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    Former mission team member spending time with the kids

    April 2014 Newsletter

    He is Risen!! 

    As we celebrate Jesus and his triumph over death and sin, we rejoice that His sacrifice was once… and for all people. This unites us with believers all over the world and makes us all children of God! Certainly a reason to be filled with joy!

    In just over a month, a team will travel to serve the children and staff of the mission homes in Liberia. Much planning has gone into this trip, as everyone has been involved in preparing for their focus areas of service, as well as getting prepared to travel. Applying for visas, visiting the doctor to get a prescription for malaria medications, educating themselves about the culture, and networking with other team members to plan for their specific responsibilities once in-country, are just a few of the tasks that the team has been tackling. They would covet your prayers as they go!  

    As always, flexibility is key in Africa! However, if the Lord allows, the following areas will be focused upon - spending time loving on the children (of course!), life skills and leadership training, maintenance projects, distributing supplies to the children, updating the information on all of the children for the sponsorship program, agricultural initiatives, evaluations, sports ministry and VBS. Above all else, the team desires to be a blessing to the children and the staff, and to be used by the Lord to come alongside to serve, assist, and encourage them.

    This will be the last call for sponsorship packages to be delivered during the trip.  It would be wonderful to deliver a package from their sponsor to each sponsored child! You can send your 9”X12” manila envelope (filled with letters, pictures, and fun items) to Corrie Luebke at 16136 Xingu St. NE, Forest Lake, MN 55025 by May 18th. Please clearly mark the outside of the envelope with your name, your sponsored child’s name, and the name of the mission home where they reside.

    Writing letters to sponsors

     There are still needs to be filled for the collection of supplies that the team will be taking to Liberia. If interested, please go to this link to sign up to donate specific items for the trip. An outstanding need at this time is funding to pay for extra baggage to be taken by the team members. There is a place on SignUpGenius to give toward this, and a donation for that purpose can also be made through the sponsorship website if preferred.

    With a team recently having returned from Liberia who focused primarily on serving the children at the Oscar and Viola Stewart School for the Deaf, we are now able to pass some of their feedback on to you. Hopefully, it serves to give you a better idea of some of the challenges and some of the progress that we have seen over the years.  

    Our records indicate that the average weight gain for the children in the sponsorship program at the Deaf Mission over the past 2 years has been 7.3 pounds. That’s an 8% average weight gain in two years per child! With hunger being an everyday reality for the overwhelming majority of Liberians, it is wonderful news that the kids at the mission school are indeed growing. The initiative to plant healthy foods to supplement their nutrition and grow Moringa trees, which are rich in protein and vitamins, is bearing fruit!

    Distributing clothes and other items to all the children

     You may have noticed and wondered at the fact that many students at the Deaf Mission are in their late teen years, and some even in their twenties. Often students at the Deaf Mission come to the school many years after a child would normally start their schooling. Therefore, they have to catch up on many years of basic education and before that, learn to communicate in sign language. Many of them also come to the school with their development stunted in a variety of areas because of the negative stigma their culture associates with being deaf. This stigma often prevents their families from providing the care and focus in their early years that is so critical to development. It is also very difficult for their families to learn how to communicate with the children, and teaching the children how to communicate once they reach the Deaf School is a high priority early on. For these reasons, and because it is crucial that the students learn skills to provide for themselves once they leave school, they are often at the mission into early adulthood.

    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

     Matthew 28:19-20 

    May you experience the love, peace and joy of following the Risen One and obeying His commands!

    With JOY,
    Corrie Luebke
    Sponsorship Coordinator

    [Posted: 04/17/2014]

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