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    September 2014 Newsletter

    Trusting the Lord for Liberia's Future

    Older boys ready for soccer this past May

    “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”     

    Romans 8:35-37

    With hard physical and spiritual realities to face in so many parts of our world right now, it can be difficult to be hopeful about what the future holds. Aren’t you deeply grateful that the Lord is not unaware? He is not unaware of the needs… of the atrocities or the diseases… not unaware of what the future will bring. We can trust him in all seasons, in all circumstances, and in all things.

    Student signing "I love you"

    There are many reasons to be grateful, and we want to encourage you about those things, but the reality is that Liberia is in a very precarious place as a nation. Desperation looms large with ebola uncontrolled and with destabilization occurring, making it difficult to obtain food and other needed items. Fear continues to fuel many conflicts as well as decision-making among leaders.

    The positive news is that, in the midst of the chaos, the children under the care of ACFI are being provided for physically and are still learning and growing. Though it is a difficult time for all, their faith is being strengthened as they see the Lord providing for them every day.

    Schools are officially closed due to the state of emergency issued by President Sirleaf, but the portion of children who are now back at the mission homes are being tutored by staff and older children. Unable to move forward without all the kids present, and because formal school is not yet allowable, they desire that the kids are at least tutored and helped to advance rather than fall back in their studies. Older Liberian students who are receiving a scholarship for college through the sponsorship program are helping to lead the tutoring, since the teachers are not on campus at this time.

    The children and adults at both mission homes are reportedly doing well physically. They continue to limit anyone from coming or going at both campuses to reduce their risks of contracting ebola. The children are given vitamins, as staff members are trying to prevent illness as much as possible, since health care is essentially unavailable in Liberia right now.

    We are thankful for sponsor donations, which have helped to cover the immediate needs for food and medical supplies to keep the kids healthy. There have also been two churches, Fellowship Bible Church in Tacoma, WA and Transformation Church in Indian Land, SC who have contributed significant donations to send a 40 foot container of food and medical supplies to Liberia. This is critical since typically the majority of food is harvested or produced outside of the major city of Monrovia and shipped in. Since that is not possible with the ebola outbreak and state of emergency, people are largely dependent on humanitarian aid to survive right now. The supplies for the container were recently secured, and once packed and shipped, should arrive in late October. Until then, staff are using the sponsorship funds and extra donations to buy the limited amount that is available in Monrovia. Thankfully, they were able to purchase extra provisions right at the beginning of the state of emergency.

    Please pray for all of the kids and adults. It is difficult for all of them as they must stay on the campuses and have very little to do. It's also an extremely fearful time as more and more people contract ebola without an end in sight. It frightens many people that Liberia’s infrastructure is being worn down so severely, when it was so weak to begin with. People are limited in their ability to travel, most cannot work with so much that has been shut down, schools and government offices are closed, food is very expensive for those who have any money to buy it, and they have no access to healthcare. In addition, several members of ACFI churches have died from ebola. It hits very close to home for everyone and is their constant reality. 

    If you would like to make a special ebola outbreak assistance donation, you can do that at this link.

    As you pray for the people of Liberia, and for those in so many other parts of the world that desperately need help, remember that God hears and answers.  He is not unaware, but trusting that we will be his hands and feet in the world.  And no matter what may come, nothing can separate any of us from the love of Christ!

    With JOY,
      Corrie Luebke
    Sponsorship Coordinator


    [Posted: 09/22/2014]

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