“Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ.” –Colossians 3:24-25
MISSION II HAITI WATER PROJECT
12,000 Best Choice bar code labels have been counted so far in 2019, totaling $360. There were several thousand more to be trimmed and counted during the Spring Assembly. The bank summary for GIDCCW, from November 2005 thru April 7, 2019, shows $25,596.88 has been collected from the redemption of the Best Choice bar code labels. For the first several
years the GIDCCW contributed to CRS, but the decision was made, in 2010, to back Mission II Haiti, which is a Kearney based team. The project of collecting the bar codes began in 2007 and the Best Choice products can be purchased at AWG grocery stores. Judy and Mary Frances Wagoner, are the volunteers who collect, trim, count and redeem these labels for us. Their address is 1401 Walnut Street, Wood River 68883 where you may send your bar codes. During this Spring Assembly, 17,000 labels were trimmed and counted by the women who participated in the project.
DRESSES AND SHORTS FOR HAITI’S CHILDREN
Thursday, April 4th, Bob Easton took 119 dresses to Haiti. At the Spring Assembly, 2019, 428 dresses, 108 shorts, 9 suitcases and 6 pairs of socks were collected to send to Haiti.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS, TEACHING AND ACTIVITIES
REMEMBER SHE’S SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER
“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity.
We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that has become ever more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society.” –Pope Francis
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website: www.usccb.org has a wealth of information on human trafficking as well as the program, “Become a Shepherd” to engage in the effort to end human trafficking. S.A.V.E. Salvatorian Advocacy for Victims of Exploitation at: www.stopenslavement.org is another excellent resource. The GIDDCW still has “Remember She’s Somebody’s Daughter” magnets for sale.
Sr. Margaret Nacke, a member of the US Sisters Against Human Trafficking, wants to let you know she is available as a speaker on human trafficking. She has spoken several times in Nebraska and still wishes to inform others of the on-going problem of human trafficking. Sr. Nacke suggested that small parishes cluster together to bring in a program. When asked what she charges, she said $100 plus mileage and lodging if it is possible. She can be reached at 410 5th St. at Hebron, NE 68370 where she is in retirement and caring for a family member. Her phone # is (785) 491-1101.
OUR NEWEST PROJECT: WATER FOR NEBRASKANS
We are all aware of the flooding that occurred in March and like we have helped Haiti, we now need to help our fellow
Nebraskans. Example: Boyd County needs to replace the pipeline so they can have safe drinking water. They have started to bore the tunnel for the pipeline and it is estimated the total cost will be approximately $1.4 million. The County is responsible for half this amount and currently they have $350,000.00 raised. At the Spring Assembly $500.00 was collected, from our Masses, and that money is being sent directly to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, of Sacred Heart Parish, of Boyd County, in Spencer, NE to help finance the new well, for the city of Spencer. Rev. Doug Scheinost is the Pastor,
who traveled on the GIDCCW bus trip, to Indianapolis, to the National Convention.
If you have questions regarding these projects, or ideas for other projects, please contact:
Tricia Ferguson GIDCCW Service Commission Chair 308-577-6394
DeAnn Morse Service Commission Co-Chair 602-359-5758