Sam Brantingham and Ian Olson are a couple of 11-year-olds that attend Abundant Grace. They are usually mild-mannered and seem to possess no typical super hero powers. What they have been gifted with, however is hearts of compassion for those kids who have less than they do—even if those kids are thousands of miles/kilometers away.
You may have heard about the playground they built in Liberia, West Africa last year (the first modern playground in that country). Their vision has expanded to a playground for each county (15 in total) and to help improve healthcare a each location as well.
This lofty goal got the attention of government officials in Liberia and Liberians living in the US, so Ian was asked to speak at the Liberian Independence Day celebration in Minnesota (July 26) where over 35,000 Liberians currently reside. After his presentation, some of the audience felt compelled to nominate Sam and Ian for a CNN Hero award for the joy they have brought to the children of Liberia.
The playground still draws thousands of people each weekend—mostly adults who’s childhood was stolen from them by the 24 years of civil conflict Liberia experienced from 1980-2004.
It really is hard to explain or comprehend the impact the first playground has had on the people in that area—some drive over an hour and a half to go play on it and have their pictures taken. This week Ian will also be doing a radio interview for a station in Minnesota that reaches over 40,000 people there and in Liberia.
Please join us in praying for that interview to inspire others to help. Please also pray for Liberia and surrounding counties as they are suffering from a terrible Ebola Virus outbreak right now.
We hope to build 2 more playgrounds over Chinese New Year 2015, so consider giving or going with us to continue doing what Jesus is doing in Liberia.
To find out more about projects in Liberia contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the project Facebook page.