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 September 2020 Newsletter - Subscribe
For nearly three years now, the Evangelical Churches of Liberia (ECOL) have been slowly building the International Church of Monrovia (ICM) on ELWA Campus. Every week for years, the local congregation has been collecting their small funds to build a church. In a country where daily wages are $2-$5 dollars a day, this small congregations accomplishment is amazing.
When completed, this new church will serve the large community around ELWA on Sundays and throughout the week with adult and youth programs. Moses Paye, the president of the 103 Evangelical Churches of Liberia (ECOL) says, "this new church will also be the central gathering place for ECOL pastor conferences. Pastors outside of the ECOL churches are also invited to attend."
The conferences are attended by hundreds of church leaders throughout Liberia. Currently, conferences are held outdoors. One American pastor who has spoken as past conferences remembered a time when it started raining during the conference and he immediately stood and started looking for shelter but then noticed that none of the attendees were moving. He realized they came to hear the word of God (many from remote villages) and rain wasn't going to stop them. Humbled, he sat back down and joined the pastors in worship to God.
ELWA Ministries Association USA has been watching the congregations faithful giving and building progress for years now and we would love to bless their sacrificial giving with a donation to their building fund.
It will cost about $45,000 to get this building under roof with doors and windows.
We would love to raise this amount for the exterior while they continue to sacrificially give to complete the interior. We believe this will be a huge encouragement for them without diminishing all that they have done.
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