Dear Partners in Ministry,
I have been contemplating my June/July prayer letter for the last couple of days, knowing that it needed to be done. I have been thinking about sharing with you the blessing of being with family and loved ones, the belated wedding reception of my son, Kyle and his beautiful wife, Liz, the pleasure of meeting her family, the birthday celebrations of my granddaughters and the surprise announcement that my daughter Danielle and her husband are blessing me with my third grandchild next March. But all these blessing pale in comparison with the dreadful news coming out of Liberia over the last couple of days Two American aid workers in the ELWA compound, one of whom I met when I was there in March, are now infected with the Ebola virus and are fighting for their lives. The situation is critical, with one of Liberia’s premier doctors actually dying from the deadly disease, and Liberian health care workers falling ill. Violence and rioting are occurring due to fear, confusion and ignorance surrounding the disease and how to contain it. I am begging you to make this a matter of most urgent prayer! For the safety of the American missionaries already on the ground there, Pastor Gbendah and his family, my friend Pauline, Pastor David and all our friends with CAFMACP, the ELWUO, Jahzjet and Bethlehem orphanages. The situation could not be more dire.
Psalm 91:1 - 7 says “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God: in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon day. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” I have claimed this for my Liberian brothers and sisters and, as always, their faith through out the situation is unwavering but they do covet our prayers and intercession on their behalf.
The deputation trail has taken me across 10 states over the last two months and what was to be a 4 week trip to the Midwest turned into more than 7 weeks as I experienced van troubles! I am happy to report that not only did God provide both financially and tangibly during that time (I came home with a different van as mine was irreparable) but the delay gave me the opportunity to share the gospel with family members, friends and even a tow truck and shuttle driver! In that time I was able to see nine individuals trust Christ as Savior. I am praising God for creating opportunities for me to share His great love while on this journey, even before going to Africa!
I also had the very special privilege of presenting my work to a group of ladies from my home town of Mankato, Kansas. I had never had the opportunity to publicly share my own personal testimony there, and I am happy to say it was a true blessing. As I often share when I am presenting, I am not trying to show myself to be a spiritual giant or even worthy of this calling, but testifying to God’s great love and ability to truly transform a life! He certainly did when He chose to use this broken vessel!
A few more individuals and another church have taken me on for support and I am standing at 15%. Please be in prayer with me that I will be fast approaching that 50% mark as the year ends. My calling has been productive and my fall schedule is filling up. God shows himself faithful and I place this journey squarely in His timing and direction!
Thank you again for your prayers and support as I seek to serve Him in Liberia, West Africa!
Yours In Christ, Julie Alexander