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 71 mission trips, visiting 90 villages and other locations and we made many other local mission trips. Some of the towns we were in multiple times. We went into 8 new communities. Our longest mission trip was 2 weeks the shortest a few hours. 7 were baptized and 40 completed our extensive Bible study program. The Jesus film was shown 5 times, in their dialect, to over 1,700. 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
Our printing presses and the will of God: The printing presses now housed and in operation in Zwedru are an example of God’s will and man’s obedience and not man’s vision and determination. Throughout the whole adventure God put in place people who sacrificially obeyed. They were not doing it for their own glory, nor to receive thanks from another, nor because they were asked to do it by another person. God spoke and man simply obeyed. We have what we have because it was the plan, purpose and will of God. It has been a thrill to participate and watch it unfold.
The obstacles were daunting they appeared as impassable, unmovable mountains. Yet, all the obstacles crumbled and the timing of each event was perfect. It was as if there was no human director but the orchestra played a perfect symphony. It truly was an act of God.
Another devil is baptized: We have worked in Old Solo for 5 years. The demonic society religion that once ruled the town has long since died out. But, the devil of the town always resisted giving his life to our Lord. I met him in the hospital. He had almost died from malaria. Again, I shared the gospel with him. This time he repented, he was baptized and changed his name from Devil to Blessing. Wow! The kingdom of God in Liberia continues to grow! Heaven rejoices! Rejoice with us.
The local devil and the town Quiepa: The Devil (the name given to the demonic leader of a local satanic society) of Quiepa has a long history of total dominion of that region. Through fear and violence he rules. The law of Quiepa for many years has been that the name of Jesus and the meeting of Christians are only allowed from Saturday evening till Sunday evening. The rest of the time belongs to the devil and his society.
One of our teams went into the town for the first time. They presented themselves to the pastor of the only church and to the town chief. They then went throughout the community introducing themselves and inviting them to an open air service. While speaking with the people they discovered that the assistant town chief was the head devil, that the town chief was in a high position in the society and that the pastor was also a part of the society. The pastor would regularly go worship and sacrifice with them, then come out and “repent” before going back to leading the church.
The town chief told them that they must not talk about Jesus. They ignored him and continued to invite and gather the people. A large crowd gathered and they taught them as the society leaders fumed in the background. After the teaching the devil was furious and ordered them to pay a fine of one sheep or be dragged into the Zoe Bush (that is their place of worship, sacrifices and punishment). Our team said they had no money and even if they did they would never give them anything ever. The society continued to threaten them. Our team responded, saying that their death would only be a blessing, that they had no fear or concern for their lives. The team leader told the devil to look in her bag. She showed him two dresses and said that he should use one of them for her burial.
As God would have it, later that evening the head devil’s wife was having trouble in labor, mother and child death is common during delivery. The devil panicked, went to them and begged them to come and pray for his wife and child. They went into his home, spent time with the woman and prayed for a safe delivery. Praise God, the delivery went well; mother and child came through without any problems.
Later that night the devil, in secret, came and spoke with them. He said that he had never wanted to be the devil but that he had inherited the position from his deceased father. He wanted them to pray for him. He wants to leave the society but is scared that they will kill him if he does. He invited them to return and start a real church. When they return he wants them to teach every day for 3 weeks.
The town’s people are in agreement and are excited. Several have started our Bible marking training and want to attend our Bible Institute, others want to be baptized.
Often when we enter a demonic stronghold as this one is and it is the devil himself who comes, seeks prayer, confesses and invites the team to return. God is before us, beside us and behind us. It seems the only thing missing for a sweeping revival in Liberia is Holy Spirit filled trained workers to be sent.
Our team reminds me of Jesus, Himself. “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “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 9:35-38. Please be in prayer with us that a great trained army will rise up and go to their people.
The Trislers: Lee and Sandi Trisler came on December 22 to set up our presses and train us on how to use them. Right before they came Sandi fell on ice and received a concussion. The concussion was serious. She has lost her sense of smell and some hearing. We felt that the long hard road to Zwedru would be dangerous for her so she flew back on Christmas day. Lee and I proceeded to Zwedru. He worked continuous to set up the presses and teach us to be pressmen. Mission accomplished press shop is now in operation. He returned on January 6th. Thank you, Trislers. Be in prayer with us for Sandi. Pray for a complete healing of her body.
Chimpanzee: What! A chimpanzee? Yes, we acquired a female baby Chimp. Don took her to the Liberian FDA to see what should be done with her. The FDA possesses her but gave Don permission to raise her till she can be re-introduced into the wild. She is interesting!
Donations may be made online or mailed to:
16960 Sidney Plattsville Rd
Sidney, Oh 45365
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, Gardoway, Gbalawin, Gbliyee, Geelor, Greeneville, , Greft, Grigsby Farm, Jalay, Jaytoken, Joazon, Joe Village, Jokoken, Judu, Kakpo, Karquekpo, Katuzon, 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, Seedubo, 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, Dogbar, Dolozon, Dougee Refugee Camp, Doubah, Duo Town, Dweh, 48 mile, Franzaz, Garbo, Garley, Gbakah, Gbarbo, Gbarzon, Gbayea, Gbeyoubo, Gbloue, Gboe, Gboe, Geewon, Gboleken, Gborabo, 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, Krah, 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, Saycon, 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, Techiensla, 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.