On Saturday 21 October 2017, there will be a celebration and thanksgiving service for the past 20 years of The Raven Trust. It will be at Strachur New Hall, PA27 8DG, doors open 14:00, service at 15:00. At the event, we’ll be launching To Malawi with Love, a book telling the story of The Raven Trust, and how it developed in the context of the amazing work of the early missionaries. We’ll also be looking to the future, as the Trust changes to focus on supporting eye care at the hospitals of Livingstonia Synod in northern Malawi. There will be news, updates, speakers and plenty of opportunity to chat and share, and you can meet the new trustees. Looking forward to seeing you!
Read all about it! The latest issue of our bulletin Newslink (August 2017) is now available to download here. And see our Newslink page for previous issues.
On Saturday, 22nd April we learned that FCL 105 had been involved in an accident on the way from Lilongwe to Ekwendeni. Rev Levi Nyondo, General Secretary of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, was swiftly on the scene, along with Patrick Tembo, Senior Administrator at Ekwendeni Hospital and our own Ben Mhango. This is the first conatiner sent by the Raven Trust which has come to serious harm.
Rev Nyondo quickly took charge of the situation and organised security by the Malawian Police force and help from the army, while keeping us here in the UK abreast with developments. Amid tight security, the container was opened and a human chain formed to unload the container and release the boxes to the rightful recipients who were on site or remove them to Ekwendeni Hospital.
We are very grateful to all who helped unload the container and make sure that there was no looting but our special thanks must go to Rev Levi Nyondo, Patrick Tembo and Ben Mhango
FCL 107 – the last container to be sent to Malawi from the Raven Trust – was loaded on Saturday 1st April. Due to a strike by pilots at Antwerp, the container was held up at Grangemouth but it is hoped that it will be loaded onto a ship and begin its sea voyage today (14th April). Thanks as always to those who helped to receive and list the items sent, load the container, feed the loaders and clean out the shed at Peddie Street, Dundee afterwards.
The latest container to set off from the Raven Trust store in Dundee was loaded on Saturday 28th January. Grateful thanks to all who turned out to help on a cold and snowy day. Almost 1200 boxes were loaded into the container.
God speed to Malawi and may the contents of the container get safely to the intended recipients and prove a blessing to them.