The Canadian Reformed World Relief Fund Mission CRWRF serves as a bridge for our church members and churches to provide resources that address material needs of people suffering the effects of poverty through Christian motivated partners.
Although it hasn’t captured the attention of the mainline media too much yet, many East and South African countries are experiencing severe drought. When the rains do come, they are either too little too late or too much so that flooding results in destruction of the meagre crops standing. Farming families have experienced drought since summer 2015 with 2 failed crop seasons already and some are entering their 3rd failed crop season. Families in Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia and parts of South Africa as well as in Indonesia are facing less income and higher food costs. It’s important to send aid before family assets are sold in order to lessen the length of impact of this climate change. Food assistance will most likely need to extend until summer 2017.
In South Africa, where CRWRF supports the work of Home Based Care volunteers as they bring essential food parcels to patients living with AIDS, the community vegetable gardens have been bare due to lack of water. This directly affects their budget that is based on their ability to produce a lot of the fresh vegetables needed to help their neighbours. CRWRF has added to their annual budget so that they can afford to supplement those parcels from the market, where obviously, the cost of food has also risen.
When we think of Africa, we think of subsistence farmers but even the economies of these developing nations can become crippled by this drought. In Zambia, hydroelectric energy produced by the Kariba Dam serviced the growth of industry locally but also was exported for profit. Now, due to the drought, this source of economic stability slows to a trickle causing urban unemployment and infrastructure deficits.
CRWRF has also allocated $50,000 from their 2016 budget towards drought relief in Africa through World Renew partners (including CFGB and Food for the Hungry) who have already been responding through community development programs on the ground as they saw the need growing. Join us and the church of Africa as She prays to her Father in heaven who is wise, just, faithful and merciful! “Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens, when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?” Job 38 If you wish, designated donations can be made towards Drought Relief – Horn of Africa online or by mail.
Annual General Meeting Notice:
Please mark Saturday May 27th 9:00am in your calendars for the CRWRF Annual General Meeting. To be held at Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church, 353 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton, ON – livestream available for those that are not able to travel to the meeting. More details to follow.
Reminder about year-end donations
We have noticed that after each year-end, we continue to receive cheques in the mail that were written in the prior year, throughout January and even further into the new year. We need to remind you of the importance of sending all donations to our PO box in Burlington no later than Dec. 31 of the year the donations were made. This is important for several reasons:
- we are not allowed to issue receipts for donations made in a given year unless those donations were deposited by us in that year, or postmarked within that year. CRWRF is subject to the possibility of a CRA audit at any time, and any concerns raised could jeopardize our status as a registered charity and our ability to issue tax receipts. It is not enough that the donations are in your possession within that fiscal year – they must have been received by us, or be in the mail, at year-end.
- Donors prefer that their cheques clear as soon as possible, to simplify their financial record-keeping.
- Cheques not clearing for several months gives some donors the impression that their donations are not needed or appreciated.
- Donations towards a specific project should be received within a reasonable time frame so that they can be used for that project.
- The bookkeeper needs to close the books soon after year-end in order to prepare for the accountant’s review of the financial statements, and for issuing of tax receipts.
Please keep these points in mind at the end of each year (to adhere to CRA requirements) but also throughout the year as well.
Thank you for your assistance and for your continued support of CRWRF.Donate
Update – Hurricane Matthew response
As we have started to receive funds for Hurricane Matthew, CRWRF has decided, as an initial commitment, to allocate $25,000 to assist World Renew in their immediate emergency response. This response is in cooperation with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), which activates the 4:1 matching provision CFGB is able to provide. In partnership with the local Haitian presence of FIDA (Foundation of International Development Assistance), the project will provide aid in the South-Western part of Haiti, in the districts of Sud and Grand’Anse. These areas have been most severely affected by hurricane winds and flooding, and have seen the destruction of close to 100% of the homes and crops.
The project will provide three months of food assistance and an immediate supply of seeds to 1600 households in the area of Pestel in Grand’Anse. Food assistance is critical to meeting short-term needs and negative coping strategies. Corn and bean seeds are provided so that farmers can plant short season crops and get a harvest in three months.
Once again Haiti has been struck with a devastating natural disaster – Hurricane Matthew. Much work had already been done in the poor nation after the devastating earthquake, when Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on the southwest part of the country. Reports of massive damage to homes and remote villages –these people are suffering. Currently many are being treated for cholera and steps are being taken to prevent more from getting the disease.
We are currently investigating opportunities with Samaritans Purse and World Renew, as well as with other trusted international Christian relief organizations, to determine our best response, initially to provide immediate relief, and in the longer term for rehabilitation efforts. We expect to have more information of what we intend to do in the next two weeks. Updates will be posted on our website www.crwrf.ca or on Facebook.
In the meantime, if you wish to help, we will gratefully accept your donations. All donations received by December 15, 2016 and earmarked ‘Hurricane Matthew” will be directed to our relief response. Donations received after this date will be added to our general contributions. All cheques should be made payable to “CRWRF”, and mailed to CRWRF, P.O. Box 85225, Burlington, ON L7R 4K4. Alternatively, you can donate online. Please remember those suffering in Haiti, and pray that our Lord may provide ways to bring relief to the victims and to open doors and hearts to the message of the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ.Donate
Please see our Autumn Newsletter for an update. Also for more information about Konnie’s recent trip to Africa – join us on Instagram or Facebook. If you have any questions or concerns about the work being done by CRWRF do not hesitate to contact us.
Hebrews 13:14-15 “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”