It’s the fiftieth day after Easter and today we celebrate Pentecost. (And, after all these years, I just learned Pentecost means “fiftieth” in Greek.) Today we recall how the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus. As I perused some scripture verses about the Holy Spirit, I noticed a wide variation… Continue reading Dove, Wind & Fire
With so much happening in the world that may stress, depress, or cause duress — here are some photos of smiles in Liberia just for the therapeutic fun of it. Take a minute to savor the smirks, and thank God for the joy of sharing a grin!
Welcome to the new logo for Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project. With a cross at its core — like the focus of our mission — the symbol mark takes its inspiration from Liberian lapa cloth commonly used to make simple skirts and functional wraps. Here’s a sample: Colorful fields that surround the cross convey a sense… Continue reading Welcome to our new logo
Today we celebrate the many faces of motherhood in Liberia and honor the stories of sacrifice and love sculpted into each. Happy Mother’s Day! “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:25
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Let’s start with some sad news: Life is difficult for mothers in Liberia. The struggles, however, don’t start at pregnancy — they begin when girls eat nutritionally deficient diets, putting their bodies at a developmental disadvantage for surviving the stress of birthing later in life. Insufficient education leads to illiterate young women who cannot read… Continue reading A Mother’s Day Gift
I hate mosquitoes. But fortunately I live in Massachusetts where I’m just annoyed by an occasional bite and unlikely to get a deadly disease like malaria. This is not the case in Liberia where it’s the country’s leading cause of death. Children are particularly vulnerable. 44% of inpatient deaths among children under age five are… Continue reading Bug Off! World Malaria Day
These palm branches painted on the mud home in our village declare “Hosanna! He is Risen!” Despite our social distancing in the US and our geographic distance from Liberia, we celebrate together our victory over death. Happy Easter! “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live,… Continue reading He is Risen
I arrived safely home to Massachusetts last Wednesday afternoon and the world has changed quickly in a short time. My original itinerary was Monrovia-Brussels-Frankfurt-Boston but the coronavirus had already made its presence known in Germany and my two Lufthansa flights were cancelled. I was rerouted on TAP airlines through Portugal with no delays in my… Continue reading For Each Other
It’s been a busy last few days. Since I shared the story of the Deanville church needing support to reach completion of a roof before the rainy season, donors stepped up and we raised $1,330. Thank you so much for responding so quickly and generously. Here I am presenting the funds to Sumo who is… Continue reading Patrick’s Wedding