We flew to Monrovia, Liberia, Western Africa in July, 2008. We were headed for the United Methodist supported Camphor Mission School, 100 miles south. The country was free of war by only a few years, so there were burned out buildings, no running water or electricity for the people living in Monrovia, a city of 1.3 million. Signs of damage were everywhere, but every street was jammed with vendor selling something and girls walking with trays of peanuts and other items, hoping to sell enough to buy their two cups of rice for the day. In addition to seeing severe poverty we experienced a theft from our van, while we were parked.