Updates from Liberia

blog-1-040blog-1-083blog-1-061blog-1-036It is Saturday evening and I’m online for the first time here in Liberia. Speeds are slow, so I’m limited on what I can upload. I’ve been blogging in Word so I can cut and paste it.  I’ll paste a couple here, but may not be able to upload the pictures I wanted.

We’ve been here in Monrovia for a little more than 24 hours now.  When we arrived at the airport, we unloaded our 52 large suitcases and 26 carry-on bags and loaded all of it with 5 other adults into 4 vehicles.  It was absolutely packed with Jenny sitting on my lap during the 45 minute drive into Monrovia.  The scene…discouraging.  It’s been a while since I have seen how the 3rd world people live in person.  This is unquestionably the worst I’ve ever seen. And like Denise commented, “I thought we would eventually drive out of the worst part…but it was all the worst part.”

The camp we are staying at is very nice by Liberian Standards and low by American standards.  It’s really fine as long as you don’t mind some bugs, heat/humidity, and no hot water.  After we arrived, showered and had a light meal, we were taken to the Monrovia United Christian Church, one of a few key churches in Liberia that work to start other churches.  It would be impossible for me to describe the welcome they gave us.  From the time we turned off the main road, they surrounded our vehicles singing and cheering our arrival.  We walked in and were – almost to an uncomfortable degree – their guests of honor.  It was 8pm and most of them had been there all day waiting for our arrival.

We launched into the mission work on what I will Call Day 1.  It was Tuesday in Liberia and our first full day.  I started in the morning on the construction project, spent some time working in the medical clinic, and then worked the VBS in the afternoon.

Main thought from Day 1:  I knew the country would be in terrible condition.  Still, it’s worse than I could have imagined.  From infrastructure lacking to the dirt and the trash everywhere, to the extreme poverty…it’s overwhelming, but the joy of the people somehow remains.

~ by Greg Lee on February 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “Updates from Liberia”

  1. Thanks for mapping some of this out for us. I can visualize that greeting now!

  2. Greg…thanks for the picture of Danny, Bea & are those really the children??? My they are all grown up ….they look great!!!! Blessings to all of you!

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