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Be Strong & of Good Courage

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I Chronicles 28:20

And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

Greetings from Liberia,

We praise the Lord daily for the blessings of our many supporters without whom we could not minister here. The needs of the Liberian people are so great but we are, with the Lord’s help and your prayers and support, touching some of the needs to make lives better.

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The MPA school is going full force with 42 students studying the first phase, anatomy and physiology. It keeps Steve busy preparing lessons and tests, then correcting the tests. Every day one of the students has the devotional. Seven of the students recently accepted Jesus as their Savior. This is a blessing to the school program as the goal for school is to train students to be missionaries as well as Physician Assistants.

Steve continues to preach at his founding churches on a rotating basis. The congregations are glad to have him preach and welcome the car load of people that he takes to church with us.

Progress on the palm farm is slow as it takes a lot of time to measure and dig holes for 1000 plants. Much advice has been given on how to fertilize, use insecticides and other matters in planting the palm trees which we hope can be done in a couple weeks. The palms are to be set 29 feet apart with 29 feet between rows. It will take 20 acres to plant all of the palm plants. Some of the acres still need to be “brushed” to clear the land for new planting.

I have enjoyed the fellowship of the lady missionaries, all who live within walking distance. We meet occasionally for coffee or breakfast and enjoying sharing. Recently I had the privilege of going to town (about 2 miles away) with Becky, a young, single missionary. It was a wonderful experience to see the market place with many, many vendors selling various items.

We are heading into the rainy season so some days are cloudy but it still stays warm. I am enjoying life here with Steve, doing household chores and reading a lot. I am slowly learning to recognize the neighboring people who greet me as they pass our house. I haven’t learned much of the language because it is difficult. Our barrels have not arrived yet but we trust that they are on the way.

Steve also keeps busy with the clinic as many have health issues. Recently a mother brought to Steve her daughter who had swallowed a caustic substance and severely damaged her throat so that she is unable to eat. The nearby hospital put a feeding tube in the child’s stomach but then removed it and sent her home to die—not much can be done. So is life here.

We keep our supporters in our prayers as we know many of you have needs also.

In Christ’s precious name,

Steve and Jeanne

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