Today instead of a sermon, Ian talked about where the money raised for “Mission” goes from our church. I wanted to jump up and talk about the jam money, but thought a blog might do just as well. In March 2014, I managed to rustle up $240 from jam sales, to send to an evangelist in Kondoa. This money will pay for his rent for one year in an outlying village that is in desperate need of hearing the Gospel. This means we have together paid for 6 evangelists’ rent this year; and 4 last year. One landlord was greedy enough to insist that one of our evangelists pay two years in advance or he could not have the house – so the fact that I had saved up nearly the required $480 over the year was really great. I had not had a goal in mind, but just kept making the jam and God used the result!
This coming year, more jam will be sold and I hope to be able to put the money to just such good use, when a need arises. This season, I am using quinces that I have been given to make Quince Jelly and Quince Cheese. I also hope to make Quince and Ginger Jam. Feijoas have also started ripening, so Feijoa and Ginger with a touch of Vanilla is on the table and a new one – Feijoa Jam made using the skins as well as the pulp – it has an intense flavor because of the skins.
As always, 300-400ml jars with metal lids are gratefully received as well as any spare fruit you have. I donate the sugar as part of my contribution, but if you want to give some pectin, it would save me frazzled nerves at 11pm at night when the jam won’t set :-) …
Oh yes, the photo – that shows where the villagers get their sweet treats – beehives!