John & Patti Partridge
December 01, 2016
Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings! We pray that this letter finds you and your family well.
In January 2017, Patti and I will be departing on a mission trip to the Harrisburg, Liberia with Farmer to Farmer ministry for 10 days (plus travel time). From 1989 to 2003, Liberia was involved in two successive civil wars. During that time, the entire nation was totally devastated. Bridges, roads, schools, churches, power generation, everything was destroyed. Even the means to grow food, such as tractors, were all destroyed. In the end, the entire nation was reduced to the technology available over a hundred years ago and had to start over, almost entirely from scratch.
The Farmer to Farmer mission has been helping the church in Harrisburg to develop the ability to grow food, both for themselves and others. We have also been, wherever possible, helping them to become self sufficient in any way possible. In January, we will be delivering several new (rebuilt) tractors, and teaching the church members there how to operate and maintain them. We will also be doing construction and repairs at the local school, offering some teacher training, and some of the other pastors and I hope to offer some instruction to the pastors there as well. In the long term, Farmer to Farmer is raising funds to build a new high school in Harrisburg (the nearest high school is a three hour walk) that will also serve as an agricultural school for adults in the evenings.
Patti and I are committed to this trip but we are hoping that our friends, family, and church will want to be a part of this outreach as well. For that reason, we are inviting you to join us in this ministry and to contribute in any way that you can.
How can you help?
First and foremost, we ask that you pray. Not just for Patti and I, but for our entire team, the two other teams from East Ohio who will be travelling to other parts of Liberia at the same time, and for the people of Liberia. What we are doing on this trip is important, but the biggest influence that we have is not the work that we do, but the way in which our mission, presence, and ministry encourages the church and the people who live there. You, and your prayers, are a critical part of helping them know that they are not alone.
Second, if you can, financial contributions are greatly appreciated. If you are able to help, we ask that you send your donations through our church’s conference office:
East Ohio Conference UMC
Attn: Steve Court
P O Box 2800
North Canton, OH 44720
Checks should be made payable to “East Ohio Conference” with memo “Fund 9936 Farmer trip for Partridge.” All donors will receive an acknowledgement for IRS purposes.
We are hoping to set up a means for electronic donations. If you need to do that, please contact us by email for directions.
When we return from our trip, Patti and I are committed to telling all of our supporters about what we did, and what the church is doing, in Harrisburg, Liberia. If we can get an internet connection, we will be posting online during our trip, but afterward we will post as much as we can, as well as do a PowerPoint slide show at Trinity, and, quite possibly, at the churches of other supporters as well.
We thank you in advance for your prayers and your financial support.
May God bless you richly!
John & Patti Partridge
Pastor John & Patti Partridge