Liberia Mission 2018

This is for my son Eli who has a dream to go on a mission trip to Liberia. Read his story:

When I was a kid, I had a piggy bank just like most kids. My parents thought it was dumb to have to break it every time you wanted your money out of it, so they got me one with a lid you could unscrew at the bottom. This piggy bank even had four different slots for money. One was for saving, one for spending, one for giving, and I can’t remember what the last one was. I didn’t like spending a lot of money, so my piggy bank progressively got more and more full of money. Every time I got money for anything, like Christmas, birthdays, even when I got spending money, I’d put it in that piggy bank. One day, when I was about seven years old, my dad told me about this horrible disease in Africa called malaria that was super deadly and spread by mosquitoes, but could be easily prevented by putting mosquito nets over your bed at night, so the mosquito couldn’t get in and give you the disease. The problem was, people didn't have enough money to buy these mosquito nets. I thought about what my dad told me, and I was inspired. A few minutes later, I came downstairs with my piggy bank and we emptied the whole thing out and sent it off to help buy mosquito nets for children who couldn’t afford them. With my money, I donated over 200 nets to those who needed them.

Over the next couple years, both of my parents went on mission trips to Liberia, a struggling nation in Africa  that had recently been ripped apart by a civil war. I’ve always wanted to follow them in their mission, but i wasn’t old enough. When I found out that 15 was the minimum age to go this year, I was elated to continue the work of my parents, and help in any way I could to the people there. Because of the support of my church, and the East Ohio conference, the total expense of the trip is $3,000. This covers airfare, food, lodging, ground transportation and mission construction supplies for 11 days.  The trip is July 5-16.  $1,000 was already contributed by my church.  $1,000 is needed by May 14 and $1,000 is needed by July 1. 

I’m writing to you and others to raise these funds. I’m asking people to pray for me and the mission team and to consider a financial gift. In these ways, I hope for you and others to share in this life changing experience and important mission. Every gift matters, no matter the amount.  Thank you for your support.

Eli Stultz Costello
  • Patricia Humphress 
    • $100 
    • 40 mos
  • Dianne Tobey Covault 
    • $20 
    • 41 mos
  • Denise Marikis 
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
  • Jared Silva 
    • $25 
    • 41 mos
  • Pat Hensley 
    • $50 
    • 41 mos
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Steve Stultz Costello 
North Canton, OH
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