Tuesday, December 6, 2016

November 2016 report

This month we worked in 4 counties going into 23 villages evangelizing, discipling, starting churches and assisting established churches.  We did five 2-3 day regional workshops, showed the Jesus film 1 time and 3 were baptized.  We also printed and distributed 10,000 pages of teaching material, distributed many Bibles and manuals.

The picture above is some of the residents of Pineapple village.  They walked about an hour, carrying load, to greet me.  They brought the fruits of their labors as gifts; pawpaw, rice, banana and a rooster.  These gifts came with true sacrifice.  Their harvested rice will finish before the next harvest is brought in, yet they gave us 40 cups.  They came to welcome me and tell me “sorry” about the accident.  It was their way of saying thanks for how we have assisted them in the past.  When we met them years ago they had no church, were worshipping the devil, no school and were drinking dirty water.  Today they have a fellowship that meets and all have clean water.  The worshipping of the devil is over!  Patrick, one of the town leaders, has finished 3 levels of our Bible Institute and is their church leader.  Their lives have been eternally changed as has their quality of life.  We plan on training Patrick to be the literacy teacher so that the youth and adults will learn to read, write and do simple math.  Their smiles, hope and joy was overflowing.

The pictures above are of our adult literacy graduation ceremony.  We had 15 graduates complete the training, nine completed level 1 and six completed level 2.  Now all these women are able to read.  In the future we want to offer Levels 1-3.  We also have plans to teach the village spiritual leaders to teach literacy in their region to both youth and adults.

Yetta has been vising us for years.  During these years she has had a terrible stinking rotten leg.  She gave me her twins to raise because she was not able to take care of them.  While I was in USA her 5 year old boy got malaria. Treatment for malaria is 75 cents.  She delayed treatment, he got worse.  When she got him to the hospital he was in bad condition.  The doctors said it would cost $50 treat him and that they would not start treatment without payment.  She ran the town frantically begging.  Sometime later She arrived with $20 but it was too late her boy had passed away.  Early treatment of 75 cents or late treatment of $50 and the child would be alive today.  In my office Yetta wept bitterly as she told me the story.  This is just one story of the preventable atrocities, injustice and hopelessness caused by poverty that blanket this country.    

Praise God!  Money was donated for 10 motorbikes.  We have purchased 4 and have them out on missions.  We are evaluating when to purchase the others.  Also money was donated to start construction of our much needed new print shop.  Construction has started.  We hope to have it completed in 4-5 months.

Prayer Requests:  I urge you by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit to join us in our struggle by praying to God for us, Romans 15:30.  Probably 3 million Liberians do not have access to a dentist.  The exciting news is in January we will be able to send 2 of our leaders to Monrovia to be trained by American dentists to pull teeth.  Pray that this plan will work and that we will be able to acquire all the dental equipment needed so we can start pulling teeth as needed from village to village, showing our love, as we evangelize and disciple.  We want to again start distributing water filters in the remote villages where they are drinking dirty water.  Malaria is the number one killer in Liberia and dirty water is number 2.  Pray that we will be able to get the equipment shipped to us from Monrovia. 

November Expenses:
$4,263 – Motor bikes - Includes purchasing 4 motorbikes, gas, repairs, 9 helmets, 13 sets of rain boot, 5 raincoats.
$958 - Mission expenses – includes feeding, supplies and compensations
$466 - Humanitarian includes medical, rent assistance, food, and a business start
$670 - Base expenses – includes base feeding, upkeep, maintenance, generator gas for press and printers. 
$290 – staff support
$180 – Night security.  Doors and windows are locked and secure so thieves took machete and cut through our metal roof.  This now requires us to have night security.
$6,827 - Total

We want to keep you informed.  Below is list of goals that we are working towards to accomplish our mission of seeing a healthy church in every village of Liberia in this generation.    

1, 5, 10 year plans for WSL
Our desire is to have the heart, mind, passion, will and plans of our Lord, not our will but His will be done.  It is good to make plans, set and pursue goals knowing that God’s will, will be done and that as we go forward He will adjust our plans to fit His will.

“The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.  Ps 33:11

“I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.  
Correct me, LORD,” Jer 10:23-24

“I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.  Ps 16:7

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Pr 16:9  

“If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not
fall, for the LORD upholds  him with his hand.  Ps 37:23-24

“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps 37:4

Goals for 2017
·        There is a list of our methods, weapons, used to accomplish our mission.  We want to strengthen and increase each of these methods.
·        Disciple and strengthen our Liberian board.
·        Teach levels 1-4 in the Bible Institute.  Teach the school 11 months meeting the last two weeks of each month.  No classes in December.  
·        Print and distribute 1 million pages of teaching material making thousands of booklets and manuals both in English and French.  There is a huge need, there is desire from the people to receive the training material and we have the ability to distribute the material.  I believe this will bring much lasting fruit.
·        Continue sending teams into the villages evangelizing, discipling, creating leaders and starting churches.  We have some very good, fruitful elder quality leaders. 
·        Have several missionary in training candidates living on our base, planting churches within reach of our base and preparing to go to the unreached tribes of Liberia.
·        Using water filters as a tool showing the Liberians the love and compassion of Christ in us.  This tool would be part of our mission to evangelize, disciple and church plant.
·        Implant the vision and assist existing churches to start free, independent churches and send out missionary teams as in Acts 13:1-4.
·        Continue to have interns visit from the USA.
·        Build a press shop costing approximately $10,000. 
·        Start a dental program that will go from village to village showing love as we evangelize   and disciple.

Within 5 years
·        We would implement new methods, weapons, to accomplish our mission as revealed by our Lord that are not known at this time.
·        We would continue to strengthen and increase our methods, weapons, used to accomplish our mission. 
·        Maybe we would form a unity of independent churches.
·        Another missionary would join WSL.
·        I would be continuing to create indigenous leaders to replace me, preparing for my future death.
·        We would be active in Ivory Coast sponsoring several missionary teams. There is a great cry from them for us to do more in their country.
·        Maybe we could open a new branch in Ivory Coast led by another missionary.
·        Have missionary teams serving in all the unreached tribes of Liberia.
·        Have missionary teams serving in West and North Africa.
·        Add buildings for the Bible Institute to increase the number of students who will become ministers and missionaries.

Within 10 years (I will be 69 in 10 years)
·        Be alive!!!?
·        We would continue to strengthen and increase our methods, weapons, used to accomplish our mission. 
·        Every unreached tribe of Liberia would have church planting missionary teams.
·        We would have several missionary teams planting churches in several West and North African countries.
·        Churches would be starting other free and independent churches. They would be training and sending out their own missionary teams as in Acts 13:1-4.
·        Every village of Liberia would have had the Gospel presented to them, would have received Bibles and Bible training material.
·        Be able to turn WSL in Liberia over to another missionary and the trained indigenous leaders.
·        I would spend more time as a consultant, overseer, and traveling throughout West and North Africa implementing our methods and system into their countries.
·        I would be visiting our missionary teams throughout West and North Africa.

And Beyond
·        Every village of Liberia would have a worshipping fellowship of believers!!!
·        North and West Africa would be flooded with missionaries.
·        Experience the great tribulation and rapture J.
·        “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Rev 2:10-11.
·        “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Rev 3:21.