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    March 2014 Newsletter

    Special Update on the Mission School for the Deaf
    03/17/2014


    Child receiving a package from their sponsor

    Greetings!

     We have several praiseworthy updates to share this month!

    The annual ACFI conference was recently held in Liberia. It was successful in its goal of bringing forth the Word of Truth to people of the nation, both so that more people might come to know Jesus, and so that those who are already believers might celebrate the Lord, be encouraged, and receive teaching! A team made up of of Liberians and Westerners went into some of the villages after the conference to preach the gospel and plant more churches.

    The new college scholarship program that was started within the last year currently has three girls receiving scholarships. It is such an amazing opportunity for students who have proven that they are committed to working hard at their studies to have a chance to attain a higher education. Without it, there are very few opportunities for jobs or ways to support a family, and so the cycle of poverty remains strong. As the logistics of the program continue to be figured out, it is apparent that the costs of college is higher than anticipated, so we will be looking for additional donors who have a heart to support this piece of the ministry and who would like to supplement the scholarship fund. There is an added link on the website for this purpose now. You can go to this link if you are interested in that opportunity. 

    Looking toward the upcoming May mission trip to Liberia that Angel Rutledge will lead, we would like to let you know about an opportunity to send a package to your sponsored child. This will be the only chance to send something in the near future, as far as we know. A 9x12 envelope packed with a letter, pictures, school or personal supplies, non-perishable snacks and candies are such a fun gift for the kids! Clearly mark on the envelope the full name of your child, their mission home name (Daniel Hoover or the School for the Deaf), and your first and last name as well. Packages can be sent to my home, as my husband will be part of the team and can take them in his luggage. Corrie Luebke ~ 16136 Xingu St. NE~ Forest Lake, MN 55025, to arrive here no later than May 18th.  Thanks!

    Becky Lloyd, Director of Signs for Hope,  recently led a team to Liberia with a heart to better assist and support the Deaf children there. It is a joy to hear of her involvement over the years in this very specific area of need, as well as to hear how the Lord has been working to provide a hope and a future for his children! Here is her update on the team's time at The Oscar & Viola Stewart School for the Deaf:

    The Signs for Hope (SFH) team completed our 2014 Deaf school observations and evaluations with the ACFI Deaf School in Barnersville. This gave us a total of 5 Deaf schools now included in the research we were gathering to determine how best to empower the Deaf teachers to improve the training going on in their classrooms. The children at this Deaf school are ones I hold close to my heart as this is where God led SFH that first year in 2010. It was a joy to see each of them again (along with some new faces) and spend time loving on them.


    Agriculture efforts at the Deaf Mission

    There are approximately 45 deaf children being served at the school. When the 2013-2014 school year began last September, they moved the classrooms from the tightly crammed dorm building over to the new vocational trade school building. The children and teachers were delighted to be in this new building. 

    One of the most impressive things about the Deaf Mission is their much improved and enlarged area of agriculture and it is still growing. Pun intended! ZayZay has been coming every Wednesday to oversee this program and Arku's agriculture training at the REAP Ministries Camp over the past year has helped to make this program vibrant. Arku is one of the older Deaf students attending school at the Deaf Mission. The Deaf students are benefitting from all this homegrown goodness and there are plans for even more additions to be added over the next 2 years. The Moringa is also being added to the childrens diet granting them some vital nutrients they could not get otherwise. 

    Our team was able to carry sponsorship packets to the Deaf children who have a monthly sponsor and were able to do some much-needed updates. Please pray for all the Deaf children to have a monthly sponsor by the end of 2014.

    Thank you for your continued care and support of the children of Liberia!

    "For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever."  ~Psalm 9:18

    With JOY,
    Corrie Luebke
    Sponsorship Coordinator

    [Posted: 03/17/2014]


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