Last month we let you know about Project Hope, a fundraising initiative to better equip the indigenous workers with ACFI in leading the ministry and the children's mission homes over the next year. How exciting it is to share that a total of $28,876 has been raised toward the goal of $35,000! Here are some of the specifics about the allocation of Project Hope funds:
Esau and his sister Mary at DHCV
Two rounds of micro-loans will be funded, so that one new loan group will receive $200 loans and folks from the last loan group will be eligible for $400 loans. This will bless close to 40 Liberian families with the ability to start or expand a small business and receive business training!
We will send $945 a month for one year to fund some stipends for ACFI staff members.
About a third of the Project Hope funds will go to maintenance needs, primarily at the two mission boarding schools that ACFI maintains. (i.e. septic tanks emptied, repairs to water supplies, vehicle repairs, screens and beds repaired, fence repairs, technology for Central Administration, and building repairs.) We recently received news that torrential rains have caused a lot of damage to several buildings. I have to admit that it makes me sad to think that money will need to go to this unexpected need, but I know God had the timing worked out perfectly and the need is not unexpected to Him.
We've also allocated $2000 to go towards the vocational school construction at the Deaf Mission. As more funds come in for Project Hope, they will primarily go to meet this need. As mentioned in an earlier newsletter, this school will provide deaf students with much needed job skills, so they can one day leave the mission school and support a family...such a rare blessing for someone with a disability in Liberia.
So... a huge thank you to all who listened when God asked you to be a part! It really is a joy to know that God can use us across the world if we submit to his plans.
Another exciting update is that former Liberia mission team members, Becky Lloyd and Vandora Henderson (as well as Charles, Becky's husband), will travel to Liberia from July 23rd to August 6th. Becky heads up Signs for Hope, a ministry which seeks to enhance the lives of deaf and hard of hearing orphans around the world by locating deaf/HOH orphans and connecting them with families desiring to adopt them, and by providing in-country sponsorships for orphans where adoption may be delayed or not an option. They will spend 12 days at the Daniel Hoover Children's Village; this will be their home base while in Liberia, living in one of the dorms there. The DHCV is a two mile ride or walk from the Deaf Mission. They will spend much of their time getting to know the Liberians (young and old; deaf and hearing) and learn more about the indigenous Christian church in Liberia, as well as connecting with ACFI specifically. Signs for Hope believes in working alongside the indigenous Christian Church to empower them to care for their own. You can find more information at http://signsforhope.org
Becky on the Liberia 2010 Trip
Vandora helping students write letters to sponsors
Having friends travel to Liberia is exciting because we are able to offer a way for our sponsors to send a package to their sponsored children. If you desire to send a 9 x12 manila envelope of items and/or letters and pictures to your child, it needs to arrive at the following address no later than July 19th : Charles Lloyd, 867A Charlotte Highway, Fairview, NC 28730. We know this is much shorter notice than usual, but we are so thankful to give you the opportunity! Please clearly mark your envelope with your child's name and their location (Daniel Hoover Children's Village (DHCV) or Deaf Mission), as well as your name. Know that the children are ecstatic to receive these rare packages, and that your care speaks loudly to them of Jesus' love.
Angel Rutledge & Corrie Luebke