Norwich couple's African gift of love for Ian
A Norwich couple have just returned from Mozambique where they gave £2,000 to pay for an operation for a young girl and towards a medical clinic in memory of their son Ian who tragically died last Christmas. And they are appealing for £5,000 to help 60 Aids orphans.
Joy and Steve Cresswell (pictured right), who attend New Hope Christian Centre in Norwich, have been visiting the Maforga Christian Mission regularly for the last five years. They often spend two or three weeks of their annual leave to work at the mission.
Joy is a teacher and works in the mission school and with the orphans, as well as those children whose parents are working on the base. Steve is an electrical engineer and for many years worked at RAF Coltishall on aircraft, as part of a small team involved in problem solving research. His skills are in great demand by those who live at the mission.
Last Christmas Eve, the couple lost their 24-year-old son Ian
in tragic circumstances. Instead of flowers at the funeral they asked for donations towards the work in Mozambique in memory of Ian’s love for Africa.
Over £2000 was given and Joy and Steve took this gift with them in March. This money, combined with a further £1400 that Joy had raised, will be used to fund two further operations for a young girl, Joaquina, who had a badly deformed face, but has already undergone one life-changing operation. Joaquina is pictured right before and after the operation.
It will also be used to build a waiting room for the clinic so that people (many of whom have walked for hours to get there) can wait out of the searing heat or tropical rain.
Joy said: “This recent trip was a great blessing for us, as it eased the ceaseless pain with which we live right now. It was like going home to family.”
Joy is a fundraiser par excellence and has raised funds to buy a vehicle for the couple who lead the mission, as well as several cows for the farm, providing milk and meat for the orphanage.
When reporting on their trip to their home church, New Hope Christian Centre, Steve said: “It is hard to understand how very little English money can make such a huge difference to the lives of so many people.”
Joy and Steve have returned with a commitment to raise support for up to 60 HIV/AIDS orphans who live in Nhamatanda (£8 per month will feed one child) and to build an extension to their sleeping accommodation. They need to raise at least £5000 for this project.
Anyone can get involved with this brilliant work. If you wish to pray, give money or go yourself, Steve and Joy would love to hear from you.
You can contact them via Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01603 617905 during office hours.