Sunday, March 01, 2015

Thanks to all!

It was cold outside, but warm and friendly inside at First Congregational Church of Holden on Friday night.  A big thank you to Pastor John Barber (who recounted some of our history with him) and the hospitality crew at FCCH who took care of everything with regards to the facility. I think that over 200 people attended from all over the state.  The music by Michael Borkay and the "Five Golden Rings" from Trinitarian Congregational Church in Wayland, MA was enjoyable and suited the theme of the occasion.  Rick shared some moving stories of his time in Liberia and gave us a glimpse of what Liberia has been through in the last year. 

You can watch the video of the entire program here:
Rick Sacra's presentation at First Congregational Church of Holden
It begins at about the 7 minute mark

The evening concluded with a fundraising appeal.  If you would like to give to the projects Rick explains in his presentation you can use this link:
enter country: Liberia, keywords: ELWA Hospital and select “All”

Choose any of the following:
Benevolence 082876-091:  this project will provide assistance to patients who cannot afford to pay their hospital bill
Family Medicine Residency 095213-091: this project will be used to start a Family Medicine Residency program to train Liberian doctors
Hospital Transition 095212-091:  this project will allow ELWA to replace lab equipment that is urgently needed.
Rick has set an ambitious goal of $50,000 for these three projects.  So far from Friday evening, we have received gifts of over $3000.  Thanks to all who responded so generously. God bless you!
Here are some photos from the evening -- we should have recruited a photographer to get more photos than we could do on our own!

Pastor John Barber of FCCH

Michael Borkay

A Capella Group from TCC -- "It is Well with my Soul"

Arthur David surprised us - another Liberia missionary, with the Church of Christ.

Joe and Jemimah Teh, co-workers from Liberia


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