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MISSION EVENING: 'A handful of rice'

posted 17 Apr 2011, 05:38 by Mount Pleasant Church   [ updated 15 Nov 2012, 15:23 ]

We have held a quite a number of “Missionary Meetings” at the Church over recent years, but the meeting on 9th. March was unique, in that it was led by our Pastor. The Church has decided to seek to raise money to buy an industrial tumble-dryer for one of the orphanages in Mizoram which was visited by John when he was on furlough last summer, and this was a fundraising event.

John set the scene by explaining what life is like in the orphanage using photos he had taken, together with a video of the Colney family in Mizoram, but the highlight was a video entitled “A Handful of Rice”. John explained that whenever Mizos prepare a rice-based meal (which they usually do) a handful is removed before cooking and stored in a jar called “The Lord’s Jar”. This is then collected week by volunteers from the church and taken to the collection point where the rice is sold, the money being distributed to those in greatest need and to support mission work. It was humbling to see a nation which possesses little of this world’s goods putting aside a proportion of what they had for the benefit of others.

The sum of £230 was raised for the tumble-dryer on the night and this soon increased to £300 which, together with contributions from the Church and the Coffee Morning and donations in lieu of Christmas cards, has raised almost £700 towards the cost of the dryer. We are most grateful to our friends from St. James’ and West End Churches for their continuing support of our Missionary Meetings.