Sunday, March 6, 2011

February Ministry Report: More Workers for the Harvest

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 International 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 raise up leaders to start churches. Most of the towns and villages of Liberia have no church.

This month we made approximately 70 mission/ministry trips, visiting 29 villages, and other locations. Many of the places we visited multiple times, our longest trip was a few days, shortest a few hours. We printed and distributed 14,200 pages of teaching material and distributed hundreds of Bibles. This month we baptized many, and many completed our extensive Bible study program.

Our team in Africa is: 1 from America, 1 from France, 5 Liberians in the original core team, 17 Liberian ministers that travel with us to the villages and many field leaders. The team of supporters in USA and France are also many. We, as one united team, are all working together, under the leadership of Christ, for the kingdom of God in Liberia!

This month 567 school kids were awarded certificates and Bibles for completing 10 lessons. Each lesson was 4 pages long and required the students to memorize Bible verses. It was a great success the school administrators and students loved it. We are preparing for 2,000 children to do the program next school year.

Christine Medan, from Paris, France, ministered with us for about 3 months 2 years ago. She went back but left her heart. She quit her job as a head nurse in a hospital, gave away most of her possessions and this month returned to live and minister with us. Her friends, family and church have united with her in prayer and support. Praise God! She is much needed as a nurse, and worker with the women. She also knows Arabic, and has a passion to work with the Muslims. Ivory Coast, our French speaking neighbor, is in violent civil war. Over 30,000 refugees have poured into Liberia, with more coming each day. She is now translating our training material into French for them.

The Maryland County branch is doing great. The three of them went on 27 mission trips to 10 villages, and other locations, plus many small groups within the county capital.

Can you believe it, Franklin Graham, Billy’s son, will be speaking in Zwedru next week? The place where he is speaking is less than 2 miles from our place. We are working with them and will provide training for the converts after he leaves. 1,000’s are expected to attend.

Our team continues to grow; we purchased our 5th motorbike so we could send more on missions.

Malaria, Typhoid, a blood infection and infected foot have kept me off mission for much of the month.
Please be in prayer with us for the health and safety of our team. We are constantly having illnesses that put 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 , Barte-jam, 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, road side check point, Pleebo, Cain, Pedebo, Wuluplukredi, Kablaken, Cavalla, Refugee Village and the county prison.

Thank you for your prayers, donations and support,

February Expense Report

Assistance to the poor:
$800 – Humanitarian assistance: including food (average cost is $1.50 a day for food), rent, home repair, etc.
$324 – Medical expenses (average treatment cost is $1.00 - $3.00)
$344 – School fees

Ministry expenses:
$21 – We fund a daily one hour local Christian radio program. The total cost is $21 a month
$1,905 – Paper, gas for the generator, pens, folders, Bibles and mission trips
$678 – Motor bike gas and repair (Gas prices range between $4.28 - $6.00 a gallon)
$54 – We pay one teacher $34 a month in a school we started. $20 we to two other teachers in another school we started
$835 – new motor bike

Team food and house supplies:
$1,033 – Food and house supplies (close estimate). Our core team consists of 11 adults and 11 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:
$394 – Construction costs for cleaning and installing our well pump. Many in the community use it. We now have plenty of clean drinking water on our property.

$6,388 - Total for the month

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

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

Thank you,