Our team is home safe, sound, and feeling incredibly accomplished, though not in the way we had originally intended…
|Moses waiting at the Embassy for his interview.|
Our trip started in Monrovia huddled together in prayer at the US Embassy for Moses as he waited anxiously to be interviewed for a medical visa to the United States for surgery to repair his damaged ear drums. Each of us had a slightly different opinion of the expected outcome, but what we shared (Moses included) was resolution that no matter what happened, God was in charge and He knew what He was doing. After a quick prayer and a few pep talks to Moses the night before encouraging him to be honest and to relax during his interview, we sent him and Neyor in to the Embassy and waited in a restaurant down the road for the answer. A few hours later, Jeff, Fungbeh, Neyor, and Moses entered the restaurant with two big THUMBS UP! Moses was approved for his medical visa and will be receiving his surgery, donated by a doctor in San Francisco (thanks to our friends Kelly and Lorenzo) in the coming months. He is very excited about his trip to America, and plans to use this gift of restored hearing God has given him as a means to translate sermons into Pele in order for His word to reach more people in Liberia. We are thrilled at the ripple effect this situation is having, spreading so much good!
|Cathy, Jeff, Allison and Neyor prepare to go to Phoebe Hospital|
|Brittany shows our Ghana UN friends her basketball skills.|
One day as the team was headed out to go visit the farm, several UN soldiers from Ghana stopped by the orphanage and dropped off rice, canned goods, and other food for the children. We were all completely blown away by this gesture, and they were just as excited to see us as we were to see them. They invited us to a cookout the following day, and the entire team (plus Dr. Flomo, an orphan in the home) went to the UN compound for a BBQ/dance party! It was very surreal and such a wonderful experience that we won’t soon forget. Brittany Davis, a former UF basketball player, brought tons of UF swag to present to the soldiers as a thanks for the invitation, and of course we left them with a HALO shirt as well.
Jeff and Allison were able to meet with every member of the
staff (teachers, caregivers, cooks, janitors, farmers, administration) as well
as every single child individually to discuss, confidentially, any of their
concerns or suggestions and any requests they had for HALO to make their time
at CCH better. The talks were overwhelmingly productive and encouraging, both
to Jeff and Allison and to the staff. Many issues we were previously unaware of
(ranging from behavioral issues to supplies such as extra buckets and
washboards needed) were resolved or are in the works to being resolved shortly.
Each member of the staff was also presented with an appreciation package at a
ceremony, and each of the older children who fulfilled all of the terms of
their “contracts” (including stipulations such as good behavior, grades, etc.)
were awarded with a prize put together by Allison. We throw a dance party
towards the end of every trip and this year we included the staff in the dance
party/special dinner celebration. It was a wonderful opportunity to recognize
them for all they do for the kids as we all know the facility would not run
without the help of every single member of the staff. No job is any less
important than another, and we made sure to take every opportunity to express
our gratitude for all they do.
|Some of our wonderful staff from the farm model their new HALO shirts.|
|Isaac, Kelli, Peter, James, Helena and Marci enjoying some chores|
Much of the trip followed that same theme – God providing all that was necessary in every situation no matter what. We were protected physically from disease, we were given every opportunity to spend individual time with the kids and help them where they each are in their lives, and we were given all the time we needed to identify the needs the orphanage as a whole has, both immediately and in the future. We recognize that none of this would have been possible without your prayers and other contributions, and we would like to sincerely thank you for all you did to send us out this summer to do God’s good work. We are all vessels God is using for His purpose and that includes you, but the work is not yet finished!
Some of the immediate needs we identified while we were visiting
are mattresses for the kids (most of the mattresses they’re currently sleeping
on are quite old and are in need of replacement), new school uniforms, and very
importantly, a new vehicle for the home. Both cars we are currently using are,
as they say in Liberia, “spoiled”, as our late arriving members of the group
Lousia and Chase discovered when the oil pan fell off of one of the vehicles
midway through their commute to the orphanage from the airport! As we continue
to minister to these wonderful children, we ask for your continued support in
whatever capacity you are able. Most importantly, we ask that you continue to
pray for us. We were keenly aware of all of the prayers lifted on our behalf in
the midst of a serious Ebola outbreak this summer, and we’re humbled and
grateful for all of the protection offered to us and the kids. Please continue
to pray for God’s hand over our work, and thank you again for your continued
|Jeff & Fungbeh discuss Suakoko site plans|