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    October Newsletter

    10/15/2010


     


    Here in the states, the Lord reminds us of his glory through the crisp cool days of fall and the brilliant colors of the changing leaves. In Liberia, seasons are more subtle, but reveal God's glory all the same.
    Changes continue all through the year in various ways, renewing and restoring things in their natural cycles. Currently in Liberia, school is once again in full swing at the Mission Homes, with the children getting settled into their routines. We wrote last month of the challenges and triumphs in some of the updates since the June Liberia Trip and wanted to continue that list of updates this month.

    It is exciting to be able to tell you that there is now water running in both Mission Homes. There are not yet enough funds, however, to keep the generators going very often. Without generators providing power to pump the water through the pipes, the running water remains mostly useless. Please continue to pray with us for provision as we wait on the Lord for these needs.

    As you read previously, one challenge has been in regards to the struggling Moringa trees we helped to plant in June. What we didn't realize at the time, and just recently figured out, was that we wiped out the one thing that could potentially keep the young seedlings safe!! Before planting, the Liberians felt it was important that we get a pesticide to kill all of the fire ants. Fire ants are an incredible bother to the staff and children at the mission homes. If you've ever stood on a fire ant hill in flip flops unknowingly, you'll understand what I'm talking about! So killing the fire ants before planting the tree seeds made the chore much easier for the workers, most of whom had flip flops on, at best, for shoes. However, as we mentioned last month, it was discovered that soon after the trees began shooting their way up out of the ground, other insects began to eat them and destroyed the majority of the young trees before they could get another pesticide on them. What they observed though, was that the trees that did survive were those where fire ants still remained. So, it seems that even though humans don't like the fire ants, neither do the other insects! Thankfully, we left hundreds more seeds with them in June, so they will plant again next rainy season and prayerfully have a better crop.


     

    Thanks to supporters, each home currently has a vehicle to transport teachers to and from the Mission Homes to teach classes. This is incredibly helpful for providing greater stability in getting teachers consistently to the school. Many travel a good distance from their own homes and families to go to teach each day. Without the vehicles, it became a hardship for them to get there.

    Finally, we are very excited to be able to relay to you that there is a small amount of movement on the adoption front. As you may or may not remember, a moratorium was placed on all adoptions from Liberia almost 2 full years ago. It has been a very difficult wait for the many families that were in the process of bringing children into their families during that time. As it stands currently, adoptions that had court decrees before the moratorium are now proceeding, and the government states that they are working on a new adoption policy. Please pray that God releases the remaining children into the loving forever families waiting to welcome them, and that the government of Liberia seeks to have the best interest of the children as its main goal, and operates with integrity in all things.


    "A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families..." Psalm 68:5-6


    With Joy,
    Corrie Luebke
    Sponsorship Coordinator

    [Posted: 10/15/2010]


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