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    Dec 2014 Newsletter

    Merry Christmas!

    Some children at the Deaf Mission with a staff member

    Merry Christmas! 

    “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of darkness a light has dawned…For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:2 & 6

    As we celebrate the fulfillment of God’s promise of a Savior, we cannot help but be filled with thankfulness that He loved us enough not to leave us in our darkness! As Liberia slowly climbs out of the darknes of the ebola crisis, we are so grateful that God has made his faithfulness known in very practical ways. Here are the most recent updates!

    Ebola Outbreak Update: Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has now lifted the State of Emergency, and has set a target date and goal of December 25th to have no new cases of ebola in the country. Whether or not this is a realistic goal is yet to be seen. Though in the capitol city of Monrovia the disease has been largely contained, there have still been cases emerging in smaller outlying villages where it is difficult to track and record information. The hope is that with continued help from the US and other countries, ebola can be successfully contained within the next one or two months. Praise God for that hope! For now, the country will slowly move towards restoring some normalcy; schools and workplaces are beginning to re-open, after some time spent cleaning and preparing for that to happen.

    The Container Arrived!: The food and supplies most needed at the mission homes during the ebola outbreak arrived safely in Liberia! That, in itself, is a HUGE praise! Thank you to the many people who contributed to that effort... it was a beautiful blessing to know that the kids and staff would have their basic needs met at a very unsure time.

    Daily Life at Mission Homes: After waking and having devotions in the morning, the children do some basic chores such as watering plants, cleaning themselves, and getting ready for tutorials. Some kids also help to cook or clean up around the dorms. Since the ebola outbreak, the children are taking hygiene much more seriously, which can only help with the many illnesses that can easily be stopped by cleanliness.

    The staff members supervise the food preparation, ready the children for tutorials, and those able to teach begin lessons. At the Deaf Mission specifically, the cooks are successfully preparing the Moringa foliage in soups for the kids, which is excellent nutrition being grown right on site! More collard green plants will be transplanted from the nursery early next month. Praise God for the literal “fruit” of the agricultural initiatives that have been growing through the years, and the benefits to the children’s health and growth!

    Seedlings ready to be transplanted soon

    Christmas in Liberia: Each year, Daniel Hoover Children’s Village is the site of a Christmas party for all the children at the two mission homes. Usually this involves preparing a generous meal of rice, chicken, eggs, popcorn, and kool-aid for the kids. This is a rarely-enjoyed feast for them, and a very special event. If you would be interested in contributing a small donation to help with the costs of the party or giving a special year end gift,  you can go to this link to make donations. We will try to include pictures of the Christmas party in a future newsletter! 

    Deaf Mission Security Fence Update: Thanks to churches and individual donors that have helped cover costs for food and other needs during the ebola crisis, funds did not have to be diverted from other projects. The construction of the security fence has been continuing with the money previously set aside for that purpose, and we are so grateful that God has prompted His people to so generously give so that could be possible! Approximately 60% of the work is completed as of now.

    May your Christmas season be full of the HOPE and LIGHT that Jesus made possible!  Thank you for your faithful support of His children in Liberia!

    With JOY,

    Corrie Luebke 

     Sponsorship Coordinator

    [Posted: 12/09/2014]

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