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August Newsletter

  • Missionaries Return to Liberia
  • "Why do you keep going back?"
  • Reflections from an Intern: Brandon Skiles
  • Prayers/Praises
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Missionaries Headed Back to Liberia

It is that time again. Time for the Hope in the Harvest missionaries to travel back to Liberia to engage in  their important work again at the ARC and  LICC. The Glenns and Sebalds return home to the States every June for a two-three month period.  Our missionaries have spent this time visiting with family, speaking with churches, working, fundraising, and some much needed rest, but the moving in and out of cultures can be disconcerting. The more you live in and learn about a culture other than your own, the more it changes your outlook forever. A new pastor, Gami Ortiz, serving at Kossuth Street Baptist Church in Lafayette, IN and recently back from mission work in Haiti, wrote about the impact of culture on missionaries:

"They must adapt and embrace a culture that is not their own so that they can know how to best communicate the gospel and do discipleship in the midst of that new culture. In the process of doing so, they lose part of their original culture. Though they will never be fully integrated or one hundred percent part of the new culture, they are also no longer part of their own. They become a bridge between cultures. For that reason, they may feel more at home in the mission field than they would in their passport country, even though they don’t fully “belong” there either. In a sense, this is to embody the gospel message itself, which was initiated by God himself who came to us. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Jesus exemplified this model for missions."

How can we help make the process easier? Encourage our missionaries through prayer. Pray for a safe return and to smoothly pick up life at the Agricultural Center. Pray for a renewed strength to show the Gospel in all that they do.  Pray through the items in each monthly newsletter. Encourage the missionaries through contact. Email them that you are praying and asking how they are doing. Be in prayer about going to Liberia yourself. Lastly, we can encourage our missionaries through supporting them financially. Let’s commit to faithfully praying for Glenn’s and Sebald’s return this September and for HITHI to impact many with the Gospel.

Kim Lumkes
HITHI Board Member
 

"Why do you keep going back to Liberia?"

Blog by Anna Glenn

Why do you keep going back to Liberia??
"This is the question that I hear at least 2-3 times a week so by now you would think that I would have my myself a perfectly cultivated answer, short and sweet, clear and to the point, easy to deliver, something that summarizes it all up....

How do I explain why I am going back in just a few simple sentences? How do I explain in just a few simple sentences all the things that God has laid on my heart and all the ways that God has broken my heart? Good, bad, beautiful, ugly, messy, clean, tangible, intangible, real, fake, and everything in between? How do I explain it all at once? How do I summarize things that I myself don’t even understand? That I can’t even explain? Things that seem like they make no sense?"

To find out the answer to this easy, yet not so easy question, check out the rest of the blog here: https://glennsgoglobal.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/why-do-you-keep-going-back/

Reflection from an Intern: Brandon Skiles

                My visit to Liberia was primarily to support the mission in their efforts by fixing some of the electrical issues they had there, but I also hoped to be able to help the people there in some small ways. I have always wanted to be able to help in the mission field but never really felt like I was qualified to teach or preach, so this was a good opportunity, as I could use my electrical background to be a part of the mission by helping the missionaries who are very good at serving and teaching the people there! I spent most of my time there working on electrical issues in the A.R.C. and in the generator room. The biggest challenge was deciding the priority of things that needed to be done and figuring out what materials we would be able to get. It seemed that everything we really needed we were able to find, and with a little improvising we got a lot more done than I thought we would be able to, given the limited supplies! We upgraded the service to the A.R.C. to 100A 3-phase (it was 40 A single phase previously) so that they could run more chocolate equipment and run both wells at the same time if needed. I also fixed the outlets and switches that would shock you when touched them (apparently the system was not well grounded), as well as added a float to the large water tank so that it would fill automatically (side note from the missionaries: this is a huge blessing because pretty much 50% of the days we would wake up and the take would be empty for bathing). I think that the biggest impact that the trip had on me was spending time with the employees at LICC and being inspired by their joy amidst the incredibly hard situations they face every day. I know that I can never fully experience their hardships, but I realized how the things that cause me to be stressed or angry are so small in the big picture.

This month we had 62 visitors to the ARC.
Prayer/Praise
  • PRAISE that the school was finally able to pay their staff this past month. We continue to pray though for the upcoming months and that God would guide the administration in the way forward as they seek more sustainable solutions to this financial crisis. 
  • Prayers for Liberia's difficult economic and political situation and prayers for peace and development.
  • Prayers for the Glenns/Sebalds as they are heading back from the US. Pray for rest, pray for peace during the tension of transition, pray for smooth travels.
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