Backpacks for Liberia
As plans for Annual Conference are in limbo, along with much of life in our country, we are still mindful of our hands-on mission project. The backpacks we supply to our schools in Liberia remain our focus this month. Fortunately, we were able to order the materials for fifty back-packs well before this virus crisis hit, so the materials to fill the backpacks are ready, and we will have volunteers to pack them.
Remember, Liberia is a country where 85% of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day, and they are only too aware of what a virus-produced epidemic can do. With a literacy rate of about 60% and tuition in the underfunded public schools beyond their reach, the United Methodist Church plays an important role in educating Liberian children through 18 high schools, 22 junior highs, and 16 elementary schools. These schools desperately need the supplies we provide each year.
Our mission group was careful to buy wisely, and we’re sure you won’t miss the hunt for compasses, protractors, chalk, and the other sup-plies. The rulers were donated by Gail Daffron, who is a master shopper. We know it’s a difficult time in the life of all of us, but we are charged to re-member all the world’s children. Each backpack and its shipping costs can be paid for by a $25 donation, but any amount you can spare would be helpful. And the history of Liberia shows the church’s responsibility for helping its future. Please give generously during May.
"With man this is impossible, but with God, ALL things are possible." Matthew 19:26.