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Missionary Letter


Greetings from Liberia!

Dear Friends and Family,

   Greetings from Liberia! We want to update you all on some exciting things that have been happening out here in Liberia. Last week, Jen got to host the women’s fellowship for Harvest Bible Chapel and had 35 women over to our house. (Other women from the church did the cooking since she had to be at the hospital all day). But they all seemed to have a great time! Then, Billy hosted the men’s fellowship from Harvest and had 25 men over later that week. Jen cooked the food for the men with the help of one of the other ladies from church.

    Regarding the mobile clinic in Marshall Road that we mentioned in our last update…We have now held the clinic the last 3 Wednesdays. We’ve been seeing between 75-100 people each clinic day. We have had to turn people away each week due to time constraints. Already, the people in this community have thanked us multiple times for starting this clinic. The Boystown area is one of the poorest areas in the country and many of the people here cannot afford healthcare at the hospitals. We have been trying to pray with as many patients as possible and showing them the importance of not only addressing physical needs, but also spiritual. We’ve sent several people to the ELWA Hospital ER from the clinic who needed further medical care/hospitalization.  One baby came to the clinic that was 11 months old and weighed only 7 pounds.  One 8 year old girl we sent this past Wednesday and is still in the hospital (pictured above). She is severely malnourished, needs abdominal surgery for a fistula, and when we sent her to the hospital was anemic and needed 2 blood transfusions. The surgeon is waiting for her body to get a little stronger before he will perform the surgery. Her name is Mabee Marshall. Please keep her in your prayers. We’ve also advised 2 different patients who came to the clinic to go to the hospital to get tested for HIV because we were concerned they had it, and they were both positive and we were able to get them into the HIV program at ELWA.

   Pastor Abel who is leading the Harvest core group in Marshall Road leads a Bible study immediately following the clinic that we have been able to be a part of.  He has also commented how our presence in the Boystown area has already led to a significant increase in people coming to his church!  Praise God!! 

   As stated last week, the mobile clinic has extra costs that we did not originally plan for.  We are paying for the medications, supplies, hospital bills/surgeries for patients we refer, etc.  Through this ministry, we are able to serve some of the poorest people in the world and see lives being saved and changed.  If you are feeling led to give to this specific project, please see the information at the end of the update. 

   The ER has been extremely busy lately so Jen has been feeling exhausted. There have been a lot of deaths recently which has been difficult. Billy has been keeping busy with the hospital finances and will also be taking over the procurement role of setting up/managing vendors for supplies/medications for the hospital.

   Billy also had the opportunity to preach twice over the last week! (In the hospital morning chapel service and for the Harvest men’s fellowship.) Billy is also planning on starting a discipleship group that will meet for a couple hours each week with some of the men from Harvest. He is hoping to start it this week.

Prayer points:

  1. Please pray for the clinic for wisdom in handling the patient cases and for the clinic to be an effective outlet for evangelism in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His free gift of salvation to those in that community
  2. Please pray for Jen to have strength physically and emotionally as the challenges at the hospital are constant
  3. Please pray for the discipleship group Billy plans to lead to be a time of spiritual growth for all the men involved
  4. Please pray for Harvest Bible Chapel to be a light for Christ in the various communities that they are present in
  5. Please pray for the Liberians as they encounter daily challenges of hunger, illness, and death

 

   For anyone that is interested in donating specifically to the mobile clinic we have set up a place for donations with ELWA Ministries Association. It is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization which means any donations given are tax deductible.Also, they are only charging a 5% fee (2.5% admin fee and it costs 2.5% to send the money from their bank to us here in Liberia).We are praying that your generosity towards this project doesn’t just lead to lives being saved here on earth but also souls being saved for eternity!   See below for instructions:  

1.   Go to www.elwamausa.com (ELWA Ministry Association USA). 

2.   Click the donate tab on the top right of the website (middle of the website for mobile users).  

3.   Donate by mail (ELWA Ministries Association USA P.O. Box 1 Warrenville, IL 60555) or through paypal with credit or debit card.  (Donations would be preferred through mailing a check or money order due to paypal charging a fee to the organization).

4.   FOR THE DESIGNATION, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SELECT ELWA HOSPITAL AND IN THE “OTHER” BOX TYPE ELWA SATELITTE CLINIC. IF NOT, THE MONEY WILL NOT GO TO US.  IF MAILING THE CHECK, PLEASE SPECIFY ON THE MEMO LINE “ELWA SATELITTE CLINIC”.

Thank you again for all your love, support, prayers, and encouragement!  

With Love,  

Billy and Jen

Email: jennelson1515@gmail.com