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How to Save a life …

June 29th, 2017 No comments

I have always had a desire to help people.

As a child watching infomercials about Unicef and the Peace Corps in the late seventies and early eighties; it was my desire to make a difference by serving  in some tropical destination halfway around the world.

Fast forwad several decades later and I find myself doing exactly what I dreamed about when I was less than 10 years old. I am helping people … I am saving lives.

In 2013 I made contact with Latter Rain Mission International, a church on Bushrod Island in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. The pastor was reaching out to other ministries internationally for assistance in strengthening their new ministry. I befriended them during the time I served at Latter Rain in Abaco, Bahamas. Both ministries having similar names offered a commonality and point.of discussion for the relationship to develop. It quickly did, and soon after I found myself providing leadership information for them and eventually over 1,000 lbs of books to help them with the new school that they were starting.

I felt great about playing such a large part towards making the school a success. A few months after I was asked if I would be interested in conducting a leadership conference for a few churches and their leaders. I thought about the offer, discuss it with ny wife and family along with my pastor; and eventually I got back to them with an affirmative answer.

We set the date for February 2015 and with great excitement I planned towards the trip, only to have the Ebola outbreak hit the very country I was planning to visit.  Thinking that the issue would pass over and I would still be able to take advantage of the opportunity, I held out hope that I would hit Liberian soul in February of 2015.  Well, after all of the praying and high expectations; we had to postpone the trip for 2016. I used the time to fine tune the program that I was working on for the trip and also mentally prepared myself for the 5 weeks that I would be away from the comforts and familiarity of home.

(stay tuned for more about my trip to Liberia and upcoming projects for the country)

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