Vogel's Easter update for Fair Shake Village
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But Christ has truly been raised from the dead—the first one and proof that those who sleep in death will also be raised. 21 Death has come because of what one man did, but the rising from death also comes because of one man. 22 In Adam all of us die. In the same way, in Christ all of us will be made alive again. 1 Corinthians 15:20–22 (NCV)

Greetings in the name of the One who brings death to its end and life to its fullness!!

After being gone so long we knew we would meet challenging situations.  That is true but realizing the hope that we have because of the great sacrifice and love of Christ, we are not defeated.  Perhaps feeling discouraged from time to time but never without hope because of our resurrected Lord!!
Here are some of the things we met

The war in the Ukraine has become the reason for raising prices not only on fuel but virtually everything else.  Rice, rock, sand, food, transportation and labor have all increased significantly. Our budget for construction has had to be reworked several times now so pray we can accomplish what needs to get done on this trip over.

We knew when we bought a used system that the batteries would not last very long, but they have served us for nearly 3 years.  The bottom line is that to replace the batteries with longer lasting, new batteries will be between $6,000 to $8,000. So that is another prayer concern/need. Fuel costs being what they are it is actually more reasonable to use solar than a generator.

Carolyn has been very busy going over all the reports from the clinic and doing the various inventories and evaluations.  It is a real challenge, having been gone so long.  There are many little pieces in this giant puzzle, so she needs your prayers as well.  She is beginning to see an end to this aspect of our being here and gearing up for the school beginning next September.

Classrooms are being painted in preparation for the beginning of school. We are awaiting the arrival of our curriculum within a few weeks.  Soon there will be teacher hiring, student enrollment, uniform material procurement and making.  We may have to wait on the electrical as funding allows.
Thanks to your participation, about 8,000 blocks have been molded for the administration building but because of the economic situation we elected to build another classroom and student restroom facilities now.  We will wait until provision comes to go ahead with the administration building.
These guys know how to work hard as they dig the septic tank for the students restrooms (top). This is just after a day and a half!!  Nearly 8,000 blocks ready to be used for another classroom and the students facilities (bottom left).  Carolyn with our painter preparing rooms for painting (bottom right). 

We have mentioned the Farming God’s Way program several times in the past.  Recently we have been able to interview a young man who is trained, qualified and committed to the principles involved. The goal is to be able to bring him in as part of the team, develop a fenced 80’ by 80’ demonstration/training plot, and begin some poultry demonstrations.  This require some land clearing, fencing and two small poultry houses built.
Several of you have expressed interest in the agricultural aspect of this ministry.  We are anticipating a start up cost of $12,000.  If this is something that is on your heart and you sense this is a God-honoring way to use your resources, we would be grateful for your consideration!! If you wish further information please be in touch via email.
Ken bothering Eric as he works on the construction of Carolyn's medicine storage cabinets for the clinic
Enough for this time.  Remember, your prayers and contributions with God’s power and direction make this possible!  We are encouraged by you and we work hard to keep honoring God with our lives. Indeed, now is Christ risen from the dead!!!
Because of His great love!!
Ken and Carolyn Vogel
Fair Shake Village - Liberia
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Prayer Focus


1. For getting back to Liberia safely!!!

2. For meeting all co-workers healthy!!!

3. For opportunities to worship with congregations this Easter season.


1. To be able to fund and begin an intensive agricultural program using Farming God’s Way.

2. For wisdom in stewarding of all resources in a tough economy.

3. To find co-workers willing to give themselves to what God would do at Fair Shake Village.
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