November 2011 Newsletter
Sponsors and Friends,
Today in Liberia the run off election for President is taking place. We ask that you pray for your sponsored child as well as all the people in Liberia who are waiting and hoping for peace to continue in the country. With the decision by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's opponent, Winston Tubman, to boycott the election, there has been a great deal of tension in the country in recent days. This tension culminated in an outbreak of violence Monday at the opposition party's headquarters near ACFI's main offices (but thankfully far from the children's mission homes). Several people were killed and more were injured. Please join us in praying for a peaceful day of voting today and many peaceful days to come for Liberia.
Ami and a child at Daniel Hoover Children's Village.
A family who brought their two adopted children home from Liberia in May 2011 wanted to share a few thoughts...
I first heard of Liberia well over a decade ago. Then, six years ago I met a family that had adopted three children from there. After that it just seemed like Liberia kept coming up on our radar. We even hosted an exchange student in our home from Monrovia for three months. In 2008 my husband finally agreed that the Lord was leading us to adopt. As we began to settle on Liberia we were excited and a little scared. We first saw our children in a picture while they were living at the Mission. They were each pictured holding a paper sign that said their names. My husband and I chose the same two children at two very different times not knowing which ones the other had felt drawn to.
Before I turn this into an adoption post, I want to say that we weren't always sure we would be able to raise our children in our home in America. Many of you know that a moratorium was put on adoptions in early 2009. There were times I simply had no hope other than to know that God gave us these children to care for whether we were to parent and care for them in America or sponsor them in Liberia. I am happy to report that the government of Liberia allowed us to bring our children home. On May 14th, 2011 we landed in the United States after spending 10 days in Liberia. I will never forget the warmth of the people, the simple and childlike faith the Christians had, along with the abject poverty we saw.
As we enter this Holiday Season, one of thankfulness and giving, won't you stop to think about the others who are not as blessed as we are to have all the things we have? As the price of food and other essentials are rising, children and adults alike are finding it hard to survive. They aren't arguing over which restaurant to eat out at tonight. They are trying to figure out how to survive another day. Children who have been misplaced from family and lost one or both parents due to death or poverty suffer daily. They suffer while the rest of the world makes menu plans for Thanksgiving and lists for Christmas. Recently I was asking my Liberian son what they did for Christmas there. He said, "We go to church, we fall asleep, we get woken up, and we pray and pray and pray."
While staying in Liberia, I asked a Liberian friend, "Why are you all so joyful and happy? Where does your hope come from?"
He smiled like he had a big secret and said, "The Lord. He always provides."
Thank you for being part of the Lord's provision for children in Liberia.