There has been no work and homes are destroyed. There is lack of employment and basic needs like food and water. All the needs are multiplied 10 times in Liberia. but is is improving with the new President, she is slowly making headway but now a new election is coming up, we do not know what the outcome will be, but are praying for no violence .
There are so many street children over 30,000 that are homeless or out in the street trying to make it on their own, after being pushed out by family members because the food is lacking for the whole family, many with no parents at all.
There is a serious malnutrition crises in Monrovia, thousands fled the rural areas during the war, and now the city is not able to accommodate them all, and any lack of food or disease will plunge them into malnutrition.
With the global food and fuel prices have nearly doubled the price of rice, and thousands of children are at risk.
One of the saddest situations in Liberia is that most of the schools in the rural area have been destroyed, so the children are not being educated in the rural areas. This is a tragedy. One of our goals is to begin to get help in some way to rebuild schools and finding people who would teach these children, not only secular education but to teach them the word of God and that Yeshua Jesus will bring them hope.
The widows and their children and those we were helping in Ghana are now in Liberia, have repatriated back to Liberia after 14 years in exile as refugees who were fleeing the civil war in their country of Liberia.
They all have a part in our ministry, the widows cook and help with all the children, the young men out teachers, one was a teacher from the city schools, he has served us at Paynesville City, and got saved and has offered his services to be our teacher in a school in the bush we have started. he has three helpers there.
Teachers in Liberia do not even get $50 a month the private schools pay $75 a month so you can see why the people are so poor, the government does not pay for elementary education, only the upper grades so the children rarely get an education, unless parents have a job and few do..
We pay each of our teachers and helpers a wage though it isn't great the Lord has been increasing it.
We hope to put the older young people into training programs by those who will offer their services and trades. We have rented a very large house in Paynesville City to house the widows and children, we have been using it as a school and a soup kitchen to feed the huge number of children living in the streets and also we house 17 orphans and the widows and their children. so we are looking for property to build to off set paying a huge lease every 6 months..
In 2008 We started the school in the house in Paynesville and first we had about 20 students and it has now grown to approximately 100 at this update, it was so packed the first day, and growing each day.
Most children do not have the opportunity to go to school in Liberia as their parents cannot afford the fee's and cost of supplies and uniforms. We got a sewing machine for the widows so eventually they can help make uniforms.
The first house needed a lot of work, but it was home to the three widows and their 8 children but the kids kept coming so we had to move twice to get a place big enough to hold everyone.
This was our very first house and school below.
Above is Chester and the children watching as Paul puts lesson on blackboard.
Above you see Chester's class reciting lessons. And here we see the widows feeding the children. We feed them every day of school, and this is costly because rice is now $45 a bag. it takes now cost about $400 to feed all the widows their children and the children who come to the school but it has been growing numbers. And the teachers do eat with the children.
Most of these children either eat one meal a day or get nothing if they didn't come to our school and get fed. The Lord showed me to start a farm to grow rice, plantains and cassava leaves which is one of the Liberian staples. This will feed all the kids, widows and workers on the farm.
My sons Jesse, and Cyrus, and my daughter Julia went to the land where we started our farm, and negotiated a deal for the farm and house, the land for farm was larger then a soccer field.
When the farm began, we had 15 workers who cleared everything out and burn it for the start of the farm, all they told us they wanted when they are done is two bags of rice and fish, and a few of the young ones who will help want soccer jerseys and a soccer ball. In Liberia it is called football.
Jesse began to bring things to the people in the bush, and came with another brother from their church and has begun to preach the gospel in the villages. Eighteen people have given their life to the Lord, and they have started devotions.
We rented the farm for one year, and the Lord prompted us to begin to look for land for the school in Paynsville city but have not yet acquired land, and since then a church in the bush has opened up their building for us to start a school for there children in the bush.
Above is the family of Weamongar Dogar, who is the owner of the property, along with his son Josiah..
Above you see the people with their new lanterns Jesse brought them, they have no light so when darkness comes they get tired and ready to go to sleep.
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Our Hearts Cry Out For These children
Who is going to save these children? Who is going to give them hope?
Jesus Christ! He offers a whole new life in Christ. But we must reach them, these battered and abused children need hope.
These young people deserve a second chance that Jesus gave us all.
It really breaks my heart to see these young peoples plight. They have no trades, no way to make an income and no way to a new life except in Christ. Many because they have given up hope of help, have been enlisted in armies in Uganda and Cote d' Ivoire. they are hungry as are the 30,000 young people living int he streets, orphans and those who have been abandoned because of lack of food for the whole family, children are being sent out to the street.
Child Soldiers- Finished Product YouTube video 5:07 Min.
Watch Video testimony of escaped child soldier Ishmael Beah
Child Soldiers in Monrovia Liberia, many paid a heavy price
Boys and girls were taken from their home and from the streets and and forced to become soldiers. They were drugged handed a gun and forced to kill even members of their own families. Many were raped and mutilated. I know this is not a pretty sight but we need to make their plight known so that the UN will say no more child soldiers to be used in the wars and black market. .
This young man is 21 years old now. The enemy soldiers cut off his two hands and then stuck a letter in his pocket to take to President Charles Taylor that they were coming. Sorry about the pictures, the man that took the pictures spilled something on them while developing them.
Please pray for them and for Liberia to be restored once again. And for Jesse, Cyrus, and Julia.
The other young man is only 16 years old. There are many such as these, and we want to bring attention to their plight.
The videos tell more then words can about this tragic situation, where these children lose their childhood. They never knew what it was to be a child.
Please Watch the video on the plight of these children their childhood stolen.
Child Soldiers In Africa 1:34 minutes
This video made me cry to see how the horrific affect of the war and the toll it has taken on these young lives.
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"The love of liberty brought us here"
All Hail, Liberia, Hail!
(and largest city)
|-||Independence||26 July 1847|
|-||Total||111,369 km©÷ (103rd)|
43,000 sq mi
|-||July 2005 estimate||3,283,000 (132nd)|
|-||Density||29 /km©÷ (174th)|
75 /sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2005 estimate|
|-||Total||$3.292 billion (158th)|
|-||Per capita||$1,003 (169th)|
|HDI (1993)||0.311 (low) (n/a)|
|Currency||Liberian dollar1 (|
|1 United States dollar also in common usage.|