Report: $15k received for Jars for Jamaa Letu

By Barbara Dadd Shaffer

LOGO_JLO_web_sqThe churches and individuals of the PNW Conference are a generous people! Once again the offering called “Jars for Jamaa Letu”, or simply “Jars”, was generously supported.

As of the end of July, the total received was $15,350.98. This is nearly 20% or 1/5 of the amount that is sent to the orphanages each year from The Pacific Northwest Conference.

This offering and the generous United Methodists who support it are funding food, housing, school fees, medical care and staffing for the residents of the two orphanages. As of the June 30 quarterly reports, there are 40 girls and 28 boys living at the two orphanages.

A new 8-day old baby boy was brought by authorities to the girls’ orphanage in late June.  Found in a plastic bag in the market and very underweight, he is now chubby-cheeked and thriving. At the same time, the oldest teens are now preparing to move into the university stage of their lives, including one young man entering Africa University in Zimbabwe.

The boys and young men of Jamaa Letu Orphanages
The boys and young men of Jamaa Letu Orphanages.

Reminder to local church treasurers:   If you have not already done so, please send the funds your church has collected for “Jars” to the conference treasurer’s office.

The Jamaa Letu Orphanages for boys and for girls is a ministry of The United Methodist Church in the South Congo Conference (Africa) and The Pacific Northwest Conference.

Barbara Dadd Shaffer is the chair for the Bishop’s Task Force, Hope for the Children of Africa.

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