Many of you will remember that two years ago during each of our Church Conferences we received an offering the proceeds of which were to go for the purchase of a four wheel drive vehicle for Rev. Cecilia Mapleh, District Superintendent of the Lofa District in Liberia. Folks gave at the church conferences and folks continued to give after the church conferences were completed.
Ultimately we reached the goal of $17,000 to purchase the used truck that would take DS Cecilia to her appointed rounds, enabling her to be more effective in caring for the people and churches of her very rural and often isolated district. We reached that goal in the early part of 2016, and in my mind I expected that DS Mapleh would be on the road by February. But…it didn’t work out that way!
We have been working with the General Board of Global Ministries, the Liberia Annual Conference and many others to accomplish this task ever since the money was raised. We have been in phone and email contact with Cecilia and many others at least every other week. It was nobody’s fault. Everyone was seeking to make it happen, but finding a safe and effective means of carrying out this mission was a challenge, to say the least.
But thanks be to God, while there may be trouble in the night, Joy comes in the Morning! After some 18 months of finding our way forward, this past week, we received word that the money had arrived and the truck had been purchased. We also received some wonderful pictures of Cecilia heading down one of the dirt roads of her district, no longer on foot or on a bicycle that doesn’t work at all in the rainy season, but driving a gift from co-workers in Christ from the Grand Rapids District.
As I looked at those pictures (below) my heart was warmed and I was reminded again that while we can’t solve all of the problems of the third world, while we can’t fix all the issues of Liberia, we can make a difference for one servant of Christ and the District she serves. You have done that. It took a while! But you have made that difference. Thank you!