Thursday, February 28, 2008


I'll begin by saying this started as a rough week! I spent all day Monday trying to avoid hugging a toilet, and was successful until about 11pm. The good news is by Tursday morning I was feeling much better, despite the fact that I slept all squished up on the couch, and my stomach was totally empty!

The even better news is that GOD IS SO GOOD!

This week God has been showing me how faithful He is. How He takes care of us, no matter how much we doubt. This week I've had 2 people from my parent's church take interest in my trip to Liberia. One man is providing me with a drip irrigation kit and tons of printed materials to take with me, in hopes that the kit will be useful to ORR, and we can order more at a reduced rate. Another man has created a program for me to track each child that ORR works with. He's also in the process of creating an application where we can track each orphanange! These two men are donating their time and talents to the children of Liberia!

I met with the missions pastor of my home church yesterday. I didn't know what to expect, so I went with no expectations. The church will have a commissioning time during the service for me within the next 3 weeks, as well as they've committed to give me some type of financial support....along with prayers and all of that good stuff!

As I've talked about before, raising support is really making me step outside of my comfort zone....I hate asking people for money! Today alone, I recieved $600 in the mail! That's enough to cover 2 months of room & board, and have $100 spending money for one of those months!

I got my pictures taken for my Liberian visa today, and will be going to the doctor tomorrow so they can tell the Liberian embassy that I'm in good health and free from all communicable diseases. I also should be buying my one-way (?!) plane ticket tomorrow!

Things are moving right along.....quite fast actually! And all I can think about is the smiles of the children, and I can almost hear the high-pitched chuckle of Obediah! I'm also starting the think about the heat, and all the sweating that I'll be doing, haha. Even still, nothing's totally freaking me out. Heck, I sent my mom and sisters to Italy today....and I'm not sad....I could practically care less. Liberia is the only place I want to be!

And all I can say is God is so stinkin' good!

[I didn't want to leave you empty handed, so here's a rare picture of Obediah smiling! In my month's stay, I probably only heard him speak a handful of times, and I think he smiled even less, but you could usually always find him at my side. He had only been at the village for a few weeks when I arrived, so I think he was still in process mode. I could sense the pain in his eyes, and it was my goal everyday to try to get him to smile. I will never forget when I left the village for the last time. Right before I got in the van, I found Obediah in the crowd of kids, picked him up and squeezed him to death, and told him that I loved him and that I would see him again. I cannot wait to pick him up and squeeze him again!!!]

Thursday, February 21, 2008

President Bush in Liberia

For those of you who don't know, President Bush made a stop in Liberia today on the last day of his five-nation tour of Africa. This will make Bush the first U.S. leader to visit Liberia in 30 you go Mr. Bush! Before today, there were alot of rumors flying about internet and cell phone services disappearing for the day--for security reasons....and so far today, my usual Liberian contacts have been silent. So, either the rumors were true, or they're just not talking today. I can only imagine how chaotic Monrovia was today; it was basically like a national holiday for the people beacuse of road/school closures, heavy traffic, high security, etc. If you're interested in reading some news articles on Bush's visit, here ya go:

[It appears that Mr. President enjoyed himself in Liberia. Someone should have showed him how to whop so he didn't look so ridiculous!]
President Bush Dancing in Liberia

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

753 Pairs!

753 PAIRS!

The undies are loaded onto a container, and will be leaving Tennessee on Friday. The final undie count is 753 pairs!!! Thank you so much to everyone who donated undies or sent giftcards!

(It only took about 20 minutes to take this picture, because the stack kept falling over, hence the support pole and my awkward stance)

Friday, February 15, 2008

A Year

I cannot believe that exactly a year ago today, I was sitting on an airplane on my way to Liberia! A year ago today, my life changed forever! I can't wait to see what God is going to do in and through me starting today, until next February 15th!

God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good!

For the record....

Best Valentine's Day ever! (And no significant others were involved!)

I spent the day sharing with 200 middle schoolers about Liberia's orphans, and then I came home to a mailbox full of goodies! I got a box of 117 pairs of undies for Undies4Liberia, along with $65 to buy more undies from Patty in Chicago!! I was so blown away that I stood starring at a couch full of undies in disbelief, then I giggled and then I almost just had to cry! I also got my first support check in the mail, along with a $20 giftcard for undies...thanks Tyler! AND, I got a letter from AB, the best driver in all of Liberia!

Liberia felt alittle closer today!

Needless to say, it was an overwhelming day full of from 7th graders, love from total strangers, love from friends near and much love, all because of my love for Liberia's orphans! It was a great reminder to me of God's unconditional love for each of us!

So, Happy Valentine's Day! Hopefully you all felt just alittle more love in your lives.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

My Support Letter

Dear Family and Friends,
I pray that this letter finds you and your family doing well. It has been far too long since I last corresponded with you concerning my trip to Liberia last year. I wanted to write and share with you some exciting things God has been doing in my life. I’ve been home from Liberia now for about 11 months, and in that time, Liberia and the children that I grew to love have never been far from my mind. When I got home, I tried my hardest to get back to Liberia as soon as possible; little did I know that God had other plans. I finally settled back into life and began to sense that God was telling me to wait because He would provide me with an opportunity beyond my dreams, but it would happen in His timing. God has taught me so much in the last 11 months about patience and has continued to open my eyes to the Biblical mandate to minister to orphans. Now in His time, I will be returning to Liberia!

I have committed to serve for 6 months in 2008 with a wonderful organization called Orphan Relief and Rescue. I will be leaving for Liberia on March 24th, and plan to return home for a short break (and escape the really rainy months of rainy season) around the beginning of July. Then, I plan to return to Liberia at the beginning of October, but then I must come home in early December because my younger sister Julianne will be getting married (that’s a whole different letter!).

Orphan Relief and Rescue (ORR) is doing some amazing work with 80+ uncertified orphanages in and around Monrovia. They provide relief for orphanages and try to help them meet UN certification requirements, thus enabling the orphanage to receive government support. ORR’s ministry is built around Christ’s example of reaching out to the poor, and they focus on investing in people to secure and empower the future for Liberian children. They mentor and support the caretakers of the children and encourage them to continue to not only provide for today, but to plan for tomorrow. ORR has three operating programs: emergency relief, capacity building and construction. I will be serving as the Emergency Relief Program Manager, meaning I will be addressing the most critical needs of the children, including: food distribution, healthcare, safe drinking water, shelter construction, safety, education opportunities, hygiene, beds, mattresses, mosquito nets and clothing. My job description is quite overwhelming for me because I do not have any training, but the position encompasses my God-given passion! It will be the most challenging thing that I have ever done, but at the same time I know it will be the most rewarding.

I cannot wait to return to Liberia with an organization whose mission and heart align exactly with what I feel like God has called me to do. I am also excited because my new home will be a short 15 minute car ride from the orphanage I worked at last year, so I will be able to visit anytime! I am ecstatic to be reunited with all of the children that my heart has deeply missed for these last 11 months, and I look forward to meeting the hundreds of new children that ORR supports. More than anything, I am excited to see what God has in store for my future; I am anticipating my departure and I will leave for Liberia with great expectations.
I am writing you today to let you know what God has been doing in my life, but I am also writing to ask for your prayers and support for this new ministry opportunity. I need prayer! I need to be lifted up and encouraged as I prepare for this next chapter in life. I had some bumps in the road during my last trip, and when God is using you, the enemy loves to attack. When I was in Liberia, it was amazing and comforting to know that I had people lifting me up to the throne from half way around the world!

I am also in need of people who are willing to sponsor me. I do not want to go to Liberia alone; I want an army of people standing behind me, enabling me to follow God’s calling and cheering me on! It is my prayer that God would provide for me through you. I have less than two months to raise over $4,000, but I have faith that God will provide. If you are led to support me financially, please use the enclosed self-addressed stamped envelope to send either cash or a check. If you prefer to pay with a check, please make the check payable to Sharing International, and do not write anything in the memo line. I have also enclosed a response card, so please take a minute to fill it out and return it along with your support. Again, any amount of financial assistance is a blessing and is greatly appreciated!

I have set up a blog so that you can join me on my journey. You can stay up-to-date at I have also enclosed a brochure about Orphan Relief and Rescue, but if you want to find out even more, you can check out their website at

God has already been preparing me to go back to Liberia. He continues to fill my heart with compassion and love and He continues to give me a desire to follow hard after His heart. Every time I would look into the eyes of one of the children, I felt as if I was experiencing Christ—I cannot wait to look into those eyes once again! I am so excited to see how God is going to work in and through me to reach the children of Liberia with the unconditional love of Christ! Thank you for prayerfully considering joining me in this ministry and I look forward to sharing with you along the way!

Seeking the heart of God and sharing His love with the children of Liberia,

Ashley Stoll
110 Sweetwater Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Ways You Can Help

  1. Commit to praying for me everyday in 2008
  2. Give a one time gift
  3. Give a monthly gift
  4. Have your Sunday School class, small group, house church, prayer group, etc. adopt and support me as their missionary
  5. Start a fundraiser through your church, school, or any other organization or group (love offering, bake sale, car wash, penny drive, etc.)
  6. Get involved with Orphan Relief and Rescue by praying for the children, the field team and for the continued growth of the organization.
  7. Promote Orphan Relief and Rescue by sharing their literature or website with family and friends

I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.
Psalm 140:12

Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this, to care for orphans and widows in their distress…
James 1:27

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Support Letters

Phew! I just had a marathon day in the 'office'! It's 5pm and I'm still in my pj's and I've only had a piece of string cheese to eat, but my support letters are done and in the mail!! I'll post a copy later since some of you will be seeing these lovely letters in person very soon.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Something to Ponder

What does our Heavenly Father have to say in His world regarding orphans?
"You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book before one of them came to be." --Psalm 139:16

"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you." --John 14:18

"But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; You consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless." --Psalm 10:14

"Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this, to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." --James 1:27

"He executed justice for the orphan and widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing." --Deuteronomy 10:18

"When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the workd of your hands." --Deuteronomy 24:19

"O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear, to vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror." --Psalm 10:17-18

"Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." --Isaiah 1:17

"Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicated and destitute." --Psalm 82:3

"I know the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy." --Psalm 140:12
And so on, and so on. Need I say more?
There's more where that came from.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Ever Wonder...

...what 503 pairs of undies looks like?!

How cool is that?!

Also cool is that contacted me this morning to ask if they could highlight my pledge!! I have to give them a few paragraphs about the whole experience, as well as tell them more about the children the undies are going to. And, they want pictures! Thank you God for yet another random opportunity to share about Liberia and the orphans there who need someone to care!


Everyone keep Raquel in your prayers as she travels to Liberia to pick up her new son! She leaves tomorrow (well, I guess technically today), and is leaving behind the hubby with 5 kids! Also, as of today, the flu has hit her they need some prayers!

We can't wait to meet Mr. P!!

Also, keep me in your prayers. I have to get my act together this weekend so I can start sending out support letters. I'm the kid, who in elementary school, hated to sell wrapping paper because I hated asking people for money. I could have cared less about the prizes! Well, I'm still that kid....I hate asking people for money, so asking for support is hard for me. But, last time, God provided, and I have faith that He will provide again! This trip is more expensive than last time, which makes the task daunting, but this time, I care about the prize...being surrounded by smiling faces of beautiful children who need to experience Christ's unconditional love!