Sunday, April 2, 2017

March 2017 End of Month Report

We went on 57 missions in 7 counties impacting 117 villages and towns in 2 countries, Liberia and Ivory Coast.  A mission can last 1-7 days.  We did 8 two day conferences.  Our projector was used several times showing the Jesus film and other Christian training films.  We baptized 1 person.  10 completed our Bible marking training.  Many had the Gospel presented to them and many made confessions of faith asking our Lord for salvation and forgiveness.  We printed approximately 5,000 pages of Bible training material.  We made 35 manuals. 
Daily in our rooms we have wasps, malaria infested mosquitos, large spiders, beetles, roaches and millipedes along with chickens and doves.  But in our French level 2 class we also had less common visitors.  We had a large black scorpion in our classroom, a snake in one of our houses and the cat in a great acrobatic move snatched a bat out of the air that was in my room.  OH, do I ever love this place!
We had 33 students and 8 children in our French level 2 class and several that listened in.  I have been teaching in this school for years.  Always I will experience the Holy Spirit teaching through me.  But this time it was abundant!  Throughout each day I had to stop and take notes of what the Holy Spirit was teaching through me.  It was a level of anointing that I have never experienced before.  Always with the refugees the Holy Spirit is powerfully present.  These refugees have been stripped of everything yet are full of joy and hope. 

Orphans, Refugees, Widows and the Blind:  We discovered an orphanage we have worked with before that was in deplorable condition, no food, no shoes, no school.  We assisted with food and shoes and are praying about the level of future involvement that our Lord desires.  We came across a suffering widow.  She needed a roof on her home.  We put on a metal roof for her.  We discovered the children of the blind refugees without proper shoes.  We purchased shoes for them.  We discovered a blind school without food.  We purchased food for them.  Who is “we”?  It is you and I united.  It is those who read our reports, pray and assist us with support. 
Our first missionary team returns:  They spied out the land of the Vai, Dan and Gola tribes and have returned.  Theses tribes are a Muslim mixed with animistic stronghold.  Our team went to Grand Cape Mont and Bomi counties.  They went to several cities, towns and villages praying, observing and discussing with the people.  This is from their report:
·         Oddly, overall we were received with excitement and joy.  Many expressed their happiness to see WSL coming to them.  They said it was a sign from God and answered prayer.
·         Grand Cape Mont is known as the center place for Muslims and the Vai tribe in Liberia.  In West Africa they are the Muslim bridge between the countries of Sierra Leon and Guinea.
·         Many Muslims are trained, smart and dedicated to keeping out Christianity.
·         In Robertsport, the capital city of Grand Cape Mont County, it seems that Christianity is accepted more and that many youth are coming to Christ.  But still there are almost no churches in the villages. 
·         We visited and saw that the Gola and Dan tribes have large settlements in neighboring Bomi County.  Bomi’s neighbor, Lofa County, is also a stronghold of animistic Muslims. 
·         These counties are very poor and the cost of living high.  They do not grow near enough food to feed themselves. 
·         The Vai are naturally unhospitable and are a very dependent people. 
We are now praying for the timing of sending an indigenous missionary team to them.

Water Filter Distribution:  This month we went to 31 remote small villages and gave filters to 251 homes providing clean water for about 1,255 people.      

Press Shop Construction:  The outside needs only small cosmetics and half of the inside is now complete.  Our team here hopes to have it finished in April, Lord willing.

Pray requests:  We are always overwhelmed with praise.  The fruit of our Bible Institute is the sending out of workers into His harvest field.   Still remain in prayer for that the County Health Department that they will give us permission to officially operate our dental clinic.  Pray as we seek our Lord’s timing for sending out missionary teams into the Vai, Dan and Gola tribes.   
·        $2,193 Missions – includes feeding, compensation, rice for conferences
·        $1,009 Bikes – includes gas, parts and labor
Press shop – 1,036 – purchased enough paper to print 170,000 pages and other press supplies
Humanitarian - $520 – Assisted many with food, rent, clothing and medical care
Dental Program - $80 – Used for worker wages 
Bible Institute - $2,000 – 33 students attended French level 2 week class.  This class was for Ivorian Refugees
Base expenses:
·        $112 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
·        $106 - Base supplies and maintenance
·        $400 - House food
Press shop construction – $2,263 – Includes purchasing tools, material, feeding and labor.
$10,255  – Total
Keeping you informed.  Keep us in your prayers

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