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    August Newsletter

    08/20/2012


    Becky Lloyd is showing pictures to the kids at the Deaf Mission. 

    This month, I'd like you to hear from Becky Lloyd, a passionate advocate for Liberian children and, most specifically, for deaf orphans in all corners of the world.  She was part of the team that traveled to Liberia this past spring and continues to be challenged to grow in her understanding of culture as she ministers.  

    "I have now visited Liberia three times in the past 27 months for a total of about 5 weeks. During that time I have also met and conversed with many others who have been connected to Liberia for one reason or another through the years. Some of those connections are with those who have had prior mission work there dating as far back as the 1970's while others are involved in ongoing mission work there. In addition, I am aware of at least two other large international mission organizations seeking God's will about their beginning His work there in the near future. These connections are not all American, but include Liberians, as well. Last year, when I returned from Liberia in August I was invited to join a Facebook group entitled "Liberian Deaf in the US." These many God-connections are helping me to continue my quest to learn more about Liberia and those who live there.

    I still know very little about Liberia. And I know much less about what my Liberian brothers and sisters there have endured, for countless years, because of the insurrections and civil wars spanning portions of three decades and the havoc they have caused these past nine post-civil war years. But I am learning!

    Last month, Vandora Henderson (my most often traveling companion) and I had the opportunity to listen to the book "The House at Sugar Beach" on CD while traveling across this country to attend a weeklong Deaf conference. The Liberian author, Helene Cooper, has a rich heritage that dates back to the first freed American slaves arriving in Liberia. What a joy it was as we heard Helene's own voice in her best Liberian English (she sounds much like my friend Georgia George) and best American English share about her own carefree and very comfortable life growing up in Liberia just a few years prior to the civil wars outbreak. Her stories, which included much historical background, have helped me to better "connect some of the dots" by defining Liberia's pre-civil war days. I can highly recommend listening to this book on CD for an increased understanding of Liberian history. But for younger ears it is better to only share the chapters prior to the civil wars, as the author does not censor the horrific atrocities that took place during that time.


    Rachel, one of the Deaf students who is in need of a sponsor. 

    One aspect, where the Liberian culture (I am speaking specifically of the Christian culture here) far exceeds our culture is in grasping God's culture of grace. Grace is one of those words that seems to have endless meanings. While in Liberia last year, I remember one Liberian woman, when asked how she was, answering she was doing just fine by the grace of God. She went on to explain that the day before she could not get out of bed, but quickly added that, too, was by God's grace.

    Oh to be immersed by that word grace in such a way that no matter what happens to us, good and bad, we proclaim, "It is by God's grace!" When you and I can embrace God's grace no matter what our circumstances might be we will be able to agree with James and "Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way." (The Message, James 1:2-4)

    God's connecting me to Liberia has surely impacted my life forever. One of those ways is by challenging me to grow deeper in my everyday walk with Christ by learning grace-lessons from my Liberian brothers and sisters. This is a sure fire way for me to never stop learning!"

    "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15"

    One of Becky's passions is to raise awareness for the need of sponsors.  To the many of you who are already sponsors... thank you so very much.  To those of you who are looking for a way to be involved in what God is doing in Liberia, would you consider sponsorship?  If so, you can find information and pictures of children that are in need of sponsors at our website, http://www.africanchildsponsorship.com/ .

    With JOY,
    Corrie Luebke
    Sponsorship Coordinator


     



     

    [Posted: 08/20/2012]


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