GO GO GO!!!!

It’s been awhile since you have heard from me.  Even when life gets busy, there is always work to do in the Kingdom.
I along with Ann and Rolf Fure, SR pastor of the Duluth Tabernacle Church left for Liberia on March 5th to return to Liberia and Workpeh Town. This is the first trip back to Liberia since the school and well project was completed.  We have plans to play with the children and have a celebration day bringing meals for the students and staff.  Mr Reeves met us with a car and driver and were off  to the village together.  Satan tried to get in our way right from the start.  Our car overheated and broke down the first day we were driving to the village but we were close to a village and walked there where we ministered the love of Jesus to the villagers. We had a great time and took pictures. They came to our rescue offering us hospitality until our car was able to continue our journey and walked back to the car with us to send us off.  The next day, we were on our way to the Workpeh Town and we had a flat tire.  This time our adversary was catching on, we had the flat tire in the middle of NOWHERE.  It was so hot that day, we were stuck in the jungle with only a small watermelon to share between us to quench our thirst.  I was able to witness to the Muslim driver, he was crying and I was able to plant some seeds.  Mr Reeves walked for miles until he found one of our teachers, Isaac riding on a pan-pan (like a scooter/motorcycle).  Isaac stopped, picked him up, brought him back to our car and hours later we had all four inflated tires but it was so late, we turned around and went back to Buchanan for the night. Day three, Mr Reeves got a better vehicle for us.  A pickup truck….we were half way to the Workpeh Town and a huge, long log had fallen off of a logging truck and was completely blocking the road, with no way to get around it The tree trunk was so long it covered the entire road from vegetation on one side, across the road, to vegetation on the other side. Our driver had to find a way through the brush to get around it, and after 30 minutes we were on the other side of the log and on our way to the village.
We were met with happy faces and found my Auntie Sarah in the village.  Her mother had passed away two days before.  She was hurting and both Ann and I prayed with her, she was stressed over her mother’s death. We hugged her and let her cry on us.  We were there for her and she was there for us later……
read on…….School was in session when we arrived.  We were met with happy faces.  We played with the children and had a wonderful time.  We also set up a meeting of the Elders of the village to discuss several administrative issues that had come up since we were there last.  After a fun afternoon with the kids, we got down to business with the Elders.  Pastor Dorothy Langstaff and our church family and Cornerstone friends have been praying for this trip. Ann Fure has a prescription eyeglasses ministry.  She gives a free eye exam and gives each patient a pair of glasses from the hundreds of eyeglasses that are donated to her from Opticians in the USA.  She blessed the villagers with corrected sight in the natural but we are all praying that God gives the villagers corrected spiritual eyesight too.  Auntie Sarah and Issac from the school interpreted our meeting in Bassa language.  After she learned that some important things that the village had promised to do had not been done yet, she got the message to them in a way they would understand.  She reproached them for not treating Mr Reeves right, for not feeding him or giving him any hospitality while he had been our eyes and mouth while we were in the USA.  She got on their case about not building the bathrooms for the school, for not finishing the 3 bedroom guest hut and that this had to change NOW.  She told them we were going to leave and start a school somewhere else where the villagers would keep their promises. The Elders were apologizing, saying they didn’t know how bad it was for the school children and begged us to give them another chance to do better. They were crying and begging us not to leave.  They offered us 25 more acres but we didn’t accept it saying they needed to get on track and get all this other things done that needs to be finished. One good thing to see was the writing desks had been made for the school and looked very nice. It really was an awesome, awesome meeting!  When we left that day, they were digging the toilet.
Saturday was the eyeglass ministry.  Mr Reeves volunteered to give an eye care workshop in Bassa then one by one they would go to Ann Fure for the exam.  She fitted 50+ villagers with the gift of clearer sight.  Word is spreading that we are coming back with more.  I know this next week will see lots more coming to take the workshop and getting fitted for new glasses.  Sunday we will be in church and have dinner with Mr & Mrs Reeves and enjoy the day of fellowship.  He wants us to see one of the thee rivers that runs into the ocean in Buchanan.  I am sure it will be beautiful. This coming Monday and Tuesday we are bringing meals for the children and staff with more glasses ministry then we will be saying our goodbyes and meeting Ann’s husband Rolf who has been in another county preaching.  We will be doing some errands and meeting some people that Ann knows in Monrovia, then we leave on Friday March 18 and will be back in Minneapolis on the 19th. There is no electricity or phone signal in the village so I will try to update one more time before we leave for home. We are staying on God Bless You Hill at a guest house named “Our Own Thing”. It’s very nice with a mini fridge, hot and cool running water  and a small kitchen.  Thank you so much for your prayers.  We have felt God’s hand of protection over us even in the tough times.  He always has our back, so it’s GO, GO, GO till next time!!

Blessings, Annetta

So how do I know Annetta you might wonder?

Annetta, Rolf & Ann at the airport in route to Liberia 2016

Annetta, Rolf & Ann at the airport in route to Liberia 2016

My husband Rolf and I were at Sonshine Festival 3 summers ago. There is a  building where people have tables selling things.  We were looking at a table with beautiful artwork.  Rolf was wearing his Liberia mission t-shirt.  As we also have a heart and burden for Liberia.  How’d we get that?  That’s another story.  The woman selling the artwork noticed the t-shirt.  They began talking about Liberia.  The woman said she has a friend who also goes to Liberia and we should try to connect.

I went to the hotel that night and looked for the name Annetta Daidii.  I found her!  What? I said.  We have one person in common as a friend. Who could it be I wondered?  It was my niece.  How do they know each other?

I then wrote Annetta a short paragraph, and waited to hear from her.  I waited, and waited. Finally two months later Annetta sent me a message back.  We then had a long phone conversation, and we both felt like good friends already, although we had not met each other before.

We both knew that God set us up for a purpose, and that perhaps we would eventually work together in Liberia.  We don’t know the end of the story yet, but God has now sent us to Liberia, with Rolf.  We are on day one of our missions.  Please pray that what God has purposed for us to do will be accomplished.

Clean water is flowing from the new well !!!!

Revelation 22:17b….. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

clean drinking water in Workpeh Town, Liberia

clean drinking water in Workpeh Town, Liberia

clean drinking water in Workpeh Town, Liberia

clean drinking water in Workpeh Town, Liberia

The work on the well has been completed. For many years the four villages in the immediate area of Workpeh Town had to use a small creek for their drinking, bathing and laundry needs because there was no well in the area.  When the medical team went in March 2014 and saw the poor conditions for clean drinking water, they prayed about what

This use to be the water supply for the village

This use to be the water supply for the village

Drinking water for the village before the New well !!

Drinking water for the village before the New well !!

 

could be done to provide this village with clean water. Pastor Lois from Fairview Covenant Church in Minnetrista MN was one of the team members. She came back with a heart to raise money for the well.  We were able to find a man who could build the well at a good price and Pastor Lois along with Pastor Bill and his congregation at Fairview Covenant Church raised the money to have the project done.  I am excited to announce, the village of Workpeh Town in Grand Bassa County District #1 in Liberia now has clean water!! The government requires clean water and bathroom facilities for all schools in the country.  Now that the school is done, and the well is ready for use, Mr. Clarence Reeves reopened Cornerstone AG Mission School this month. He told the group of parents and students “These children are their future. They should invest in them. By investing in them, the children will lift out of poverty. The man in the village does not bank his money or the typical Liberian does not put money in the bank for tomorrow but investing in these children of Workpeh Town will surely prepare the future.” Mr. Reeves has the school supplies that were sent to Liberia in 2013. He is sorting out what school supplies are needed and also reserving items for later use. The well is property of Cornerstone AG Mission School but the entire village has access to the well for their daily water needs.

”Property of Cornerstone Mission School. Funds donated by Fairview Covenant Church Minnetrista, Minnesota “Jesus is the water that brings life to the soul”

”Property of Cornerstone Mission School. Funds donated by Fairview Covenant Church Minnetrista, Minnesota “Jesus is the water that brings life to the soul”

Sign on the base of the well reads…..

”Property of Cornerstone Mission School. Funds donated by Fairview Covenant Church Minnetrista, Minnesota “Jesus is the water that brings life to the soul”

DO NOT STOP, KEEP GOING!

Mark 13:13 (NLT)And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Medical Mission, Habel Liberia "DO NOT STOP, KEEP GOING"

Medical Mission, Habel Liberia

This is an important picture to me. Back in March of 2014 on day three

Jan doing Vitals, Workpeh Town

Jan doing Vitals, Workpeh Town

of a medical mission’s trip to Liberia, we had had a wonderful day in the village. We had 300 villagers come to the clinic for treatment, we prayed for people, played with the children and were on top of the world when we left for the day. When we got to the main road and had phone signal, I received a call and learned that our home we were renting had been broken into and all of our phones, laptops, I-Pad’s and money had been stolen.   It was like a bowling ball fell on my chest. It was a very heavy weight on me. I had all these people depending on me for safety and leading the medical team.  I was overwhelmed with grief so we stopped to pray and ask God what we should do and to give us a sign. Then we looked up and saw this sign.

“DO NOT STOP KEEP GOING”

Medical Mission Team, Grand Bassa Liberia

Medical Mission Team, Grand Bassa Liberia

We had passed this sign two time a day on days 1 and 2 going to and

from Workpeh Town never giving it a second thought. We got to the house, assessed what was stolen and prayed again. We were all restless and unable to sleep so we all got up and prayed again….we prayed the heavens down that night. This gave us the strength of a lion after that. The following morning, we were prayed up and ready. The devil regretted the day he ever stole from us. We were covered and there were no distractions. Ebola had just had their first case in Monrovia and we drove right by the hospital everyday each way and never knew a thing about it. Had we been on our laptops or I-Pads and heard the news, we would have been in fear but God covered us.   Our Spirit filled anger became warfare. We came against all the things that Satan was doing trying to bring us down and finished the mission trip with gladness in our hearts. Do Not Stop, Keep Going!

Look for another post in a couple of days to get the latest news of the well project that is being done in Workpeh Town Grand Bassa County, Liberia!!!

Annetta Zoe

CORNERSTONE MISSION SCHOOL LIBERIA IS FINISHED!! To God be the glory!!!

Cornerstone Mission School, Workpeh Town, Grand Bassa County Liberia

Cornerstone Mission School, Workpeh Town, Grand Bassa County Liberia

Philippians 1:6 (NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

What an exciting week we have had.   We received news from Mr. Clarence Reeves that the building for Cornerstone Mission School  in Workpeh Town has been completed!!    It has taken three years to birth the dream of building a school to house the 250+ students from Workpeh Town and other surrounding villages. The villagers have been making benches and tables for the classrooms over these last few months   The rainy season is finally behind us and the hot days of summer have finally arrived the work has gone much faster. Isn’t it beautiful!! The school building is located in a clearing that we made at the top of a hill and can be seen like a beacon of hope a long distance off. Our desire is to continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.  The school motto “The Best is Yet to Be” has been beautifully written on the wall and has been dedicated in the memory of Pastor David Scott Plaisted .  

Cornerstonestone Mission School in Memory of Pastor David Plaisted

Cornerstonestone Mission School in Memory of Pastor David Plaisted

Mr. Reeves wrote a beautiful letter to all of the Brothers and Sisters in America.  It is a little long so I will note several key things and post the letter at a later time. Mr. Reeves letter is a beautiful testament to his courage, honor and strength to finish the work on the school building when travel to Africa was suspended for the last 6 months due to the Ebola outbreak. God protected the village and there were no cases of Ebola in Workpeh Town. He sacrificed his time to oversee the project through the rain, sun and terrible road conditions during the rainy season to make sure that the building project was on course. Luke 16:10 Jesus said, He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much…..
Mr Clarence Revees, District Education Officer, Grand Bassa Liberia

Mr Clarence Revees, District Education Officer, Grand Bassa Liberia

Mr. Reeves has truly been faithful  to the building project and stood firmly planted on the soil when many who could, left Liberia during the Ebola crisis.   He knew he had hundreds of children depending on him to oversee this project so they could learn to read and write.   He has made many wonderful friendships in Workpeh Town.    He wanted us to know he felt our prayers, and could almost hear them as we prayed protection and blessing on him and his family, the students and their families and the villages around Workpeh Town. At the end of the letter he writes, “On behalf of the people of Workpeh Town, who say many thanks for the building.” This is just the beginning. God’s not finished yet!!!!

Annetta

Cornerstone Mission School, Workpeh Town, Grand Bassa County Liberia

Cornerstone Mission School, Workpeh Town, Grand Bassa County Liberia

Feeding the hungry for Christmas!!!!

…“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst”. John 6:35 ESV

Rice for the poor.

Rice for the poor.

Happy New Year everyone! Our

Rice for the poor.

Rice for the poor.

Christmas Blessing was a huge success. This year we wanted to give a special Christmas blessing of 50 pounds of rice (a half of a bag) to each of the families of Cornerstone AG Mission School.  Due to the Ebola crisis in Liberia, the price of rice quadrupled making the main food staple unaffordable for many families.  We set up a table at Church on the Hill and Pastor Lois set up a table at her church.

We sold soaps and lotions, handmade jams, applesauce and apple

Donation from Ann Fure at Liberia Medical Mission

Donation from Ann Fure at Liberia Medical Mission

juice, hair bows, caramel and Christmas decorations.  A special thank you to Ann Fure, Lois Fowler, Kristy Morrow, Jan Chapman, Tracy Hoff, Hayley Forrest who made all the gifts and goodies to sell and to Deana Osgood for her

display stands and table cloths for the selling table.   Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who gave gifts of money and time to make this wonderful Christmas Rice Blessing happen.  We raised $900.00 and purchased 35 bags of rice (enough to feed all 70 families at Cornerstone) and what a surprise it was! They thought we had forgot about them and when they saw the truck roll in with all the rice bags it made everyone’s day.

Rice for the poor.

Rice for the poor.

Here are a couple of pictures but remember it can take hours of time to just send one picture from Africa so having a few pictures with each blog post is always a special treat.

Blessings,

Annetta

Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor. Proverbs 22:9

Donation from Ann Fure at Liberia Medical Mission

Donation from Ann Fure at Liberia Medical Mission

Did you make any jams, jellies, applesauce or any other canned goods this fall? Do you like to bake cookies, breads, pies or make candy? Are you gifted at making crafts or have anything that you would make a great gift that you would like to donate to help us raise money? If so, Cornerstone Mission Liberia needs you! Starting this coming Sunday 11/30/14 we will have a table set up in the foyer and will be selling all kinds of crafts and gift items before and after church services through the holiday season. Please bring your donation on Sunday morning to me and I will get it ready for the table. All proceeds will go to feeding the children and our ongoing work in Liberia. For more information call Church on the Hill at 952-556-5634 or feel free to inbox me also.
Please send your tax deductible gift to:
Church on the Hill, 950 Trumble Street, Chaska MN 55318.
Please note: Cornerstone Liberia Mission Christmas Rice