Look what you did!

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Last year, I told you about Grace, our friend in Akosombo, in Ghana, who was helping lots of children to learn to read. I told you that she had nowhere to keep the hundreds of books she has collected for the children, or for those children to read in safety. And I told you about the vision to build ‘Grace’s Place’, a base for Grace’s work and a centre to promote literacy.

As I knew you would, you responded in style. Individuals from all over the country found ways of raising funds, along with churches from across East London and Essex. They included Gary Stewart and his colleagues at Manchester-based CMC School Foods, my cousin Martin Cockett and his wife Maggie, and friends at All Saints’, Leyton, St Cedd’s, Barkingside, St Luke’s, Victoria Dock, St Luke’s, Walthamstow, St Peter’s, Aldborough Hatch, St Paul’s, Woodford Bridge, All Saints’ and St Giles’, Nazeing, and – most recently – the congregation at a confirmation service held by Bishop Peter at St John’s, Stratford.

The result of your fantastic generosity is that now, barely 18 months since the appeal was set up, Grace’s Place is a reality! As you can see from these photos, the local people are already flocking there, and the building is already in use, despite the fact that it isn’t finished yet.

All this was made possible by you. On behalf of the children of Akosombo, this is a huge ‘thank you’ for your generosity and kindness. ‘Grace’s Place’ couldn’t have happened without you. Thank you, and may God bless you.

Of course, there is more to do. Some walls are yet to be plastered, wiring needs to be installed and doors and windows remain as a costly challenge to be met. So, if you’re looking to make a donation to mark Christmas and the end of 2014 you can be sure that Grace would make very good use of it.

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