Thursday, November 4, 2010

October 2010 Ministry Report

The mission of Jesus, “Not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”. (2 Pet 3:9 NIV), is also our mission.

Wordsower Liberia exists for the purpose of going to all the villages and towns of Liberia to preach the good news, disciple, encourage existing churches and start churches. Most of the towns and villages of Liberia have no church. This month we made 17 mission trips. Our mission trips can last from ½ - 6 days. In September, we printed and distributed 15,500 pages of teaching material and hundreds of Bibles. We baptized 22 people, and 21 completed our extensive doctrine study program.

We had the blessing of having Don Riley visit us from Piqua, Ohio. He arrived on Oct. 1st and stayed until Oct. 24th. He has pictures and stories and is excited to share them with all who are interested, contact him at 937-451-9809.

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matt 9:35 NIV).

Of course, the heart, passion and mission of our Lord has not changed. As we go from village to village we see most do not have churches. They all desperately want one! One will beg us to return quickly while another begs for us to come. They are harassed with evil spirits and religion, sheep without shepherds. Truly, we see the harvest is plentiful and the workers few. Pray with us that our Lord will rise up and send more workers.
We are now doing monthly conferences on our base in Zwedru, training workers from nearby villages to start churches. We are also traveling to distant regions, gathering people from surrounding villages and then training them. This month, again, we experienced the miraculous birth or a new church in a once churchless village. That day 90% of the village attended, leaders were put in place, 8 were baptized and many experienced communion for the first time. The whole village celebrated together with a meal. We are receiving reports that other churches have started from our training.

We experience many trials. The roads are BAD! From motorbike accidents we currently have 5 healing from bloody wounds, and another from a hurt neck. Longer trips are made in car/truck taxi. One trip, in the back of a small pick-up truck with 19 people, one gazelle carcass and a chicken, took over 13 hours to go 150 miles. Another, 41 hours to go 320 miles. Drivers, strained machines and muddy roads create long, rough trips. Because the roads are so bad gas and supply trucks can’t get through. One large gas truck striving to make it turned over dangerously spilling its load. Gas prices are normally $3.50 a gallon but have rose to $11.50 a gallon. The supply shortage and cost have caused us to temporarily shut down our bikes, keeping us from going on mission trips. We have also had to stop our generator and copiers.
Illnesses, also, create delays in our mission. One 5 day mission trip had to be cut short because of a very serious, odd illness. Delka, one of our core team leaders, had to be “rushed” to Monrovia for treatment. Also, again this month, I had Typhoid Fever and Malaria. Fortunately, we got the Cobra in our yard before he got us!

The blessings always far out-weigh the challenges. Example: this month we started 500 students with Bible lessons, many more are waiting to participate.
Answered prayer: we now, on our Zwedru base, have over 6,000 Gideon Bibles. We were down to less than 100. Long story short: it is miraculous that we have them!

Villages, towns and cities we have been working in:
Sino County: Pynes Town, Gbliyee, Titus, Gardoway, Putu Jadweodee, Saydee, Peace Camp (a gold mining camp) Greeneville, Qutatozon, Seetor, Karquekpo, and Cass Town. Grand Gheda County: Zwedru, Toe Town, Toffoi, Suahken, Julutuzon, Jaibo, Gorbowrogba, Kyne, Gbloue, Solo Inside, Solo Outside, Kohn, Gambo, Gboleken, Dolozon, Polar Village, Dian, Gbarbo, Franzaz, Gwenebo, Jargbeh, Pellelzon, three road check stations, Zeon, Kpae, Zarzar, Gleplay, Compound, Sinkon, Jarzon, Polar Town and the county prison. Montserrado County: Monrovia. River Gee County: Jarkaken, Tartiken, Geeken, Kanweaken, Putuken, Fish Town, Klaboken. Bomi County: Beh

Donations should now be sent to:
Wordsower Liberia 16960 Sidney Plattsville Rd Sidney, Oh 45365

All donations are tax deductible. A receipt will be sent at year’s end. 100% of all donations go to the mission for the Liberians. None is used for me or administration. If there are any donation questions you may call Tom Looker at 937-489-8090.

Thank you for your prayers, donations and support,

October 2010 Expense Report

Assistance to the poor:

$768 – Humanitarian assistance: including food (average cost is $1.50 a day for food), rent, home repair, etc.
$135 – Medical expenses (average treatment cost is $1.00 - $3.00)
$120 – Small business start for a family, soap making.
$40 – Assistance for a wedding
Ministry expenses:
$24 – We fund a daily one hour local Christian radio program. The total cost is $24 a month
$1,243 – Paper, gas for the generator, pens, folders, Bibles and mission trips
$277 – Motor bike gas and repair
$35 - Communication
$36 – Pay for a teacher in a school we started. What we pay a teacher for a month’s work I made in an hour in the US as a teacher.

Team food and house supplies:
$725 – Food and house supplies (close estimate). Our core team consists of 8 adults and 7 children. We regularly feed and house visitors from the interior and locals as needed from our house supply funds. That averages out to $1.60 a day per person to cover, clothes, food, candles, soap etc. Really our team uses less than that per day because we also feed others every day.

Construction of our permanent ministry center and housing:
$1072 – Construction costs for our property. We plastered our outside walls with cement. Necessary for protecting our mud brick walls from rain and bugs. We also have started teaching conferences so we built a thatched roof building protecting us from the rain and sun.

Schools fees:
$269 – for children’s school fees. Average cost per child per semester is $40.
$457 – designated donation for an orphanage to cover orphan school fees.

$4,201 - Total for the month