January 2014 Newsletter
Girls at the School for the Deaf.
New Year's Blessings to You!
Scripture is full of the newness that Christ brings! New mercies, new songs, new things He is doing, new wine and oil, renewed hearts and minds, new attitudes, new birth, new hope and renewed strength. Oh, the mire we would be stuck in without His making all things new! May the turning of another year remind us to be in awe of our God and all that He makes new.
"Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23
May I just say that this little sponsorship program, in all its imperfection, is beautiful to my heart? There are many wonderful and firmly established programs that provide for children all over the world. They have excellent and regular communication with their sponsors because they have staff in their locations to facilitate this. They have video promos and spokespersons and colorful mailings to their sponsors. Here, we struggle to get communication from the staff at the Mission Schools because of a lack of technology and the knowledge to use it. You, as our supporters and sponsors, may have experienced us switching your sponsored child as a result of the turn-over we see in the homes on a regular basis due to poverty and cultural considerations. I thank you for understanding that this little grass-roots effort is imperfect, but strives to faithfully provide for the needs that are so evident in Liberia. And I thank those people who began this effort and have been involved in sustaining it (I could write so many names here, but they would hate the attention) - many who are long-distance friends now. Thank you for your faithfulness by freely giving your time and resources and hearts. You are all beautiful to me, as are the fruits of your labor.
The "Tire Garden"
Queen-Edwina Sieh wrote to update us on how the agricultural initiative is progressing, and to fill us in on events at the DHCV Mission School:
"Greetings to you in Jesus name. Both homes have developed a kind of garden called sac and tire garden. This garden is done by collecting tires and cutting them transversely in halves and filling the halves with soil for planting. For the Sac garden, the empty rice bags are filled with soil and holes are punctured on the side of the sacs, in those holes plants that have been on nursery are transplanted in the sacs and holes. The garden constitutes Cabbage, eggplants, and Careless Greens (a kind of plant that grows almost anywhere in Liberia, hence, the name). The gardens at both homes are coming on fine.
*For the older students that have been at the Daniel Hoover Village and are here no more, 75% of them left for reasons best known to their parents, for the rest, they feel they are too mature to be disciplined. (This was in response to a request for information on a few of the older students who did not return for this school year. Queen is explaining that most of them were probably needed by their families to work or care for others, while a few of them caused enough discipline issues that they were asked not to return.)
The "Sac and Tire Garden"
* The Daniel Hoover Mission School has planned to have a Student Government and they are going to have their elections when they get back from Christmas break. The Electoral race is between two parties: CPC and STRAP. CPC is headed by Henrietta Dukuly & Isaac Wisner while STRAP is headed by Lovetee Walker and Brenice Mandee."
While sponsors will have an opportunity to send a package to their children in May when the mission team travels to Liberia, we are able to offer another opportunity to you even sooner. Becky Lloyd and her team, who are traveling in late February, have offered to deliver sponsorship envelopes. Their trip focus is to minister to, educate, and support the Deaf children of Liberia, and they are happy to add delivering packages for the children at either mission school to their plans! You may fill a 9x12 manila envelope with items such as letters & pictures, non-perishable food items, clothing, flip-flops, toys, school supplies, etc. Please clearly mark the envelope front with your name, the child's full name, and the name of the mission school where they live. Please send your items to Steve and Heather Farmer ~ 2743 Island Home Avenue ~ Knoxville, TN 37920 to arrive no later than February 24th. Thank you!
With JOY in the One who makes all things NEW!