Saturday, 12 December 2009

Port Seton Christmas Fayre:

Christmas Fayre a great success!
This year's Port Seton Christmas Fayre, held again in the local Community Centre was a roaring success, raising £965 for Mission International.   Some of those organising and running the fayre were Burundi mission team members in July 2009.   The experience of being on the team and the exciting stories told on their return spurred the group on to greater things again this year.  Young and old alike got involved in the events planning and preparation making it a wonderful success, even Santa arrived to show his support and to provide some presents for the children who were there.
Stalls of all sorts were on hand for the shoppers, from cake and candy to knitwear, crafts and collectors items.   "Its amazing what can be done to help the poor when a group of committed people get together" says Mission International director, Hugh Henderson.   It has to be said, this is a committed group of people, now having run a number of Christmas and Easter Fayres to support Mission International.

Life changing support raised:
Ambassadors for the Poor groups can be set up anywhere in the country.  Support is needed for projects in various parts of Africa and in Asia as well.   The effect  on a small community where a grant of £500-£1000 is given can be totally life changing for that community.  Your group of committed friends could make a huge difference for a community who are currently praying that a link can be made with those who can help.   Mission International is now setting up links between helpful people in the UK and needy communities in the developing world.   The initiative is called 'Support Link', allowing your group to go even further by getting involved in a specific project in a more 'hands on' way.   If you are interested in Support Link pleas visit our blog to find out more information.

Everyone gets involved:
An occasion like this can become a whole community event where young and old get involved.   In fact those whose skills are currently latent and unseen can come to the fore allowing real purpose to be identified now and for the future.  Here a couple of the youngsters in the team are serving food; they worked so very hard but at the end of the day were excited by the wonderful total they, with the others had achieved.

Burundian Guest:
Gervais Nyandwi and his new wife Esther not only attended the event but Esther's artistic skills ably supported by Gervais were used to provide a face painting service for the children, even some of the volunteers had the Mission International logo painted on their faces.   Gervais is a member of the Rema Team who are Mission International partners in Burundi.   He now resides with Esther in Scotland and hopes to become a strong supporter of the joint effort with Mission International to support the work of Rema in Burundi from his new home.
Thanks to everyone who got involved:
Mission International would like to formally thank everyone who took part in the Port Seton Christmas Fayre.   It is evident that this group have a real heart to serve the poor and for that many people are grateful, in particular those who benefit from the funds raised.

These two sisters enjoyed their day at the Fayre, they visited all of the stalls, saw Santa and also enjoyed to food on supply.   I think they may well become ambassadors for the poor one day.

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