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 200 villages in 9 counties; there are 8,700 villages and towns in 15 counties. This month we made 27 mission/ministry trips, visiting 31 villages and other locations. Many of the places we visited multiple times, our longest trip was 10 days, shortest a few hours. We printed and distributed approximately 8,000 pages of teaching material and distributed hundreds of Bibles, 8 were baptized and 41 completed our extensive Bible study program. We showed the Jesus film 3 times to about 650 people. We taught a 3-day conference on going into the community and forming Bible clubs to evangelize and disciple unreached children to about 90 people from many churches in 4 counties. Several factors affect how many mission trips we can go on each month; illness, injuries, motorbikes repaired, the availability of gas and money are some.
Some highlights of the month
This December our mission trips were few and our humanitarian giving increased. We have sacrificial committed disciples that we wanted to bless for Christmas. Also, for Christmas and New Year we were able to rejoice with the children of the neighborhood, with those we are working with us. We built a Christmas tree which we decorate with drawings and hand- made Christmas cards. We gave gifts to the children, laughed, sang, did drama, shared testimonies, drank juice, ate cake, coconut, and pineapple.
Richard Greene, his wife, Marge, and their son, Will came from Illinois to minster with us for a couple weeks. Richard taught a 4-day conference and a 3-day conference on discipleship. Marge, together with Allison, taught a 3-day conference to train literacy teachers. Will brought a microscope and portable lab and taught our field leaders how to test water and check blood for malaria. Malaria and water borne diseases are the greatest killers here in Liberia. We will take the testing kit to remote villages when we go on missions. We will also start carrying malaria treatments with us. This killer can be treated and cured for 70 cents.
Allison Smith, from Ohio, has been with us for two months. She has been working with village schools, for children, that are in our churches. United with a team in the USA, they have adapted literacy material to fit the unique needs of the interior villages. She and Marge did a 3-day conference for church leaders of 28 churches. They trained, and provided material, so that they can start adult literacy schools within their churches for the communities. She will be with us for another month to do follow up with those that have been trained.
Seven months ago a USA team had a barn sale and purchased a big new generator for us. It has finally arrived here in Zwedru and is in operation. Also, another family donated money to purchase us a new copier and printing supplies. That is also now in Zwedru. A four year dream is now complete. We have a quality generator and two quality copiers all working great. We now are better able to keep up with the requests for Bible training material.
School for the Blind: A church in France has been able to provide 22 mattresses that we gave to the school just before Christmas (Everybody used to sleep on the floor!!!). It was a big blessing for our brothers and sisters. Regularly we do Bible studies with them.
Prayer requests: Please pray for my grandson, Judah, he is two years old and has a large cancerous growth around his heart that is not responding to chemo. Also, we have acquired the ½ acre next to us. The unfinished existing buildings need to be completed and the land prepared so we can start a much needed Bible institute for the isolated interior villages. Pray that we will be able to do all that is needed to get the property ready and classes started.
Thank you for your prayers, donations and encouragement,
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” C. S. Lewis.
Villages, towns and cities we have been working in:Sinoe County: Bardoua, Beatuoken, Bilibokee, Charlic, Cass Town, Chebioh, Cheboken, Dagbe, Deedo, Dejila, Deyankpo, Fanfin, Funnioh, Gbliyee, Gardoway, Greeneville, Geelor, Greft, Jalay, Jaytoken, Joazon, Jokoken, Judu, Karquekpo, Kilo, Korjayee, Kuwait Gold mining camp, Nyennwlejen, Pellkon, Pokpaken, Putu Jadweodee, Peace Camp (a gold mining camp), Pratt, Pynes Town, Qutatozon, Saygbeken, Seetor, Saybaken, Saydee, Senquene, Sennajalh, Titus, Voobadee, Wiah. Grand Gedeh County: Army barracks, Badou, Bah, Bargblor, Barte-jam, Bassa, Bawaydee, Beezon, Beh, Bently Mining Camp, Best, Biah Tarway, Billibo, Boe, Boley, Border, Boundary, Chayee, Chebeh, Compound, CVI gold mining camp, Dian, Dolozon, Dougee Refugee Camp, Duo Town, Dweh, 48 mile, Franzaz, Garbo, Garley, Gbarbo, Gbayea, Gbeyoubo, Gbloue, Gboe, Gboe Geewon, Gboleken, Gambo, Geeha, Geeyah, Gleplay, Gorbowrogba, Graddeh, Grady, Gwenebo, Jaibo, James’s Sayon’s, Jargbeh, Jarwleh, Jarzon, Jayteken 1, Jayteken 2, Jellu, Johban, John David, Jonesgbaye, Julutuzon, Karlowleh, Kohn, Kojayee, Konobo, Ziah, Kpae, Kyne, Kwebo, Ma Esther, New York gold mining camp, Nico, Old Pohan, Panwolor, Pellelzon, Penokon, Peter Saydee, Pineapple village, Ploe Bodee, Polar Town, Polar Village, PTP refugee camp, Sant, Savah, Saylee, Sayubo, Sentrodu, Sewion 1, Sewion 2, Sinkon, Sloman (a gold mining camp), Solo Inside, Solo Outside, Solo Refugee Camp, Sowaken, Steven, Suahken, Taye’s Village, Tiama, Toes Refugee Camp, Toes Town, Toffoi, Togbayee, Tojillah, Toueah, Tuglor, Varglor, Vleyee, Whybo, Willie Jellu, Woloken, Wulu, Zarzar, Zaiyee, Zeon, Ziulay, Zwedru, the county prison, 4 road check stations, and the county hospital. Montserrado County: Bannerville, Jacob town, Monrovia, New Georgia, Pipeline. River Gee County: Cheboken, Dweaken, Fish Town, Fish Town Prison, Geeken, Jarkaken, Jaytoken 1, Jaytoken 2, Kanweaken, Klaboken, Podroken, Putuken, Sargba, Sweaken, Tartiken. Bomi County: Beh, Jaway, Joes Town, Tubmansburg. Margibi: Army barracks, Bovclay, Brown, Harbel camp 7, Kpuyah, Mazoe, Naway, Sherflin Barak,Takata. Maryland County: Cain, Cavalla, Gbolobo, Dakay, Dannis, Dibleken, Factory, Fish, Gboloken, Halfgrayway, 6 locations in Harper, Holegrn, Judy’s, Kablaken, Kings, Lexicon, Little Weleppo Refugee camp, Middle town, Nekpachelu, Nemelken, New Half and Whole Graway Towns, Old Lady, Olegravic, Pedebo, 4 locations in Pleebo, Philadelphia, Poceken, Pular, Pulla, Puluken, Refugee Village, Rock, Rubber Bag Camp, Saydeken, Sawlowken, Saywonken, Siliken, Spring Hill, Warteken, Weah’s Town, Wechoken, Wholegrayway, Wuluplukredi, the county prison and check stations. Nimba County: Beatwo, Camp 1, Dialah, Fienney, Freeman, Glalay, Gonkopa, Graie, Guotoin, Kpaytuo, Miller, Noway, Sarlay, Tappita, Towah, Unification, Venn, Wontoe, Yiteepea, Your Peg, Zarwulugbo, Zautuo. River Cess: Darhga, Gbee.