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 and train existing churches and start churches. Most of the towns and villages of Liberia have no church. This month we made 26 mission trips, visiting 9 villages, the prison, 5 immigration and police stations, and the hospital. Many of the places we visited multiple times, our longest trip was 4 days, shortest a few hours. We printed and distributed 15,000 pages of teaching material and hundreds of Bibles. This month we baptized 26, 4 children were dedicated in Church services and 44 completed our extensive Bible study program.
Some great news! This month several churches were started by those whom we have trained that have taken the training to others. We have never, yet, even been to the villages. One of those villages is Jellue. Their congregation is healthy and growing, they have almost completed their Church building. We have never been to their town. Our investment in the Church building is about $10 for nails, all other material was harvested from the bush at no cost. Our goal of a Church in every village of Liberia can only be accomplished when those we disciple and assist in starting a Church can and will also disciple and assist others in starting Churches. We are beginning to see that happen.
It appears to me that there is an inevitable war ahead again for Ivory Coast, Ivory Coast boarders Liberia. Wars, as you know, here in West Africa are especially brutal and cruel. Blood Diamond is a good movie to watch to get some understanding. It is about the last recent war that was in Ivory Coast. Both sides of the factions are actively recruiting former rebel fighters from Liberia to join their forces. In one week there were confirmed 170 deaths, 90 cases of torture and 500 disappeared or were imprisoned without trial, I am sure the actual numbers are higher. UN and Liberia have increased forces along the border. The UN is struggling with refugees pouring into Liberia. In Harper alone, where we are starting our new branch, it was reported a while back that 13,000 refugees entered their area. Fortunately, Aloysius and Albert who will be assigned to Maryland both speak fluent French, the Ivorian national language. We have our Bible marking lessons translated into French. Also Christine, a French lady, will be arriving in Feb. looking to see how God will use her. We will probably start her in translating our other lessons and then pray about her spending some time in the new refugee camps. Our need is French Bibles. We have searched and cannot get them here in Liberia. You can get up to date information by Googling Ivory Coast.
This month we sent Albert to Monrovia to purchase equipment and supplies for our new start in Harper, Maryland County. We purchased a motorbike, generator, copier, toner cartridges and ministry supplies. Our original leave date was December 15th but I got Typhoid and/or Malaria. This time my recovery has taken longer. We are now schedualed to be in Maryland before Jan 1st.
Our team that will be in Zwedru has grown in spiritual strength and numbers. We have a very strong group here that are committed missionaries. They are excited that Albert, Aloysius, and I are leaving so that they can prove themselves.
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
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