Dear Prayer & Ministry Partners,
Where is 2015 going? This first quarter has flown by as I know it has for so many! It has been a quarter of emotional and spiritual highs and lows but thanks be to God for the strength and grace to carry on towards the mark!
The Lord has blessed me with meetings, two Missions Conferences, two Jubilees and a Bible Conference already this year. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my testimony and my heart for the people of Liberia. Please pray that these will prove fruitful, not only in gaining support, but that God's people will continue to be encouraged to fulfill God's great commission here and abroad! It is bittersweet to leave church families and missionaries whom you have fellowshipped with for a short time but to whom God quickly knits your heart. Won't it be a glorious day when we are all gathered together in the Kingdom with no more sad good byes! But in the mean time, we must be gathering the lost into the fold!
The Jubilees and Bible Conferences provide a means of meeting Pastors. While I am so thankful for the contacts I have made there, I am even more thankful for the stirring of the Holy Spirit in me. They have proved to be a great spiritual encouragement and have truly filled my gas tank for the months ahead. I am overwhelmed by a deep sense of urgency in spreading the gospel, not only in Liberia, but with the people I come across while on deputation. There are so many seeking God and he has been gracious to bring several of them across my path. Just pray that those encounters have planted seeds that will remain.
It was my great pleasure to get to spend some time with Pastor Guanue Gbendah who was back in the states with his family on furlough. I was able to assist him with a container he had shipped with food, clothing and medical supplies. We visited some of my supporting churches and he participated in my home church Missions Conference. It was a joy to introduce him to my friends here and I am happy to report that he has received some additional support and encouragement to continue in his work. He returned to Liberia only to find the personal items in their home stolen and now the government is demanding $3,000 for the release of his container. Please be in prayer over these matters.
I am happy to report that the container of food from Friends Against Hunger was released with no taxes or storage fees required. The shipment had sat on the dock for almost 2 months due to labor strikes and government red tape but to the glory of God, those working behind the scenes were able to get them released and Pastor Gbendah worked with Pastor David of CAFMACP and they were able to distribute food to the ELWUO and Jahzjet orphanages, Bible Baptist, Temple Baptist and other churches in Liberia. The report is that the food is "delicious" and the children are enjoying it. Pastor Gbendah said it was a great source of encouragement to his congregation and he was able to give some to the school children to take home. He said it was very apparent in their eyes and spirits that many have suffered greatly. The Ebola crisis is slowing; however, a hunger and economic crisis lies in its wake. Just pray that through these difficult times people will continue to see their need for a Savior and turn to the only One that can bring rest unto their souls!
On a personal note, I welcomed my twin granddaughters into the world at the end of February and I celebrated my 50th birthday with my family who surprised me with a small party. At this week's conference everyone "50 and older" was asked to stand. Yikes! It was strange to be a part of that group but also a blessing to be counted among so many faithful soldiers of Christ! Sadly, I traveled to Kansas the beginning of March and laid my father-in-law to rest. Please pray for his wife of 64 years as she adjusts to life without him.
I continue to make calls and visits and I am still striving to fill my calendar for 2015. I am currently at 38% of my support. I continue selling baskets to help the orphanages and churches in Liberia and God continues to bless those efforts! Thank you again for your faithful support and prayers! All glory and praise to God our Father!
Your Servant for Liberia,
Julie Alexander Psalm 68:5-6