Newsletter Issue No 10

Newsletter Issue No 10

Welcome to the March 2023 Koinonia Trust Newsletter Issue No 10. This issue contains news and updates from the Building Project, the latest funding update, Pastoral Care news and the latest on The Koinonia Trust Football Team, along with some prayer requests from Frances.

Reflection from Momo

Psalm 30 vs 12:“.. I will sing your praise and not be silent, O Lord my God I will thanks to you forever”. God has been so faithful to us and to keeping His promises.

Work started on the compound 12 months ago and now I am living here. We thank God so much for His provision and His perfect timing. We had to leave our existing compound and indeed would have been homeless. God has a timetable for every part of our life. Praise His name.

Reflection from Frances

Jeremiah 29 vs 11: “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare, and not for evil to give you a future and a hope”

As many of you know I have been struggling with health issues concerning my heart and I thank God I am now stable and on the right medication. A big thank you also goes out to my local gym BMS in Bundoran were they are trained and qualified in Cardiac Rehab. God’s provision is sometimes in the unlikeliest of places and he certainly provided the team there especially Patrick to get me active again restoring my quality of life. I have been studying the book of Ruth with fresh eyes during this period. It was indeed timely as I read about the losses these women experienced and their journey in trusting God despite their challenging circumstances. Faith is trusting God’s sovereignty when we are in deep despair, lonely or abandoned, our story is in His hands. As Ruth and Naomi’s story unfolds so does Gods plan
and purpose for their life. Fresh hope and restoration arises out of the ashes of their brokenness. It is a lesson in never giving up and keeping trust in a God who has a plan and purpose for each of us.

‘God’s heavenly plan is always bigger than our earthly circumstances’ Lisa Alvin Meyer.

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Newsletter Issue No 9

The October Koinonia Trust Newsletter Issue No 9 contains updates om the Building Project, funding, Pastoral Care and the Koinonia Trust Football Team.

Reflection from Momo

Psalm 148 vs 1: “Praise you the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of Saints.”
To God be the glory for the great things he has done. We, at The Koinonia Trust, have every reason to praise the Lord, for he has been our provider and keeper and has kept the work in Liberia going.
Who is like unto our God? With all the crises in the world, God has continued to provide the necessary funding for the work. Therefore, we are grateful to Him. He that trusts in the Lord is like Mount Zion who cannot be removed. Our trust is in the Lord for his goodness and blessing toward us.

Reflections from Frances

John 10 vs 27: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”.
As I am homebound presently for want of a better word, I have had plenty of time to soberly reflect on my own walk with God and develop new habits and new rhythms. This verse from John reminds me of the two-way communication God invites us to have with Him, not just talking to Him but learning to keenly listen for His voice.
I am learning more and more to listen for His voice and to ask the hard questions that sometimes I/we avoid. Perhaps the questions I am asking is something you also need to ask. Take the time to ponder over the next few questions…What in my life Lord is not sustainable? A commitment, pace of life, a relationship. Lord what are the things I need to let go off/or lay down? Lord what do I need to do to deepen my roots with you and develop listening ears for your voice?

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Newsletter Issue No 8

Welcome to the Koinonia Trust Summer 2022 Newsletter issue No 8

Building Project

Our Building Project

Thanks to Liberia Mercy Partners and individual donors we were able to start our building project this year on land that was purchased a number of years ago.
At present we rent and maintain a compound that is not just home to the ministry but houses 5 adults and Frances when she is on site. In the long term this is not financially sustainable. Within the next 7 years we would have spent $38,500 USD as a Trust on renting, maintaining and on electricity for our existing compound. This is not even allowing for price hikes that we have been advised that will be implemented in March 2023. Outside of the financial investment, having our own homes and ministry base means we will have security and peace of mind.
We have two phases to our building project and we hope to complete phase 1 this year.

Phase 1

  1. A community well (Complete)
  2. The ministerial building which has our office, male and female bathrooms, our tailoring workshop
  3. Momo’s family home providing security as he ministers and leads the project
  4. A water tower to service all the buildings (Started – needs to be completed)

The first part of the building was the well so the builders could access water. The well is 30ft deep and was dug by hand and the cement covets that line the well were all
made on site. Making them onsite saved a huge amount of money on transport. The water tower supports and the casting on top was assembled on site. This will supply
the buildings with water in the future.

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As you can see from the photos there is no fancy scaffolding! the building went up very quickly to roof level. We will have an office, male and female bathrooms and a
large tailoring workshop.

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TKT Newsletter Issue No 7

Welcome to The Koinonia Trust December Newsletter Issue No 7

Reflections from Momo

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation ……………

In such a time such as this when the world is going through the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to walk the path that is lit up by the presence of God. This is what The Koinonia Trust has been doing. He has been our daily presence in our everyday activities. Lives are being touched and changed, people are given hope and we are joyful as we serve in the community.

As an organization, there were times when we felt that the road was coming to a dead end, the dark cloud of trying to raise the necessary finances within the current situation, and also my own sickness; felt like it wouldn’t clear. Here we are now! With deep gratitude and a thankful heart to all our supporters. Truly the LORD has been our light and salvation therefore we are thankful for His continued provisions.

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TKT Newsletter Issue No 6

Welcome to The Koinonia Trust Spring Newsletter Issue No 6

Reflections from Frances

‘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.

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TKT Newsletter Issue No.5

Welcome to The Koinonia Trust December Newsletter Issue No.5

Reflections from Momo

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.

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TKT Newsletter Issue No.4

TKT Newsletter Issue No.4

Welcome to The Koinonia Trust autumn newsletter issue no.4

Reflections from Momo

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.

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TKT Newsletter Issue No.3

“For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you under His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”

Psalm 91:3-4

When I think of the promises of God for our protection and safety, I gladly rest under His wings

Reflections from Momo

Greetings from the west coast of Liberia a small country that has been in the midst of one crisis after the other. When I look at the many obstacles during the month under review, I am thankful to God for His grace and love. The love of God has been tangible in all we were doing, what a loving Father we have.

Frances left Liberia to go home for Ezekiel’s birth and Anna’s wedding before the COVID 19 spread into Liberia.  It was a total relief for the team here that she had got home on one of the last scheduled flights that had left.

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TKT Newsletter Issue No.2

Welcome to our TKT Newsletter Issue No.2 for Autumn/Winter 2019

“The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations” – Psalm 33:11

Reflection from Momo

I send greetings from the sunshine of Monrovia. As I reflect on these verses I am reminded that God has a plan and purpose for everyone. At The Koinonia Trust we are happy to be part of His plan and purpose. Liberia has been a country at unrest as demonstrations against the government continue. The journey toward healing from the trauma of war, abuse, and social injustice made so much more difficult in the midst of poverty passed down from one generation to another. We continue with our ministry with the help and support of all our partners in the Lord. We are trusting that God will bring healing to the broken and comfort in times of hardship.

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TKT Newsletter Issue No.1

Welcome to our TKT Newsletter Issue No.1 for August 2019

“For the Lord sees not as a man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart.”                                      1 Samuel 16:7

Reflection from Frances

Learning to love how God loves….I am learning to love the person in front of me regardless of my own pre conceived ideas or notions. Despite sometimes the noticeable differences in culture, traditions, values or norms. Regardless of my own fears or insecurities that can rise out of all those differences. And at the same time I am learning to love myself, the way God made me and not resent, despise or dislike those things that God has created on purpose because it is for a purpose. We are all uniquely created.

What is really our notion of mission? Sometimes I think it can be more about our journey rather than those God has called you to serve. Why do I say this? I say this because he continually turns me upside down and inside out. Asking me to take leaps of faith when I can’t see were my feet are going to land. He continually takes away those things I love until I am empty so He can fill me with his treasures.

Perhaps an unexpected treasure from God is courage. Sometimes it is not always comfortable, or seen. Sometimes it is just the courage to keep persisting, keep pressing on, keep focusing, and sometimes simply placing one foot in front of the other.

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