‘Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete’ James Ch. 1 vs 4
It has been a long season of waiting, enduring and persevering while I was in Ireland. We cope with all the losses that we have suffered due to Covid 19. From not just the loss of so many life’s but the continued isolation and repeated lockdown which has been inflicted on us. The fear of the unknown and the future tangible for many, there is a sense of a different norm as we continue to persevere through this season. The above verse was one God dropped into my mind early one morning and I looked it up and found it in the first chapter of James. It is part of a passage that encourages us to keep pressing on despite trials and tribulations, why? Because there is a wonderful promise at the end; there is an opportunity for growth that deepens our faith and character. The definition of perseverance is to do something despite difficulties or delays. It is difficult, it is challenging, it is tiresome, and it can even be unfair. However, I want to use this opportunity to encourage you no matter what trial you are facing, no matter what restrictions you are experiencing keep pressing on, don’t give up or give in but draw on Gods strength, lean on Him because this season will pass. Just as we have entered spring here and the season of winter has passed so your season of difficulty whether it has been caused by Covid or by some other trial it too shall come to an end. Let us keep reaching out and keep encouraging one another. Thank you for all the support, for all the prayers and keep remembering our team in Liberia as we seek to demonstrate Gods love in a difficult environment.
I first met Frances Swaray on a mission trip to Liberia in the summer of 2017. Frances has been faithfully serving in West Africa since 2016. During my trip, I was inspired by her heart for the Lord, compassion for the people there, and relentless drive to see change occur. In March 2018, her dreams of the Koinonia Trust came to life and the organization was established. At the time Frances asked me to serve as a non-executive board director. I happily joined, and have been a part of the team since then.
This Spring, I have decided to train for a full marathon with the purpose of raising awareness and financially supporting the Koinonia Trust. I am scheduled to run it on April 14th. With my busy travel schedule for work, I am viewing this not as a setback but rather an opportunity to train daily with others safely and share the work that is being done in Liberia and the finances needed to support it. I am asking people to consider giving through one of these ways:
50¢ per mile ($13 total)
$1 per mile ($26 total)
$2 per mile ($52 total)
$3 per mile ($78 total)
Any form of giving is greatly appreciated. Would you consider donating in one of these four ways to help advance the amazing work in Liberia, as we seek to bring beauty out of ashes?
Click the GoFundMe link below to donate.
***All funds raised will go directly to sustaining the work of the Koinonia Trust***
Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him and I am helped; therefore my heart rejoiceth and with my song will I praise him
I bring you greetings from Monrovia in Liberia. In times like these when everything seems to be wrong, there is a reason for us to praise the Lord, He has been our shield and strength our provider in our time of need. As a team in Liberia we are joyful for His unlimited grace and love toward us. This year has been very different and when I look at the work which has been done for the last twelve months despite the circumstances God hands has been in all of it. We give thanks to Him. Frances left the shore of Liberia in March, because of COVID-19 and funding issues she has not been able to come back yet. Her absence has given us the opportunity to demonstrate the skills we have learnt from her teaching and mentoring and she continues to be committed to the team here but we are hoping and praying for her return to Liberia.
Hey everyone, It’s time for a Winter Fundraiser for the Koinonia Trust. What could be more braver than a dip in the ice cold Atlantic Ocean on one of the most special days of the year? Christmas Day is a day for giving- unwrapping neatly wrapped presents under the Christmas tree and enjoying good food and classic Christmas movie favourites with our families. This year, while I look forward to the celebrations, I also want to take a little time to give something back to a cause that is close to my heart and I am asking you to please show a little support if you can.
To support the fundraiser and donate please click the GoFundMe me link below.
The Koinonia trust continues to work amidst Covid-19. Unfortunately funding we had hoped to get internally in Liberia has been diverted to support the limited health services. Therefore, as we move in to 2021, the Koinonia Trust is facing uncertain times as resources are limited. Operational fees such as the rent on the compound will be due in early Spring. These premises is the epi-centre of where all the amazing project work takes place- right in the heart of the community. It is not just the hub for all operational activities but also homes to some of our most valuable assets- the project workers.
Psalm 26: 7 (KJV) that I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving and tell of that wondrous works.
In a time such as this we often think of the problems before us and forget to count our blessings one by one and see what God has done for us. As an organization there many things we need to reflect on and be grateful to our Creator and give Him thanks. Let us look at the shoreline and not focus on the storm we find ourselves in. Let us set our eyes on Jesus who gives us that peace that surpasses all understanding. When I reflect over the last three years ago and see where we have come from and where we are as an organization, God has been with our every step alongside you as prayer intercessors, funders and encouragers and I can only praise the Lord hallelujah. It has not been an easy journey but has been an awesome experience. We started as a team of two persons Frances and myself, now by the grace of God we have seven volunteers, volunteering with their individual skills, talents and time. As Frances continues to mentor and coach the team in Liberia, I can see the transformation in our leadership reflected in our own emotional and mental stability as she encourages us to spiritual maturity. We are praying to continue to fulfill the vision of The Koinonia Trust as we seek to bring healing, hope and beauty from the ashes of people’s lives.
The Koinonia Trust continues to work in our local community amidst COVID-19 and the donor support we receive at this time is crucial.
Unfortunately the core funding we had hoped to get in the second half of 2020 from organization’s internally in Liberia has been diverted to support the limited health services and we now have very little resources and funds going in to 2021.
If you could help by donating, organising a fundraiser or supporting us in anyway please contact us.
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