Monday, August 24, 2015

July, 2015 Ministry Report

 Maryland Construction Project: 
The Maryland base construction project continues.  The walls are now finished for our residential building.  The roof is being worked on and should be done in August. 

Wordsower Bible Institute:  We finished teaching level one in French to our refugees.

Child Sponsorship: 
Currently, there are 51 children our mission is caring for.  James 1:27 says, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."  Thank you for fulfilling this verse with us.  Praise God, last month, God provided 7 additional sponsors for our children.  Here are a few of their testimonies:

Mabel and Hope
Hope’s story:  
Hope was put out of school because she couldn’t pay her school fees.  The family is very poor and do not eat every day.  Hope is the third born child of four girls.  Hope’s father’s name is Joseph and her mother’s name is Mabel.  Joseph and Mabel were married until Hope was born.  Hope has one leg that is turned in therefore she has been labeled “crippled” by Liberia’s society.  Liberians believe crippled children are “devils."  They believe crippled child interacted with the evil spirit world while still in the womb.  They believe their interaction with these evil spirits is the reason they are born handicapped.  In the eyes of many, Hope is a devil and a curse on her family and neighborhood.  After Hope was born, Joseph determined to “destroy” Hope so she would not bring shame to the family.  Hope’s mother would not allow him to destroy her so Joseph left Mabel saying, “I don’t want to be with a woman capable of bearing crippled children.”  Mabel stayed single for the next 6 years until she met Kwenah.  After becoming pregnant for Nora, Kwenah left Mabel saying, “I don’t want to be with a woman who bears crippled children.”  Hope has grown up with the horrible “crippled” title.  She is shy / broken and desperately needs to know God’s love for her.  God provided a sponsor for Hope!  Please pray for Hope, her family, and the community around her.  

Princess, Baby Girl, Moba, and Christian
Princess, Baby Girl, and Christian’s story:  
Four years ago Princess, Baby Girl, and Christian were orphaned and moved in with their elderly grandmother.  The grandmother suffers from frequent sickness in which her belly swells like she is pregnant and then later reduces.  I don’t know the cause of the sickness but I wonder about her longevity of life.  The grandmother is widowed, all of her children have died, and all of her brothers and sisters are dead.  She and her three grandchildren are all that remains in this family.  The grandmother is too old and frail to work; needless to say, her family is very familiar with homelessness and hunger.  The best word that I can think of to describe their daily lives is, “Suffering.”  To add to their situation, Liberians are very superstitious people.  They believe that the only way a woman could lose all of her relatives is for her to be a witch.  Due to this superstition, very few people offer their family assistance.  As I look into the future, I see a good chance that these children will lose their grandmother to the sickness that plagues her.  Praise God, He has provided sponsors for all three of these children.  With God's help, we will come alongside of this family until all three children are raised. 

Thank you for partnering with us through child sponsorship!

Testimonies of disciples:  
Joseph's house
Gbarnga, Bong County:  
When Joseph built his house, he permanently etched Ecclesiastes 3 on his front wall.  I couldn’t help but feel the reality of this verse while ministering to his family while they were in the mists of deep sorrow and many tears.  Ebola devastated Joseph’s family.  At times, it killed 2 people each day in his house and in the houses of his family members.  By the time Ebola had finished its toll on Joseph’s family, his wife, two brothers, and all his children except 1 were dead.  Joseph and his sister-in-law were left with 14 orphaned grandchildren to care for.

During their crisis, Joseph’s family’s homes were quarantined and the community turned their backs on them.  Joseph’s family was blamed for bringing the sickness into town.  From time to time, someone from the CDC would stop by their home, standing at a far distance, they would yell at Joseph’s family asking them for progress reports.  As family members died, Joseph’s family would help carry their bodies outside the house and wait for authorities to pick them up, never to see them again. 

There was a time when Joseph’s house was known as a place of death.  Now, God is making his home a place of life and a lighthouse to his community.  The house that was rejected and shunned is becoming a safe place for the community to come and hear about God’s love for them.  Joseph has become a very serious student of God’s Word and is taking his responsibility to pastor each of his grandchildren seriously.  Each morning and evening, Joseph’s voice can be heard on his porch teaching his grandchildren God’s Word.

Last Sunday, our family and some friends had the wonderful privilege of attending the first worship service Joseph held at his house.  Joseph meekly taught the story of John the Baptist and encouraged his family and neighbors to repent and turn to Jesus.  

The verse Joseph etched on the front of his house is quoted from the Bible.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to morn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up , a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

Gbenquelleh, Bong County:  
We met a man named David and have started discipling him.  David lives in Sengbeh which is very close to Gbenequelleh.  David is a passionate follower of Christ who has had very little training in the Scriptures.  God has used David to start two churches.  One church is located in David’s hometown, Sengbeh and the other church is a three hour walk away from him hometown in Foloblai.  Every Sunday, David walks to preach at this church.  Last month, we preached in David’s church in Foloblai, visited David’s family and hometown, and started teaching David our Romans study.  

Gbechon, Bong County: 
We started meeting with a man named Paul.  During Liberia’s civil war, Paul was captured by rebel forces and was beaten without mercy.  While his captors were leading him out of the camp to kill him, He prayed and told God that if God would save his life, Paul would serve him the rest of his life.  The rebels did not execute him and his is passionately trying to fulfill his vow to God.  Paul has no Biblical training and is a poor reader.  He has started a small church in Gbechon.  We have started discipling Paul and have preached one Sunday in his church.

Cyrus and Opa
Denta, Bong County:  
5 years ago a missionary came to Liberia and began discipling Cyrus.  Though this missionary was forced to leave Liberia for health reasons after staying only a few short months, God used his time here to create a fire within Cyrus that is still burning today.  Armed with only a few months of discipleship and little Bible knowledge, Cyrus and his wife Opa began walking 5 hours one direction every week to a bush town called Denta.  Through much sacrifice, over the past 5 years, God used them to start a church.  We have started discipling Cyrus.  We have taken Cyrus on many mission trips.  He is an interpreter and a friend.

Prayer requests:  
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.  Please make this a regular item in your regular prayers.  

June Statistics:  
- We went on 139 mission trips.  Many towns we went to more than once.  A mission trip can

   last a day or up to a week and go into many villages and towns. 
- We ministered in 197 towns, villages and communities

- We ministered in 38 new villages/towns
- 11 people were baptized
- 36 people completed our extensive Bible study program
- We printed 1,200 pages of training material

- We distributed 100’s of Bibles
- We purchased 2 motor bikes

Ministry Expense Report:
Mission expenses:
$1,524 – Pens, folders, Bibles, mission trips feeding, etc.  
$3,402 – Motor bike gas and repair, we purchased 2 more bikes.  Gas costs from $5 to $10 a gallon.       

Wordsower Bible Institute:
$44 - Print Shop supplies, paper, and parts.
$634 - Our Ivorian refugee disciples completed level 1 in French

Assistance to the poor:
$495 – Humanitarian assistance:  
$23 – Medical expenses (average treatment cost per person is $1.00 - $10.00).  
$706 – Assistance to Ebola Orphans, sponsored children and suffering children 

Team food and house supplies:
$3,000 – 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.

$9,828 - 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,

“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.

Counties, Cities, Towns, and Villages we have been working in:

Bomi County:  Beh, Jaway, Joes Town, Tubmansburg.  

Bong County: Baptist Clinic Community, Belefana, Blama, Chief Compound, Cuttington Univeristy, Dans, Deemita, Dorkpolorsue, Duita, Foebilla, Foloblai, Galatua, Gbalatua, Ganyea, Gbarnga, Gbarnga Central Prison, Gbarsue, Gbechon, Gbenniquileh, Gboque, Gbolue, Gbo-yhea-nyan,  Henry,  Henry Kpangbai,  James Flomo, Janyea, Jimmey,  John Suah,  Kakamue, Kandagai, Khakie, Kolleh’s, Kpaiketa, Kokoyah Community,  Kopata, Kortu, Kpon, Kponyea, Kpatawee, Lelekpayea, Lucky, Martarly, Moieta, Phebee Junction, Qualayarkuke, Sakpalah, Samay, Sengbeh, Smith, Suakoko, Tamayata, Taylor, Tuankan, Tubman Army Barracks.  

Grand Bassa County:, Baccoline, Botata, Barkon, Beh-La, Beletanla, Blameyea, Bucket-Ta, By-Dawoe, Bucannon Dayes, Goah, Nagbeh, Nyudeh, Penney. 

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, B’Jozon, Blessing Hill, Billibo, Blown, Blue Camp, Boe, Boley, Boplue, Borbor Freeman, Border, Boundary, Bouduo, Brown, Buhou,  Butor, Cartumacy, Chandy, Chayee, Chebeh, Chebeor, Chensla, Chete, Civil, 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, Double Bridge, Ducas Wulu, Duo Town, Dweh,  Enoch Nahn, Era, 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, Juwar, 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, New Zwedru, 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 1 and 2, 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.  

Grand Kru County: Baclaville City, Baclaville Check Point, Beach,  Beloken, Barclay, Bewane, Blikpo, Boniken, Big Suehn, Camp Spin, Ceitaa, Cladia, Company Camp, Dayokpo, Diakpo, Doubbo, Dweaken, Farina, Feeder-klee, Galaway Beach, Gbarken, Gbenken, Gblebo, Gedebo, Geneken, Genoyah, Glabroken, , Glabroken, Grand Cess, Iron Bridge, Jlatekpo, Jokekpo, Kladipah, Kelekpo, Klekali,  Leaceco, Newaken, Newinyen  Beach, Nokia, Nrokuia, Pinecess, Pity, Pogbaken, Poor River Big Town, Poor River Middle Town, Sass, Solokent, Solokpo, Sorroken, Tarpleh, Togba-klee, Topoh, Wilsonville, Woelowinken, Wropluken, Yambo, Ylatuen, Zoloken.  

Lofa County: Voinjama, Zorzor.

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 #1, Factory camp #2, Factory Camp #3, 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, Klodikle, Koffi, 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.  

Montserrado County:  Bannerville, Barkley Farm, Bassa, Gbenbah, Jacob town, Monrovia, New Georgia, Pipeline.  

Nimba County: Beatwo, Borbor, Boyee, Bleaseh, Burtein, Buutuo, Camp 1, Dialah, Dinplay, Fienney, Fluma, Freeman, Ganta,  Geapa, Gbanquoi, Gbanolu, Gbarwea, Glalay, Gonkopa, Gougartwo, Graie, Guotoin, John Strother, Karbah, Kpallah, Kpaytuo, Kpiekpoa, Kwendin, Logan, Mentor, Miller, Noway, Puayaker, Saclepea, Sagba, Sarlay, Tanwea, Tappita, Yopedi, Towah, Unification, Venn, Whea, Wontoe, Yiteepea, Your Peg, Wesseken, Zahnzayee, Zarwulugbo, Zautuo.  

River Cess County: Darhga, Gbee.  

River Gee County:  Bletiken, Cheboken, Deabo Klibo, Deabo Parken, Deabo Saykliken, Deabo Tugbaken 9, Deabo Youwolken,  Dweaken,  Fish Town, Fish Town Prison, Gbaweleken,Geeken, Jarkaken, Jarlatuken, Jaytoken 1, Jaytoken 2, Kanweaken, Kaytoken, Klaboken, Knonowloken, Knowluken, Myoken, Nyennawliken, Pairloken, Podroken, Putuken, Sargba, Sueaken, Sherriken, Suwloken, Sweaken, Tartiken, Tuaken, Tuobo, Tuumaken, Wartiken, Weah’s, Webbo Knoroken, Welegboken, Whesatuken, Worleken.  

 Sinoe County: Alvin Koon, Bah, Bannah, Bardoua, Beatuoken, Beeweyee, Bilibokee, Bluebarrack, Blumsville, Bluntville, Boah, B.O.P.C., Bortu Junction, Charlie, Cass Town, Ceeubo, Chea, Chawlue, Cheepoyee, Chebioh, Cheboken, Congo, Cura Wah, Dagbe, David Kuma, Deedo, Dejila, Deyankpo, Diayankpo, Dioh, Dodueken, Donnah, Down, Down the Mangrove, Eni, Farmersville, Fanfin, Fish, Funnioh, Gardoway, Gbalawin, GBC, 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, Juahnneh, Judu, Kakpo, Kamus, Karquekpo, Katuzon, Kelgbeh, Kilo, Kitatuzon, Korjayee, Kpantan, Kuwait Gold mining camp, Kwitouh, Lexington, Louisiana, Mama Creek, Melvin Lai, Money Camp, Monueh, Murraysville, Neinplikpo, New Kru, New, Nyanphio, Nyennwlejen, Nyonpoh Barrack, Panama, Patern, Patricia, Paul, Peace Camp (a gold mining camp), Pellkon, Penny, Plandiaba, Planksite, Pokpaken, Putu Jadweodee, , Poblee, Poheh, Po-River, Pogbaken, Polay, Prapee, Pratt, Prison of Sino County, Puogbaken, Pynes Town, Qutatozon, Red Hill, Saikas, Sackor, Sarpo Community, Sargbah, Saygbeken, Secthon Juaryan, Secthon New, Seebeh, Seedubo, Seth, Seetor, Saybaken, Saydee, Senquene, Seakpa, Seekon Pellokan, Sennajalh, Shakepeh, Shagbe, Shalee, Snoboe, Spansor Baily,  Spoken Boots,  Swangba, Swenpon, Tabti, Tarta, Tawn, Teah, Terison Gee, Tiakah, Titus, Tudee, Tuobo, Unification, Voobadee, Wiah, Wreenewet,  Zanwonjah, Zayzaz Kollie.