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Our Friends in Cuba by Rev. Canon Ken Brooks
As you may know, Heather and I have been going regularly to Cuba. In 2016, I had the opportunity to attend the International Justice Camp in Matanzas, Cuba, as one of the representatives of the Anglican Church in Canada. While there, I met a number of Cuban clergy, including Gil Fat Yero and his wife Minellis. Rev. Gil is the priest at San Marcos Episcopal Church in Holguin as well as San Andres in Manati. Over the past three years, when Heather and I have gone to Cuba, we have attended at San Marcos on a Sunday. Last year, my mother was also there with us. Each year we have brought things to them. Last year, this included junior choir robes from St. Anne’s, which they now use as server’s gowns. This year we brought, among other things, priest stoles that belonged to Canon Walter Mills donated by Caroline Mills.

If you use Facebook, you can check out their Facebook page. They are an active group with a significant number of youth. This year when there, it was Epiphany Sunday. They celebrated with a piñata in the shape of a church that when opened poured out small toys for the children. Heather and I have brought other things for them to use. The first year we brought along some sports equipment. This year we also brought several books of Bible stories in Spanish for the children. As you may know, Cuba is not a wealthy country and so we try to help in small ways.

San Marcos Church itself is not in a formal church building. It is located on the main floor of a house donated by a generous parishioner who lives upstairs. Building a church is not possible, but the parish has been looking for a larger house to buy in order to better accommodate their growing needs. Rev. Gil’s parish of San Andres is in a formal church building. We have only seen pictures of it but it looks like a wonderful little church.

The Episcopal Church in Cuba is growing, particularly under the leadership of their Bishop, the Right Rev. Griselda Delgado. I had the opportunity to meet her when I attended the Justice Camp. She is an energetic bishop with many ideas as to how to build the church as well as serving the communities in which they are located.

Through PWRDF, there is a project to contribute to the building of water filtration systems in Cuban communities. Accessibility to clean drinking water is a serious problem in Cuba. As you may know, St Anne’s has been raising money over the past year or so for this and are close to the amount needed for one system. Heather and I hope to sponsor a Cuban lunch after a Sunday church service over the next month or two in order to look for donations to finish collecting how much is needed. Look for information on this!

When we were there in January, Rev. Gil asked whether St. Anne’s might consider being their companion parish. We are looking at what that might entail, and will be chatting with the wardens and parish council if this looks feasible.

The church in Cuba is active and growing. If you are ever headed to Cuba and are interested in attending a church while there, let me know and I will see if there is a parish in the area where you are going. Just a heads up: the services are in Spanish!

Vision Peoples in Mission (VPM)
Our final semi-annual donation to the VPM in Nairobi Kenya will be sent in mid-December. This Mission provides education with a daily feeding program, medical services, their Lucky Summer Orphanage and Christian spiritual support in the slums of Korogocho. The VPM African gold envelopes are available at the back of the church or in the library. Cheques can be made out to St. Anne's Church with the VPM in the memo line. Thank you for giving hope and encouragement to God's forgotten children.
Asante sana.

Huron Church Camp
What an incredible job we did last year collecting over $800 during Lent to send children to Huron Church Camp from our parish and from the Byron community. As you know, it is customary during the season of Lent, to take up practices in support of something greater than ourselves. So, let’s do it again, and let’s see if we can match or better last year’s efforts. On Easter morning, we will all bring in our jars and make them part of our offering for the season. These funds will then be directed to our Huron Church Camp Bursary fund for use this coming summer. Its just that simple. So, go pick out a jar and start filling it (and if you are low on coins, folding cash also works!) You are invited to slip your name, envelope number into the jar if you would like your donation to be included in your annual givings.

St. Anne’s ACW sponsors a child, Darwin Leyton, in Nicaragua, Central America through Christian Children’s Fund of Canada. There are 13 member of the Parish who contribute to the outreach project. Twelve equally shared sponsors and one primary sponsor. One of the 12 individuals has retired and an opportunity for one person is now available to participate in this ministry. Your contribution of $39.00 once per year is income tax receipted by St. Anne’s. If you are interested to help keep Darwin in school for 2017 and 2018, please speak with Joy P., Treasurer for St. Anne’s ACW. A group of ACW women have sponsored a child thru the above organization since 1996.

Heroes Abide
They often greet us with a smile, a handshake or a distant look. These are the soldiers of the past. A hospital is now their home, where they abide with comrades and wartime memories.

I often listen to stories of young, heroic men; of cold and hunger; of dangerous missions; of friends made and friends lost; of lonely nights. Locked in each veteran’s past are memories of brave young men going to fight, of battles lost and battles won.

In the Netherlands, allies were met. They took our loved ones in, fed and drank with them. These kind and gentle people became good friends and pleasant memories. Girls became friends, lovers, wives and mothers. To Canada, the wives and babes were sent to join families and  welcome home their husbands on their triumphant return.

Each soldier returned a hero at the end of the war for risking their lives to make this world a safer place for us to live.
We thank them with a smile, a touch, to let them know how much they mean to us.

A Dutch Tulip Garden placed at Parkwood Hospital, London, Ontario, would remind us all of the true value of peace and friendship, and the close ties of the Dutch and Canadian people.
Linda R

A poem written by Linda R for a contest to win a tulip garden. Linda won the contest and a tulip garden was planted at Parkwood Hospital below her father’s window.

Many of you will remember that in 1999, St. Anne’s sponsored a Kosovo family who were forced to leave their country. The Salihu family consisted of a mother and father and four children. When it was safe, the oldest daughter returned to Kosovo to marry. The other three children continued their education here and two are married now and have 2 children each (The eldest excited to be starting JK in September). All three are working here in London.

They have purchased three lovely homes and although they miss relatives left behind, they love Canada and are so happy and grateful to be here. Recently, I had the pleasure of having lunch
with them and they overwhelmed me by giving me a very sizeable cheque to give to a charity I chose because they wanted to “Give Back” to Canada. When I suggested giving it to St. Annes for the Syrian refugees, they were very pleased. They are lovely, loving people who are very respectful of and interested in our culture and yet maintain their own…..a perfect example of how two cultures can live happily together in peace and brotherhood.
I think you at St. Annes can say to yourselves, “Well Done”.
Marie H.


Outreach Update

Operation Walk Guatemala

The Outreach Committee helps the parish either get involved or understand many issues happening around us whether local, national or international. Below is a list of organizations who received donations from St. Anne's in the past:

Donations made to:

Vision Peoples in Mission (VPM) - By the numbers
14 years - St. Anne's parish and their Friends Of Nairobi have supported this Christian mission in Nairobi's Korogocho slum
5 programs in VPM - Haven School with feeding program, Lucky Summer Orphanage, Medical Centre, Vision Missionary Church (VMC), Women's
Vocational Training
11 classes, 10 teachers, 245 pupils, 1 children's meal a day of maize and beans or ugali with vegetables or rice and beans at Haven School
$620 CAN or KSHs 47,120 will feed 321 hungry school children 1 month
$560 CAN or KSHs 43,680 will feed all 28 children in the Orphanage for 6 weeks

"Thank you St. Anne's Church for standing with us in prayer, support and partnership for many years. May all of you and your families be blessed in Jesus' name."
The Rev. Franklyn Otwoma and VPM staff    email: July 13 2016

PWRDF is an important outreach arm of the Diocese of Huron  www.pwrdf.org

St. Paul's Daily Bread Program, a registered charity, is an ecumenical social service provider supported by over 50 London and area churches of various denominations, a number of service and fraternal organizations and hundreds of caring individuals on a regular ongoing basis. The Daily Bread Program is available to anyone need in the community who is in need and is one of the few agencies in London that offers emergency financial assistance in crisis situations pertaining to shelter and/or utilities cut off as funds permit.

Anglican Church Women (ACW) - The Bale

St. Anne's gathers donations of suitable, gently used washable clothing, sheets and towels and toiletries and sends them to the northern Diocese of Keewatin for the many individuals, families, communities and programs (safe shelters, rehab, and hospital) who rely on several agencies for support. The Diocese of Keewatin includes 45 parishes in the central region of Canada straddling the border of the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario and comprising over 900,000 sq kilometres.

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