|Banner in front of Monrovia City Hall|
LEAD's 4th Conference - formerly a national conference, now an international conference with eight different countries represented, took place at the Monrovia City Hall on February 18-19, 2011.
|Commissioning to be Marketplace Ministers|
|One of the workshop sessions.|
People are dying for a change in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya. Are we ready for that?
Behind the scenes at the conference, contracts that had been made with LEAD over the previous months to make the conference happen are continually broken - from the venue, to the speakers, to the hotels, to the caterer - broken words from government officials and business people alike. Guests coming to Liberia complain about accommodations, food, and inconveniences.
|Exhibit Tables where Ghanaians show their processing busines|
It's exhausting to fight the system, the powers that be, people and their human nature, and bureaucracy. It's much easier to give in, pay the bribe, forget about the broken word, write it off as "people trying to survive" or human nature.
I know what you may be thinking. And yes, the conference really did go well. It was exciting and there were beautiful moments of fresh dialogue and new relationships formed. And I do have hope.
|Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26 year old street vendor in Tunisia.|
On the other hand, the whole revolution in northern Africa started in Tunisia with one man, a street vendor selling fruit, Mohamad Bouazizi. His goods were confiscated as he endured the harassment and abuse of government officials. He had just taken $200 US worth of credit to buy these goods and didn't have money to bribe the police. Out of desperation and as an act of protest, he set himself on fire in front of a government building.
|Mr Bouazizi in the hospital before he died.|
Please pray with us.
|Puppy update: All dogs are doing well. Noah is holding his favorite dog, whom he named "Moose". Don't ask me why.|
|Their eyes are all open now and they are just beginning to be able to walk.|