As a sister organization to SIM and ELWA Ministries Liberia, ELWA Ministries Association USA (EMAUSA) partners with SIM in spreading the Gospel in word and deed in Liberia. EMAUSA’s leadership team had a recent video Zoom call with Nicholas Piaget and we shared our hearts for the mission in Liberia. Together we identified many important projects that EMAUSA could support with fundraising efforts in the U.S. to support these initiatives.
Missionary HousingOne great need expressed by Nicholas is for missionary housing. There are several needed ELWA missionaries who are scheduled to join ELWA staff, but at this time there is no housing available for them. Several houses that were built in the 1950s have fallen into disrepair. These homes must be renovated to accommodate these missionaries. Nicholas Piaget asked EMAUSA to assist in raising funds to rebuild these homes.
ELWA Missionary Housing Repairs: $40,000 needed
Basketball CourtEMAUSA had plans to renovate the gym but an inspection report showed that the structure was not safe enough to pursue that project. Alternatively we have developed a plan to build an outdoor basketball court for the sports ministry. ELWA/SIM has designated a plot of land on the High School grounds for an outdoor basketball court. The much bigger project to build an all-new gym may still be developed in the future. See a report from Meanu Kayea below for more details about how the basketball court will be used.
New Outdoor Basketball Court: $25,000 needed
ICM Church RoofEMAUSA would also like to continue to support the building of the International Church of Monrovia (ICM) on ELWA Campus. The foundation, walls and roof girders are completed but there is still much to be done including completing the roof.
International Church of Monrovia on ELWA Campus “Raise the Roof “Fundraiser: $30,000 needed
ScholarshipsLiberian children continue to receive an education as a result of EMAUSA's support.
Scholarships: $36,000 needed for the 2023-24 school year
Jestina Wesseh, whom EMAUSA has supported in recent years, graduates from the College of Health Sciences at Monrovia Bible College in July. Jestina will be joining the nursing staff at the ELWA Hospital.
Congratulations to Jestina!!
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.
From November 2020 Newsletter - Subscribe
We wrote to you about Jestina in our spring newsletter and now we'd like to give you an update. Jestina attended ELWA Academy for 11th and 12th grades and is now in nursing school. She is studying general nursing but getting training in psychology and specializing in pediatrics. She is now in her junior year of nursing school with plans to graduate in the 2021-2022 school year.
There is more to Jestina's story. As a member of the Kru tribe, Jestina was paying for her school fees through the buying and selling of fish. The Kru people have always lived along the Liberian coast and have made their living from the sea. The men go out in their small fishing boats all night in the Atlantic Ocean for a catch of fish. In the morning they come back to shore with their catch and the women take the fish to market. This is how Jestina was paying for her school fees for nursing school.
Jestina lost four of her brothers and sisters in a fire in their home one year ago. She has persisted in her nursing training despite all these tragic circumstances and COVID-19 lockdowns. Jestina is now continuing her training at a nearby hospital in the "Red Light" district outside of Monrovia. EMAUSA board members have helped Jestina with school fees as well as transportation to this hospital in Red Light during this difficult time.
There are many stories of courageous and faithful young people in Liberia like Jestina. Please help Jestina and others that depend upon ELWA Ministries to get their training for key skills to serve our Lord and to support their own families. You can do so by donating to our ELWA Ministries Scholarship Program.
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