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.
Revelation 22:17b….. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
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
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.
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”
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.
This is an important picture to me. Back in March of 2014 on day three
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”
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!!!
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 .
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!!!!
…“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
Happy New Year everyone! Our
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
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.
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.
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 af…ter 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