COVID-19 has affected everyone's line of work, and it of course was going to impact MMN being able to send items overseas. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges has been the impact of everyone needing to work from home, and orders not getting completed as quickly as they would have been previously. We have also moved from loading all of the containers ourselves, to working more closely with our freight agents to load them for us. This has been a big change and we are still working out the best way to make this work effectively, so we would value prayer for this moving forward.
Another challenge has been the impact of Brexit, particularly on medicine supplies. This has gone under the radar a bit alongside the global pandemic, but it has meant longer delivery times for medicines and has meant the containers leaving later than planned.
You will all remember seeing the images of the Ever Given vessel blocking shipping routes through the Suez Canal, and this has had a global impact on shipping. There is now a shortage of containers, which of course has meant that shipping companies have had to increase their prices.
Moving forward, we would value both your prayers and consideration when items are to be sent overseas. Shipping companies give a 7-day minimum turn-around for items to make the journey from Namibia to Musenga, and then back to port. This journey realistically takes 21 days minimum so we will be charged a penalty for each extra day that this journey takes unless God intervenes through our prayers.
If you would like to support this work, or make a small contribution to the cost of transit when donating items, we would be very grateful as we try to consider the best way of moving forward with the ever-growing financial implications of shipping overseas.