Wednesday, October 12, 2011

September Ministry Report: "The people are spiritually hungry"

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

We evangelize and train indigenous believers and then help equip them to evangelize, disciple, pastor and be missionaries to their own people. We equip them by giving them training material to train others, provide Bibles, assist with transportation, and show the Jesus film in their area.

Our mission is that every village of Liberia will have a healthy church. Most of the towns and villages of Liberia have no church. We have worked in over 150 villages. This month we made 63 mission/ministry trips, visiting 36 villages and other locations, going into 3 new locations. Many of the places we visited multiple times, our longest trip was 6 days, shortest a few hours. We printed and distributed approximately 15,100 pages of teaching material and distributed hundreds of Bibles. This month we baptized 7 and 65 completed our extensive Bible study program.

Several factors affect how many mission trips we can go on each month; illness, injuries, and the availability of gas and money are some. This month we again slowed down from generator and copier problems. Currently all our copiers are disabled.

We have regional leaders who are over large territories covering many towns and villages. They go into their regions to evangelize and disciple. Local leaders are formed and empowered. These local leaders then go to those in their communities and neighboring communities. We provide the local leaders with additional Bibles and training material. This strategy is working well and causing the word of God to spread rapidly. That is the way Paul ministered in the province of Asia, “He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.” (Acts 19:9-10). Churches in once churchless towns and villages are being started. In the communities that have churches the leaders are being trained. In America we have access to training on the internet, TV, radio, our churches, DVD’s, magazines and Christian books. Most of our homes have many Bibles and different translations. Our choices seem endless. Here it is a desert. Most do not have even a small pocket Bible, nor have training opportunities in their small towns and villages. The people are spiritually hungry, starving. When we arrive it is like going into a town of people starving for food, we are surrounded and overwhelmed. Requests of those who find out about us are more then we can service.

We are in the rainy season, it rains almost every day and heavy downpours are regular. Almost every trip, lasting more than a day, has an accident. On my last 6 day mission I had 6 accidents in just one day. I returned with bruises and multiple scrapes. The roads are dangerous, regularly we see and hear of serious accidents. Fatalities are not uncommon. Sometimes thick, sticky mud can be 10” deep and last for ¼ mile. At other times it is wet clay that is as slick as ice, often on steep hills. We also hit holes 3’ deep full of water and mud that swallow the bike. Most of the time we are all nursing wounds, bones have been broken (that is a guess there are no x-ray machines). Muffler burns are common, we all have scars from them. We have been blessed that none of us have had serious permanent injuries.

Liberia is still mostly lawless. Very few crimes are brought to justice and the criminals know it. Two weeks ago while on mission one of our men, Nicolson, on one of our motorbikes was attacked. It was dark. Another bike came up from behind and wrecked into him throwing him to the ground with his bike landing on top of him. He was dazed and injured. Immediately, two men came from within the bush to take the bike. Nicolson said he didn’t know how it happened but somehow he had taken the key from the bike. They wanted to take the key from him. Fortunately, at that time members of the new church he assisted in starting came by. They recognized him and helped get the bike off him. The would be thieves fled. Nicolson is nursing an injured wrist from the accident. He was unable to drive a bike for more than two weeks. Today, his wrist is still sore and weak.

Prayer Request: In Africa, wars commonly come because the existing leaders refuse to step down. Ivory Coast, our neighbor, had an election last year, the losing party rebelled against the voter’s decision. The result was a civil war; we now have 100’s of thousands of refugees. Liberia went through 17 years of brutal civil war for the same reason. On October 11 Liberia will have presidential and congressional elections. This is a very dangerous time! Pray for safety and peace.

Thank you for your prayers, donations and encouragement,

Villages, towns and cities we have been working in:
Sino County: Bardoua, Cass Town, Chebioh, Cheboken, Deedo, Gbliyee, Gardoway, Greeneville, Jaytoken, Joazon, Karquekpo, Korjayee, Putu Jadweodee, Peace Camp (a gold mining camp), Pynes Town, Qutatozon, Saygbeken, Seetor, Saydee, Senquene, Voobadee, Titus. Grand Gheda County: Badou, Bah, Bargblor, Barte-jam, Bawaydee, Beezon, Beh, Boe, Boley, Border, Boundary, Chayee, Chebeh, Compound, Dian, Dolozon, Dougee Refugee Camp, Duo Town, Dweh, 48 mile, Franzaz, Garley, Gbarbo, Gbeyoubo, Gbloue, Gboe, Gboe Geewon, Gboleken, Gambo, Geeha, Gleplay, Gorbowrogba, Grady, Gwenebo, Jaibo, James’s Sayon’s, Jargbeh, Jarwleh, Jarzon, Jayteken 1, Jayteken 2, Jellu, John David, Jonesgbaye, Julutuzon, Karlowleh, Kohn, Kojayee, Konobo, Ziah, Kpae, Kyne, Kwebo, Nico, Panwolor, Pellelzon, Peter Saydee, Polar Town, Polar Village, PTP refugee camp, Savah, Sentrodu, Sewion 1, Sewion 2, Sinkon, Sloman (a gold mining camp), Solo Inside, Solo Outside, Solo Refugee Camp,

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