Christmas Newsletter December 2020
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
In the United States and in Liberia, "Peace" would probably be the last word to describe 2020. COVID-19 worldwide and elections in our country have not instilled peace as the world understands it.
How does the world view peace? The world’s peace is circumstantial. This peace is totally external and can be taken away in a moment of changing circumstances. A diagnosis from your doctor, the loss of a job, a past due bill you can't pay are all circumstantial peace killers. Remove these problems and you are peaceful again--waiting for the next time you are not.
But Jesus’ peace in the verse above is altogether different and has nothing to do with circumstances. It passes all understanding (Phil 4:7). Jesus tells us that God is in control and he loves you. He tells us that "...In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Update on Current Fundraising Projects
From November 2020 Newsletter - Subscribe
The mission for ELWA in Liberia for more than 65 years has been centered around the belief that no one should live and die without hearing God's good news. To this end, we invited you to join us in three ministry projects (pictures above) to share the Gospel and disciple believers in Liberia. Fundraising is off to a good start. See how we are doing below.
We still need lots of financial help on these three projects! Please consider a year-end donation.
ELWA Christian Radio Program Sponsorship
From September 2020 Newsletter - Subscribe
Through your generous support, EMAUSA was able to pay for a new 350-foot tower to replace the 60 year old bullet-ridden main FM radio tower. Thank you to all who donated to this to assure that ELWA radio will be broadcasting for decades to come. This tower allows ELWA to reach over 1,000,000 Liberians!
Our attention is now turning to the content that is being broadcast over the airwaves.
If you listen to Christian radio here in the United States, you already know how impactful it can be. ELWA radio wants to reach Liberians who are seeking God and serve Liberian believers who want to take the next step in their journey with Jesus Christ. This is a big challenge and frankly ELWA radio is struggling financially to provide all the quality broadcasts that it would like to include. ELWA radio, just like Christian radio in the United States, is supported by donations. Moody radio for example, holds radio fundraising weeks to raise funds for their programming and infrastructure. When ELWA started in the 1950s, all the programs were fully sponsored. Today, a program on ELWA radio is often paid for by the person doing the program. Unfortunately, some of the people who can pay for the broadcast are not always the most qualified person to be on the air.
EMAUSA sponsored four great programs this year. It costs $1200 to broadcast a 30-minute program every week for a year. One great program we sponsor is "Running to Win" with Erwin Lutzer from Moody Radio. Liberians love his biblical teaching. We also sponsor Liberian programs like "Kingdom Way" with Moses Paye, president of the Evangelical Churches of Liberia. Unfortunately, we can only afford to sponsor a few programs and we cannot commit to more than one year.
Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring a program regularly on ELWA radio for six months or a year?
$100 each month sponsors a one-half hour program for the entire year.
If 10 donors would sponsor one program each, we could provide five hours of high quality programs weekly. Maybe there is a Christian program you love that you could sponsor! Can you imagine the impact if Liberians had access to some of our gifted teachers of the Word or could listen to a great Liberian preacher who does not have the resources to fund his own program. Donations of any size are welcome; we would love for you to be a part of this great ministry. Contact Lee Sonius (EMAUSA Director) at (803) 554-5644 to discuss sponsoring a specific program or you can donate directly by mail or online below.
Currently, ELWA Radio FM transmissions cover Monrovia and surrounding areas, a potential audience of some 1.5 million. The existing 340-foot tower was pieced together from 40-50-year-old sections of multiple towers after the Liberia Civil Conflict. Several sections have bullet holes--evidence of having been through a war--in the legs, which are hollow tubing, not solid steel.
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