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Anglican Grow Hope in Manitoba reaps rewards for Foodgrains Bank

The Rev’d Cathy Campbell

November 18, 2019

By Cathy Campbell

The harvest is in, and what a harvest it is!

First, $19,814.18 has been deposited into PWRDF’s equity with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. This money will go to feed people, and to help small holder farmers in other parts of the world diversify and grow better crops as well as enhance their livelihoods.

People’s generosity is fabulous and all gifts large and small add up to fewer people being hungry in our world! Here’s how the revenue came in:

  • Individuals, parishes and multi-parish events in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land – $7,462
  • The sale of the canola grown by Chris Lea in Pembina Crossing – $5,909
  • Events near and in the Pembina Hills area of the Diocese – $5,151
  • Sale of calf raised by Nancy Howatt at auction – $1,292

Second, our relationships. Over this season, there have been six multi-parish events:

  • St. Mary Magdalene and St. Peter’s in Winnipeg each organized and hosted wonderful musical events in support of Anglican Grow Hope, even including Bishop Geoff Woodcroft and his musical talents;
  • St. Luke’s, Pembina Crossing hosted our June Rogation service and lunch;
  • St. Thomas, Morden hosted our September Thanksgiving service;
  • Manitou United Church hosted a Grow Hope service at which both Chris Lea and Nancy Howatt spoke;
  • The Leas welcomed a Winnipeg group for an August field day and potluck picnic.

People all over the Diocese of Rupert’s Land have come together in prayer, song and fellowship to share in the work of the kingdom. Each event was unique and represents the power of the Spirit to create community.

This has been a particularly hard year for our farmers and cattle producers. The wet, cold fall weather has seriously compromised the harvest, but in addition, trade issues have had a negative impact on farm gate prices, says the Rev. Chris Lea. “I am thinking there might be some farm operators who quit due to financial reasons, especially in the interlake and eastern regions. The rest will have to do some serious financial restructuring…”

Nancy Howatt also noted the feed shortage will be hard on cattle producers. “It will be a long winter for some.” Please pray for everyone involved in agricultural production in our Diocese and beyond.

Everyone involved with Anglican Grow Hope is grateful to everyone who contributed to such a successful year. Your prayers, participation and donations have all made difference and will extend well beyond the Diocese of Rupert’s Land to make a difference for the most vulnerable people around world.

The Rev. Cathy Campbell is the PWRDF Board liaison on the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.