"So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead."
James 2:17

Preparing for Winter
November 2004

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In 2004, the St. David's Relief Foundation continued its focus on community-based projects within Bosnia-Herzegovina. St. David's best assists the broader population within Bosnia-Herzegovina by sponsoring projects that influence a community as a whole.

St. David's has accomplished two such projects this past year. With countless families living below the poverty level, many lack the basic needs necessary to maintain an orderly household. Through your generosity, and deep discounts offered by a major American appliance manufacturer, we were able to procure, ship and deliver 425 new refrigerators to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Not only did several hundred families receive this gift but also numerous churches, shelters, homes for the elderly, and hospitals. After many years of inadequate or no means to preserve food through refrigeration, those organizations and families that received this gift wish to thank the supporters of St. David's.

Also in 2004, we sponsored our sixth Summer Work Camp. Thirty American volunteers traveled overseas and gave their time and talents to start construction on an elementary school in central Bosnia. The project included the destruction of the old school destroyed during the war, followed by construction of the new one. The school contains two classrooms, office, bathrooms, and an upstairs apartment for the teacher. Students from the first to fourth grade will attend the school starting in 2005. Fifteen students are ready to enroll, eleven of which are first graders. The school will be ready to receive students this spring.

For 2005, we are planning more community projects and we have organized the seventh Summer Work Camp, which will mark 15 years of service for the St. David's Relief Foundation. A multiple celebration is planned and all are welcome to enjoy this unforgettable experience.

May God bless you and your families,

Jeff Reed

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