Photo: Here's a quick snapshot from the squatters village we visited today. This family, along with about two dozen others, moved into a burned down abandoned building. Today was miraculous and completely insane. I don't have reliable internet so I'll post more tomorrow if/when I do.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Here's a brief rundown of what we did:</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>- Two motorcycles crashed right in front of us<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />-A pastor tried to get a bribe from us by lying<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />-We visited a squatters village and interviewed people<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />-We visited the AFAA house (the orphanage we got our boys from)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />-We went to church and met a returned missionary that started a school and an orphanage and would love our help<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />-We went to a revival at the site of a massacre and mass grave from the war...that's where the pastor asked for a bribe.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />-We drove out to the edge of the city and visited another orphanage that has 88 children in it.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />-While writing this I just got propositioned by a working girl :-( which makes me absolutely sick </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>In sacrament meeting I got emotional because I was thinking about how I couldn't ask for a better birthday present than to be here with the goal of helping.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>More tomorrow!

Mitch: Sunday, October 14, 2012

Here’s a quick snapshot from the squatters village we visited today. This family, along with about two-dozen others, moved into a burned down abandoned building. Today was miraculous and completely insane. I don’t have reliable internet so I’ll post more tomorrow if/when I do.Here’s a brief rundown of what we did:

  • Two motorcycles crashed right in front of us
  • A pastor tried to get a bribe from us by lying
  • We visited a squatters village and interviewed people
  • We visited the AFAA house (the orphanage we got our boys from)
  • We went to church and met a returned missionary that started a school and an orphanage and would love our help
  • We went to a revival at the site of a massacre and mass grave from the war…that’s where the pastor asked for a bribe.
  • We drove out to the edge of the city and visited another orphanage that has 88 children in it.
  • While writing this I just got propositioned by a working girl 🙁 which makes me absolutely sick.
  • In sacrament meeting I got emotional because I was thinking about how I couldn’t ask for a better birthday present than to be here with the goal of helping.

More tomorrow!

Photo: Last night we went to an orphanage in Chicken Soup Factory, a district of Monrovia. As soon as we got out of the car we were surrounded by smiling faces. All they wanted to do was hold your hand as you walked around the compound. This has been a life changing experience.
James: Monday, October 15, 2012
Last night we went to an orphanage in Chicken Soup Factory, a district of Monrovia. As soon as we got out of the car we were surrounded by smiling faces. All they wanted to do was hold our hand as we walked around the compound. This has been a life changing experience.
James: Today we went to a school out in the bush. It was an amazing experience to see these kids learning. While we were there I found this old woman hanging out in the corner waiting for the rain to stop. I wish she spoke up more so we could know her story.
Mitch: Sitting in an expat restaurant after another amazing day…finally able to get online. We visited a school this morning that has 117 kids and with the help of Sahbu, Lifting Liberia has provided scholarships for 95 of them. Parents can’t even afford the $8 registration fee, let alone tuition.
You know those tropical rain storms that just turn on to a downpour on the movies? Yeah, that happened today.
We heard so many stories…a young expecting mother who had soldiers threaten to cut her baby out just on a gamble to guess the gender, that same woman just last year was kidnapped and made to watch the butchering of two young women and then beaten within an inch of her life, a 25 year-old-journalist whose parents are both dead and he paid his own way through high school and is now paying his own way through college by following fire fighters and writing their stories for the paper, a former director of education now earning $0/month just so he can run a school for children in his neighborhood…and on, and on. I look forward to sharing more.
Thank you for spreading the word about Sahbu. Hundreds of children are having their lives changed and word continues to get out!