Sunday, April 10, 2011

March Ministry Report: War and Refugees

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 church leaders and raise up leaders to start churches. Our mission is that every village will have a church. Most of the towns and villages of Liberia have no church.

This month we made 65 mission/ministry trips, visiting 32 villages, and other locations. Many of the places we visited multiple times, our longest trip was a one week, shortest a few hours. We printed and distributed approximately 16,000 pages of teaching material and distributed hundreds of Bibles. This month we baptized many, and many completed our extensive Bible study program. Our core team in Africa is: 1 from America, 1 from France, 5 Liberians. We have 17 Liberian ministers that travel with us to the villages, many trained pastors 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!

War and Refugees!!
Many 1000’s of refugees are pouring into Liberia from the Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast in is in the middle of a very violent civil war. Gun shots and heavy artillery is regularly heard. Personally I have heard stories from the refugees of terrible atrocities committed against them. Below is part of an international news report:

“At least 800 persons were killed on March 29 in one city; tens of thousands of people have fled that area. Also fierce fighting spread across Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan March 28, which has driven up to 1 million people from their homes in Abidjan alone. The Red Cross stated that thousands have been killed or injured in post-election violence since November. Some 123,000 Ivorians have fled to Liberia according to the U.N. refugee agency.”

Since this report many more 1000’s have crossed. At least 100 armed rebels have been captured in Liberia, most were very close to our team in Maryland. Relief agencies and the UN were not prepared! They do not have food or shelter for them. Liberians have been overwhelmed giving all the food they have, leaving them and the refugees now hungry. We have been going to villages that had maybe 50 residents that are now dealing with 100’s or refugees. The small towns are dealing with 1000’s. The wounded are also crossing; one I saw had been shot in the leg, for three days he hobbled in the forest before arriving to the boarder. While on the motorbike carrying in food, I passed lines of refugees walking, some carrying all they could, others escaped with nothing, walking with no known destination, in shock, hungry, enduring fierce thunderstorms. Sights I will never forget. I was told that some come with the blood of former husbands and fathers still on their clothes.

We have purchased and distributed all the food we could till our money ran out. We have allowed them to completely harvest our large garden. Last Sunday we traveled to 5 villages/towns preaching and handing out freshly translated Bible teachings, many attended and were appreciative. Tomorrow we return, many want to be baptized. They have requested that we start churches for them, It will not be long before we have established churches in these churchless refugee saturated villages.

The assistance we gave to the refugees did not keep us from our mission trips. God had blessed us with extra.

This month we sent two missionaries with supplies into new churchless regions. They will make their home there. We will visit and continue to provide them supplies.

The Lord gives what He ordains. We seek Him and His will, within His will there is total provision. His work done His way will have His resources. Pray with us that we will have wisdom, understanding and the knowledge of His will (Col. 1:9).

Answered prayer: No one was ill in March!

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, Gbolobo, Philidefia, and the county prison.

March Expense Report

Assistance to the poor: $583 – Humanitarian assistance: including food (average cost is $1.50 a day for food), rent, home repair, etc. (Ivorian refugees not included in this)
$194 – Medical expenses (average treatment cost is $1.00 - $3.00)
$382 – Food and rent for Ivorian refugees

Ministry expenses:
$508 – Paper, gas for the generator, pens, folders, Bibles and mission trips
$603 – Motor bike gas and repair, we have 5 bikes (Gas prices range between $4.28 - $6.00 a gallon)
$35 – We pay one teacher $35 a month in a school we started.
$21 – We fund a daily one hour local Christian radio program. The total cost is $21 a month

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.

$3,059 - Total for the month

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

If you have any questions concerning donations you may call Tom Looker at 937-489-8090.