As of February 2009
- Beginning in Jan 2008, WCF has continued to supply funds for the 2010 Project which uses the money to underwrite operations at:
- the Ubhule Bezwe Orphanage in Tembisa
- the Lamontville Creche (Day Care) and Community Centre
- the Mason Lincoln Special (for the disabled) School in Umlazi
- Bible Education Centres (BEC) in both Johannesburg and Durban
- combined BEC, Creche, and ecclesial hall buildings in Margate and Mariannhill
- Other 2010 activities included:
- conducting various skills-based and AIDS awareness courses in the urban venues
- joint projects with the Whizzkids United program using soccer to develop essential life skills and choices for young people, especially in the context of HIV/AIDS.
WCF has also underwritten travel expenses for P2P field workers (from the UK, USA, Canada, NZ and Australia) who have volunteered time and service in the 2010 projects
Full-time field workers do both pastoral and preaching work. Since Jan 2008 2009, WCF has funded these White Fields workers as follows:
- Bro Lucas Scheepers (resident) Sep 07-Oct 09; Kempton Park/Johannesburg
- Bro Mitch and Sis Miriam Hardy (Australia) May 07-Feb 08; Mariannhill
- Bro Dan and Sis Leah Eggington (Australia) Apr 08-Feb 09; Durban
- Sis Amy McClure (Australia) Apr 08-Jan 09; Durban
- Bro Ben Dailey (Australia) May 08-Oct 08; Port Elizabeth
- Bro Paul and Sis Jane Zilmer (USA) Nov 08-May 09: Durban
- Bro David White (UK) Sep 08-Aug 10; Durban
- Sis Christy Beyers (Australia) Jan 09-Dec 09; Durban
- WCF provided half the cost ($x,579) of this Bible School with the CBM-UK; it was held July 4-8, 2008 at the Mulungushi Motel, Kabwe. The number of Zambian brothers and sisters attending: 90; speakers came from the UK.
- In response to a request for a new hall and refurbished accommodations in Kenema, it was agreed send $x2,000 to refurbish the bungalow and provide matching funds up to $x8,000 for the new hall purchase. An ecclesial building is important in the eyes of the authorities in determining the authenticity of the denomination. An amputee camp and school run by Christadelphians are located in the Kenema area.
Agape in Action (AinA) is a registered Canadian charity that operates in Kenya, Uganda and India. It is run by Christadelphian volunteers and supported by Christadelphians around the world. AinA focuses on providing support to the most needy Christadelphian families on earth. In Nov 2008, WCF was approached by AinA with the following project objective and goal: .to construct a basic shelter for 40 older children currently residing at the home of Justus and Annette in Kamukuywa, Kenya; to provide children in Kamukuywa with a safe and secure place to live within a home that is providing love, support and eternal hope. The following extract from Bro James Flint provides the details:
“The Kimbilio home will be built on a one-hectare plot of land donated to AinA by Justus (land title officially transferred). Every effort has been made to keep costs to an absolute minimum. Alternate building methods have been explored in detail, including the use of mud walls, clay brick, concrete block, thatched roof, tin roof, etc. Following a review of advice from Habitat for Humanity Kenya, CBM UK, Christadelphian Meal-A-Day UK, a construction engineer and local brethren, the decision was made to build using clay brick on a concrete floor with a tin roof. This building method will provide a secure building that will last for a long period of time and allow for the collection of rainwater from the roof.
The Kimbilio home will be a rectangular building consisting of 5 bedrooms. Each bedroom measures 6m x 4m and will contain four bunk beds each. At the end of the building will be a covered area where the children can gather. Tables and chairs will eventually be provided for use in the covered area.
The building team will consist of local contractors, local builders, volunteer local brethren and sisters as well as volunteer brethren and sisters from Canada and Australia. The volunteers from abroad all have building experience and the staggered teams will provide assistance on the ground from the beginning of January to mid February 2008. In addition to assisting in the building efforts, there will be ample opportunity for fellowship and spiritual encouragement of the local brethren and sisters”
So WCF agreed to partner in this project and provide a grant of $x0,000 Cdn for construction of the home, which is scheduled to be finished by Mar 31, 2009.
Jamaica (Port Maria)
- Held a May-Jun 2008 campaign (2 weeks of yp along with Phil Sweeny & Peter Clausen), with follow-up work in June (Lansings & Wilsons) and a parenting workshop in Oct (Roy Lansing & Norm Fadelle). There was also a team of three Sister nurses who went in Oct to minister, a combined group of brethren from Cleveland who went in Dec to teach and encourage, and a special team of Brothers who went as follow up to the Champion a Child project and to begin to establish a baseline of computer literacy. Each visit included mentoring of the recently baptized members (2 women in Feb, 4 young people in Oct).
- In Aug 2008, WCF joined primary investor Bro Roy Lansing in a farm project designed to provide income for ecclesia members. Crops were grown in a cleared jungle, while chickens and pigs were raised. The crops were used to feed members and to sell, though heavy rains twice destroyed most of the crops. The chicken operation was a break-even undertaking, but a recent theft of all the dressed chickens and live pigs has brought the farm project to a halt.
- There was the sad, sudden death of Sis Vivienne Clarke; Les & Sharon Wilson helped conduct the services; WCF covered $x,200 funeral expenses.
- Welfare costs of $x00/mo cover school fees, books, transportation and health care are provided for members, their children, and for certain CYC attendees. There was a changeover of responsibility in Oct 2008 from Sis Dorothy Isaacs to Sis Mildred Bishop, who was to assist Bro Milton. As of the end of Feb 2009, Mildred has the entire responsibility for welfare distribution and reporting.
- Use of a van that can convey several people has been a key service in PM. Costs on the old van were getting high, so after the latest breakdown, it was determined to purchase a ‘new’ used van and put it on the road for a price of $xx,000. It has more capacity, and a bigger engine, and the insurance coverage will allow all licensed drivers, not just Milton. Turnover to Bro Bulky Rose as the primary driver was to be finalized by the end of Feb 2009.
- In late 2008, WCF donated $x00 towards the funeral of a CYC youngster.
Canada (New Brunswick)
- Subsidizing a youth camp weekend in Sussex, NB, with $x,367Cdn. 30 people are expected for this 2009 event; this assists the Sussex ecclesia, which is geographically isolated.
- Assisted with travel and re-settlement costs of Iranian brethren
- Funded a teaching and pastoral visit to a group of brethren in the Columbus, OH area, In Jan 2008. Invited to the home of Sis Traci and husband Don Pettinger, Norm and Deb Fadelle participated in family activities, conducted Bible two class sessions with Traci’s friend Becky, led the midweek Bible class which was attended by many of Traci’s contacts – including brethren who had moved into the area but had not been coming to meeting – visited with the Doty family, and attended the Amended Sunday meeting held in the nearby hotel, which further established ties with Bro Kevin and Sis Linda Flatley, members of the Paris Ave ecclesia.
- Continued to provide monthly support for food, clothes and medicine for a needy family , for the entirety of 2008.
- Update as of May 2008: continued strong interest and many baptisms in Pakistan; another $x000 for assisting in a June Bible School; continued use of separate Missionary Support Fund from ACBM (via WCF source)
- $x5,000 in funds given towards paying off a bill for work done and completing the Christadelphian school being built in Karachi; overseen by Bro Tim Galbraith
Here is an extract of the request made my Bro. Galbraith in Apr 2008:
“The All Pakistan Christadelphian Church is a registered body with the Govt., and is well lead by Bro Karl Baloch, Bro Farooq Badshah, and a team of 7 delegates from the different ecclesial areas. Both Karl and Farooq are exceptionally committed and extremely well versed in scripture. In general the brothers and sisters are strong in the truth, with many situations similar to India.
It has been the plan of the APCC to build a Christadelphian School on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city and the main centre of Christadelphian activity. As a fully fledged private school this would provide an income to allow APCC in the main to be independent of foreign financial dependence for most of their activities, and provide a base for their Bible Camps, accommodation for various activities etc. In a Muslim country there are limited options to rent places. I am strongly in favour of this project and have personally put in about $xx,000 from my business to this venture. Other significant personal help from different sources has been given but is now exhausted.
The land has been purchased and the main part of the ground floor structure is complete. All necessary permissions for the structure and running the school have been obtained. It is hoped to open the school for the academic year beginning Aug 2008, God willing. There is however a significant shortfall in funds, mainly for equipping the school. There is about US$x,500 outstanding to the contractor for the main structure to be finished off, and an estimated US$x5,000 required to completely equip and furnish the School. I think the project has cost equiv. to about US$100,000 so far.
I personally have full faith in the School Management Board (all Christadelphians) of the APCC, and there are a sufficient number of qualified Christadelphian teachers to work at the School. I think it will provide an excellent Centre for the Christadelphian work in Pakistan that is now, I believe, on a strong footing, and growing stronger in the glorious truths and depths of the Gospel day by day.”
- Significant pass-through funds have been forwarded to various projects under the purview of Bro Tim Galbraith. Bro Bruce and Sis Joanie Parker have also been pursuing various ministries since the middle of 2008.
- WCF has also assisted in a couple of medical situations that required emergency funding.
- WCF has provided a fund overseen by Bro David Caudery who is then in a position to assist in paying certain costs encountered by mission workers that are not able to be covered by the ACBM or other sources.
- Providing $x,075 for a Website on which it is hoped to collect material relevant to the 56 minority nationalities in China. Some of these are related to the “hill tribes” which are related to those found in Thailand, Laos, Burma and Cambodia, and Vietnam, thereby potentially giving access – and in the longer term, a reason – to develop contacts in new countries as well as new parts of China
- Providing $x,455 for the UK sponsor/coordinator to visit existing contacts and also develop new ones in different areas with the primary aim of establishing the web site to a point where it might become self-financing in attracting sponsorship.
- In Oct 2008, provided $x,496 for the inaugural Bible School in Phnom Penh, for this proposal from the ACBM Cambodia Secretary:
“The idea was to accommodate all overseas visitors at a single hotel where the school is held, to promote the atmosphere of fellowship and cooperation. Local brethren and other invited guests will join us each morning. All food and refreshments will be provided as part of the school program. The cost of the food and accommodation will be recovered from overseas visitors (excluding Vietnamese), but the food is subsidized for all others. We are hoping to reduce the cost through negotiations with the service providers”
- In Nov 2008, gave $x5,000 to meet operational expenses of the Bible Education Center (BEC) in Phnom Penh and the Bethezer project (managed dorm facilities for 40 boys and 40 girls) for the next 10 months.
- Provided $x,000 for airfares and living expenses for Michael and Miriam Hewitt to run the activities at the BEC from November 2008 to February 2009. Their main mission was planning, organizing and help run the "Changing Lives' campaign in December 2008, and the Bible School along with other BEC teaching and mentoring activities.
- In Dec 2008, provided $x,558 for travel and accommodation expenses for three P2P teams (26 Australians) to attend the Dec 08 Bible School in Phnom Penh; the fellowship with the Vietnamese, Cambodian and overseas brethren was incredibly rewarding, as witnessed and experienced by WCF Directors John Pople and Norm Fadelle
- In Jan 2009, gave $x7,100 to fund multiple projects to be undertaken at the Leadership Character Development Institute (L-CDI) in Phnom Penh. This will include implementing a drainage system to prevent polluted water from covering the facility group during the rainy season, refurbishing classroom and dorms, and building a meeting hall.
- In Feb 2009, gave $x3,000 to fund the following areas at the Bethezer dorms for the remainder of the year: manager wages (income for 2 Christadelphian families), rent (building also used for ecclesial activities and gatherings), and a development & nutritional program (food for the whole dorm community after weekly Bible teaching meetings, supplement mere rice diet, assistance to needy students).
- In Dec 2008, provided $x,619 for travel and accommodation expenses for 15 believers in Vietnam to attend the Dec 08 Bible School in Phnom Penh; the fellowship with the Cambodian and overseas brethren was most rewarding.
- In Feb 2009, funded $x5,400 for a planned 5-day Bible conference (125 brethren expected) and two leadership training weekends (40 expected each time); included is the purchase of 200 Vietnamese Bibles.
- Continued to underwrite food, medicine and accommodation expenses and pay mandatory government fees for Christadelphian Iranian refugee families and individuals. Laptop computers have also been provided for facilitating communication and also as a means to perform certain mini-projects that can be accomplished via remote computing (e.g., assist with Farsi Newsletter).
- Co-funded a Bible School in Sophia for $x,194, in Nov 2008; this report was sent by Bro Bernard Ford, CBM linkman:
“the brethren and sisters in Bulgaria really appreciate the annual Bible School in Sofia. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to spend a time of fellowship together particularly for those who live a long way from Sofia. Also it is an opportunity for us to remind them of their brethren and sisters in your country who are thinking about them and contributing to their weekend. Please convey my appreciation to all your Committee”
Portugal & Brazil
- Jan 2009 – Translation of book “Thine is the Kingdom” into Portuguese (for EU CBM and ACBM Brazil use). The CBMA agreed that it could Will become the main preaching tool in Brazil; WCF is contributing $x95 of $x,395 being paid to the translator, the WCF portion being for a web version.
- Underwriting travel expenses to RSA for attendees at the P2P training in Torquay, England in August, 2008.