Our Trip to Liberia Africa

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As many of you know we recently returned from two weeks in Liberia Africa. Set on the southwestern panhandle of Africa and right up against the Atlantic Ocean, Liberia has seen it's share of hardships over the past 20 years. I wrote a blog in the airporton the return trip that emphasized some of my emotions at the time.  After being delayed 24 hours on the way home, all I wanted to do was crash in my own bed which was a welcome feeling after being in the hot sun and not too sanitary conditions of the African outback for days.

HOVER OVER THE PICTURES TO GET A DESCRIPTION OF EACH.

It started last October when my husband Tim was repairing and fixing computers to be shipped to the schools in Liberia. Since he works here in Missouri with the African Dept of our churches headquarters, he is shuffled around to a lot of departments fixing, shipping and loading certain crates and containers destined for schools, missionaries and churches overseas. Little did he know that the crate he was packing here would be the same one he unloaded in Liberia. God has a way of bringing things full circle.

In December we were asked to join the team headed to Liberia in March to rebuild some of the schools and churches that were destroyed in the 14 year civil war. We prayed about it and agreed and headed off on March 10th for an experience I will never forget.

We stayed with the host Missionaries which were from North Carolina and they did a perfect job of making us feel comfortable and at home. We even got to enjoy American meals for most dinners. During the day we worked from 7am to 6pm rebuilding, lifting, unloading and constructing building after building in the hot African sun. I kept water flowing to our 6 team members and did the best I could at offering "woman power" when needed.

Sunday was our only day of rest and I was thankful for it as we got to sleep in just a bit and relax that afternoon. Tim preached at one of the local churches and we were greeted with hospitality, grace and smiles. That afternoon we were able to dip our toes in the ocean water on the beach although space was limited because most beaches were used for bathrooms and hauling sand away from. This was the only beach where we could safely play in the sand.

The people are resilient and everyone has a story. From pastors that have lost their children to rebel sacrifice to refugees loosing their parents to poisoning or being chopped up by machete's for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's amazing to see the smiles, the peace, the relief and the joy that is now all over their faces and their country. Since the new president brought in peace (and the UN) six years ago, there has been a rebuilding in Liberia like no other. Construction is happening, locals are returning after years in hiding and families are beginning to rebuild.

During the week at the school I got connected with so many Africans. The children, locals, nationals and those helping were beyond gracious and I just enjoyed being in their presence. The day we left, I cried and hung onto to the small fingers of those that left such an impression on me. We hugged, wept and looked deep into each other's eyes of that security we both hold of seeing one another again, either here or there.

The next week we built two churches on new sites and were rejoicing with the congregation under their new roof by the end of each day. We had such an amazing adventure and wonderful time with the loving people of Liberia. I hope to return one day to see the fruits of our labor and how God has grown the church in Liberia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just a very small glimpse into our trip. Visit my facebook page to see more if you want.

 

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Ken, so true that Americans can get a bad rap, but honestly, they were just as grateful to us as we were to them!

STeven, no, the building of us standing on top was the finished work we completed. The locals will take ownership from there and make it their own. Having a solid foundation and roof is really the essential first step.

Jon, that's great!! Have a blast!

Jan - SO MUCH!! We didn't even have electricity!! We had a generator that only ran at night to keep us cool. What a difference!

Thank you John! it was life-changing!

Linda, that it is! :)

Christine, the boys didn't go with us. Grammie and Poppa were here from Washington to stay and just left this morning... so back at it I go! Ha..

Mar 27, 2012 04:09 AM #14
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Wow Tammy what an amazing experience.  Wonderful pictures!  Thanks for sharing with all of us ad welcome back!

Mar 27, 2012 04:10 AM #15
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What an incredible trip, it must feel very good to do such good Tammy.  Love your photos!

Mar 27, 2012 04:42 AM #16
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Looks like they were happy to have you there. Glad you were willing to participate.

Mar 27, 2012 05:18 AM #17
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Tammy, I am not so sure who received the most blessings from your trip to help those people!

Mar 27, 2012 06:31 AM #18
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Tammy- how lucky you and Tim are and how blessed as well.  I loved seeing your photos and seeing Liberia through your eyes.  Thank you for the wonderful example you've set for all of us.  And, very happy that you made it back safely. 

Mar 27, 2012 06:45 AM #19
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Thanks Debbie! It was amazing

Rene, they do ME good! ;-) I am so blessed!

Than, it was quite an experience!

Mike, tell me about it!

Kathy, thanks, I am too. I was pretty fried when every flight kept getting delayed but we finally made it safe and healthy! Very thankful!

Mar 27, 2012 07:02 AM #20
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WOW! Tammy. You and Tim truly answered your calling to be missionaries. Judging by all these great photos, you both worked hard, and had a wonderful experience that will always be remembered by you and all those who you helped in Liberia, Africa.

Mar 27, 2012 08:08 AM #21
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Great post and beautiful photos Tammy.  Thanks for sharing.  

Mar 27, 2012 08:49 AM #22
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Tammy, Thanks for sharing your trip and your photos, such beautiful faces and the smiles are so joyful. I pray you'll be able achieve your dream and return one day. Welcome back to the Rain!

Mar 27, 2012 01:41 PM #24
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Hi Tammy--what a wonderful gift you and your husband have given this community in Africa.  The happy smiling faces of the villagers says it all.  I am so delighted you chose to share this amazing experience with all of us. 

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Tammy

What a wonderful side of you I didn't know about. I have been to Kenya once but strictly for please, cheers cvc

Mar 28, 2012 05:13 AM #26
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Jerry, Thanks for stopping by! It was a very wonderful trip and I will forever be grateful!

Thanks Jim!

Richard, just the luxury of electricity was a blessing when I got home.. oh and toilets that flushed! HA

Nancy, there are so many places to see and help, I can't wait to head somewhere new too! :)

Janet, knowing the impact this project will make in the years to come is monumental. I am so blessed to have been a part of it!

Curtis, It's the adventurous side of me! :)

Mar 28, 2012 07:02 AM #27
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Tammy~ your pictures and adventure in Africa is a very wonderful time you shared with us here in Active Rain and we thank you for this!!
Mar 28, 2012 12:28 PM #28
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Tammy - sounds like Africa was an amazing experience and what a charitable contribution you made. I went to Tanzania 5 years ago and spent time at the Amani Children's Home for street kids whose parents had abandoned them, died of aids, ect. It was and always be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. know what you mean about coming home and so appreciating our Western modern amenities! If counldn't take the "holes" - you have to have quite a stomach! 

 

 

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That's just awesome Tammy, congrats to you on all that you were able to accomplish. PTL.

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Tammy, that photo of you unloading the crate?  What are those rectangular things are they some type of bricks?  What an amazing event, being there to help build TWO Churches, PTL!

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Bruce, Those are steel boots and frames that the trusses went into. This was all steel construction in a perfect design.

Apr 02, 2012 10:04 PM #32
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Tammy, thank you so much for sharing your trip.  It looks like you had a wonderful and productive time.  God bless you and your husband for the good work.

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God Bless you and your husband for the work you did over there and continue to do.

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