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October 2014 Prayer Letter

Dear Prayer & Ministry Partners, 

Let me start by once again thanking you for your support in my ministry!  I am praising the Lord as I begin this letter by announcing that I have just reached 27% of my support. God has been faithful in adding churches and families to those who desire to see our Lord's great commission fulfilled in Liberia, West Africa!

It has been a busy fall.  One of the highlights was presenting my ministry at Manhattan Baptist Church in Manhattan, KS where I was saved 22 years ago! In addition to other meetings throughout Nebraska, Kansas and Alabama I was able to attend a Ladies retreat at Southland Christian Camp in Louisiana with my daughter who, we found out, is expecting my TWIN granddaughters in March (on my 50th birthday).  I was also able to attend the Baptist Missions to Forgotten Peoples Family Retreat in Pigeon Forge.  It has been a blessing to fellowship and share with so many of God's people.  He has used them in a miraculous way to provide for me and I continue to be blessed by God's people.  

Distribution of Rice at Temple Baptist Church. When I began this journey 2 years ago, I could not have known that Liberia, a country that was essentially unheard of in many of my meetings, would be thrown onto the world's center stage in light of the horrendous Ebola crisis!  In my last prayer letter, the first two Americans had just been infected and were later transferred to the U.S.  I thank God for answered prayers and that they have both since recovered.  I am also happy to report that thus far the orphans of both the Jahzjet and ELWUO orphanages have remained free from Ebola. 

My Liberian church, Temple Baptist Church, of Johnsonville, Liberia has not fared as well.  This is an area that has been hard hit by the disease.  Fear and superstition make this illness very difficult to combat.  Several families in his church have died, including the parents of small children.  Individuals in the area have been poisoning wells, worsening the situation.  The Lord provided the means for me to send some funds to help see them through the crisis, through the generous donations of His people and through the sale of African Market Baskets.

The funds sent have been used to purchase hand-washing buckets, chlorine, soap, rice, oil and water for the orphanages as well as the congregations of Temple Baptist and Bible Baptist churches in Monrovia.  The provisions gave hope and courage to the women of Temple Baptist and they are using this opportunity to educate and reach out to members of their community.  They report that attendance has been up in the church and that even through this tragedy, the gospel is spreading!

My Liberian Pastor, Guanue Gbendah, his wife and family have returned to the U.S. for furlough at the insistence of his mission board at this time.  While this was a difficult move for him to make at this time, the Lord is using the situation to shed light on the needs of his ministry and he is actively presenting to churches.  I look forward to spending some time with him while he is in the states, doing some more specific ministry planning for the future.  He will be visiting Columbus with his wife to meet my family at Grace Baptist Church on November 30.

The Lord has opened an amazing opportunity. I am partnering with Friends Against Hunger whose ministry is packaging rice packets for feeding the poor.  They have offered 8 pallets of food with approximately 112,000 meals which will be distributed to the orphanages and churches that I have been fortunate to minster with in Liberia.  Please pray earnestly that the Lord will provide the $6,000 we need to participate in the shipment.  I personally need to raise at least $3,000 by the end of November.  This will provide much needed food in great supply as resources are becoming scarce and expensive in Liberia. 

There is so much fear and misinformation in the U.S. news and social media.  I personally have been affected, having been denied entrance into a renowned company here in my hometown for fear that I personally have Ebola even though I have not been in Liberia for well over 6 months.  I continue to be rebuked and challenged by the great faith of my Liberian brothers and sisters as they demonstrate faith in our God and His sovereignty in this desperate situation.  Many are examining themselves and the actions of their country and seeking God's face and forgiveness through prayer and fasting.  Nothing in my plan has changed.  I prayerfully plan on joining the Temple Baptist ministry in  Winter 2015/Spring 2016.  Recent reports from my friends in Liberia is that the virus is slowing.  Praise God!

I continue to thank God for this great privilege to serve Him and I continue to covet your prayers as I press on through pre-field ministry to Liberia!

Your Servant for Liberia, 
Julie Alexander  Psalm 68:5-6

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