Praise for the enormous amount of work that has been done to provide electricity and water for the new hospital built by Samaritan’s Purse. Praise also for Alan’s work supervising local contractors installing security cameras and telephones as well as directing ELWA electricians in preparation for the move to the new facility, which occurred on Tuesday. Pray for all the logistics involved in the move of both equipment and patients. And pray for Alan as he responds to needs during this critical week of transition.
Praise for the dedication October 22 of the new ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Hospital provided through Samaritan’s Purse (SP). Praise for the rejoicing when the Liberian president cut the ribbon, followed by the SP representative handing over the keys to Dr. Jerry Brown and David Writebol of SIM-ELWA. Praise also for the staff God is providing, and pray for the transition into the new facilities. Praise as well that the last electrical equipment arrived and is installed. Praise that the Kejrs had the opportunity to attend a “Pastors to Missionaries” conference to connect with many organizations that God is using for member care.
by John Stuart 24 October 2016 Dr. John Fankhauser looks out over the tropical, 130-acre Eternal Love Winning All (ELWA) campus in Monrovia, Liberia. On one side of the street. the ELWA Hospital Executive Director sees the past – the old ELWA Hospital that was erected by SIM in 1965 to meet the medical needs of the local people. Since the old hospital opened, nearly 2.7 million people have flowed through the facility, receiving quality care in a country with one of the worst patient-doctor ratios in the world. Through multiple civil wars and most recently the Ebola epidemic, ELWA Hospital has remained true to its vision to “…glorify God by ministering to the whole person – the spirit, the soul and the body…” But after 51 years, the hospital facilities were tired and outdated. Fortunately, on the other side of the street lies the future of ELWA healthcare – … Read More
Praise that the book of Genesis has been recorded and many positive comments have been received about it, including “There’s a lot I could learn from this book. Please give me a copy of this on my phone.” Pray that the people involved in the recording project would come to know Jesus. Pray that God would use the recordings being produced to draw the Manya people to Himself. Pray for more missionaries and local believers to reach out to the Manya people.
Praise that Alan and the water team installed two water containers sent last June, and he has since added a third, plus water and electric meters, providing the ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) campus (hospital, clinic, radio, academy and over 60 residences) with a strong, steady water supply. Pray for the ELWA staff, which is now taking over daily operation. Praise also that the 50-year-old, 350-foot radio tower does not need to be replaced yet. Pray for safety for the men who will repair the rust-damaged areas. Praise as well that the generators are working well. Pray that the equipment that has arrived for connecting the new hospital to the ELWA power system will be installed without complications.
Praise for the provision of funds from a supporting church to purchase a reliable vehicle from a family leaving Liberia. Praise also for ongoing good progress on checking the translation of the book of Luke into Manya as well as the audio recording of the book of Genesis. Praise for the opportunity to show the God’s Story film in one village to 200 people, and for the invitation of the chief to return to show the Jesus film. Pray for more open doors to show gospel films, and pray for strength and protection for Manya believers who are not free to practice their faith.
Praise for the Wingenroths’ recent return to Liberia and pray for them as they adjust to the heat and humidity, get more acquainted with their colleagues, and learn their roles on the ELWA campus. Pray for Mary Anna as she works at the guest house and seeks to make it a more welcoming facility, while at the same time caring for those who seek lodging there. Pray also for wisdom for them to know when and how to assist the many Liberians who ask help from them. They write, “We are starting to learn we don’t always need to be the provider but we need to point them towards the true Provider.”
Praise for the formation of a monthly discipleship group for Manya speakers with over 20 people. Pray for these seekers and secret believers who want to learn more about Jesus and grow in their faith, but face rejection and even death if they publicly identify as a Christian. Pray that this new discipleship group will grow and multiply into other groups. Praise that Bible translation is moving forward with Genesis ready to be printed and Matthew undergoing a consultant check. Pray also for work on literacy materials to help people learn to read the Scriptures. Pray also for Sara who teaches Bible lessons for neighborhood children.
Praise for an answer to prayer for reliable family transportation in the form of a 2014 passenger van. Praise for the many recent opportunities to share their vision, for opportunities ahead, and for new churches and families joining in their financial support. Pray for the Lord to move additional people to give. Praise also for the recent Bible storying training, which will be valuable in assisting pastors in evangelism and Bible discussion. Pray also for continued healing of Gene’s ankle, with the possibility of some surgery, that it might not push back their departure for Liberia.