Hands Across Nations, our own local 501c3 non-profit organization, serving the Lango people in Northern Uganda, East Africa, has many dedicated people working to create a top notch and entertaining annual Benefit Dinner and Auction, coming up on Saturday, October 1 at the Chewelah Civic Center. Our fantastic Chef, Terry Trefz is returning for the third year with his cooking team, providing a buffet to die for.
Attendees can taste tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, both hot and cold, African Chipati for vegetarian, gluten free and beef eaters, along with a vegetarian main course out of the Trefz family history, not to mention chicken marsala. Everyone gets to try it all or just a few offerings.
Desserts from some of the best bakers in the area will be auctioned, but not in the usual way……mmmmm, surely there will be huckleberry delicacies there! Youth and “older youth” have volunteered to serve and assist with the evening meal and entertainment.
Theme baskets and silent auction items have been carefully compiled by a myriad of people including Helen Salapka, Connee Potter, Cindy Sierchio, Linda Norris, Jeanne Beitz, Nancy Hoffman and more. Descriptions of Live and Silent Auction items will appear next week in the Independent.
This year, an original drama skit will be presented – with over a dozen local Chewelah men acting out the parts. It was written by the teachers and learners in the “Learning to Read to Read the Bible” literacy program, in one of the prisons where Keith and Carolyn Jones, Co-Directors of HAN, have been ministering. It will definitely make you laugh and yet realize the problems the people face there. Schelley Strite, our volunteer director, has transcribed the Lango script into “American” for all of us. A group of ladies from Crossroads Church, Valley, and Abundant Life Fellowship, Chewelah have sewn prison uniforms to make it all authentic.
Displays of past and current HAN projects, designed by Sharon Dunniway and Helen Salapka will be available to give you a good idea of the scope of work that this community has supported over the past 13 years.
Three short term missionaries, Stan Chambers – pastor of Crossroads Church, Jean Homer – retired principal of Jenkins Middle School, and Nancy Burke – from Pagosa Springs CO, Sister of Carolyn Jones, will intersperse the happenings of the night with their impressions of their time in Uganda this year.
Carolyn will represent her husband Keith who has remained in Uganda to keep the vehicles and people moving forward with what the Lord has been giving them to do in Africa. She will share photos and short videos to bring God’s work to life and present the future for HAN in the next year.
The Benefit Team of 10 has been meeting for months to plan for a memorable evening so that our communities can have a fantastic, enjoyable night, and be updated on how and where the donated funds in this past year have been used. We want to be accountable to all those who have graciously and generously given to God’s work in Uganda. If it were not for so many people joining together to support those of us privileged enough to be there in person, we would only be able to stay a very short time.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at Akers United Drug in Chewelah, or by calling Carolyn Jones 509-979-7448. Tables for 8 are available to reserve. Cost is $15 prior to the event, $17 at the door if tickets are left. Can’t make it for the dinner, but want to make bids on items? Come get a number and join in the auctions. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., Dinner Buffet from 5-6 p.m.