APRIL 2013 
 

Dear reader,

We had a wonderful trip to Nicaragua! I hope these stories about our visit inspire you to join us for one of our future mission trips in South America. Nothing compares to seeing first-hand the conditions our friends are facing, as well as the many blessings we have been able to witness as we work with women to improve their lives and find healing.

Many thanks for your ongoing support and prayers!

Vince 

 

A Time of Celebration:
People Over Profit

Businesswoman Anita Huggins spoke at the inauguration of our new building in Managua, Nicaragua.  

 

Anita shared with the women these six points:  

  • Be honest with yourself and with others 
  • Don't let circumstances change your outlook 
  • Keep learning and growing in your business 
  • Surround yourself with people who encourage and affirm you, and encourage those around you 
  • Each day is a new day. Mistakes are not failures. They are learning opportunities.  
  • In all things, trust God.    

A woman who had attended the event but was not a borrower approached Anita after her speech and said, "I came this morning looking for one thing, but as you were speaking it was as if God was speaking to me through you. You are not like so many of the other micro-financers...you really care about the people."

 

Anita speaking with inspired woman.

 

Anita and David visit with Katherine, one of our clothing retailers in the market.

Business in the market

DONOR'S CORNER:
Jamie Moody, President, Tree of Life

 

Jamie Moody, President of Tree of Life
One would be hard pressed to find a company with a stronger founding principle than Tree of Life Canada, a respected provider of specialty and natural foods with the largest sales force of its kind in the country.   

"Helping Canada Eat Well And Live Well," is our motto," says the company's president Jamie Moody. 

A big part of the company's mission is also to help the less fortunate. Among its various causes, Tree of Life Canada is an annual donor and cherished supporter to The Lending Journey.

"We have a charitable program called Tree of Life Cares," says Moody. "Part of its  mandate is that someone from our company must be involved in the charity we decide to sponsor."

In this case, that someone is Helen Pike, Director of Marketing for Tree of Life Canada who has also been on the board of The Lending Journey since 2010.  

"We are proud of the work Helen is doing," says Moody. "And providing loans to poor women entrepreneurs in Latin America so that they can start businesses and improve their lives really resonates with us as individuals and with our company's overall vision."

Great to hear that Tree of Life Canada also continues to grow with record sales year after year
.

REMEMBERING OUR VALUES KEEPS US IN TOUCH WITH WHAT REALLY MATTERS   

  

I was chatting with a friend over breakfast recently and he was sharing with me his chagrin at the amount of time he spends in administration of his charity, especially with his board. He was concerned that 70% of his time was admin and 30% actually working with the people he wanted to help.

 

I must say that he was echoing sentiments that I have often felt. Last week while I was in Managua we were setting up our new office; getting rid of old files, setting up desks and file cabinets, setting up our training area and our new reception area. And the meetings! Staff meetings, meetings with banks, meetings with lawyers and boards, accountants, bankers....  

 

The day-to-day management grind can drain the life out of remembering that we are all about serving the needy.    

 

All these things are vitally important to running a successful and prosperous charity. But that's not what it is all about! It is all about when a woman coming up to us with tears in her eyes and saying, "Thank you for remembering us, thank you for believing and having faith in us. When no one else would take a risk, you took a risk on us."  

 

You can't even imagine how pumped we feel as a staff when we hear this.

 

You see, it just reconfirms our core values; "People over Profit."

 

Thank you again to all those who donated money to help us set up our new office and buy the much needed furniture to set up shop!

 

Blessings!

Vince  

 

 

The home of a borrower
Pastor Manny
A children's program we support
in San Benito
Anita and Jahira

 

 

Join us for our Board of Director's 5K Walk Challenge

 

Sat June 22, 2013

 

10:00 am start time

Ashbridge's Bay Park Toronto

Visit www.davidjonathan.ca for details 
Join us for our Annual Golf Tournament  

 

September 13th

at Hornby Golf Club

Featuring
GUEST SPEAKER:
F
ormer CFL Quarterback and Grey Cup Champ,
Chuck Ealey  
 
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