June 2015 Prayer Letter

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June 2015

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June Prayer Letter by Cindy Bye

I went for a long walk this morning in the Bull Mountains in central Montana.  It was a beautiful warm, partly cloudy day with just enough breeze.   I ended up going much further than originally planned.  I headed towards a treed knoll across the neighbor’s pasture.  Then I saw a ridge off in the distance and wondered what was on the other side.  I was inspired by a walk a few weeks ago with Stan, our CEO.  He wanted to climb a nearby ridge.  I am thankful for the inspiration that he gave me.

We don’t always end up in life where we thought we were going.  We sometimes head in one direction and get diverted by an obstacle.  Sometimes we use our intuition and the path appears before us.  It’s not usually a straight path.  It has lots of bends, hills, and valleys.  But if we listen
to our intuition, it will get us where we are intended to go.   
I think about this as my term on the Board of the Kuwaa Mission comes to a close.  I initially signed up for a trip to Africa to help people get clean water.  I’m an environmental engineer, and I wanted to use my God-given talents to serve others.  I heard Rev. Dick Thompson speak about the Kuwaa Mission at my church in Anchorage, and I knew I had to go.  I didn’t know that it would lead to spending about 9 months in remote villages over 6 years, and getting to known and to love the Kuwaa People.  I was fortunate to see several wells dug, see a clinic built, and
do some sanitation training.  The highlight was doing Children’s Bible School with 106 kids.  It was wonderful to go back year after year and see the improvements in my Kuwaa friends’ lives.

This morning, I thought about the many miles of walking along the well-traveled paths between Kuwaa villages.  I felt that if I just walked a little further this morning, I could look over that distant ridge and see the village of Kondesu or Lowuma.  I’d see the women and children drawing beautiful clean life-giving water from a well, instead of from the river.  I’d see people at the Kondesu Clinic being treated for malaria and getting vaccinations, instead of walking for another 11 hours to the Fassama Clinic.  I’d hear the children singing, “Jesus Loves Me”, as they learned in Bible School.   All of this became part of my life, because I listened to God’s calling.

Three Kuwaa Mission Board members will complete their terms at the end of June: me, Ed Stelling, and Ron Morgan.  I hope that their journey with the Kuwaa People was as satisfying as mine.  I thank them for their service on the Board.  We will continue to volunteer for the Mission, but we are turning over the Board positions to 4 new members.

Welcome to Karen Kuhnert of North Pole, AK, Carol Norquist of Anchorage, AK, Diane Stelling of Lake Forest, CA, and Karen Voris of Eagle River, AK.  

The Board usually meets by teleconference call, but every 2 years, we meet face to face.  We recently met in Red Lodge, MT.  These meetings are necessary to share our enthusiasm for the Mission, make long term plans, and take care of business issues as a non-profit corporation.  
We enjoy fellowship together and pray for guidance in steering the Kuwaa Mission towards God’s end goal.  It is not a straight path, and there are lots of hills and rivers to cross, but we know that with God all things are possible.

           Heavenly Father, we thank you for the work you have done through us to help the Kuwaa People.  We ask that you will continue to guide us.  Be with our new Board of Directors, all of our volunteers, and our contractors to improve the lives of the Kuwaa People.  Be with the Kuwaa People and keep them out of harm’s way.  We hear your call, oh Lord.  Make straight our pathway.  In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.  Amen.

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May 2015 Prayer Letter

Kuwaa Mission-May 2015 Prayer Letter

 

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May 2015

40 years ago, May 1975, 105 Kuwaa people were baptized into Christ Jesus in Konjade where the Rev. Richard Thompson & family lived and worked as missionaries.  The Christ movement started there and spread to other Kuwaa towns.  Peace and joy reigned.  In 1989 that came to an end.  The Kuwaa people suffered under the various rebel groups during the 14 years of civil war.  Their homes and villages were destroyed.  Their farms burnt and looted.  In 2009 the Kuwaa Mission came into existence to help the Kuwaa people find peace and joy again.  The mission planned to focus on helping the people help themselves.  The goal is to help them rebuild the infrastructures of the villages.  The first priority of the Mission was to help the villages dig their own wells.  Too many children were dying because of bad water.  The Mission also helped build a medical clinic in Kondesu.  The clinic will help the people of several towns.  The mission held workshops to train the people about the advantage of drinking and using good water and how to care for the wells and filters.  Workshops were also held to train teachers, and they were held to train church leaders about teaching children and adults Bible stories and religious material.

Plans to start building and rebuilding bridges and roads are now underway.  It won’t be cheap but desperately needed.  Better roads will definitely help the Kuwaa people.  One of our volunteers has donated $6,000 for this project if the Mission matches his funds.  The Board of Directors is asking you to pray about this need.  The more funds received by the Mission means more roads and better bridges.

The work will be much easier and cheaper if a road system is developed in the chiefdom.  More villages can be reached and helped.

I must give a big “Thank You” to all of you who are praying for the Mission and the Kuwaa people and to all of you who are supporting the work program.  The work cannot go on without your help.  I also want to give a special “Thank You” to all of you who have volunteered to help the Mission here or in Liberia.  The last “Thank You” goes to the Board of Directors who have maintained the work of the Mission without much help from me this last year.  Keep up the good work.  God has blessed your work.

Current and Ongoing Work

• Building and Repairing Roads

• Providing Wells

• Providing Water Filters

• Providing School, Student & Medical Supplies

• Build and repair Churches and Schools

• Providing Bibles and Teaching Materials

• Providing Training Workshops (Bible, sanitation, medicine, etc.)

• Providing Scholarships

• Liaising with Government & Non-Profit Organizations

• Finding and Sending Volunteers

• Promoting the work of the Mission

Your brother in Christ’s love,

Rev. Dr. Richard Thompson, co-founder of the Kuwaa Mission

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April 2015 Prayer Letter



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April 2015

Resurrection Hope!

At this Easter season I am reminded that as God’s people in Christ Jesus we are a people of HOPE.  And hope is what the Kuwaa Mission brings to the people of the Kuwaa villages in Liberia.  Through projects funded by your generosity we are able to continue the vital work of building bridges, digging wells, constructing medical clinics and sharing the Good News through Vacation Bible School with the Kuwaa village children.  Thank you for your continued support of this important work.  We are grateful for your generosity and encouragement.

Ways you can support the Kuwaa Mission this Spring…

Kids4Kuwaa Noisy Offerings

Have you held a Noisy Offering in your congregation?  At St. Mark Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska we collect a loose-coin offering on the every 5th Sunday (4 per year) for the Kuwaa Mission.  Children collect these offerings during our regular offering time in metal paint cans.  The congregation is encouraged to “make a lot of noise” as the cans are passed and coins are contributed.  Of course we accept “quiet” money too.  In this way in 2014 we were able to raise over $1000 for the mission and we are confident this year we will raise even more. 

Noisy offering are also great for VBS and Sunday school.  Kids love giving and collecting the “noisy” coin offerings and are proud to contribute to the mission that makes it possible for the Kuwaa children to have safe drinking water and access to medical care.

Won’t you try a Noisy Offering in your congregation?

Buy a Print

We are offering two beautiful prints for sale by well-known artist Marilyn Beth Hughes, previously of Billings, MT.  Ms. Hughes has paintings in many places around Billings, including the Yellowstone Art Museum.  

Prints are high quality (geclee).  Neither are framed.  They are all numbered and sell for $75 each. Normal shipping is $9.99.  

 

You may order prints by contacting board chair

“Pounding”.  Size is 7 3/8″ x 14″.

“Who are You?”  Size is 8 3/4″ x 10″.

As we mentioned in last month’s newsletter, a friend of the Kuwaa Mission donated $6000 for bridge building/rebuilding work.  We need to raise another $6000 to complete the project.  These bridges are of log and plank construction and are vital for the transportation of well building materials and other supplies up country.  Of the 16 Kuwaa villages, only 3 have motor road access.  The others are accessible only by foot or motorbike which require bridges also.

Please consider helping us raise the $6000 needed to complete the bridge project this year.  Thank you for your generous support of the Kuwaa Mission as together we share Christ’s love with the Kuwaa through our water, medical and school projects. 

Gracious God, In this season of new life, hope and joy may we remember those whose daily lives are difficult and challenging.   For the people of Kuwaa, may we continue to find ways to lift their burdens and restore hope and joy to their lives through our gifts of time, talent and labor. 

In the name of our Risen Savior, Christ the Lord. 

AMEN

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March 2015 Prayer Letter

March 2015 Prayer Letter

 

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March 2015

We praise God that the Ebola crisis is nearly over in Liberia. There have been no reports of the epidemic affecting the Kuwaa Chiefdom or our national co-workers. Thank you, our prayer partners, for your prayers and financial support during the Ebola epidemic. Through your generous gifts we were able to send $3000 to be shared with our mission partners in Liberia: the Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Liberia (ELCL) and the Samaritan’s Purse mission organization (Franklin Graham) to assist them in their efforts to deal with the Ebola situation.

This year the mission will be constructing two more new wells and conducting water/sanitation workshops and pump technician workshops. Again this year we will also sponsor a Kids4Kuwaa, Vacation Bible School for over 100 children in Belle Baloma.

Bridges

A metaphor for so much about what the Kuwaa Mission does and about what the Kuwaa people need.  In this case, physical Bridges.  The current ones requires courage to navigate.  Please help us fix this major issue to allow a safer and more efficient flow of God’s love to the Kuwaa people.

Recently, a friend of the Kuwaa Mission donated $6000 for bridge building/rebuilding work. We need to raise  another $6000 to complete the project. These bridges are of log and plank construction and are vital for the transportation of well building materials and other supplies up country. Of the 16 Kuwaa villages, only 3 have motor road access. The others are accessible only by foot or motorbike which require bridges also.

Please consider helping us raise the $6000 needed to complete the bridge project this year. Thank you for your generous support of the Kuwaa Mission as together we share Christ’s love with the Kuwaa through our water, medical and school projects. Also, please keep the Kuwaa people and the Kuwaa Mission in your thoughts and prayers.

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1.   Make out check to: The Kuwaa Mission  (send to Bethany Lutheran Church (see below))

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JANUARY 2015 PRAYER LETTER

January 2015 Prayer Letter

 

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January 2015

KIDS 4 KUWAA

A Blessed and Happy New Year to our faithful prayer and financial supporters of the Kuwaa Mission. This month we want to share with you some information about the support received from school children at Christ Lutheran Church in Costa Mesa, California.  Five years ago the  congregation and its school began to support the Kuwaa Mission through various fundraisers and activities informing members about the  work of the Mission, especially during the recent Ebola crisis in Liberia.

These 3 girls raised  over $176 for K4K by making and  selling bracelets at church.

Ed and Diane Stelling, Kids4Kuwaa students and school principal Caleb McFerran.

The school children raised $603.35 in the October 2014 weekly chapel offerings.

Na mama o, tegbela gbaa (Thank you, very much, in Kuwaa) boys and girls of our schools and Sunday Schools as you share your love for the Lord with the Kuwaa children.  Please continue to pray for the Mission and the Kuwaa children in Liberia.

If your congregation, school or Sunday School would like to get involved, we have Kids4Kuwaa bookmarks and coloring page masters available for children.

Please contact us by email at: estelling@kuwaamission.org

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Kuwaa Mission 5 Year Anniversary Prayer Letter

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5 Year Anniversary 2014

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Help celebrate The Kuwaa Missions 5th  Anniversary

Pray, Volunteer, Donate or Partner

With God all things are possible Matt 19: 4

During this Holiday season please join the Kuwaa Mission Board as we celebrate five years of God’s work.

On November 9th 2014 Board member Lolitha Shepard celebrated with Bethany Lutheran Church in Slidell Louisiana, the birth place of the Kuwaa Mission.

The members were moved to see how God is transforming the lives of the Kuwaa people in far away West Africa. This transformation was supported by donors like you and church congregations who have prayed and decided to pledge their financial support to the Kuwaa Mission.  Much work has been accomplished in the past five years including the installation or repair of wells in thirteen of the sixteen villages. There have been many helpful workshops and training from well pump operation to the proper use of water filters. In the last year the Kuwaa Mission has been blessed to build a clinic in the village of Kondesu which will serve many of the surrounding villages with much needed medical care.  There is much work still to do in the coming months and years, please pause to pray and send much needed financial support for both the Kuwaa Mission and the Ebola epidemic.

We the Kuwaa Mission Board would like to thank all our Men & Women who have served in the United States Military as we observed Veterans Day Nov 11, 2014.

The Kuwaa Mission Board would like to thank each and every person who has prayed, donated their time, talent and treasures to the service of caring for God’s people.

Please pray for The Kuwaa Mission Board members and their families. Especially Cindy Bye, Rev Dick Thompson and Stan Olsen as they recover from surgery and the Bishop of the LCL Jensen Seyenkulo and all other aide works from around the world involved in the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

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Christmas 2014

$50,000,000,000+

(yes that’s billion) was spent on the Black Friday weekend of 2014. It is likely that a good portion of that money was spent on those in need, but most of that money was probably spent on gifts for people who didn’t really need them.  The Kuwaa Mission is serving people who REALLY don’t have much of anything – especially clean safe drinking water or health care.  What better way to express your gratitude to our Savior than to honor him, and someone dear to you, than by giving a gift of life: clean water.

The Kuwaa people need and appreciate everything we can do for them.  Your donations have already made a big difference, but they still need so much.  If you would like to make a donation to the work of the Kuwaa Mission in honor of someone who has played an important role in your life we have attached links for two downloadable cards that you can print out and give to your honoree. One can be used at any time of the year and the other card is specifically for Christmas of 2014.

Please visit the Donation page for more information and the links for the cards.

Thank you from the Kuwaa Mission and the Kuwaa People!

December 2014 Prayer Letter

Kuwaa Mission December 2014 Prayer Letter

 

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December 2014

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Our greetings to all of our mission partners this sacred season of the year from the Kuwaa Mission.  Christmas is typically a season of the year for which we give thanks to our friends, and the Kuwaa Mission has much to be thankful for.  Your support is at the top of the list.  Without your prayer and financial support the Mission would not have been able to accomplish what it did.  What has been accomplished you may ask?

• Distributed over 100 water filters to 16 villages

• Installed 12 wells and rehabilitated many others

• Provided 3 scholarships for “Deacon Training” successfully completed

• Provided one nursing scholarship successfully completed

• Conducted our initial “Teacher Training” workshops

• Conducted two “Water Well Pump Maintenance Training” workshops

• Conducted our initial “Village Sanitation” workshop

• Conducted our initial “Vacation Bible School”

• Built a remote 8 room rural clinic with well and Nurse Quarter to Liberian Health Department standards and turned it over to the Ministry of Health via a Memorandum of Understanding

• Provided support and funds to the Lutheran Church in Liberia and Samaritans Purse in the fight against the Ebola virus

• Provided medicines and medical supplies to the clinics in Fassama and Kondesu as well as midwives in the villages

• Built a strong partnership with the Lutheran Church in Liberia

• Initiated a working relationship between the Lutheran Church of Liberia and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia

• Earned the respect and trust of the Kuwaa People

• Built a strong working relationship with the Government of Liberia

• Built a strong partnership with Samaritans Purse

All of these accomplishments were only possible with the financial support of individuals, churches and organizations who believed in the Kuwaa Mission, in its goals and in its capacity to successfully implement its objectives.  I urgently request your continued support this year.  Each year the Mission has successfully completed its planned work program.  The Kuwaa Mission continues to place high expectations on its prayer and financial warriors, and the year 2015 is no exception.  This coming year the Kuwaa Mission plans to:

• Rehabilitate the bridges between Fassama and Kondesu to insure that vehicles, especially the Ministry of Health, can travel to the new clinic in Kondesu.  This will also enable the continued development of this area of the Kuwaa kingdom.  Projected cost $9,500 usd.

• Install three new wells and conduct another well training workshop.  Projected cost $29,725 usd.

• Conduct another village sanitation program.  Projected cost $850 usd.

• Conduct another Vacation Bible School.  Projected cost $550 usd.

• The total work program for this year is $40,625 usd.

Transportation of people and materials has always been the most expensive part of the Mission’s program and remains our largest challenge.  Thanks to our dedicated contractors and Samaritans Purse we have always been successful in overcoming this challenge.

Our balance sheet, while very positive, requires your immediate help to continue our successful record of assistance to this remote area of Liberia and the people who have been neglected by their government.  We continue to look to new areas of support and while promising have yet to actually result in funding.  Most of us are very fortunate in that we really don’t need “another package under the tree”.  However there are thousands in the Kuwaa area that do need “a package” and as the ONLY organization providing help to the people of this area please consider giving a generous donation to the Kuwaa Mission’s General Fund in honor of someone dear to you.  Not only will you be honoring someone and letting them know you will be providing assistance to many people who truly need and appreciate your assistance in their difficult lives.

I ask you, as CEO of the Kuwaa Mission, to prayerfully consider the Mission and its work.  To keep the work going, during this Christmas season please give to the Kuwaa Mission’s work as generously as possible.  Please send all donations to Bethany Lutheran Church to the address as noted below.  You can also go to our website www.kuwaamission.org for “PayPal” donations.  It is also very easy to set up automatic monthly donations to the Kuwaa Mission by visiting the website.

Thank you again for your support.  From all of the Board of Directors, we pray that you have a truly blessed Christmas season.

Stan Olsen, CEO

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October 2014 Prayer Letter

Kuwaa Mission October 2014 Prayer Letter

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October 2014

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Greetings in the Name of Christ,

“As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.”   1Thess 1:3

Happy 5th Anniversary, Kuwaa Mission!

The Kuwaa Mission is having an anniversary celebration.  That’s right- we’re celebrating our 5th Anniversary during the month of November and many of our partner congregations are joining in the celebration.  During the past five years, you, our donors and partner congregations, have helped build wells for safe drinking water; clinics for medical care; scholarships for technicians, nurses, and evangelists; training for well and filter care; school supplies and Christian education to families in the villages of the Kuwaa Chiefdom.   All of these vital projects could not have been accomplished without the support of our partners in ministry.  We are so thankful for your prayers and generous contributions over these last five years.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

It’s not too late to celebrate with us!  We suggested November for your congregation’s Kuwaa 5th Anniversary Celebration, but any day that is convenient for your congregation would do.  It could be as simple as using the Litany of Celebration & Thanksgiving  that follows during your morning worship, taking up a “noisy (loose change) offering,” and serving a “birthday” cake following the service where you might play the YouTube video of the Mission’s progress.  Or you might choose to host a Liberian meal on a Sunday evening or week night.  If you have questions or would like more ideas for planning, please check out our website at www.kuwaamission.org.  There you will find resources to assist you in spreading the message of hope that has been made possible by your faithful support of the Kuwaa Mission.

Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do for the Kuwaa people.  Now, let’s PARTY!           

The following Litany or a similar prayer may be offered in worship as part of a celebration of the Kuwaa Mission 5th Anniversary.

 

Litany of Celebration & Thanksgiving for the Kuwaa Mission         

Leader: God the Creator, maker of heaven and Earth,

Congregation: Have mercy on us.

Leader: God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

Congregation: Have mercy on us.

Leader: God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the Faithful,

Congregation: Have mercy on us.

Leader: Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,

Congregation: Have mercy on us.

Leader: That it may please you to have your church go into all the world to help others so that the name of Jesus may be known and worshipped by all peoples,

Congregation: We beseech you to hear us, O Lord.

Leader: That it may please you to awaken a zeal for missions in the hearts of all your people,

Congregation: We beseech you to hear us, O Lord.

Leader: That it may please you to send out laborers into your harvest,

Congregation: We beseech you to hear us, O Lord.

Leader: That it may please you to kindle within your people an awareness of mission and a willingness to provide faithful support,

Congregation: We beseech you to hear us, O Lord.

Leader: That it may please you to bless the mission work of all who labor with few resources and great challenges,

Congregation: We beseech you to hear us, O Lord.

Leader: That it may please you to provide safe drinking water; clinics for medical care; scholarships for technicians, nurses, and evangelists; training for well and filter care; and school supplies and Christian education for the people of the Kuwaa Chiefdom in Liberia, West Africa.

Congregation: We beseech you to hear us, O Lord.

Leader:  For the health and safety of missionaries and volunteers with the Kuwaa Mission who bring expertise, encouragement and education to the Kuwaa people.

Congregation:  We beseech you to hear us, O Lord.

Leader: For an increase in evangelism and ministries of mercy in our local community and abroad, that all people may come to know and enjoy your blessings,

Congregation: We pray to you, O God. Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: For greater awareness of and empathy for the needs of all your people throughout the world and the injustices that they endure,

Congregation: We pray to you, O God. Lord, hear our prayer.

All:  Amen

 

Blessings and peace in the name of our Risen Savior,

Rev. Carol George

Congregation Coordinator

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August 2014 Prayer Letter

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August 2014

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Special Report: Ebola Crisis

By Jennifer Cosgrove, Ph.D.

Greetings in the name of Christ Jesus, the Great Physician:

            It is with heavy hearts that we see Liberia making international news due to the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever crisis.  Starting this past spring in the neighboring country of Guinea, this disease has spread in four West African countries, infecting over 3,500 people and killing over 1,900, including over 120 medical care workers (according to the CDC and other sources).  Some local experts believe these numbers are underestimates by 25-50%.  The situation was called “uncontained and out of control” by Ken Isaacs, a vice president at Samaritan’s Purse, when he spoke to the U.S. Congress.  Hospitals and clinics are understaffed to the point of having to close.  People are dying from complicated births, accidents, malaria, and other treatable conditions.  There are not enough doctors, medical workers, isolation units and supplies.

            While suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola have been found in all the counties surrounding the Kuwaa villages, their county, Gbarpolu, appears to be untouched (so far).   For this, we thank God.  We also thank you again for your support of the Kuwaa Mission’s work to provide hygiene and sanitation education, water filters, wells, and a medical clinic.  These necessities are important to the health of a community at all times and are crucial in areas hit with a medical crisis such as Ebola.

            How has this crisis impacted our work?  Our last volunteer trip was in April to install the solar energy system and officially open the medical clinic in Kondesu.  Since then, Liberia’s Ministry of Health has not been able to supply the clinic with medicines and other supplies as they are overwhelmed with the Ebola situation.  We also need to continue well maintenance (e.g. check the quality of the water in the wells and chlorinate them, as needed).  We will not send our local assistant to the area until/unless it is safe to travel there (the counties surrounding the Kuwaa region have Ebola and the government is restricting travel).   While we cannot send State-side volunteers until the crisis is over (at least not until 2015), we want to help the Kuwaa people with medical and other health related supplies and we request your continued financial support for these efforts.

            You may have seen solicitations for donations towards the Ebola crisis.  We would like to suggest the following groups who have shown their dedication to this crisis and are known for their fiscal responsibility. These organizations have been overwhelmed by the situation and need funds for the support of brave volunteers and the medical supplies and equipment that are desperately needed.  You can donate via these web links as well as receive the latest information about the crisis by “liking” their Facebook pages.  Please “like” our page as well and invite your friends and family.

Samaritan’s Purse

This Christian organization has been extremely helpful to the Kuwaa Mission in helping us transport our supplies upcountry.   We have sent them funds to help with their work in ministering to patients afflicted with Ebola.

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/ebola-crisis/

https://www.facebook.com/SamaritansPurse

Serving in Mission – ELWA Hospital

ELWA Hospital is one of the treatment sites featured in the news.  It is the hospital where Dr. Brantly (who was in Liberia with Samaritan’s Purse) and Nancy Writebol worked.  These are the two Americans who were successfully treated in a special isolation unit in the United States.  ELWA is particularly important to KM Board Members Rev. Richard Thompson, Ed Stelling, and Jennifer Cosgrove as this was the school and medical clinic they went to while in Liberia in the 1970’s.  Currently, Doctors Without Borders is opening up more isolation wards at this site.

http://www.simusa.org/

https://www.facebook.com/simliberia

Doctors Without Borders (Medicins sans Frontieres)

This secular organization is widely recognized for the volunteer medical care it provides throughout the world.  Their medical volunteers have been on the frontlines of this crisis from the beginning.

https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm?ref=monthly

http://time.com/3154326/1400-are-dead-from-ebola-and-we-need-help-says-doctors-without-borders-president/

https://www.facebook.com/msf.english

Global Health Ministries

This is a Lutheran organization working with the Lutheran Church in Liberia, particularly assisting their hospitals in Phebe and Curran, which have been in the news.  They have been sending personal protection equipment and other supplies to these clinics.

http://www.ghm.org/

https://www.facebook.com/GlobalHealthMin

PS:  This is a link to the CDC map of West African countries and counties.

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/resources/distribution-map-guinea-outbreak.html

In the bottom half of this map is Liberia.  The white area (that is surrounded by orange Ebola areas) is Gbarpolu county where the Kuwaa people live and the Kuwaa Mission works, by the grace of God and your support.

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Concluding with some good news!

Ester Kowula, Rev. Chris Kowula’s daughter, has graduated from nursing school and received six honors.  She is in Fassama currently and wants to work in the Kondesu clinic once it receives supplies.  Ester was a recipient of a financial scholarship from the Kuwaa Mission.

A Kuwaa young man, Joseph Jeogbor, is a graduate of Phebe Nursing School and desires to work in the Kondesu clinic as well.  He is the grandson of Pastor John Manawu who was a significant partner with Lutheran Bible Translators in their work with the Kuwaa people in the 1970s and 80s.  We are so blessed by the Lord with these faithful servants who desire to serve their people as their parents and grandparents have done.  Your continued financial support for scholarships makes this possible.

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The Kuwaa Mission:  c/o Bethany Lutheran Church,  1340 8th Street,  Slidell, LA 70458