This is going to be one of those crazy months where there is lots going on and the excitement sort of drains you. My church's District Youth Council voted last night to support a youth GO Team for Swaziland in August 2012. This is so exciting to be helping a team be part of building libraries in Swaziland. When I think of Swaziland, I cannot explain the sense of belonging that I have. It's totally an unexplainable thing. I've never been a fan of traveling or never felt the need to be part of different cultures.
I just feel an inward sense of commitment and family there. Having said that, I want to tell you that this commitment is going to be keeping me busy for the next ten months! This week alone, we are busy sorting through the mounds of books that have been collected. Some of the books that we've received to date will not be appropriate for an elementary school library. We're busy recycling those books in different ways. Books that are damaged are being recycled in our Paper Recycler bin. We receive a whole whopping $7/ton. Although, we have a lot of neighbours around our church that are putting their own fine paper recycling in that bin and on the average of about every three weeks, that gets dumped. The Paper Recycler then sends in a cheque for the tonnage. Easy money and it goes toward Swaziland container fees.
Tonight we are going to the TD Canada Trust in Kitchener and are picking up furniture that is being replaced. I understand that we'll be getting several desks, credenzas, filing cabinets, chairs and office chairs. Each of these items will be shipped at the end to Swaziland. We'll be receiving three desktop computers this week as well and getting our internet hooked up.
Saturday, we'll set up a small display and information booth at a training day for church leaders in Oakville. Sunday we are featured at the I.Can Foundation's annual Fashion Show Fundraiser. Some of the proceeds there will be going to this project as well. That wraps up at 4:00 pm and then we'll be driving to Stratford to present to a church there. The Life Church in Stratford did a book drive for us the last time and they wanted to hear about an update.
November 14th, I'll be presenting to a Baptist Church in Kitchener. They had read about us in the newspaper in March, 2011, and wanted to have more information. I am not sure where this will lead but we'll find out. Maybe they'll partner with us, or maybe this will encourage someone there to start a library in a country of their choice. Who knows? God will lead this project and others as He determines.
There are several more meetings and things going on this month. I'll keep you updated as they progress.