Friday, January 9, 2015

December 2014 Ministry Report

Christmas in Zwedru, 2014
Christmas is very different here in Liberia.  There are no Christmas trees, no gifts wrapped or a special morning for kids to excitedly wake up to.  But, the kids have a good time!  Those who can afford will buy their kids new clothes and shoes (often these clothes are U.S. Goodwill rejects).  The girls will get their hair fixed beautiful.  The boys love sunglasses.  They will get dressed up and go from house to house to show off and receive their “Christmas” much like our Halloween.  The homes fix extra food and purchase candy to give. 

Kim handing out Christmas dresses
Greene St. United Methodist Church had given us over 80 dresses for young girls that we handed out on Christmas day.  

Field Leaders being trained in Maryland County
This month we cut our missions in half and gave over 70 of our sacrificial, unpaid, volunteer leaders that live in extreme poverty a blessing.  45 received $40 each and 18 received $15.  Others also received Christmas blessings.  It was so they could have a Christmas for their children.  The blessing was much appreciated.  Imagine your children not receiving anything for Christmas; well this did not happen to these this year!  Amen!

During a recent mission trip to Toffi our field leaders invited the elders, youth, Zoes (medicine men), and Bodeos (society priests) to a Bible teaching.  The teaching was called Dancing with the Devil, it teaches about separating from the Satan.  The head devil (witch doctor) from the next town was present and brought confusion.  He was angry and said that these have come to destroy our traditions.  The complaint was brought to the chief elder, so they went under the cocoa bush for discussion.  The devil threatened to take them into the bush and tie them (tying is very brutal and can leave huge scars).  The team told the devil and his disciples that they were living sacrifices and did not care what they did to them and that they would continue speak the truth and preach the Gospel.  After more than an hour of heated discussion and threats the chief elder stood and said, “No! No need to tie them.  The time is now for us to do away with our traditional practices because they are not profitable to us.”  Then 4 of the elders renounced the society and the devil, stating that they would no longer serve the devil.  Many verses come to mind.  Here are a few:  
  • 2 Cor 4:11, “For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.”  
  • Matt 11:12, “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” 
  • Phil 1:28,”Without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.”

French Bibles for the Ivorian Refugees:  
World Missionary Press donated 1,500 French Bibles to be used in the refugee camps.

Wordsower Bible Institute:  The president has lifted the State of Emergency and now allowed schools to open.  Praise God!  WBI will start right after I return from the U.S.  

Kim working in the Print Shop
Coming Home:  
I fly out of Liberia on January 16th.  When I arrive there will be a car full of provisions waiting at the airport.  I will immediately go to a remote cabin in Kentucky for 21 days of isolation because of Ebola.  My return flight is April 30th.  That will give me 3 months to be with family, friends and to visit churches.   I hope to spend time with each one that prays and supports us here.  It will be good to be home!

Christ Cares School.  The teacher is one of our field leaders
Prayer requests:  
Schools are opening.  Most do not have school fees, every day they struggle just to find their daily food.  Pray for the schools fees of our committed leaders, there are no free schools.  Please make these prayers part of your daily prayers: Pray for a great revival to sweep through this country, pray that Liberia will have a healthy church in every village in our generation, and pray for our leaders who truly suffer for the Gospel.  

December’s Statistics:  
- We went on 109 mission trips.  Many towns we went to more than once.  A mission trip can last up to a week and go to many towns. 
- We visited 163 towns, villages and communities
- We went into 3 new communities

- 42 people were baptized
- 111 people completed our extensive Bible study program
- We printed 33,700 pages of training material

“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: Bah, Bannah, Bardoua, Beatuoken, Beeweyee, Bilibokee, Bluebarrack, Blumsville, Boah, B.O.P.C., Charlie, Cass Town, Ceeubo, Chea, Cheepoyee, Chebioh, Cheboken, Congo, Cura Wah, Dagbe, David Kuma, Deedo, Dejila, Deyankpo, Dioh, Donnah, Down, Down the Mangrove, Eni, Farmersville, Fanfin, Fish, Funnioh, Gardoway, Gbalawin, Gbason, Gbliyee, Gbojuelville, Gbowe, Geblo logging camp, Geekin, Geekloh, Geelor, Grasphy, Greeneville, Greft, Greenville Hospital, Grigsby Farm, Jalay, Jaypoto,  Jaytoken, Joazon, Joe Village, Jokoken, Jonny-Boy, Joseph Bloch, Judu, Kakpo, Kamus, Karquekpo, Katuzon, Kelgbeh, Kilo, Alvin Koon, Korjayee, Kpantan, Kuwait Gold mining camp, Lexington, Louisiana, Mama Creek, Melvin Lai, Monueh, Murraysville, Neinplikpo, New Kru, New, Nyanphio, Nyennwlejen, Panama, Patern, Patricia, Paul, Peace Camp (a gold mining camp), Pellkon, Penny, Plandiaba, Planksite, Pokpaken, Putu Jadweodee, , Poblee, Po-River, Pogbaken, Polay, Pratt, Prison of Sino County, Pynes Town, Qutatozon, Red Hill, Saikas, Sackor, Sarpo Community, Sargbah, Saygbeken, Seebeh, Seedubo, Seth, Seetor, Saybaken, Saydee, Senquene, Sennajalh, Shakepeh, Shalee, Snoboe, Spansor Baily, Swangba, Swenpon, Tabti, Tarta, Teah, Terison Gee, Tiakah, Titus, Tudee, Tuobo, Unification, Voobadee, Wiah,  Zanwonjah, Zayzaz Kollie. Grand Gedeh County: Albert, Army barracks, Badou, Bah, Bakor, Banana, Banglo, Bar, Bargblor, Bartejam, Bassa, Bassa Village 1 and 2, Bawaydee, Beagompo, Beezon, Beh, Bellyalla, Benin, Benla, Bently Mining Camp, Best, Better Hill, B’hai Tarway, Blessing Hill, Billibo, Blown, Boe, Boley, Boplue, Borbor Freeman, Border, Boundary, Bouduo, Brown, Buhou,  Cartumacy, Chandy, Chayee, Chebeh, Chebeor, Chensla, Chete, Compound, Crahold, Cotton tree Community, CVI gold mining camp 1, 2, 3, 4, Dark Forest Camp, Deplay, Deyan, Diahn, Disco Hill, Dogbar, Dolozon, Dougee Refugee Camp, Doubah, Ducas Wulu, Duo Town, Dweh,  Enoch Nahn, 48 mile, Franzay, Freeman, Frinkey, Gambo, Gambo Road Community, Garbo, Garley, Gave Thank Shilue, Gardweh 1 and 2, Garkel, Garley, Gaye, Gbakah, Gbarbo,  Gbarken,  Gbarzon, Gbarbor, Gbarzon Inside, Gbayea, Gbeyoubo, Gborlue, Gboe, Gboan, Geewon, Gboleken, Gborabo, Gambo, Geeha, Geeyah, Gleplay, Gloropardee, Go Look, Golo, Gorabert, Gorbowrogba, Goyeazohn, Graddeh, Grady, Grebo, Guagbo, Gwein, Gweledee, Gwenibo, Jackson, Jaibo, Jallah, James Glortoe, James Sayon’s, Jarbah, Jargbeh, Jarwleh, Jarzon, Jayjai, Jayteken 1, Jayteken 2, Jellu,  Jerry Tiah, Jimaca Camp, Joe’s, Joe’s Mother, Johban, John David, Jonesgbaye, Juahzon, Julutuzon, Kadifah, Kanbli, Kanneh, Karlowleh, Kartumaside, Kayne, Kohn, Kojayee, Konobo, Koor, Kpallo, Krah, , Kpay, Kulee, Kuma, Kwebo, Ma Esther, Menyea, Middle East Camp, Momom Camp, Moses, Morris, Morris Dowho, New York gold mining camp, Neplubo, News, Nyennawliken, Nico, Panwolor, Papa Hill Gold Camp, Papayea, Pellelzon, Pennue 1 and 2, Community, Penokon, Peter Saydee, Philip Torh, Pohan New and Old, Pineapple village, Ply, Plapp, Ploe Bodee, Pola, Polar Town, Polar Village, Pokor, Popo, Pourhyonnoh, PTP refugee camp one and two, Queboe, Rancy, Sally, Saiwaken, Sant, Savah, Savior Worbey, Saycon, Saylee, Sayebo, Sentrodu, Sewion 1, Sewion 2, Shouken, Sinkor, Sloman (a gold mining camp), Solo Inside, Solo Outside, Solo Refugee Camp, Sowaken, Steven, Suahken, Tagbayah,Talorkan, Taryee Beaway, Taye’s Village, Techiensla, Teladee, Tempo, Tiama, Tobolee, Toes Refugee Camp, Toes Town, Toffoi, Togbayee, Togbolee, Tojillah, Toueah, Towah, Tuglor, Tuzon inside, Tuzon outside, Vanyeazon, Varglor, Vleyee, Whybo, Wilking Paye Camp, Willie Jellu, Winner Gardueh, Wlagbo, Woloken, Wulu, Yardglo, Yarlee, Youbor, Zai, Zarzar, Zaiyee, Zaybay 1 and 2, Zeon, Ziah, Zilaken,  Ziulay, Zoe Bush, Zuabah, Zwedru, the county prison, 4 road check stations, and the county hospital.  Montserrado County: Bannerville, Bassa, Gbenbah, Jacob town, Monrovia, New Georgia, Pipeline.  River Gee County:  Bletiken, Cheboken, Dweaken, Fish Town, Fish Town Prison, Gbaweleken,Geeken, Jarkaken, Jarlatuken, Jaytoken 1, Jaytoken 2, Kanweaken, Kaytoken, Klaboken, Knowluken, Myoken, Podroken, Putuken, Sargba, Sueaken, Sweaken, Tartiken, Tuaken, Tuobo, Tuumaken, Wartiken, Whesatuken, Worleken.  Bomi County:  Beh, Jaway, Joes Town, Tubmansburg.  Margibi County: Army barracks, Barclay, Bovclay, Brown, Dolos Town, Harbel camp 7, Kpuyah, Mazoe, Naway, Sherflin Barak, Takata.  Maryland County: Bann Village, Barreken, Biladimour, Bonnikek, Brownell, Cain, Cavalla, Cavalla Konukridi, CRC Camp 3 and Camp 8, Gbolobo, Gbon, Dakay, Dannis, Dibleken, Doloken, Driver’s Camp, Dugboken, Dweaken, Face, Factory Camp, Feloken, Fish, Free, Gbanken, Gbaso, Gboloken, Gedetabo, Geeken, Glofaken 1 and 2, Gwissiken, Halfgrayway, 7 locations in Harper, Henugba, Hnabo, Holegrn, Hospital Camp, Jebaiken, Judy’s, Kablaken, Karloken, Kings, Koffibeo #1, #2, #3, Koluso, Konusod, Lexicon, Libsuco, Little Weleppo Refugee camp, Refugee Camp Town, Marfliken, Middle town, Nekpachelu, Nemelken, New Half and Whole Half, New Sodoken, Number 8 Camp, Graway Towns, Old Lady, Olegravic, Pedebo, 4 locations in Pleebo, Philadelphia Gold Mining Camp, Poceken, Pogbaken, Ponken, President Tubman farm camp #1&2,Pular, Pulla, Puluken, Quiloken, Refugee Village, Rock 1 and 2, Rock Town, Rubber Bag Camp, Saleken, Saydeken, Sawlowken, Saywonken, Siliken, Spring Hill, Teaken, Tugbaken, Warteken, Weah’s Town, Wechoken, Weleken Wholegrayway, Wuluplukredi, Wutuken, Yederobo Nyanbo Wessiken, Yederobo Wessiken, Ylehiken, Yelibibou, Ylahken, Yobloken, Yoploken, Yourken, Yulukridi, the county prison and check stations.  Nimba County: Beatwo, Borbor, Bleaseh, Burtein, Camp 1, Dialah, Fienney, Fluma, Freeman, Ganta, Gbanquoi, Gbanolu, Glalay, Gonkopa, Gougartwo, Graie, Guotoin, John Strother, Karbah, Kpallah, Kpaytuo, Kpiekpoa, Logan, Mentor, Miller, Noway, Puayaker, Saclepea, Sarlay, Tappita, Towah, Unification, Venn, Whea, Wontoe, Yiteepea, Your Peg, Wesseken, Zarwulugbo, Zautuo.  River Cess County: Darhga, Gbee.  Grand Kru County: Baclaville City, Baclaville Check Point, Bewane, Boniken, Camp Spin, Company Camp, Doubbo, Dweaken, Farina, Gbarken, Gblebo, Geneken, Genoyah, Big Suehn, Glabroken, Iron Bridge,  Kladipah, Leaceco, Newaken, Solokent, Sorroken, Woelowinken, Wropluken. Grand Bassa County: Bucannon, Baccoline, Dayes, Goah, Nagbeh, Nyudeh, Penney. Bong County: Baptist Clinic Community, Belefana, Blama, Chief Compound, Cuttington Univeristy, Deemita, Foebilla, Galatua, Gbalatua, Ganyea, Gbarnga, Gbarnga Central Prison, Gbenniquileh, Gbolue, James Flomo, Janyea, Kokoyah Community, Kpatawee, Lelekpayea, Phebee Junction, Suakoko, Tamayata, Taylor, Tubman Army Barracks.

December, 2014 Ministry Expense Report

Mission expenses:
$1,087 – Pens, folders, Bibles, mission trips feeding, etc.  
$1,376 – Motor bike gas and repair, we have 15 bikes.  Gas costs from $5 to $10 a gallon.    
$88 – Bong County base development  

Wordsower Bible Institute:
$195 - Print Shop: This includes all expenses for printing Bible training material.
$440 – New printer for our Maryland County base 
$0 – Our school has closed because of the Ebola crisis.  In Liberia’s state of emergency all schools have been ordered to be closed. 

Assistance to the poor:
$2,764 – Humanitarian assistance:  This month we assisted over 70 of our committed, suffering, sacrificial leaders who are in extreme poverty.  They are volunteers and do not receive pay.  In 2014 they went on 1,300 mission trips; they needed a rest and a blessing.  We also assist refugees, orphans, widows and the handicap.                     
$97– Medical expenses (average treatment cost per person is $1.00 - $10.00). 

Team food and house supplies:
$1,830 – Food and house supplies (close estimate).  Our core team consists of 13 adults and 17 children.  To cover, clothes, food, batteries, soap etc.  Also, we feed visitors every day from our house funds.
$490 – Vacation pay for our pull time base leaders

$8,367 - Total for the month.     THANK YOU!   

Donations should be mailed to:

Wordsower International
16960 Sidney Plattsville Rd
Sidney, Oh 45365

Donations can also be made online by going to our web page: 
All donations are tax deductible.  A receipt will be sent in January.  100% of all donations go for the mission to the Liberians and refugees.  None is used for me or administration.  If you have any questions concerning donations you may call Tom Looker at 937-489-8090.

Thank you for your prayers and support!


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