EMA Project Updates

Is the food we are sending from Feed My Starving Children, and the scholarships we are providing making a difference?  Here's what our partner, the Evangelical Church of Liberia (ECOL) had to say in their most recent newsletter.

ECOL relief ministry received and distributed 580 boxes of Manna Pack Rice to 8 churches between January and February this year.  A total of 1085 (710 females, 375 males) beneficiaries benefitted from the relief distribution in all 8 churches. Because there were more people than food boxes, we made the decision to have two persons to a box of Manna Pack rice. 

These beneficiaries represent families. And since Liberian families are often large, we estimate that the food will benefit over 8000 family members for a couple of days since each box was shared between two family heads. The congregations were very happy and grateful for 
the gift. It was a great help for our church families especially during our current national crisis which has lasted for a year now. The effects of Ebola--a broken economy and untold suffering--now plague our country. Many families lost their bread winners or both parents to Ebola. And with farming activities disrupted as the result of the deadly outbreak, the suffering Liberians are going through cannot be over -emphasized. That’s why it is such a blessing for our congregations to continue to receive food aid from EMA-USA and FMSC. Below is a chart reflecting distribution record.

Evangelical Bible Church Grand Bassa 120 240
Community Evangelical Ch. Somalia Dr. 50  100
Brewerville Evangelical Ch.
30 60
Bible Way Evangelical Ch.
Kakata Evangelical Ch.
50 70
Faith United Evang. Ch.
60 100
Evangelical Chr. Fellowship
Paynesville 100 200
Evangelical Temple
110 195
580 1085


Perry Moore of EMA-USA informed the ECOL leadership on March 2, 2015 of his organization's decision to sponsor 400 primary students in 5 ECOL church schools to enable them continue their education in 2015. We were not sure that the schools would open because the deadly Ebola outbreak has affected everybody here including parents. Up to the last week before the reopening of schools (March 2), very few students had registered. At the Evangelical Christian Academy which had a pre-Ebola enrollment of 150, only 20 had partially registered. The story was the same all over our church schools and even across the country. Both parents and children were very sad. This heaviness was visible even at church. The deadly virus has caused more than 9000 deaths, stopped work for nearly a year, disrupted the farming season in rural Liberia, with massive displacement and untold suffering. Many parents cannot sponsor their children in school in the wake of the situation. The focus of many parents right now is family survival –desperately trying to get a one-time-meal a day for the family. The ECOL leadership sent out a prayer letter and we all began to pray.

God answered the prayer when we received the email from Perry confirming EMA-USA’s decision to sponsor400 students in 5 ECOL schools. We are celebrating this wonderful news and God’s love. To God be the glory. We say many thanks to EMA-USA. Thank you so much.

We are so grateful to the partnerships with Feed My Starving Children and ECOL, and to all those who have supported us in these efforts.  The needs are on-going, and we continue to need financial and prayer support.

Proverbs 19:17 “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done.” (NIV)

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