Hello From Liberia!
The water kept getting deeper as I rode my motorcycle back to our project. It was a nasty mix of rainwater, dirt, debris and trash, washed down from the huts and shacks into the collection of potholes strung together by a trail. This is what we call a road, the only passable way for several thousand people to get to their homes during the floods of the rainy season. I realized I was riding through over 2 feet of water in the worst areas and prayed I didn’t hit something hidden in the muck. That would throw me off. “Whiman ride funny” laughed the children as they watched me lift my legs up out of some of the nastiest looking water as I rode. Two consecutive days of heavy intermittent rain and a torrential 8inch overnight downpour created a terrible mess.
Yesterday we were finally able to kick off the concrete production to pour the floor for the Prime System Mission School. A crowed gathered and many people clapped and laughed as the cement mixer roared to life. 6 buckets of sand, 4 buckets of rocks, 2 buckets of cement powder, and 1 and 1Ž2 buckets of water. Run for a full minute and dump the load into the troth, the wheelbarrows run under the troth collecting the fresh cement to be placed and finished. Over 200 batches the firsttwo days.
We sweat, work hard, laugh, and talk. One young man came to volunteer,
“I hear whiman doin big tings or heer” (I hear the white man is doing big things over here.) “I come see, but is no not whiman ting tis a Godt ting” (I came to see, but it is not a white man thing it is a God thing.) “Dis ting way big foreven whiman” (what is happening here is way bigger than the white man.)
To me that sums up best what we are about, a God thing! The Prime System Missions School, will minister to over 800 hundred children from the rock quarry community of Painesville, Liberia, teaching them that Jesus loves them! He proved that when He died for their sins, and that same Jesus wants a relationship, with them. It is not an American thing, or white or black man thing, it is a God thing! We get to partner with passionate local people, helping them teach and show children Jesus and his love.
My American team members are well and doing a great job. They have been stretched far out of their comfort zones, and have risen to the challenge above all expectations. They are loving the experience and have already said they want to come back.
Despite the hard work and rigorous pace, we had several opportunities to share in the life of people in the community. Team members were asked point blank, “Why you leave cush cush n do dis of us?” (why would you leave your comfortable home giving up so much to come and help). It was exciting to see them respond so well and have wonderful opportunities to share their faith and the motivation for their love.
-Please pray that we will have the energy and good weather to complete our task in the time we are here.
-Please pray for one of our team members struggling with a sore throat.
-Please pray, as I will be preaching in two remote locations this Sunday.