village, AZ and stole all their laptops. Without them, students have little access to technology, research, Internet and essential learning tools. No one deserves to lose learning opportunities and resources because of someone else's hurtful actions.
Reader to Reader is raising funds to not only replace these computers, but to keep them safe in a locking cart and prevent any future theft. If you can, please help me support the children of Hopi Mission School today. If you donate $17 or more, Crowdrise will automatically enter you for a raffle to get a $100 donation to your cause (and a $100 Roozt gift card!)
Join our team and spread the word! http://www.crowdrise.com/HopiMissionSchool/fundraiser/katlibby
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Kat
Kat SAYS:
Happy January vote! Wishing …
Happy January vote! Wishing you and your projects the very best this year.
On Thanksgiving Day 2012, someone broke in to Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi Village, AZ and stole all their laptops. Without them, students have little access to technology, research, Internet and essential learning tools. No one deserves to lose learning opportunities and resources because of someone else's hurtful actions.
Reader to Reader is raising funds to not only replace these computers, but to keep them safe in a locking cart and prevent any future theft. If you can, please help me support the children of Hopi Mission School today. If you donate $17 or more, Crowdrise will automatically enter you for a raffle to get a $100 donation to your cause (and a $100 Roozt gift card!)
Join our team and spread the word! http://www.crowdrise.com/HopiMissionSchool/fundraiser/katlibby
1 year ago
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Charles
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Friends, I'll keep this bri…
Friends,

I'll keep this brief. Earlier this morning, Mattresses for Congo received a donation that put us past our goal of $50,000.00! What an incredible journey this has been, and it's all because of you. There's no way this project could have been accomplished without each and every one of you pitching in with your love and support.

We will continue to work to see that the mattresses are delivered to all the hospitals by Chrismas. One hundred will arrive by train to Luebo soon, if they haven't already, and mattresses for Bulape, Moma and Mbai, will be shipped soon.

Thanks again for your help in seeing this project through to a succsessful completion.

In His service,
Chas
1 year ago
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