Zihuaroofs.com- Fundraiser letter 2020 September 3, 2020
To all our family and friends, As we prepare for our return to Mexico on October 30, 2020 we are sending this letter out to all our friends and family praying that you will be willing to help some of those in need in the Zihuatanejo area. We realize since the Covid pandemic that our travel and isolation protocols must be different than at any other time in our lives. Wearing masks and shields will be normal for us as we proceed. We feel God has called us to return and help the people up in the hills that need roofs on their simple homes.
We have designed a Covid Protocol and all roof recipients and helpers will be given the document to read prior to receiving a roof. All people present on the day the roof is done will also be given this document. Everyone will be provided with a mask and/or a shield to wear while we are present. There will be no meals or drinks provided by the families but we will provide individual water bottles for all in attendance. After the roof is completed we will ask our helper Filiberto to briefly share his testimony with those in attendance sharing the love of Jesus with them which is the "why" behind what we do.
Last winter we completed 38 roofs even though we left a month early because of the Covid pandemic. We have now completed over 310 roofs in the last 9 years in the communities above Zihuatanejo and we leave it in God's hands how many we will be able to complete this year.
Filiberto is given an honorarium for each roof completed which is part of the total roof cost. As we did the last 9 years the "paying it forward" concept will be used ensuring growth in the community and a sense of ownership and pride in helping neighbors.
We are planning to repair or replace roofs again with galvanized metal sheeting and each roof should cost approximately $400.00 Canadian, the same as last year and the last 3 years. We are praying that the cost of material will be the same when we return, last year the price had gone down some. This type of roofing material gives them a minimum 20 years of protection. The owners who can manage a minimal amount are asked to also participate by contributing financially which gives them pride of ownership in the work being done on their home. This allows us to do one or two more houses over the winter as well.
We are blessed by the support we have received since receiving our non-profit status, thank you to all who have supported us in the past and pray that God puts it on your heart to continue to help the people of Zihuatanejo.
We would love for you to check out our website to learn more about the work God has asked us to be part of at www.zihuaroofs.com. or facebook. If you are able to help with funds for one roof, a partial roof or for ongoing monthly payments we thank you. Any amount is helpful. We have several people who donate a small amount monthly and by the end of the year a whole roof has been paid for, such an awesome way to support a family in need.
You have 3 payment options to choose from: 1- go to zihuaroofs.com and click on "sponsor a roof" or "donate now". This will take you to a page that explains how Canada Helps channels funds directly to our Zihua Roofs Society bank account in Vernon. Canada Helps will receipt you immediately for Zihua Roofs Society. 2- if your bank or credit union allows "email transfer" this is also another easy option. You would click on the "email transfer" button which you would then send to our email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a place on the screen where you would make reference to Zihua Roofs Society(very important). We would then receipt you at the end of the year. You would be asked to put in a security question for us to answer such as "your wife's name, dog's name "etc. You would then send us an email with the answer for us to access your donation. 3- If you would still prefer to send checks please do so to Zihua Roofs Society 405-3221 Centennial Drive, Vernon, BC V1T 2T8.
Also note that this is a new address from previous years.
** Please be sure to apply sufficient postage if mailing Canada from the US to Canada.**
We will receipt you at the beginning of next year. If you are American your tax system is different than ours in Canada and we suggest you consult your tax adviser about your donation.
If you have questions or would like to connect with us directly our number is 250-549-4822 or 250-550-4432. These numbers are de-activated from November to April. We are always available by email, messenger, website or Facebook.
Thanking you in advance. Love and prayers, Mo and Andy Nyhuis
James 1:27 "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world".