Changes in store

The Raven Trust’s storage space for storing goods until they are loaded into containers has had to be reduced. As a result we have had to change arrangements for taking delivery of goods for onward transportation to Malawi.

  • ALL goods MUST be boxed. As we no longer have space to sort and repack goods, we can no longer accept black bags and similar items.
  • Delivery of goods to the store MUST be arranged in advance with either Sue Challis or Iain MacPhillimy and no goods must be left unattended around the store.

We would be very grateful if all donors would co-operate with the new arrangements.

Thank you

John sets off for Malawi

John Challis set off for two months in Malawi this week. While he is there he intends to complete the refurbishment of the Clinic and staff houses at Mlowe which will include replacing electrical fittings and installing electricity in the units which do not have electricity at present. He will also reinstate the water supply from an old bore hole, installing a new pump so that all parts of the complex, including the staff houses, have an adequate water supply. He also hopes to install a power supply for the radio transmitter and reinstate the system.

Also on John’s “to do” list 

  • a survey of the hospital buildings and grounds at Ekwendeni hospital with particular reference to water and sewage systems and establishment of new facilities for the Servicing and Maintenance Unit (SAM) within the dental/eye clinic at Ekwendeni
  • a short course on tool sharpening at Ekwendeni Lay training Centre and supply of sharpening stones to trainees
  • study feasibility of use of a windmill to raise water for agricultural irrigation at Jombo
  • monitor container contents with recipients and discuss future requirements
  • monitor “Good Hope”
  • construct secure store at Livingstonia engineer’s workshop
  • assess condition and use of orphan houses and accommodation built last year

There are also a few more bits and pieces on his list and, as always, he will be talking to lots of people from various walks of life as he travels around

Good luck with the list, John and God Bless.

Thank you to our volunteers

A big thank you to all our volunteers who turned out on a very cold windy day to load FCL 74 EKW. For almost the first time, the container was late arriving because strong winds had closed the Erskine Bridge to high sided vehicles. Despite of snow and hail showers the container was loaded with 1078 assorted boxes, bags and parcels.

Thank you to the “shed team” who load the trolleys, the “trolley dollies” who move trolley loads of boxes to the container, the “loaders” who load the boxes into the container and the “packers” and last, but but by no means least, the catering team who supply us with hot tea and coffee, soup and filled rolls and keep us all going. Thanks to all of you, FCL 74 EKW was waved off down the road on the first leg of her journey to our friends in Malawi with a prayer and a blessing.

Beyond Malawi

Peter and Tina say a big thank you to the Raven Trust.

Raven Trust’s co-workers, Peter and Tina, have been living and sharing God’s love and compassion in Central Asia and the Arab world since 1999. Their work began with involvement in income generation programmes for refugees. This was followed by teaching English and computing in poor regions. This enabled many of their students to secure further training at university and gain employment which has helped to lift them out of poverty.

In addition, Peter and Tina have provided cross-cultural awareness training addressing the many wrong presuppositions, misconceptions and misunderstandings between East and West. Hearts and minds have changed as a direct result of this training. People who once had hatred for everything western have adopted a friendlier attitude. Hostility has given way to a desire for peace. Given this success, Peter and Tina have expanded the work by recently establishing their own English language and cross-cultural and ethical awareness centre. They will also be involved in producing literature and educational resources to equip other trainers throughout their region.

Some quotes from students:

Teacher, you have not just taught us English; you have taught us about life.”

 “Our view about the West is 100% wrong.”

Peter and Tina’s work is mostly voluntary. In addition to prayer, the Raven Trust gives practical support by providing accommodation, transport, clothes, and other necessities while Peter and Tina are on home leave in the UK. Should you wish to support Peter and Tina, please get in touch with the Raven Trust for details.