Move to Wickford
In 1999 MMN had to vacate the premises at Harold Wood, but moved into premises at Wickford in Essex under the care of Mr Bryan Bland. The container work expanded beyond all expectation to the point in 2004 when 78 containers were sent to 11 different countries, with the majority destined for Zambia and the mission hospitals and clinic stations in the NW Province.
A container would include medicines, medical equipment and aids, food, clothing, vehicles, roofing material, furniture, mattresses, sewing machines, children’s vests and baby layettes. In addition, there were items to cater for spiritual needs such as Bibles, books and other literature and the other ministries that grew around these healthcare services. Some of the more unusual items have been Land Rovers, tractors, a kit to build a Cessna airplane, and generators.
The service has been a lifeline for many when supplies were difficult to get hold of due to the political situation. It, also, enabled many individuals and groups, and especially the ladies, to play a practical part in supporting mission work as they knitted countless numbers of baby vests, prepared baby layettes, collected stamps, soap, sewing machines and spectacles. Commercial organisations and health authorities have become aware of MMN and offer their own products or surplus equipment - often in first class condition - either free of charge or at greatly reduced prices.