One of the most exciting events in 2008 was the arrival of THE ELEPHANT!
You are probably wondering why we need an elephant at King World Missions!
You are right, there are plenty of elephants in the Africa bush and at the zoo. King World Missions received their version of an elephant as a gift from Crossroads, in Hong Kong!
Here are pictures of OUR ELEPHANT! a large gray truck FILLED with chairs, desks, clothing, computers, and other items donated by Crossroads!
It was an exciting time and not without its problems as we learned to deal with customs, transportation, storage costs, etc. Storage costs were extremely high, nearly $350/day. Fortunately, Crossroads paid half the money
to be re-paid by selling some of the supplies. KWM received a bank loan to pay for the balance.
A valuable lesson learned by all. NOTHING IS REALLY FREE, IS IT?
ADDED APRIL 2009
We are proud to be the recipient of the "Elephant" as donated by Cross roads. Children will not forget the day we were distributing the contents to them. Dear Cross Roads, we want you to know that children here run about half dressed in just a thin blouse no shoes their tummies are empty. They chew carrots to stay the pangs go from their cold homes (under bridges) out into the cold street. Yes it has even got so bad in Lusaka that countless children stop the passers-by and beg for a piece of bread or beg for money.
I can go on for hour about all the sufferings HIV/ AIDS and poverty has brought, I can easily quote the saying "Misfortunes never come singly" but then, I would only make myself dejected. There is nothing we can do but wait as calmly as we can till the misery comes to an end. This is one reason why we are honored and greatly privileged to have received "the Elephant" from you! We will not stop singing (bragging) about it, because many lives have been changed as a result of "the elephant" It is our hope and trust that as we get the Tax Exemption we can partner once again for the second "elephant.