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    February 2014 Newsletter

    Updates for Liberia

                                  Enjoying their special meal!

     The first month of the year began with a Christmas Party for the kids at the mission schools. Yes! A Christmas party in mid-January which became more of a New Year's Party! It seems very fitting for Liberia, where timing is not an overly important thing.  As was mentioned in an earlier newsletter, funds are sent each year for a celebration party with special food for the kids and staff for Christmas.

    We are pleased to be able to show you pictures of that event, though just a little later than we might have expected. Waiting until after Christmas break when most of the kids returned to school allowed more of them to be able to enjoy the fun event.

    The May mission trip planning is in full swing, and there is a great group of individuals praying and considering joining at this time. There will be many specific focus areas that we can touch on more definitely once they have been decided. One of the main goals of every trip is to be able to update sponsorship information on the children who live at both of the mission schools. For those of you who sponsor children, we also try very diligently to get an updated photo and letter from your sponsored child to send you in June, once the team has returned.

                                   The post-Christmas party  :)

     For those of you who want to take the opportunity to send a package to your sponsored child with Becky Lloyd and her team who will travel soon, please make sure you get your package to them by Feb. 24th, per the information in the January newsletter. Here is the address where the packages can be sent: Steve and Heather Farmer - 2743 Island Home Ave - Knoxville, TN 37920.The next opportunity to send a package will be in spring. 

    Becky writes a newsletter for her non-profit, Signs For Hope, and she recently did some fact-gathering that I thought might be helpful in shaping your understanding of this little West African country. I have included this excerpt with her permission:

    Liberia is listed as the #2 poorest country in 2013, just behind the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By the way, the Top-10 poorest countries are all in Africa. Imagine - I really doubt you can because I cannot - living in the 2nd poorest country of the world, Liberia, West Africa. Let that thought sink in for a few moments before proceeding. Now, let me help you with your imagination. During the 16 long years of civil wars in Liberia (1989-2003), as many as 250,000 Liberians were killed, 50,000 of which were children. This is in a country the size of Tennessee. 500,000 Liberians of her roughly 3.5 million people -- or 1 in 7--were displaced during those 16 years. Many fled to surrounding countries or sought safety in the capital city of Monrovia, named to honor our US president, James Monroe. More than 400,000 Liberians are now living in the USA. At the end of 2012 there was an undetermined number of Liberians who are still living displaced. Electricity and running water has yet to be restored, the airport is still run by generator and 15,000 UN peacekeeping forces remain.

    So, it is into that small space on our globe that we labor along ACFI, an African ministry that desires, above all, to make Jesus known among the West African people. They will hold their annual conference later this month, which is a time for all the churches to come together to celebrate and teach about what the Lord has done and what He continues to do. I have no doubt that despite the past woes of this little nation, the joy of the Lord will be evident in their worship, their song, and their faces!

    "Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard." Ps. 66:8

    With JOY,
    Corrie Luebke
    Sponsorship Coordinator

    [Posted: 02/12/2014]

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