This week Provision of Hope’s Mercy Outreach Team took food packages to the blind and the handicapped, on the streets of Monrovia. These are the desperate ones. Typically you see their children lead them up to cars on the street to beg for their daily food. Now with all the restrictions there are fewer cars resulting in less help for these families. Their children have no hope of ever going to school. My heart breaks for them.
A young girl leads her blind mother to get her food portion.
Even a small amount of food brings HOPE to these ones.
We purchased 23 bags of rice, tins of chicken, vegetable oil, biscuits for the children and vita cubes. For the smaller families the rice could last up to 7 days.
Thank you to our Team of 8 Volunteers, who worked very hard on all the packaging. Not everyone is on this photo.
Another child leads his blind father for their package.
Jeremiah, one of our volunteers, giving a food package to a blind man.
Each bag contained 14-15 cups of rice, a bottle of vegetable oil, a can of chicken, 3 vita cubes and a package of biscuits.
We pre-registered 65 persons to receive packages. We had some food items left over so those were given out to others who did not have tickets.
Daniel Coleman ( Mercy Ministry Director) is with Pastor Malcolm Harris ( Country Director) Thank you both for your supervision today!
It is your donations that make all this possible!! Thank you so much!!
Today I am thanking God for His Peace and meditating on the words of Jesus in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” For so many in Liberia right now, I am asking God for His Peace.
Peace for those who are facing a lack of food. Peace for those who need medical drugs. Peace for those who fear covid-19 or those who need medical care but are too afraid to go near a hospital. Jesus speaks to the storm in your life ” Peace be still”
Thank you to our donors who are helping us with extra food and medicines. Thank you for your prayers as we all pray for one another going through this hard time.
Our Mercy Ministry Director Daniel Coleman and his volunteers have been busy purchasing food supplies and hand sanitizing materials for those in need. We are trying to help as many people as we can. So many are out of food because they are not able to work their small businesses. The Liberian Government has extended the State of Emergency to 60 days in order to prevent the spread of the virus. It’s a very trying time for everyone. It’s surprising how much food we can purchase for $ 50. That’s enough to keep a small family going for a month.
Daniel Coleman delivers food and sanitizing materials to Bendu Kollinson and her uncle.
Maybe Mulbah is desperate for food right now. We were able to help her with supplies. These will last for a few weeks.
Kadiatu and her mother called. They were desperate for food. They have several children to feed.
Paula Smith is someone we empowered with a small business. She is struggling to sell now because of the lock down.
As we have funds we continue to purchase supplies for those in our family who are most desperate. Tenneh is a young widow of 3 children. We empowered her too for business, but right now she is not selling.
Mamie Roberts is a single mother with 4 children to feed.
Otis Jallah and his family were desperate for food.
Patrick Williams was sponsored through Gr. 12 on our program. He has a job in a school as a maintenance worker but now the schools are closed. There is no means to make money for food.
Naomi and her 4 children were happy to get food supplies. They were out too.
Our volunteers are working hard at putting food supplies together. We all hope this pandemic will soon end!
It is your donations that make all this possible!! Thank you so much!!
President George Weah has just declared Liberia a STATE OF EMERGENCY.
“Therefore, by the authority granted to me under Articles 85, 86, 87 and 88 of the Liberian Constitution and after due consultation with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate as required by law, I, George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, hereby, declare a State of Emergency to exist in and throughout the Republic of Liberia for a period of three weeks renewable until the threat to Liberia from the COVID-19 Virus no longer exists.”
– George Weah, President of Liberia
Please join us in prayer for Liberia. They are also praying for you and your families. We are all in this together to encourage each other through this time of crisis. God is with us! Psalms 91 or “911” is a good prayer to pray.
This blog post is a plea for help. My emails are going crazy with requests for food and medicines. MANY people who were doing small business to survive are not able to do this now. One example is Eric Gbour who runs a taxi to help bring in funds to run their Children’s Home. He has parked his car. One, they are not allowed to take more than 3 passengers, and two there is a limited amount of gas at high prices. This means there are less funds for food.
We are trying our best to help our 4 Children’s homes with extra food and home medicines so they can treat their children if they get any flu like symptoms like malaria or the common cold.
We also have single mothers and widows who will find this time very stressful. For $ 50 we can buy several items which we did for Frances Chea’s family. Frances has been empowered but because of the strict lockdown commencing Friday April 10th, she will not be allowed to sell her goods.
“Throughout this period, residents may leave home only for essential journeys like reasons of health and food which should be restricted to your local communities only and be limited to a single person per household for a maximum of one hour,” President Weah taken from FRONT PAGE AFRICA
Daniel Coleman and Jeremiah Gaye take a $ 50 package of food supplies to Francess and her girls.
Ruth and Favor are delighted to see food in the house.
$ 50 Buys a Bag of Rice, Cream of Wheat, Cans of Fish, Hand washing soaps, Laundry soap, Vegetable Oil, Vita Cubes and Seasonings.
Favor holds up the sign Provision of Hope has been posting all over different communities.
Provision of Hope’s Relief Team is posting Preventative Measures Signs in various locations.
We are also trying to help nurses at the Phebe Hospital who are needing gloves, hand sanitizers and masks. $ 150 was able to buy all these supplies. 100 masks, 4 boxes of gloves, 10 bottles of hand sanitizers. We will soon need more.
We want everyone to take precautions and especially to obey these simple rules.
Faith is a nurse at the Phebe Hospital. Provision of Hope sent her to purchase gloves, masks, and hand sanitizers. This is a desperate need right now.
It is your donations that make all this possible!! Thank you so much!!
Liberia announced it’s first coronavirus case on March 16. Unfortunately it came via Nathaniel Blama, the head of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency, coming back after a conference in Europe. This was the fearsome news EVERYONE dreaded!! They all remember the devastation of the deadly Ebola Virus, just 4 years ago. Liberia was hit the hardest of all the West African Nations that had a combined death toll of 11,315. Liberia, we are praying for you, asking God to protect you!
On March 20th they confirmed their third case of Covid-19. The Ministry of Health has declared a National Health Emergency. Both Montserrado and Margibi Counties are designated as infected areas. Schools, churches, entertainment facilities, hair salons etc. are all ordered to shut down. They are advised to practice social distancing. ” We are told to stay home” Read more here Covid-19 in Liberia
Provision of Hope is doing what we can to make sure our children and our widows stay safe and have what they need in this crisis. Pray for peace and not panic. More and more people are coming to us, asking for help! They need food. Mostly they are afraid. Afraid of a food shortage. Afraid of no money for medicine if they get sick. It’s a time for all of us to encourage each other and pray for this global epidemic to end!
The verse I am claiming these days for our family at home and in Liberia is ” I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until this disaster has passed” Ps. 57:1 Know this: It will pass! Until then we will strengthen each other and do what we can to help each other through this time.
Our widows received their bags of rice and oil on Saturday. Each was instructed to do the proper hand washing, just like in the days of Ebola. They did not have the benches out, nor did they gather in a large group. One by one they received their supplies and went home. They usually gather to sing and praise the Lord together. They pray and someone shares and encourages them. We hope they will soon be back to their regular meetings.
Each widow carefully washes her hands under the sanitized water.
One of our dear widows ready to go back home.
The photos below are ones we took in February.
Precautions are taken serious.
We are all praying God’s protection over our widows. These are the most vulnerable.
We meet two times a month with over 100 each time. We have another large group in Maryland
that Dapae facilitates.
Daniel Coleman is our Director of Mercy Ministry and has an incredible heart for our widows.
One of my highlights every year is meeting with our widows. They are precious!!
We are always so warmly welcomed!!
We have a team of six volunteers who help Daniel Coleman distribute rice to over 100 widows.
Having a great time with Mae Clowe!!
When the widows start to worship heaven comes down!!!
On the streets of Monrovia, you will see the blind begging for food. Their children lead them. They will go to the windows of cars, hoping someone will show pity on them. They are hungry and desperate.
For sometime now, Daniel Coleman, our Director for Mercy Ministry has been asking if we could please do something to help the blind and their children. Could we bring them rice and soup mix? Could we help their children get to school? On October the 4th we took a leap of faith, and started our first outreach to the blind and their families. They were so grateful! They were so touched!
Children lead their parents to the streets. These children are not in school. Their parents are too poor.
Daniel Coleman has his arms around two blind men letting them know we brought rice and soup mix.
This boy leads his dad to the streets hoping to get something to eat.
Daniel has a heart of compassion. He is full of mercy and kindness.
” I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…. whatever you did for one of the least of these … you did it for Me … words of Jesus
With your donation we CAN BUY MORE BAGS OF RICE both for our widows and for the blind and their families.
Exactly one month ago we had the tragic news that Abel Smith suddenly passed away. This news left us all in shock!
Abel Smith lived with us in My Father’s House in 2005 until he graduated from high school. He went on to university through the help of his faithful sponsors Bob & Doris Bieberdorf who were also like parents to him. Abel grew up as an orphan boy. Later he met Tenneh David. She is now a single mother left with 3 children to care for. We are all finding this so sad!
Today Daniel Keamue, our accountant, emailed me to say that Tenneh’s rent is due. The amount is $ 240 for the entire year. Lovetee and Prince, (her school children), in the photo above, have a balance owing with their school fees of $ 120 for this semester.
We would like to gift her with some food over the Christmas Season. It would be wonderful if we could give her $ 100 for food. She is still really grieving. It will be an incredibly HARD Christmas for all of them!
Later we hope to give Tenneh a start up in business so she can provide for herself.
If anyone would like to give towards this family, we would be most grateful.
Our previous blog showed other areas to donate for Christmas, if you are looking to give a special gift. If you missed that blog, here is a link to it.
Today our Director Malcolm Harris sent me new photos of Glory and Grace. Just look at the difference!
Provision of Hope was able to empower this mother with a small business to be able to sell used clothing. Though her income is small it definitely is a help to this family. Click here to see the post from a year ago. Let’s Save the Children.
There is nothing that brings me greater JOY than to see a life TRANSFORMED by being introduced to JESUS. He really IS TRUE HOPE! TRUE PEACE! TRUE LOVE!
Mama Frances came to know about Jesus through our Mercy Minister Daniel Coleman. He found her very broken and desperate. She was crying, wanting to leave her life style and the kind of work she was doing. I will let you fill in the blanks. Often in her work, she would be left with no pay and when she went after the money, she was beaten. She managed to save enough money, to start a small cooking business. Thank you Daniel for introducing Frances to Jesus, our Redeemer, Savior and Friend! No-one loves like He loves!
“When i met her I encouraged her that all isn’t lost. She is young and that God has a plan for her. Jesus knows her pains and He bears her fears. If she will only come to Him” Daniel shared.
Frances said after a day of cooking sales, she earned L$1,000.00 ($6.47) after expenses. This is lucrative she said, because many days on the street it was impossible for me to earn such amount. Men will use you and refuse to pay the agreeable amount, she said and when asked you get abuse and sometimes beaten. “
“I am glad that you guys have introduced me to Christ”. It is my hope and prayers never to return to my streets and my old life”. Frances gave her testimony in church and today she is filled with so much peace!
Provision of Hope loves to rescue single mothers, for the sake of their children. In this case, if we can help mama make it, we will save her girls from falling into the same lifestyle. Education is a big factor in alleviating poverty. EDUCATION GIVES YOUNG GIRLS A CHOICE! They can BE WHO THEY ARE CREATED TO BE!This is why we are hoping to fund these two young girls to school. WE believe Education makes a BIG DIFFERENCE. Can you help us?
A full school year is approx. $ 300 USD including the materials needed.
Would any one wish to help us with $ 25, $ 50 or $ 100?
We would send you a photo of Favor or Ruth in her school uniform.
Or, would someone like to buy a new wheelbarrow for Frances? The wheel on this one is bad.
Cost is $ 40 for the wheelbarrow and $ 40 for the rain gear.
Provision of Hope is hoping to help these widows go back to Liberia. They have lived in the Buduburam Refugee Camp for way too long. Ma Theresa has been in this deplorable place for 17 years. They all fled during the 14 yrs of war in Liberia. They told our leaders on the camp that they have relatives to take care of them when they get home. One by one as we have the funding, we will help them back home to Liberia.
Ma Theresa is the first one ready to go home.
As soon as we get her bus fare in she will go.
The cost for the bus fare is $ 320
The cost for her luggage is $ 180
This is Ma Ellen with her son and grand daughter
This family will go next
I have walked the paths of this refugee camp
No human soul should have to live in this place!
Open sewers, contaminated water … rats!
One person called this place ” a living hell”
Ma Ellis will go home by air.
Her medical condition will not allow her to sit on the bus for a week.
The journey home by bus is very tough.
The cost to fly to Liberia will be $ 480
If you would like to help towards this mission TO HELP WIDOWS IN THEIR DISTRESS you could donate on line or see the details
in mailing a cheque. Blessings to all our donors who help us reach out to these poor ones. God will reward you!!
Our children in Liberia and our parents want to wish all our donors a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
They are most grateful for the joyous Christmas they all had and for the bundles of clothes and gifts that you made possible for them! ” God Bless you and prosper you in the New Year! We are so grateful!”
A Big Thank you to all our donors who have given so generously to help so many people in Liberia, who have needed your help. God bless you abundantly for your kindness!