Our healthiest greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
So much is surfacing across the globe. Many are operating out love, but sadly, many from fear. If only everyone knew the mercy and kindness of Jesus Christ and his promises. He alone is our comfort and confidence. Our earthly wants pale in comparison to the joy of knowing and loving our Jesus. Admittedly, this is not an easy message to convey to adults or children, but it is a necessary reminder as we see in Proverbs 30.
7Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die: 8Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, 9That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.
— Proverbs 30:7-9
How wise is our infinite God who knows exactly what we do and do not need.
11Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
— Philippians 4:11-13
Things in Liberia are always difficult, but good. Having endured the ravages of Ebola, this recent virus is far less scary.
We do not have the quality of health care that is available in the USA, but we manage. We do not have the strength of the economy as in the USA, but we manage. What we have, in our poverty, is something greater: no other option. We are drawn closer to Christ, and realize our need for him through the challenges that he alone permits in our lives. The resulting JOY is worth the price, yet I know we would not seek it if we had options. That is the human condition.
Our rent is due. It is annual. This year it is $4,500. Here is our caution:
3You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
— James 4:3
Can you see that we are careful to measure our ask to be sure it is absolutely necessary?
We work hard to provide, not for our pleasures, but for our children.
We are concerned for their welfare as you are for yours. We must educate, feed, and protect these who are vulnerable among us. We care for 24 children. I wish it were 2400! Right now, we need shelter which requires rent.
If, and only if, the Lord persuades you that our ask is proper and you are able, will you please help us, even just a little?
We are always so thankful for you, In Christ,
Myer and Marie Torbor
New Hope Children’s Village
Glory to God