October 2016 Prayer Letter
How much do you like your coffee?
While I really enjoy my cup of coffee in the morning I can honestly say I have never bought a cup at one of the many drive thru coffee shops. They seem to sprout like rabbits, especially here in Anchorage, AK. Therefore I can also say that I don’t really know how much one costs. I am willing to bet that many people buy more than one per day.
Assuming that one costs $2.00 (and I bet it’s more than that) buying one cup a day for just the normal work week the cost is $10. Projecting that over a 50 week year (I’ll give you a break for vacation) you’ve spent $500 just for coffee!! We have well over 100 individual donors and if everyone spent that much for coffee the cost would be $50,000!! Just think how many people could have life saving clean water for $50,000.
Historically over the past 7 years a typical well for us to install in remote tropical Liberia is in the vicinity of $9000 depending on transportation which is our single largest expense. The population of most of the villages we are working in is in the 500-700 range. $50,000 would then give life giving water via nearly 6 wells to an average of 600 people per town or a total of 3,600 people. For just one year this is 1,314,000 servings of clean potable, and palatable, water. Or just over $0.03 per serving. WHAT IS YOUR WATER BILL??
I’m not asking you give up your coffee but I do ask you to consider how far your donation to providing clean water goes. We have NO overhead, all our income goes directly to supporting our programs in Liberia. Please prayerfully consider making a donation to help us provide this life saving water.
CEO Kuwaa Mission
The Kuwaa Mission just received word that we have been approved by Water Hope to receive a grant to install three wells this year. This is great news and the first grant that we have been approved for. Water Hope is an organization that not only funds work done by other NGO’s but also does their own work internationally providing safe drinking water.
We are very proud and thankful for this grant and hope to partner with Water Hope in years to come. Please check out their website at www.waterhope.org.
On Saturday, October 8, there is an opportunity for the world-wide Lutheran church. The Mission EinWelt (Mission One World) of the German church is sponsoring a virtual church gathering featuring Lutheran leaders from all over the world.
The Lutheran Church in Liberia is one of two churches from the continent of Africa who are presenting at this event. The event runs all day and can be accessed on the internet.
From the Lutheran Church in Liberia, participants will be Rev. D. Jensen Seyenkulo, Bishop of the LCL; Rev. Xaster Yarkpazuo, Pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Monrovia (where I serve as Associate Pastor), and Rev. Oretha Miller Davis, Senior Pastor of the St. Matthew’s Lutheran Parish, Monrovia.
I invite you to get a group together and participate in this event—-or participate in it yourself. It promises to be a great worship experience and a chance to learn and engage with Lutherans from other contexts.
Here is the website. It will tell you what time the events of the virtual church festival are happening in your area of the world.
Blessings on your work–and on your weekend!
Rev. Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
Louis T. Bowers Lay Leaders and Ministers Training Center
Associate Pastor, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
Totota,Liberia and Monrovia, Liberia