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June Newsletter

  • Glenn Ministry Night- July 14th
  • Chocolate Business- Big News and New Name!
  • Intern Highlight: Macy Alexander
  • University of Maryland Collaboration 
  • ISOKO Leadership Workshop
  • Peace Corps Added Value Workshop
  • Prayers/Praises
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Glenn's Ministry Update Night & Dinner-
July 14th 

Don't miss the Glenn's Ministry Update Night at Epworth United Methodist Church on July 14th @ 5:00pm (600 Warren Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030). They will be serving traditional Liberian food so that everyone can get a taste, but they ask that you will please also bring a dish to share. There will be lots of photos, testimonies, Liberian crafts for sale, and ohh….brownies made with Liberian chocolate!! 

For more details and to RSVP, please click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerE1S61ze0bfIJJDUMQysXkVxcDSUJyIP0KxPyr4f00FoqUg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Chocolate Business- Big News and New Name!

It's time for an update on the chocolate business. Our chocolate business continues to grow beyond our wildest imagination! A few months ago we found out that we were selected as recipients of a USAID grant aimed at support agro-processing in Liberia, specifically within the cocoa value chain. Through the help of this grant, we will be able to scale up our machines and produce at a more commercial level. Right now the demand for our chocolate is high, and there are still so many more untapped markets here in Liberia that we have yet to grow into. Please continue to pray for this growing business, that God would guide us each step of the way, that we would make the right decisions at the right time, and that it would impact people in a tangible way while also spreading the good news of our redemption through Christ. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get to where we are so far!

Oh also, we have decided to name our business Redimere (meaning "redeemed").
 

Intern- Macy Alexander
(University of Arkansas)

Introducing our new intern, Macy! Macy was with us for the month of June and she comes to us from Unviersity of Arkansas. She is a rising Junior in the field of Agriculture Education and she is interested in learning more about how she can use her degree to do international agricultural development work. She has already been busy sitting in on our ag classes and stakeholder meetings, helping with some research projects, and working in the fields.

Interested in learning about how you can also apply for an internship? Check out our website for more details: https://www.hopeintheharvest.org/internships/.

University of Maryland Collaboration 

The trip we've been looking forward to all semester! Throughout the past few months, our senior students in the Global Agriculture class have been meeting weekly with the students in the Global Agriculture class at University of Maryland. Each week has consisted of guest speakers, group discussions, and joint readings/assignments regarding various topics such as nutrition, gender, technology, poverty, etc and how they relate to agriculture on a global scale. Students then worked in groups to develop projects that we could implement here at LICC to help address some of these issues that we saw in our community. Specifically the teams decided on three projects:
1. radio program that helps to teach and answer farmers' questions
2. development/awareness of our soil testing laboratory on campus
3. outreach to local high schools to encourage youth in agriculture
Even though the UMD students were not able to travel (due to concerns regarding the June 7th protests), the professors still traveled and we were able to take some initial steps in developing these projects. 
In talking with the students at the end of the class one of the things the students learned most from this experience was that Liberia is not the only country with challenges in the agricultural sector. Each country has their own struggles that they are dealing with and all these systems are connected so we all have to work together to solve these challenges! This class is doing just that, uniting young professionals from different parts of the worlds and bringing together their own unique perspectives/ideas to try to make the world a better place in whatever small way they can. 

ISOKO Leadership Workshop

By Donald Cassell
The ILW of the Africa Portfolio’s Liberian Initiative at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana, is conducted annually on the campus of Liberian International Christian College (LICC) in cooperation with the Agriculture Research Center (ARC) at LICC. ILW works with about 8-15 participants annually. The workshop is committed to 144 contact hours with participants in seminars conducted within four weeks. Seminar sessions are punctuated by fellowship over a meal. The hope is to have the readings and discussions encompass a broad spectrum of themes dealing with governance, policy studies (how cities and states are made), and leadership. ILW aims for intensive reading, writing, discussion and practice for the cultivation of innovative, intelligent and moral leadership. The focus is on leadership development through intellectual and character growth. ILW’s concern for national development is fully established in the workshop objectives of excellence, knowledge and love for a distinguished service. The hope is to train men and women to help build human capacity in Liberia. ISOKO Leadership Workshop is interested in the development of mature, strong, flourishing individuals for the growth of robust flourishing communities, to the eventual realization of a secure, prosperous and harmonious state known for its excellence, creativity and love. ILW hopes to more broadly disseminate this different order of being in the world in the context of excellence, knowledge and love, to raise up women and men committed to deep thinking and earnest practice essential to the making of communities of quality and integrity.

Peace Corps- Agribusiness Workshop

We are happy to be working with the Peace Corps organization again! This month, we had 20 of their counterparts here to the ARC for a two day "Economics and Value Added Processing" workshop. We talked about #addedvalueagriculture and made cassava chips, banana chips, papaya candy, and cut vegetables for our solar dryers!  One of our ag teachers Johnson Weefah, also did some interactive lessons to help us better understand the importance of marketing our products. The participants then broke into groups, came up with business ideas and plans, and presented them to a panel of judges on a "mini shark tank" episode. It was a lot of fun and we hope that those who came will be inspired to keep the creativity up!
This month we had 173 visitors to the ARC. 97 adults, 76 children
Prayer/Praise
  • Prayers for the Glenns as they head back to the US for a time of rest and continued fundraising. 
  • Praise for the exciting development with the chocolate business and prayers for its continued growth.
  • Praise for safe travels for our intern and for the time that she was here.
  • Praise for safe travels for the UMD team and all the relationships that were built during their time with us in country. Prayers that the work can continue.
  • Praise for ISOKO leadership workshop participants and pray for them as they go back out into their communities that they might be a reflection of God-honoring leaders.
  • Praise God for all our participants who came for the workshop with Peace Corps and pray for them as they work to grow businesses within their local communities.
  • Praise that some funds have been paid out to our staff for their salaries! We are still praying that LICC can continue to work to find the rest of the funds. 
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