Collecting bottles for a mission

Amanda Jess
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WESTVILLE – Westville residents rid themselves of bottles on Saturday morning in order to help members from two ministries go on a mission trip.

Members of the two ministries and volunteers were out collecting bottles in Westville on Saturday morning. From left: Bill Rafuse, Chris Shindruk and Les Holley with Master’s Hand Ministry. On the far right is Sharon MacIntosh with Shoreline Gathering Point. 

Master’s Hand Ministry and Shoreline Gathering Point joined up in August to begin fundraising for a trip to Belize.

They started sponsoring five children there last year to put them through school, and now they’re up to 20.

“Our idea is to go down and meet those children and show them the love of Jesus,” pastor Caroline Barclay with Master’s Hand Ministry said.

Without sponsorship, they wouldn’t be able to go to school, Barclay said.

“We’re believing we can make a difference.”

She noted that it brings the two countries together.

It also joins the two ministries together.

“It shows cooperation between two church bodies,” Barclay said, adding that that can be rare.

The two groups have become good friends because of it, attending each other’s services.

They’ve been communicating with the children regularly through a couple who run a facility in Belize called Project Sonrise.

They’ve sent clothing, blankets and books in the past.

West Pictou Elementary School donated the books as well as took on a child to sponsor.

“They raised enough in quarters in a week to sponsor a child for a year,” Master’s Hand Ministry pastor Mike Shindruk said.

The bottle drive went well, Barclay said. They went door-to-door in Westville as well as accepted donations at the car wash on Cowan Street. Stewart’s Bill Scrap Metal & Bottle Exchange lent them a cube van for the morning, making the process easier. 

So far, they have 60 per cent of their budget. They need $3,300 per person and have three people confirmed at this point. They hope to take six or seven.

Barclay said they won’t be taking any money from the church. They’re going to completely fundraise their way there.

Their next major fundraiser will be in April or May, depending on the weather.

They’re calling it Smash and Bang. For $2, people will be able to hit a car twice with a sledgehammer until it’s totaled.

The car and location have been donated to them.

They’ll also be selling hot dogs at the event.

Until then, they’re hoping to receive donations.

“We can use all the help we can get,” Barclay said.

Master’s Hand Ministry holds services on Sundays at 6 p.m. at the H.W. Angus Chapel in New Glasgow while Shoreline Gathering Point holds theirs Sunday morning in Abercrombie on Impala Drive.

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda 

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