How do we give thanks?
While most people think of Thanksgiving as a North American holiday, it is also celebrated in Liberia. It was brought to Liberia by freed American slaves who resettled in West Africa in the 1800s. While their celebration takes place on a different day than in the US, the spirit is similar: people come together, share a feast, and take time to reflect on the many blessings in their lives.
As we share this holiday across great distance, a few of the Amani Liberia ladies would like to share with us those things for which they are giving thanks this year.
The Almighty God has blessed me so much in the last year. Since the last Thanksgiving, my family is all well. And we are not hearing anything about any war in Liberia. I thank God for that.
I thank God every day that he spares me and my family. I thank him for the provisions we have, which allow my children to go to school. I thank God for his protection. Some people just get hit by a motorcycle, but God has protected me and my family. And God is working in my husband’s life. From the beginning to the end, God has been providing my husband’s university fees. Also, many of my friends are not working, but God is blessing me–the money I am getting at Amani is good!
I am thankful to God. His goodness surrounds my family and myself.
First, God is giving me life. Second, I am able to find myself work at Amani and we, the people of Amani, get along. I am also thankful for my children. They are with their father in another country, far away from me, but I have hope God is with them.