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Here you will find updates and progress report posts related to Frances Swaray mission in Liberia. 

Newsletter – 8th March

By Michael Allsop | Mar 8, 2019 |

Dearest Brothers and Sisters

Greetings from sunny Liberia. I give thanks to God for His continued blessing to us here. I have settled well back into Liberian culture and it is getting much easier each time. We really praise God for our new home and I brought an extra suitcase full of bits and pieces to help create a cosy and comfortable place of refuge for us. I am happy that I did for we are all happy and blessed to enjoy the comforts and luxuries of pictures and decorations for the walls. These things are not too common here in most people’s homes.

Here the priority is putting food on the table and sending children to school. Every day is a struggle for the majority of people to do just those basic things. I see people selling their small bits and pieces sitting in the sun till early evening just to provide for their children. Every evening around 5.30pm when the sun starts to go down we go for a walk and I buy my fruit from several of the women I am getting to know. My heart is truly moved as I watch them work so hard just to make sure their children have an opportunity to learn to become someone tomorrow.

Several of the neighbors came and helped us to paint and move our furniture in. It was a joy to be blessed by their kindness and generosity. We moved everything from the houses by Kekeh a tricycle I am so sorry I did not take any photos for indeed it was a miracle in itself. I was too busy unpacking the suitcases for them to refill!!!!

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I have been reading in Ephesians 4 verses 1-3 were Paul reminds us of how we should walk.

I was challenged as I read it and took out the dictionary to examine the key words.

Humility…  that we are to think of others more and ourselves less,

Gentle…  to be kind,  mild mannered and tender.

Patience…. To have the capacity to accept delays, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset.   To bear….  to carry and support each other in love,

Eager…. keen and enthusiastic

As we maintain unity. It is indeed a challenge to walk in this way worthy of our calling which each of us have but this is what we are commanded to do.

Thank you for all the prayers we know God is working in wonderful ways.

You can read Frances updated Pray Requests by clicking here.

 

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Newsletter – 6th February

By Michael Allsop | Feb 9, 2019 |

Philippians ch 4:14

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

God has consistently reminded me that it is by faith and not sight we are called. By faith Abram left the familiar, his family, his home and journeyed to the unknown in order for his descendants to receive their inheritance. It was by faith Noah build the first boat ever and in the middle of a desert.  Surely too these men had many unanswered questions. Noah, like Abram, simply obeyed. Thanks to him the human race still exists today and his boat design is still deemed to be the best design for to survive a storm. These men are an inspiration to me as I continue to step out in faith.

Last year was challenging with many storms and many things to learn however God proved His faithfulness. We have a God who is faithful and I have learnt that as we keep our eyes focused on Him, He brings us through. As I trust Him regardless of the circumstances He supplies me with a peace that transcends all understanding.

This year as I return God reminds me that in His strength I can do all things. I remind you also no matter what you are facing, the pain you are going through or the anxiety you have if you release them to God and trust Him He can take those burdens and give you peace instead.

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Answers to Prayer in 2018

  • We thank God for all the wonderful things that He did last year, the locals who were trained as apprentice Trauma Healing Facilitators, and the children who attended the camp, those who were helped with their education or social enterprise. Those who were supported through mentoring or training workshops.
  • We thank God for His provision enabling me to go back as a volunteer and to support the work that has started
  • We give thanks to God for continuing to open the doors of opportunity to minister in Liberia
  • We thank God for the new compound were we will live and have our work base

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Frances Update 2nd October

By Michael Allsop | Oct 2, 2018 |

I thank God that we had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop for the NGO who is funded by Sweden yesterday..

God’s presence and leading was tangible as we started to look at trauma and the effects on our health and our quality of life.. And to point them to the divine healer.

We return next week to complete the workshop.

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Frances Update 24th September

By Michael Allsop | Sep 24, 2018 |

Good morning,  today I have been asked to facilitate a workshop for an NGO who are having problems.

Please pray that God would use it to move people forward… I am focusing on the wounds of the heart, the journey of grief and the process of forgiveness.

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Frances Update 14th September

By Michael Allsop | Sep 15, 2018 |

ARRIVED… Unpacking our new curriculum books have arrived, many thanks to the Mandala Trust for their support and generosity.

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