Thursday, February 2, 2017

January 2017 end of month report

We went on 21 missions in 6 counties impacting 59 villages and towns in 2 countries, Liberia and Ivory Coast.  A mission can last 1-7 days.  We did 2 three day conferences.  Our projector was used 3 times showing the Jesus film and other Christian training films.  We baptized 42 people.  Many had the Gospel presented to them and many made confessions of faith asking our Lord for salvation and forgiveness.  We printed 9,000 pages of Bible training material.  We made 491 manuals. 
We had 41 students in our level 1 class and several that listen in.  They came from 9 counties which represent over 1/2 of the 16 Liberian counties.  We also had students from three countries; Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Liberia.  The students have returned to spread the Gospel as they were taught.  Except for Nigeria, we will also be sending our field leaders to them throughout the year to assist them in producing fruit, to encourage, provide material, and continue to train.
Exciting news!  One of our students comes from an unreached people group of Liberia and is a former Muslim.  He comes from the Vai tribe.  Joshua Project considers the Vai to be an unreached people group.  They are a Muslim mixed with animism stronghold.  He is from Grand Capemont County, a county we have never sent a disciple to.  He is determined to go back to them and share the gospel!!  He and I have agreed that he should stay on our base for at least a month to attend level 4.  While here for the month we will continue to train and prepare him.  We plan on sending a mission team with him when he returns.  
Some of these Bible Institute students were unknown to us having been brought by our Lord.  But most all of these students have come because our field leaders on motorbikes have made an impact on them while visiting their communities.  We have been to 13 of the 16 counties evangelizing, discipling and working towards church plants.
The two pictures below show mission team being prayed over before they leave.  The second picture shows a team leaving in the background with our repairman fixing a bike for another team to be sent out.
Our press shop wall structure should be complete this week.
As I type this report our dental team is preparing to pull their first tooth.  Exciting!!!  Bad teeth bring much pain and even death.  This is a huge blessing for the SE of Liberia where hundreds of thousands have had no access to a dentist.
Pray requests:  We praise God for an anointed Level 1 class.  Pray for our Bible Institute Level 4 class that starts on February 20th, each class lasts 2 weeks.  Praise God our dental clinic is in operation.  Pray that we can start distributing our water filters.  Surely I broke a toe (no X-ray equipment) in a motorbike mishap.  Pray for healing.
·         $825 Missions – includes feeding, compensation, rice for conferences
·         $987 Bikes – includes gas, parts and labor
Printing Press Shop - $30 – for generator fuel, and labor
Humanitarian - $470 – Assisted many with food, rent, clothing and medical care.
Water Filter Distribution - $90 – purchased internet equipment and cost of downloads.
Dental Program - $300 – sent a team of 2 to Monrovia for dental training.
Bible Institute - $1,720 – 41 students attended a 2 week class.
Base expenses
·         $137 Cook labor – we cook for 10-20 every day during construction and up to 80 when our Bible Institute is in session.
·         $186 Security labor – our doors and windows are secure, so thieves cut through our metal roof to enter.  This now requires us to have security at night.
·         $350 - Compensation for 3 staff members
·         $194 base supplies and maintenance
·         $400 house food
Press shop construction – $1,828 – Includes purchasing tools, material, feeding and labor.  The wall structure should be complete this week.
$9,559 – Total