Wymondham church collects tools for a mission
A Wymondham church has collected almost ten tonnes of tools to help people across the world over the past six years and is appealing for more donations from Norfolk residents this weekend.
Wymondham Baptist Church collects items for gardening, carpentry, mechanics and sewing to give to Ipswich-based charity Tools With a Mission (TWAM) and this Saturday, October 21, will be taking in donations at its Queen’s Street premises from 10am to 4pm.
Minister Paul Smith told the EDP: “By working with TWAM we give thanks for the plenty we enjoy in this country, and take up the opportunity to give a trade and a living to a family far away.
“We know that because we gather these donations from the people of Wymondham, others we’ll never meet are already enjoying the long-term harvest of better physical and mental health, better education, and our investment in the futures of their communities.”
The charity sends the tools to disadvantaged communities in countries across Africa, as well as in Bangladesh, Kosovo, Romania and the UK.
TWAM says: Our mission is to collect unwanted tools, refurbish them, sort them into trade kits and send them across the world for livelihood creation. We send around 20 containers filled with over 300 tonnes of tools every year.
“We want to support local people supporting their own communities through livelihood creating projects. We believe there is dignity through work and the ability to provide for yourself and your family. We believe entire communities can be transformed through training and the provision of tool kits and equipment. We believe that God's heart reaches out to the poor and that he calls us to follow His example.
Tools for carpentry, motor mechanics, building, electrical, plumbing and engineering are welcomed, and electric power tools, sewing machines, laptops, flat-screen computers, sewing and craft items, garden tools, educational text books, adult mountain bikes, manual typewriters, motor lawnmowers, strimmers and chainsaws are also accepted along with stationery for schoolchildren
Visit www.twam.co.uk for more information about the charity and its work.