Peace Summit 2022

LLL was a proud partner of the Peace Summit 2022 in Liberia. Thirty youths and young adults came together for the three day event to discuss “The Role of Youth in Peace Building.”   According to event organizers, “Liberia is a country that has been ravaged by fourteen years of civil unrest and crippled by the experience of two deadly …

Clean Drinking Water

In June 2021, new wells were dug at three elementary schools in rural Liberia. The wells provided clean drinking water for over 1000 children every school day but there was no safe drinking water at home for most of the students and their non-school-age siblings, parents and elders. Most families in these villages fetched water from dirty creeks and rivers …

Leaders in Liberia

We are so grateful for the opportunity to again partner in Liberia. We sponsored a leadership development conference for over 75 young people. According to Rena who spearheaded the event, a young man from the African Dream Academy attended and said to send his “heartfilled thanks to Love Like Lija for partnering on this project.” Rena continued, “he hopes we …

Tent Communities

A team of St. John’s Lombard teens and adults completed a project serving at two tent communities in Chicago. Below is the beautiful report they submitted.   “After all of the shopping was complete and the blessing bags were assembled God took the wheel and showed exactly what and who He had plans for.   Francisco: Resident of a southside …

SURGE Mission Trip

A group of thirteen fourth, fifth and sixth who are a part of the SURGE Group at RockChurch in East Peoria were given a LLL grant to attend the Your Obedient Servants Mission Camp in Petersburg, Illinois. During the week, students served at many different locations in Springfield and Petersburg. At Washington Street Mission students served pastries and coffee to …

Leadership Workshop in Liberia

Joe is a young man from Liberia who came to the U.S. several years ago for a high school study abroad program. He is now a college student in the States and is passionate about helping youth in his home country. He established a Leadership/Career Development Workshop for forty-eight young people who spent a week listening to speakers, learning about …

Mother’s Day Surprise

LLL provided a grant to art students at Limestone High School in Peoria. The student photographers took personalized photos of 43 children at Crittenton Centers Child Development Center. The photos were edited, framed, and gifted to the parents who might not have the resources to get professional pictures taken of their children. According to Crittenton Centers staff, “The students put …

Orphans in Sierra Leone

In September we funded a project in Sierra Leone. The applicant explained that 11 orphans were not able to go to school because they didn’t have enough money for school fees. So we sent enough money to cover the fees and the Board decided that we should send a little extra so that the kids could go have fun for …

Corbin’s 8th Birthday Project

We partnered with 8-year-old Corbin who chose to celebrate his birthday by collecting items for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Corbin’s friends and family donated personal care items, cleaning supplies, household goods and gas/grocery cards. Corbin (with help from his mom) applied for a $500 LLL grant and according to his mom, “when I told Corbin he received it, his eyes …

Bags of Hope

This month we partnered with St. Paul the Apostle School in Davenport, Iowa for their Bags of Hope project.  Eighth graders, Anne and Olivia, organized the project, applying for a LLL grant and collecting money from school and church families. A team of seven students and four adults filled 100 drawstring bags with toiletries, gift cards, gloves, and scarves to …