We are all thanking the Lord and celebrating with Izumi on her new official status as a permanent resident of Canada! Hoorah! What a journey it has been!
Seven years, which included not only two previous denials of the PR status, but the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, serious problems with her eyes, and being struck by a car - leaving her with both acute and chronic injuries.
Through it all, Izumi and her team have shown a steadfast trust in the Lord, no matter the outcome. Hallelujah for this existing answer to prayer!
Through a series of coincidences, I become aware that, although Izumi is an avid seamstress, the sewing machine she was using was one that was given to her many years ago after being left over from one of our University Chapel (UC) fall flea markets! It is easy to imagine that this machine was less than ideal and made it difficult for Izumi to pursue any projects that require precision.
Several of us at UC decided that a new, high-quality sewing machine would make a wonderful "PR Celebration Gift" for Izumi. Izumi was almost overwhelmed with joy at even the thought of a new machine! Carol Huggan, a member of UC and a professional seamstress, helped Izumi to choose an appropriate machine from the Pfaff store here in Vancouver.
Pfaff, a highly reputable German company, has several excellent, sturdy models that they recommended for schools. Izumi experimented extensively with each of them and went home, full of joy - with a lovely machine a few weeks ago. The Pfaff store (not far from where Izumi lives) gave a generous discount, services machines professionally on site, and provides unlimited free lessons on her machine. Both Carol and I have had decades of exceptional service from this family-owned, local business.
As you may know, Izumi has been making items both on her own and with her students and contacts. With the approval of her PR, it has now become permissible for her to sell the items they make. This will not only help to further her relationships with other “makers”, but will allow her to supplement her income as well.
I have contacted two different Christian accountants who are familiar with Christian charity rules and with church giving rules. They are both certain that a sewing machine as a gift from UC and Izumi’s supporters will be fine with CRA—especially since Izumi is a member of UC, is a UC-sponsored missionary and will use the machine in her ministry. The board of University Chapel has approved this gift, so if anyone within the UC or ISM communities would like to contribute toward this gift, your monetary gift will be tax deductible.
You can contribute in 2 ways:
1. Send a cheque made out to University Chapel to 5375 University Blvd; Vancouver, BC; V6T 1K3.
It is extremely important that the cheque should NOT have anything written on it about the sewing machine or Izumi—just include a note in the envelope noting that the donation is for Izumi’s machine.
2. By credit card (using Pushpay)
Click here to go to Pushpay
For Giving Type, select 'Izumi's Machine'
If we have any extra funds over and above the roughly $700 needed to pay for the machine (which has already been purchased by a donor), we shall give the funds to Izumi to use in her “maker ministry” or to purchase any additional items she may need for sewing.
As the second part of Proverbs 13:12 says, “…a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
I wish that you could see the smile on Izumi’s face and the joy in her heart with this great news--both about the PR and about the new machine!
We are sending out this note with no expectation that anyone is obligated to contribute to this project. We simply wish that anyone who might be interested in contributing to Izumi’s celebratory gift is given the opportunity to do so.
- Margaret Cottle -