Monday, February 7, 2011

A New County: January 2011 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 and train existing churches and start churches. Most of the towns and villages of Liberia have no church.

This month we made 51 mission trips, visiting 21 villages, 3 prisons, 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. One town we went to this month had over 200 stay for the teaching. We have 6 in the original core team and now have 10 solid mission leaders going into the villages with us. We printed and distributed 10,300 pages of teaching material and hundreds of Bibles. This month we baptized 13, and 29 completed our extensive Bible study program.
On December 27th Aloysius and I left, on motorbike, for Maryland County to start a new branch. By road it is the greatest distance from Monrovia, the capital. We took our time, ministering in villages as we went, it took us 5 days to arrive. Albert soon followed with our supplies; Generator, copier, paper, Bibles, etc. The road is impassable much of the year. From Zwedru to Harper is probably about 60 miles, yet it took 17 days to get our supplies. This region is very remote and has a great need for churches in the villages.

Ritualistic demonic sacrifices still happen. The UN has put radio stations and towers throughout the country. The Maryland County station, which is only on sporadically, often plays a community service announcement. It says, “Ritualistic killings are wrong. They are against Liberian law. Maryland County must stop doing them. They are barbaric. Who knows the one you killed could have been a great leader for Liberia.”

We have been well received here, many have already been evangelized, two baptized, and several future spiritual leaders and church planters are being discipled. When I left on January 30th the team was well established, housing secured, the “factory” fully functional and producing many copies.

While I was in Maryland the Zwedru branch was busy proving I had worked myself out of a job. Our core team of 6 had been divided into two, yet the 3 that remained along with 10 well trained field leaders went on 43 mission trips. This is the most trips we had ever done. A typical trip will be 2 or 3 on a bike with load going for 1-3 days visiting villages. I now am no longer required to be the full time leader of the main Zwedru branch. This frees me to spend more time in the interior villages teaching 3 day regional workshops that teach how to start and run a church and spending more time with these new young churches.
Please be in prayer with us for the health and safety of our team. Potential thieves have been seen at night looking for opportunities, DK had a bad bike wreak causing scrapes and bruises from head to toe, and we are constantly having illnesses that keep us out of service.

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: Garley, Ziulay, Sewion, Zwedru, Toes Town, Toffoi, Suahken, Julutuzon, Jaibo, Beh, 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, Bargblor, Bawaydee, Tojillah and the county prison. Montserrado County: Monrovia. River Gee County: Jarkaken, Tartiken, Geeken, Kanweaken, Putuken, Fish Town, Klaboken, Sargba. Bomi County: Beh. Maryland County: Harper and the county prison.

Thank you for your prayers, donations and support,

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