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    June 2013 Newsletter

    Project Hope 2013

    Eassy receiving a package sent by his sponsor.

    There is a lot to share this month, so I'm going to jump right in by letting our sponsors know that you have an opportunity to send a package to your sponsored child(ren)! Then, I'll go on to share about an exciting chance to help the children of Liberia in another way.

    Becky Lloyd will again be traveling to Liberia with two companions at the end of July and is happy to bring packages to children of sponsors. Here are some things to keep in mind: Many of the children will have gone to be with family of some sort during their summer school break and may not be there to receive your package. If this is the case with your child, Becky will give your package to a trusted staff member for safe-keeping until the child returns to the school at the end of break.

    Use a 9" x 12" manila envelope and clearly mark the outside with your full name, your child's full name, and the name of the school where they attend/live - DHCV or DM. Toys and balls, coloring books, school supplies, hygiene items, clothing or sandals are all excellent ideas. Letters and photos are treasured as well! Because the packages may have to be stored until the children return to school, we're asking that you do not pack food or candy for the children this time. It would be nearly impossible to keep the critters from enjoying it before the kids got to! If you'd like to send a package, please send it to Becky Lloyd at 867A Charlotte Highway, Fairview, NC 28730. They need to arrive no later than July 16th. Thank you!

    Now, on to Project Hope 2013 ~

    You may remember that we launched a fundraising initiative called Project Hope in 2010. We wanted to help improve African Christians Fellowship International's ability to care for orphaned and indigent children, and we were truly amazed that through that initiative, God provided over $36,000 to care for the most critical needs.

    We told you then of the story of Georgia, ACFI's Children's Director in Liberia and her daughter, Hope. Having been asked by Georgia to name her daughter when she was born, we prayed and decided on the name Hope because we wanted to watch Hope grow in Liberia; first to see Georgia's daughter grow strong and healthy and learn about Jesus, even though she happened to be born in a country where 1 in 9 children die before the age of 5. Secondly, we wanted to watch hope grow for all of the children in Liberia. Knowing that this hope can only be found in Jesus Christ, we wanted to support the church's efforts to preach the gospel and care for children in need. With the $36,000 raised by Project Hope 2010, we were able to fund a round of micro-loans for 36 people, tackle several maintenance projects at both boarding schools, and pay stipends for many of ACFI's staff for over a year.

    Since that time, God has continued to do great things. Two mission teams traveled to Liberia in the past year to specifically care for the needs of the children at the Daniel Hoover Children's Village and the Oscar and Viola Stewart School for the Deaf. The sponsorship program has grown from 60 children having sponsors to 110 in just this past year! The trade school at the Oscar and Viola Stewart School for the Deaf is nearly complete which will allow disabled as well as non-disabled children to learn a trade. Also this past year, six-year-old Alice Teah who was slowly starving to death after drinking caustic soda, which burned her esophagus, was assisted when ACFI worked in partnership with Samaritan's Purse to help Alice receive an esophageal replacement surgery in Kenya.

    Alice a few months after her surgery.

    That's why we're excited to share with you the goals of Project Hope 2013. God just seems to delight in going above and beyond our goals to provide abundantly for the needs we see in Liberia.

    It's our hope that, together, we can raise $30,000 by October to provide ACFI with resources to meet these 3 critical needs: 1. retaining godly leaders on staff, 2. keeping up with maintenance needs at the two mission boarding schools and 3. building a security fence at the Oscar and Viola Stewart School for the Deaf. As far as staff stipends, we'd like to raise $12,000 to provide $1000 a month to go to ACFI staff stipends. There are also some critical maintenance needs like building new school desks, emptying septic tanks and repairing pipes to septic tanks in addition to several other smaller projects that will require a minimum of $8000. The remaining $10,000 will go towards starting the security fence at the Deaf Mission.

    We'd like to ask you to pray with your family to see what God wants to do through you to accomplish the vision of Project Hope 2013. It may be that He wants your family to make a specific commitment, or He may want to work through you to gather others to be part of this fundraising initiative. What's most important is that we are willing to share with Jesus whatever He requests of us. So whether he's calling your family to commit to give or raise $100, $500 or $5000 towards Project Hope 2013, I hope you will join us. There are two ways to give; either online through or by mail at Christian Adoption Services Attn: Project Hope 2013 ~ 624 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd, Suite 134 ~ Matthews, NC 28105

    We are excited to see the ways in which the Lord will provide! You can listen to the presentation about Project Hope, with coordinating pictures and full explanations by Angel Rutledge, by visiting this link .   Feel free to share the link with others to raise awareness about ways people can be supporting children in Liberia!

    "Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."  Eph. 3:20-21 (ESV)

    With JOY,
    Corrie Luebke & Angel Rutledge

    [Posted: 06/26/2013]

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