MARCH 2014 
 
Dear reader 
I hope you enjoy this months newsletter. We have a couple of interesting stories to share with you.

One event that I am really pumped about is the cycling from Costa Rica to Honduras along the Pan-American highway to help raise funds so that we can provide more loans to men and women in need. We are all ready over 5000 toonies, 95 000 to go. 

Vince

 

Sometimes Life Moves Very Slowly and the Key Word is Patience

  Two weeks ago our staff meeting in Nicaragua was interrupted because of a power failure in someone's office close to ours. Don't ask me why it impacted our office, but it did. To rectify the problem would take two weeks and hours sitting in the electrical company office in a line up. Last week our meeting was cancelled because of a strike that shut down the mall where our office is located. This is just the tip of the iceberg on how life moves in certain areas of Latin America. So the key word is PATIENCE.
 
Patient Trust
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet is is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through.
Some stages of instability-
and that it may take a very long time. 
and so it is with you; you're ideas mature gradually- let them grow, let them shape themselves without undue haste. 
Don't try to force them on, as thought you could be today what time that is to say, "grace and circumstances acting on your own good will" , will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you. 
And except the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

Pierre Teilhard De Chardin 

Pedaling Against Poverty: Unlikely Heroes 

 

We are almost 30 days into our campaign for November's bike ride across Nicaragua and already we have raised funds to sponsor over 100 businesses in 2015. For those of you who may not be aware of it, Ms. Helen Pike from our board, myself and eight women that we have lent money to will be cycling across the country of Nicaragua. Our dream is to raise 1000 loans for 1000 women.

 

Why are we so inspired? Mrs. Bonvanie, a grade 5/6 teacher at HHCS in Georgetown ran a bazaar at their school to raise toonies for the ride. Her class worked so hard at putting this event on and what a success! They raised over $1000.00 in support of the ride.

 

Earlier in Febraury, Carla, our fundraising assistant, ran a Euchre night, the event raised over $1000.00 as well. There were amazing door prizes, all the food you could eat and the big prize was a foursome of golf at Hornby Glen. Above is a picture of Rob and Annette, they are new friends to The Lending Journey. They donated the room, invited many guests and helped us run the whole evening. We couldn't have done it without them.

 

Maria

 

Maria is a single mom and like many single parents her story is one of generational repetition. An alcoholic and drug addict for many years. Maria's life was a mess. Maria was recommended by a family member to us because she was trying to turn her life around. With her loan she bought this glass container to put cosmetics into and the rest of her loan was for supplies. Over the last few months Maria has also become a woman of faith!

 

 

 

Stefano

 

Stefano is a young boy. He has a rare blood disease. His father came to us for a loan and many people warned us not to give him a loan because he spent to much time a the hospital with his son. Our staff decided to take a leap of faith and give a loan to Stefano's dad. He has repaid his loan in full and is on his second loan. We have developed a good reputation in the market places because we have decided to see beyond the visible.

 

 

 

 

Pedalling Against Poverty

"Moving From Fear To Faith: Overcoming Obstacles"

 

November 1st-10th, 2014

 

I will be riding my bicycle from the border of Honduras and Nicaragua to the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

 

Our Goal: To raise 100,000 Toonies

Pedaling Against Poverty Corporate Sponsors: 
 
C.H. Gunther and Sons Inc.
Kikkoman 
Tree of life
 
Euchre Tournament
     

 

Euchre tournament raises over 500 toonies. We were sold out on seats!
 Mrs. Bonvanie's Grade 5/6 Class  

 

 

Rummage Sale

 

 

They Raised Over 500 Toonies

 

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