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    June 2014 Newsletter

    Mission Team Update

    Angel Rutledge and some kiddos from Daniel Hoover  

    Thank you for your prayers for the team who traveled to Liberia last month to serve alongside ACFI. We're thrilled to share this update about the trip with you.

    Of first importance on these trips is being a tangible witness to the children and staff at the mission homes of how much Jesus loves them. The team spent time talking and playing with the kids, holding hands and sharing hugs… things that delight the hearts of children who are away from family, and help them to know that they are worthy of love and affection. This was done in free time, and also through a VBS time and a planned sports ministry time as well. VBS included bible stories, songs, crafts and games... while the sports time was filled with soccer, kickball, jump ropes, and bubbles! 


    Elia receiving a package from his sponsor!

    The highest priority next to simply spending time with the children is to get sponsorship updates for the sponsors back home. Each child’s updated photo, height and weight was taken. The team was encouraged to see the growth in the children that have been at the homes for some time, as it was clear evidence that their health is being positively impacted by the sponsorship program funds and the agricultural initiatives. Praise God for that! The team also had the kids write a letter to their sponsor (if they have one) or for their future sponsor if they are blessed to get one in the coming year. A very joyful part of the trip is getting to hand out the packages that sponsors have sent to their kids! Many such packages were given and received with delight! Updates will be sent to sponsors soon!

    Supplies were distributed to every child at both the Daniel Hoover Children's Village and the Oscar and Viola School for the Deaf. All received an outfit, undergarments, toiletries, flip flops, a toy and a treat! Medical supplies such as de-worming pills, antibiotics and malaria medications were purchased for the clinic to have on hand. Copy books for the next school year were left for each student as well.

    Team members and ACFI staff enjoying fellowship

    One highlight of the trip is for the team to spend some time serving and honoring the Liberian staff who dedicate themselves to caring for the children and to working faithfully for the ACFI ministry. A ceremony and luncheon was hosted for all caretakers, teachers, staff and elders to thank them for their faithful service to care for the children and/or minister as a part of ACFI. The team prayed over each person, washed their feet, and gave them a gift. Later in the trip, time was spent in both teacher and pastoral training by several of the team members.

    Evaluations are another important part of team trips as they allow us to see and better understand the needs that are most pressing in the care of the children. The condition of the dorms, beds, mosquito netting, food supplies, grounds and schools are recorded. Funds are allocated for the most necessary things. The agricultural initiatives that had been started in years past were also evaluated. There has been a good deal of success with this at the Deaf Mission, and so it will continue to be expanded as a way to become more self-sustaining and as a food source for the children.

    Francis with her kindergarten class at their recent graduation ceremony. She is an amazing teacher!
    When initiatives such as these are faithfully led and carried out, it will open the door for more opportunities of various kinds. We look forward to seeing what the Lord will do over the coming years!

    In the next couple of months, we'll share updates from other team members about their involvement on the trip to give you a greater perspective on the impact of this ministry in Liberia.

    If you know of others who might want to make a difference in a child's life, we encourage you to forward this newsletter to them and share with them why you sponsor a child in Liberia. They can learn more and commit to a $40 a month sponsorship at

    With JOY!
    Corrie Luebke
    Sponsorship Coordinator

    Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:5-6

    [Posted: 06/25/2014]

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