On June 2, 2019, sisters Joanna (13) and Catherine (11) Lipp set out from their home near Inverness with their grandparents, Finlay and Christine Mackenzie. The four were planning to attend evening worship at the Free Church in Staffin, Isle of Skye followed by a missionary report on Dumisani Theological Institute and Bible School in South Africa.
That evening, Joanna and Catherine were surprised to learn that Dumisani no longer has a kitchen to use as the former kitchen was condemned in 2018. They started wondering how they might be able to help.
Within a fortnight, a plan had been formed. Together with friends from church, Kate (12), Lucy (10) and Beth Knight (7), they began to organize a coffee morning at the Fortrose Free Church to raise funds toward a new kitchen at Dumisani.
A shoebox was covered in paper and topped with a drawing of the South African flag to make a donation box. A Dumisani banner was made along with other decorations to make the hall look special. Joanna, Catherine, Kate and Lucy would help to serve tea and coffee. Beth was given the job of collecting the money. The mums and grandmas helped in all the ways that mums and grandmas do.
Small tables were set up and beautifully decorated with table cloths, fine china, and delicious baked goods. The girls provided a small sheet of information about the work of Dumisani and noted that this year is a very special year for the college, the 40th Anniversary.
On the actual day of the event, July 9th, the hard work of planning and preparation was well rewarded. At the end of the morning, when the girls opened the shoe box and counted the proceeds, they discovered they had raised almost £800.00 towards the new kitchen.
News of this generous support has already reached Dumisani, and it is not hard to imagine what encouragement it has provided. May the Lord be pleased to uplift many through this inspiring act of kindness from five young girls who already have hearts to serve in the great missionary work of the church. 1 Thessalonians 5:11