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February 2017

© 1996, Pop In Place.

A Message from The Rev Alan Clarredge

Dear friends in the U.K.

Thank    you    once    again    for    your    prayers    and    and    continued    support.    The    work    that    has    been undertaken   continues   to   be   of   vital   importance   to   so   many   suffering   people   both   young   and   old   and   I only have two major plants left to bring back into use before I return to the UK. For   8   days   of   this   visit   I   have   received   excellent   help   and   support   from   Austin   Brooke-Thomas,   who raised his own funds to fly out to me. He works as a host in Christchurch Hospital Macmillan unit. Thank   you   Austin   for   your   encouragement   and   valuable   assistance.   Financially   the   hospitals   literally have no money and during the last year have become virtually bankrupt. This   was   very   noticeable   after   I   completed   my   work   at   Victoria   Falls   hospital.   when   I   presented   a receipt for fuel and accommodation (One of two hospitals that have always covered costs). I   was   called   into   a   meeting   of   heads   of   departments   along   with   the   medical   officer   of   health   for   the locality;   they   appeared   to   be   extremely   embarrassed   as   they   told   me   “our   cashier   went   to   the   bank   this morning   and   the   manager   has   refused   to   let   us   have   any   money   whatsoever   so   we   cannot   pay”,   I   felt glad   to   be   able   to   say   Rivers   of   Living   Water   would   cover   their   costs   and   they   expressed   sincere   thanks, the same happened at the other hospital in Beit Bridge on the South African border. It   has   been   necessary   for   me   to   supply   all   fuel   for   a   hospital   truck   this   year   and   to   hire   transport   to   get around when the hospital truck has not been available. Also to pay for accommodation for staff. This   has   proved   very   expensive   but   until   now   and   I   praise   the   Lord   for   this,   has   been   sufficient   for   our needs.   One   great   point   this   year   is   that   not   only   here   in   Bulawayo,   but   throughout   most   of   the   country, there   has   been   torrential   rain.   In   fact   it   has   rained   every   day   I   have   been   in   the   country   (no   sun   tan!!). That   is   with   the   exception   of   the   very   South   of   the   country   (Beit   bridge)   which   has   seen   no   rain whatsoever;   this   rain   has   its   drawbacks;   partly   because   the   supplies   have   been   blocked   by   silt   and debris. I   have   been   kept   very   busy   cleaning   water   purification   systems.   At   one   point   of   my   journey   we   were trapped in flash floods and the depth of water reached over twenty feet on the road!!!!. Thankfully   we   were   kept   safe.   The   medicines   were   well   accepted   by   the   hospitals   and   clinics   and helped their dwindling and in some cases none existing supplies considerably. The   blankets   were   so   well   received   not   only   by   the   hospitals,   but   also   the   mustard   seed   orphanage, where   52   children   included   disabled   and   handicapped   youngsters   are   cared   for;   Sweets   from   the children   of   Rossmore   Church,   knitted   clothes,   blankets   and   toys   from   the   Pop   in   at   Bere   Regis   and numerous   items   from   other   churches   and   individuals;   baby   clothes   and   toys,   knitting   toys   and   giving items, also distributed at the school at Monde. Although   the   challenges   are   immense   I   know   that   one   again,   in   a   few   days   this   years   work   will   be successfully completed. Thank you for your continued support for the work Alan.

February 2017

© 1996, Pop In Place.
Pop In Place

A Message from The Rev Alan

Clarredge

Dear friends in the U.K.

Thank you once again for your prayers and and continued support. The work that has been undertaken continues to be of vital importance to so many suffering people both young and old and I only have two major plants left to bring back into use before I return to the UK. For 8 days of this visit I have received excellent help and support from Austin Brooke-Thomas, who raised his own funds to fly out to me. He works as a host in Christchurch Hospital Macmillan unit. Thank you Austin for your encouragement and valuable assistance. Financially the hospitals literally have no money and during the last year have become virtually bankrupt. This was very noticeable after I completed my work at Victoria Falls hospital. when I presented a receipt for fuel and accommodation (One of two hospitals that have always covered costs). I was called into a meeting of heads of departments along with the medical officer of health for the locality; they appeared to be extremely embarrassed as they told me “our cashier went to the bank this morning and the manager has refused to let us have any money whatsoever so we cannot pay”, I felt glad to be able to say Rivers of Living Water would cover their costs and they expressed sincere thanks, the same happened at the other hospital in Beit Bridge on the South African border. It has been necessary for me to supply all fuel for a hospital truck this year and to hire transport to get around when the hospital truck has not been available. Also to pay for accommodation for staff. This has proved very expensive but until now and I praise the Lord for this, has been sufficient for our needs. One great point this year is that not only here in Bulawayo, but throughout most of the country, there has been torrential rain. In fact it has rained every day I have been in the country (no sun tan!!). That is with the exception of the very South of the country (Beit bridge) which has seen no rain whatsoever; this rain has its drawbacks; partly because the supplies have been blocked by silt and debris. I have been kept very busy cleaning water purification systems. At one point of my journey we were trapped in flash floods and the depth of water reached over twenty feet on the road!!!!. Thankfully we were kept safe. The medicines were well accepted by the hospitals and clinics and helped their dwindling and in some cases none existing supplies considerably. The blankets were so well received not only by the hospitals, but also the mustard seed orphanage, where 52 children included disabled and handicapped youngsters are cared for; Sweets from the children of Rossmore Church, knitted clothes, blankets and toys from the Pop in at Bere Regis and numerous items from other churches and individuals; baby clothes and toys, knitting toys and giving items, also distributed at the school at Monde. Although the challenges are immense I know that one again, in a few days this years work will be successfully completed. Thank you for your continued support for the work Alan.

Sing Your Heart Out February 10th

10th February

Thank  you  to  all  who  supported  out  Christmas  Sing  your  heart  out  event  Pop  In  Performers,  Rev  Charles  and  the  School  Christmas  Choir  with  Lucy Roberts. Dear Alison,Thank  you  so  much  for  sending  your  generous  donation.  Thanks  to  you  and  your  fabulous  choir,  many  more  vulnerable  and  isolated  older  people will be given the support they need to live happily and independently. So although we’ve said it before, we’ll say it again – thank you. Sing Your Heart Out

The Pop In Place Piano Café

10th February

Thank  you  to  all  who  supported  the  Macmillan  Coffee  Morning,  it  was  very  special  as  it  was  in memory  of  Rose  Wise  who  was  a  founder  member  of  the  Pop  In  Place  and  a  very  good  volunteer with us for many years, and of course a dear friend. We are so pleased to announce that we have raised when all monies are collected over £700.