For Our Partners
The missionaries of HITHMI serving in Liberia are pausing to take the time to ask:
How are you doing?
It means so much to us whenever any of our US partners ask us how we are. Partnership is about relationship and although life in Liberia has been affected by covid-19, it pales in comparison to the impact in the US at this point. Schools are closed here until the end of March. Major airlines have discontinued flights to and from Liberia for at least one month. Hand washing stations are positioned at the entrance of all public buildings and businesses. A few churches have suspended services while most are continuing. There was a small run on stores in Monrovia for a couple of days and yet shelves are relatively well stocked and being restocked for now. Limited supplies of certain commodities such as gasoline and butter are not related to the pandemic. Our garden is producing zucchini, yellow squash, sweet corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, winter squash, oranges, lemons, sweet potatoes and sunflowers. Mangos are ripening and will be ready in a month. We are in this mission field because you sent us and have faithfully continued to support us. We are truly blessed and today, wish to focus our attention on you. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you, through his poverty, might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9
My family and I lived for twenty years from paycheck to paycheck. Being self-employed meant not knowing for sure when the next check would come, yet God was faithful and it always did. After twenty years of personal development, we eventually achieved a small milestone. We had one-month income in reserve, then two, then finally, three. There was a great blessing and peace that came with the reserve and well managed resources. Nevertheless, we know that even reserves can be quickly depleted in a crisis.
As you are impacted by the slow down / shut down economically, we recognize and relate to the challenges that you face. Those who live paycheck to paycheck are hit hard immediately. Those who have savings are seeing it reduced quickly through use of reserves, or retirement funds, investments and the market losing ground. We sold cafe equipment to a startup food service at a community college in January. Two months later, the campus is closed and so is the cafe for now. The economic impact may soon overshadow the threat of the disease. Even if it hasn’t touched you yet, we understand many are taking measures to prepare for the impact.
Together with the guidance and direction of our board, HITHMI missionaries are reviewing our budget in the mission field. Wise and frugal use of funds has been the standard from the founding of Hope in the Harvest. Now, in light of your partnership and the crisis you are also facing, we are committing to doing more to make mission dollars go further. The decisions we are making are being done in faith, not fear. Our faith is that God has called us to serve the needs in this mission field and he will sustain us in this work. Being faithful stewards of the support that is contributed is a vital part of our calling. It is a tremendous privilege and responsibility to manage God’s money. His promise of provision is unshakable. “And God is able to make all grace abound so that in all things, at all times, having all you need, you might abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
Most of all, together with our Liberian partners, we are committing to pray for you and your needs. You have been there for us through our challenges with finances and prayer. Do not hesitate to share your prayer requests. We will receive them and carry them to the throne of grace. We have been assured of full access to this throne with no delay, reduction or shut down due to covid-19. By God’s promise and in Jesus’ name, our prayers are powerful and effective.
Your servant in Jesus,
Pastor Bill Sebald
Director- Hope in the Harvest Missions International