A few months ago, I read an article which included a comment about red kangaroos. I don’t remember who the author was, but I do remember the comment about red kangaroos:
The red kangaroo–like all kangaroos–moves with a hopping motion called “saltation,” which literally means “to leap.” They push off with both of their large feet simultaneously and use their tails for balance. The combination of their muscular legs, big feet and tails help the kangaroos move forward effectively. But they can only move forward–never backward!
I believe God asks us to move the same way–forward bound, never stepping back nor
looking back. The Apostle Paul reminds us that God consistently leads His people in one direction:
But I press on to possess that perfection for which Jesus first possessed me. . .forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:12-14
This past month we have moved forward in wonderful ways!
Reaching for Academic Excellence: CLTI Welcomes a New Name for Education Program.
A few weeks ago, we started searching for a new name that would launch the second focus of CLTI’s ministry in Liberia. The after-school study classes for high school students will begin in February, and we wanted a name for this program that would be short, self-explanatory, memorable, and appropriate. We sent out a message and asked some of our friends to help out in the search process. Praise the Lord, we got one, and we really like it!
I am excited to announce that the new name for our after-school program is “Reaching for Academic Excellence” (RAE). We believe it is a great name which reflects the active work our students and teachers will be doing to reach the goals of college preparation. All of us–staff, teachers, and community representatives–are on fire, ready to move forward with Reaching for Academic Excellence!
We are also delighted to announce that we have 21 teachers ready to teach, and 528 students in 12th grade who are ready to prepare for the state examinations. These exams will be taken in the second week of May 2017. Passing the state examination is mandatory for any student wishing to pursue a college diploma. The students will be tutored in physics, biology, chemistry, math, English composition, grammar, and literature. RAE will continue right up to the exams in May.
The extensive benefits of after-school programs for study and tutoring are well documented, and we want the students of Ganta to benefit from this type of enrichment to increase the number of young people prepared to enter college. Please pray for this ministry as it begins in just a few weeks.
Good News: Lighting for Home and Office!
Could this be the end of our lighting nightmare? For several years, we have been waiting to receive electricity and water from the city, but to no avail. Last month, our friend from Indiana, Brad, asked us if we had looked into solar power. After some inquiry, I found a dealer of solar panels (Dennis Electronics) in Ganta. He invited me to his home to see how his own solar panels work. He has been using solar panels successfully for 6 years!
I asked him why more Liberians don’t utilize solar power for their energy needs. He said the answer is two-fold. First, Liberians do not easily embrace change, and second, the initial cost layout is greater than for a generator. Our Chinese-made generators are unreliable, but very cheap in comparison to solar power panels.
He offered us a three-week trial of one solar panel–and it works! We were able to run 4 light bulbs in our home and office! We now have four solar panels and three batteries, and can run our house, two offices, and our refrigerator! The technician estimates that for complete service, we need a total of six panels, five solar batteries, plus wiring, equipment, and installation at a cost of $3500.
Our Immediate Goals and Prayer Needs
For RAE: to successfully prepare more than 500 12th graders from nine private and Christian high schools to successfully pass the 2017 State Exams, build self-confidence, and improve test-taking skills. Please pray for these students, our teachers, and the success of the program.
For Solar Power: to install six solar panels, five solar batteries, wiring, and equipment to provide complete solar power to the house and office. Please pray that solar power will become possible for CLTI.
We have taken big steps forward this month! With the launch of the RAE Program, and the blessing of new solar lighting, we have successfully launched two new projects. Thanks to you, our solid support team, we have reached a major goal, and are now in excellent shape.
This is no small accomplishment! Since then launch of CLTI’s ministry in Liberia, prayer partners and donors like you have helped launch all three CLTI ministry focuses: Education, Entrepreneurship, and Discipleship. Right now, you are helping to equip more than 500 high school students to become the next generation of leaders for Liberia. Most importantly, God is using your gifts to give the gift of life to souls throughout the nation of Liberia.
But there is another challenge, and it’s a difficult challenge to overcome. The next step includes paying off the solar power and paying compensation to 21 RAE teachers and support staff, and we are asking if you will take that step with us.
By January 31, we need to pay off $3500 for the cost of solar power.
Our first payroll for the RAE teaching and support staff begins on February 1. $1600 is needed each month for 3 months to accomplish this goal.
The Legacy Impact Project: We are still pursuing 5-10 acres of land to construct a college preparatory high school.
Would you be willing to make a generous gift? Would you consider a gift of $250 or even $1000? We would be incredibly blessed by your gift of any amount.
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of young men and women–the future Christian leaders of Liberia!
Blessings to you and your dear ones.
Sei and Yah