The new 340-foot ELWA Radio tower serving the greater Monrovia area and Liberia is up and operating! EMAUSA has been committed to financing and constructing this new radio tower for ELWA this project for more than three years. There have been serious delays caused by COVID-19, inflation, and shipping snags, but ELWA radio is now transmitting a clear signal to the Liberian community.
Key people, including Kyle Shropshire, Nat Tamba, and Alan Shea, have been instrumental in bringing this project to completion. The old ELWA radio is down, and no one was hurt from the possible collapse of that weak, rusty tower. It had been in imminent danger of collapse for many, many years.
Praise God! All of you donated $150,000 to purchase a new radio tower and the equipment needed nearly two years ago. We were literally in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic when we placed the order to build it.
The company we hired built it and sent it to Florida where it sat for a long time before we could ship it out last month. The tower was packed into two shipping containers (see pictures below) and loaded on a cargo ship. It has just arrived at the port in Monrovia, Liberia and will soon be on its way to ELWA!
The old tower still stands, bullet holes and all, waiting patiently for the new tower to be erected after the coming rainy season. By God's grace, it will be up and operational before Thanksgiving this year!
Thanks so much for your patience during this long term project.
Lee Sonius, EMAUSA Director, recently visited Liberia in person to provide guidance on the construction of the new ELWA radio tower. The existing tower, standing 350 feet high, is about 60 years old and in poor condition. Before the new radio tower can be erected, the cement foundations must be laid and the cement cured. Lee partnered with Kyle Shropshire whose family has constructed radio towers in the United States for many years. EMAUSA, with Kyle's expert assistance, expects to complete the tower's construction in late 2021 or early 2022.
In addition to seeing the tower foundation completed, Lee visited with ELWA missionaries and saw all the ministries we support. This included the hospital Malnutrition program, ELWA Academy where we sponsor 60 full scholarships, the radio station and the progress on the building of the new International Church of Monrovia on the ELWA campus. Lee said, "The Covid-19 pandemic slowed projects down but they running full speed at ELWA now."
While in Liberia, Lee was able to see the progress on the construction of the new sanctuary being built for the International Church of Monrovia (ICM). This new church will provide new and needed space for the Evangelical Church of Liberia (ECOL) staff to congregate and have their meetings.
“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)
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 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.
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