April 2022 Newsletter
The Besom in Witney Newsletter - April 2022
“The second (commandment) is this:
Love your neighbour as yourself."
Mark 12 v31
A Busy Three Months!
Until recently, the pandemic had a big impact on our work, making it difficult to enter people’s houses and either deliver household goods/furniture or collect them. So, we concentrated on food parcels, which can be left at the recipient’s front door, and over the past three months (January to March), we’ve delivered 130 food parcels. That’s down on the 171 delivered over the same period last year - when we were all pretty much in lockdown - but clearly there’s an ongoing need for food donations, toiletries, and household cleaning materials. So, please keep those donations coming!
We’ve also seen a huge increase in financial giving over the past year or so, and that’s allowed us to do two things.
* Firstly, we can pop down to a supermarket to top up on those food items where we’re short of stock.
* Also, we can now include a supermarket voucher in many of our food parcels, enabling the recipient to shop for some items that they particularly like or need.
So, your financial donations really can make a difference!
With the easing of Covid guidelines, regular van runs - to collect and deliver furniture and household goods - are now being organised. Runs are scheduled for two days a week (Thursdays and Saturdays), with volunteer time-givers keen to offer their services. So, if you have any items that you would like to donate, please get in touch (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Just a quick reminder that we accept most items - if they’re in good condition - but we don’t take heavy “white goods” such as washing machines.
And one further bit of good news! Our van has just had a full service and passed its MoT - great news as we start to plan more collections and deliveries.
And Items for Prayer
You can support our work through your faithful prayer, and here are some key prayer needs:
We are probably going to see an increase in referrals over the next few months, due to a toxic combination of energy price rises, and spiralling inflation for household basics, along with the likely arrival of some refugees from Ukraine. Please uphold all the unfortunate people affected by these developments. Also, please pray that donations of food, household items, furniture etc will allow us to keep pace with the expected rise in demand.
On a related subject, we’re about to start putting a leaflet about Christians Against Poverty (“CAP”) in our food boxes. Through churches across the UK, CAP provides a range of free services for people looking for help to get out of debt (see: https://capuk.org). Please pray that these leaflets will encourage some of those in debt to contact CAP for advice and help.
The Besom in Witney trustees would appreciate your prayers whilst they are still managing a heavy workload, but with the possibility of a new trustee(s) joining the team.
One of our faithful time-givers (Linda) is taking some personal time-out over the coming months. Linda started as a Besom time-giver back in 2014 and looks after a lot of behind-the-scenes Administration, including the Inbox for email@example.com (e.g. enquiries from both donors and support agencies); matching donated items with people on a waiting list with specific needs; co-ordinating the van runs for collection and delivery of items, and maintenance of other databases. During Linda’s absence, all of these tasks will be handled by Peter, another faithful time-giver, who will be new to all of this work. Please pray for Peter as he takes on this challenging role, and also, please pray that Linda will be refreshed by her break.
Finally, please join us as we offer grateful thanks for God's provision during these challenging times, and pray for a blessing on our work over the next few months.
"Whatever you did for one of the least of
these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25 v40
From the team at The Besom in Witney