Thursday, December 19, 2013

November '13: "We have seen God's hand in it all"

WOW!  Take time and carefully check out the numbers below.  Much of it is because of our new bikes and plenty of gas.
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. We made 120 mission trips, visiting 140 villages and other locations and we made many other local mission trips. Some of the towns we were in multiple times. We went into 19 new communities. Our longest mission trip was 3 weeks the shortest a few hours.  Just this month 81 were baptized and 49 completed our extensive Bible study program. Several factors affect how many mission trips we can go on each month; illness, injuries, availability of money are some.  

Some highlights of the month

A Testimony:  One of our WSL teams went into a new village called Wlagbo.  The people of the region call it Nineveh because it is so evil.  The devil leader has tied and chained Christians and their church buildings get burnt to the ground.  A pastor who went to start a church there was poisoned and died.   When the team arrived it was hard to find a place to sleep because the town’s people were afraid of being punished later.  Our Lord found them a place to stay, they taught for 2 ½ days.  At about 3 AM they would go throughout the village preaching loudly outside the homes so that all would hear the Gospel.  The people were shocked that our team was not harmed as so many in the past had been.  The local demonic leader called the Devil is very powerful and violent.  But this time he was kind and did not disturb the meetings and surprisingly attended them, he even joined in the dancing and singing.  He invited them to return at any time and continue to teach them.  Everyone was shocked.  The team taught on salvation, repentance and false gods.  As the WSL team was leaving the town gave them a greeting to give to us here on base.  It said, “The people of Wlagbo town send their greetings to the people of Wordsower Liberia.  We are kindly asking for the support of Wordsower Liberia, because we are tired of our worldly activities.  We are serving the gods of our forefathers, and worshipping idols.  So we want to serve the living God, because this town’s name has been changed to Nineveh.  You people should come to our aid to feed us with the Word of God.  We will be happy to receive you at any time.  Please remember us and come and feed us with the Word of God.”
Wordsower Bible Institute:  We canceled classes in November because we had to transport our printing press equipment from Monrovia to Zwedru.   
Preparing for the printing presses:  This month we completed our printing press house.  We also built a generator/storage house.  
The printing press equipment weighs over 2 tons and much of it is very fragile.  Christian Aid Ministries was a great help.  They allowed us to ship the equipment in one of their containers, they took it from the port, stored it in their warehouse and allowed to use their men and truck.  The road is terrible.  We brought some of our less fragile equipment on a large commercial flatbed truck.  The paper cutter weighs 1,000 pounds.  Because of the terrible road and the bounce it broke through the pallet it was on, then broke through the bed of the truck and the bed frame and finally rested on the truck frame.  It took us 20 hours to go 300 miles.  I slept 2 hours and then returned back to Monrovia, 15 more hours on that road.  Samaritan’s Purse, a Billy Graham, organization, has an airplane.  They were also very generous to take on the task of flying the presses for free.  We did some dismantling to get them loaded.  It took 10 men and a wench to load it.  We flew two loads in one day.  We thank the family that donated $13,000 for the purchase of the equipment.  So many worked, donated and sacrificed in getting this equipment purchased and transported to Zwedru, Liberia’s interior.  We have seen God’s hand in it all!  The unity of God’s people can move mountains.  We celebrate!  This equipment can provide every literate Liberian with Christian literature and training.  It will also print for Ivory Coast and Serra Leon.  
The Trislers: They are flying over to us in December to show us how to use the equipment.  They also have donated and sacrificed much.  They will spend their Christmas and New Years with us here instead of with their family.   Thank you, Lee and sandy
Writing and Recording:  Jesus once said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matt 9:37, 38).  This verse is abundantly true of Liberia.  The fields are ripe for the harvest but there are only a few workers.  Except for another couple there are no missionaries that we know of in the South East interior of Liberia.  I believe most people are scared to come here because of the hardship and “Black Magic” (witchcraft).  The interior has a history of witchcraft, sacrifices, murder, torture, rape, and cannibalism which scares people away.  Here is the truth, there is nothing to fear!  The fields are ripe for the harvest.  Every day we are surrounded by people who were greatly feared rebel soldiers in the past but are extremely open to the Gospel today.  They desire a different life.  Who will bring in this harvest?  We believe the Liberians must bring in this harvest.  When we enter a town we must be able to reach someone for the Lord, quickly train that person to lead others to Christ, and train Christian leaders from within that town to pastor the community.  In so doing, we have to be able to take someone who knows little or nothing about the Bible and quickly equip them so they can teach the Bible.  We accomplish this through the Bible Institute and on the field training.  We are in the process of writing (for the literate) and recording (for the illiterate) a study through the Book of Romans.  We are writing this study so leaders who have never read Romans will learn the book of Romans so they can teach it to those they are leading.  I am constantly amazed by how fruitful Liberia is.      
Donations may be made online or mailed to:
Wordsower International
16960 Sidney Plattsville Rd                                                                                                                                  
Sidney, Oh 45365
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All donations are tax deductible.  A receipt will be sent at year’s end.  100% of all donations go to the mission for the Liberians and Ivorian refugees.  None is used for me or administration.  If there are any donation questions you may call Tom Looker at 937-489-8090.  

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, Gbalawin, Gbliyee, Gardoway, Greeneville, Geelor, Greft, Jalay, Jaytoken, Joazon, Joe Village, Jokoken, Judu, Kakpo, Karquekpo, Kilo, Korjayee, Kuwait Gold mining camp, Neinplikpo,  Nyennwlejen, Paul, Pellkon, Pokpaken, Putu Jadweodee, Peace Camp (a gold mining camp), Polay, Pratt, Pynes Town, Qutatozon, Saikas, Saygbeken, Seetor, Saybaken, Saydee, Senquene, Sennajalh, Swenpon, Tarta, Titus, Voobadee, Wiah.  Grand Gedeh County: Army barracks, Badou, Bah, Banana ,Bar, Bargblor, Barte-jam, Bassa, Bawaydee, Beezon, Beh, Bellyalla, Bently Mining Camp, Best, B’hai, Tarway, Billibo, Boe,  Boley, Boplue, Border, Boundary, Brown, Chayee, Chebeh, Chebeor, Compound, CVI gold mining camp, Deplay, Diah, Dolozon, Dougee Refugee Camp, Doubah, Duo Town, Dweh,  48 mile, Franzaz, Garbo, Garley, Gbakah, Gbarbo, Gbarzon, 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, Menyeah, New York gold mining camp, Nico, Old Pohan, Panwolor, Pellelzon, Penokon, Peter Saydee, Pineapple village, Ploe Bodee, Polar Town, Polar Village, Pokor, 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, Tobolee, Toes Refugee Camp, Toes Town, Toffoi, Togbayee, Tojillah, Toueah, Tuglor, Varglor, Vleyee, Whybo, Willie Jellu, Wlagbo, Woloken, Wulu, Zarzar, Zaiyee, Zeon, Ziulay, Zuabah, 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, Gougartwo, 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.