September 2017 Prayer Letter
Dear Operation Liberia Prayer & Ministry Partners,
I have to begin this letter with the best news ever, THE DATE HAS BEEN SET! I am so pleased and excited to announce that I will be departing for the field on January 9, 2018. I can not begin to express my gratitude for your part in bringing me to this place. Without your faithfulness in giving and prayer, it may have never been! As my support level has just approached 90%, in faith, my Pastor and Mission Board agreed that the time was favorable to depart for Liberia. I have several meetings scheduled this fall including 2 Missions Conferences. Who knows? Wouldn't it be a blessing to see that number creep even closer to 100% before the date arrives? Already in the last few days, several new individuals have graciously agreed to partner with me on a monthly basis. Our God is able, and I would love to see the goal met before I depart. My current plan is to return next summer after an abbreviated first term to raise additional support, if need be, returning to Liberia in the late fall.
My goal is to use this first six months to get acclimated to Liberia, explore some language learning opportunities (yes, Liberian English is a language to be learned), identify a good living situation and participate in ministry at Temple Baptist Church, Joy Academy school, the ELWUO Orphanage, and wherever God sees fit. My good friends Rick & Brenda Osborne are there ministering in Bible Colleges and Pastor Gbendah is completing his furlough and will be returning with his family to Liberia and Temple Baptist Church around the time I arrive.
A few matters of prayer include provision of the monies needed for the transportation of my vehicle and supplies. I will make the final decision on what to take with me depending on how the Lord leads and supplies prior to my departure. It will cost close to $5,000 to transport my vehicle (loaded with my personal belongings) or I have the option of taking up to 10-50# containers on the humanitarian flight I have booked at $200 each (for a total of $2,000). I am in prayer about this and will act based on how the Lord leads and supplies. Please pray with me regarding these matters. My plane tickets and VISA will cost around $2,500. I have a large amount of school and other supplies collected for the orphanage, as well as all my teaching and reference materials, office supplies, water filter and personal belongings to take. There is also the option of selling my vehicle here in the U.S. and purchasing one in Liberia; however, reliable transportation can be very, very expensive and hard to come by there.
I am discussing my living situation with my friends in Liberia. I feel, at least initially, the Lord would have me stay at ELWUO. If they are able to accommodate me with my own living space, I want to be close to them, especially if I am without a vehicle. Transportation will be challenging and expensive if I don't have a vehicle, and I want to be where I can readily love on and minister to these children without having to worry about being isolated without reliable transportation. They have an elementary school there and Eleanor's son, Jus, has recently started doing Bible Clubs on Saturdays at the school, which he said has been very well attended.
I can't tell you what a joy and relief it is to be at this point. I took my first trip and started deputation in April of 2013. It has been a long, sometimes frustrating and very rewarding journey. "Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might." Jeremiah 10:6
Your Servant for Liberia,
Julie Alexander Psalm 68:5-6