Thursday, September 5, 2013

Aug. '13: "We could not say no to their hunger for truth."

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 300 villages in 12 counties; there are 8,700 villages and towns in 15 counties. This month we had unusually low donations and had to cancel most all of our out of town mission trips. We made 15 mission trips, visiting 13 villages and other locations and we made many local mission trips.  We went into 2 new counties and 3 new villages.  We printed and distributed approximately 2,000 pages of teaching material, 27 were baptized and 19 completed our extensive Bible
study program.  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
Bibles: We have acquired 4,500 Bibles this month.  They will last us several months.

The Bible Institute opened: The vision of the Bible Institute is to raise up an army of indigenous
missionaries who will sacrifice their lives to start a disciple making, church planting movement that will
spread across Liberia and West Africa.  Due to the extreme poverty in Liberia, we designed our training to consist of four levels of intense 2 week classes at the Bible Institute and ongoing training on the mission field. We will offer a two week class each month. If we required missionaries to attend the Bible Institute longer than 2 weeks at a time, they would not be able to maintain their small farms to feed their families.  Last month 22 missionaries completed their first level of training at the Bible Institute.  In two weeks we will teach another level one class to a new group.  In Liberia, a little money goes a long way.  We can train missionaries for the cost of a Bible, soup, and rice.

A story about the Bible Institute that illustrates the extreme spiritual hunger that is in Liberia.  Due to an abnormally low month of giving, we gathered our students the week before class started and told them that we may need to postpone the start of the Bible Institute for one month because we didn’t have the money to feed them.  Their response amazed me!  Unanimously they protested, “No! We need to be trained!”  They said, "1Jesus went through 40 days of fasting before He began his ministry, we will simply tighten up our belts, please train us.”  We agreed to open the Bible Institute because we could not say no to their hunger for truth. The Liberians hunger for the Word of God.  Simply Amazing!

Students arrived the first two days of classes expecting to fast but we were able to provide food from our mission’s garden and small farm.  On the third day of class, God provided the funds needed to feed our students for the remainder of our time together.  God is Good!  I have never seen a spiritual harvest like what is here in Liberia.  There are three unreached people groups in Liberia.  I am certain we will be training the missionaries who will bring the gospel to these people groups.  What a privilege we have to get to be involved!  We are truly blessed!

Digging wells in every town we are working in: Last month, our ministry and a ministry called The Last Well met to see how we can best work together for the Kingdom of God.  This is very exciting!  As you may know, unclean water is a serious problem in many communities in Liberia.  The Last Well is a Christian organization that partners with missionaries with the goal of ending dirty water in Liberia within this decade. In the past few years, they have brought clean drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Liberians.  We were excited to meet with them because a number of the communities we are working in get their drinking water from polluted rivers or from swampy like areas.  They were excited to meet with us because they don’t have any missionary partners who focus where we are working, the most remote parts of Liberia.  To make a long story short, they want to work with us and dig a well in every community we are working in and in all the communities we will work in as we spread across Liberia.  We have worked in over 300 communities so this is not a small task.  They are hopeful that we can accomplish this during 2014.  Praise God!  Isn’t it fun serving our King!

We bought a printing shop: Two months ago, we received a large donation to set up a print shop on our base in Zwedru.  Last month we bought the printing equipment from World Missionary Press.  For years, Wordsower has wrestled with printer problems.  Like our motorbikes, our small copiers constantly brake and give us a headache.  When the print shop arrives in December, we will be able to print for the cost of .01¢ a page.  With the printing presses, we are now able to supply the printed material that will support a movement that will spread across Liberia and West Africa!  Praise God.  Once our print shop arrives, we foresee printing 100,000 pages each month.  These lessons will be put in the hands of missionaries who will start churches in every town and village of Liberia.

Audio Lessons in every language of Liberia: In the remote interior villages 80% – 90% of the people
we work with are illiterate.  Some of our most powerful leaders do not know how to read or write.  In addition to our adult literacy program, we will soon begin to record all our lessons in the various language of Liberia.  Last month, we received portable recording equipment that will allow us to go into remote villages and record each of our lessons in the various languages of Liberia.  Though Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, many Liberians have a cell phone.  These phones double as a music player.  Also the CD/tape players used here accept the SD cards.  Our vision is to put our recordings on micro SD cards that can be played on their cell phones and CD/tape players.  We believe God will use the printing shop and the recording equipment to reach every Liberian.  

Prayer requests: We see the mighty hand of our Lord blessing us beyond what we have even imagined.  Praise Him!  Our request is that as you remember to pray for WSL that it be a prayer of praise!

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, Joe Village, Jokoken, Judu, Karquekpo, Kilo, Korjayee, Kuwait Gold mining camp, Nyennwlejen, Pellkon, Pokpaken, Putu Jadweodee, Peace Camp (a gold mining camp), Polay, 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, B’hai, Tarway, Billibo, Boe,  Boley, Boplue, Border, Boundary, Chayee, Chebeh,
Compound, CVI gold mining camp, Deplay, Diah, Dolozon, Dougee Refugee Camp, Duo Town, Dweh,  48 mile, Franzaz, Garbo, Garley, Gbakah, Gbarbo, Gbayea, Gbeyoubo, Gbloue, Gboe,  Gboe Geewon, Gboleken, Gambo, Geeha, Geeyah, Gleplay, Gorabert,  Gorbowrogba, Graddeh, Grady, Gwenebo,
Jackson, Jaibo, James’s Sayon’s, Jargbeh, Jarwleh, Jarzon, Jayteken 1, Jayteken 2, Jellu,  Johban, John
David, Jonesgbaye, Juahzon, 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, Queboe, 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, Kaytoken, Klaboken, Myoken, Podroken, Putuken, Sargba, Sweaken, Tartiken, Tuaken,
Wartiken.  Bomi County:  Beh, Jaway, Joes Town, Tubmansburg.  Margibi County: Army barracks, Bovclay, Brown, Dolos Town, Harbel camp 7, Kpuyah, Mazoe, Naway, Sherflin Barak, Takata. Maryland
County: Cain, Cavalla, Cavalla Konukridi, Gbolobo, Dakay, Dannis, Dibleken, Factory, Fish, Gboloken,
Halfgrayway, 7 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 County: Darhga, Gbee.  Grand Kru County: Baclaville City, Baclaville Check Point, Bewan, Boniken, Camp Spin, Company Camp, Doubbo, Gbarken, Iron Bridge,  Kladipah, Leaceco, Solokent, Woelowinken, Wropluken. Bong County: Bucannon.  Grand Bassa County: Baccoline, Goah.

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