Thursday, March 12, 2020

February 2020 End of Month Report

Liberia and Ivory Coast:
3 – Countries (Guinea, Ivory Coast and Liberia)
11 - Total counties we ministered in
128 - Total communities/villages/towns/cities we ministered in
125 - Total mission trips
12 - Total baptized
33 -  Attended our Bible Institute 6-day satellite training
555 - Attended our 2-day trainings in 4 locations
18 - Dental patients, 26 teeth pulled
8 - Optical patients, 9 glasses distributed
2,032 - Viewed the Jesus film shown in 9 locations
5 - Towns we are doing adult literacy with 3 unreached Muslim tribes
121,160 – pages printed on our printing press
914 – Manuals printed

The above report is made possible by a united sacrificial team here and abroad.  Only in the unity of us all can the above be a reality and even increase.

The Birth of a Church:
In 2019, Julian Mason was introduced to Wordsower Liberia when he attended our 6-day Wordsower Bible Institute class in River Gee County.  He left the class passionately inspired to go and make disciples, especially in churchless communities.  He went to his head pastor and said he wanted to form an evangelistic team that would go to the nearby villages to start churches.  The pastor’s response was “no”, that it was too costly and would require too much work and that it was not the vision of his church.  So, Julian traveled to our base in Zwedru and attended all four of our Wordsower Bible Institute classes.  Upon returning home, he again humbly went to his pastor and recast the vision of going to the lost, making disciples and starting churches.  The pastor responded the same, “No” and to Julian’s great amazement the pastor told him to leave.  Respectfully, Julian left and as was taught began to conduct a Bible study in a churchless community of Jarpuville.   Wordsower Liberia helped him start the new church by having a 2-day training in the community, 58 attended.  We also showed the Jesus Film to almost 300.  75 attended the first church service. A church has been birthed!  It is called The Living Christ Mission Bible Church.  Thompson Morris one of our top field leaders will spend a month going to Julian and the other disciples we have trained in River Gee County.  He will encourage, assist and train.  Thompson started a house church several years ago.  The congregation increased and he had to put an addition on his house.  He has raised up leaders for the church and he now goes from county to county evangelizing, discipling and training pastors.

Spying out the unreached tribes:
We have two teams on mission.  We expect they will gone a month.  Their mission is to find 4 unreached tribes in Liberia: According to the Joshua Project the Maninka is 0.00% evangelical Christian, Mandingo is 0.03% evangelical Christian, Bandi is 1% evangelical Christian, the Mende is 1% evangelical Christian.  We already have a team ministering to the Vai, they are 0.00% evangelical Christian and the Gola, they too are 0.00% evangelical Christian. We have seen salvations and baptisms among the Vai and Gola tribes!  Praise God!! The video below is about our indigenous Capemont team that is living and ministering among them. We have discovered that if we show up there will be salvations and baptisms.  Our Lord has prepared people from among them. Our job is to find those prepared, evangelize, disciple and unite them into churches. The 2-minute video below is about our indigenous Capemont team that is living and ministering among them. 

“You will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth” Acts 1:8
We already have a fruitful base in Ivory Coast. Guinea and Sierra Leone, our neighbors, are being taught by us, Wordsower Africa, also.  Good News travels, it is natural. We see national boarders, God sees a river. We have had several from these countries attend our school and conferences. Those trained have returned home and are obeying the command of our Lord to: Go, make disciples, baptize and teach. They are requesting us to assist them.  The 2-minute video below is a testimony of one of our students from Sierra Leone.

New Motorbikes:
They have arrived.  We have purchased 13, much needed, new bikes.  Thank you!!! We have many essential weapons as we fight against the strongholds of Satan.  The bikes take us all over Liberia and Ivory Coast.  The 1-minute video is our thank you for the bikes.


As always, you can view all of our videos on our YouTube channel by clicking here.


Participate with us in Praise and prayer:
  • Pray: For our two spy teams that have gone out looking for four unreached Muslim tribes of Liberia that we are not working with yet.  They are on the boarders of Liberia. The boarders are the gate in which Muslims pour into this country.  I feel a God ordained urgency to have teams there.  It is in places like these where radical Islam starts.
  • Praise: Continued reports come in throughout Liberia of the lasting fruit, the harvest, that is being brought in from disciples we have trained.
  • Pray: Please pray that we will continue to boldly and fearlessly march into and live within the strongholds of Satan to, “snatch others from the fire and save them.” Jude 1:23.
  • Pray: For increased donations.  We have an indigenous missionary team ministering to 2 of the unreached tribes of Liberia.  We have 4 more unreached tribes that need indigenous teams to go to them.  Our neighbors, Sierra Leone and Guinea, are asking us to start this ministry in their country also.
100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January.

Click here to donate online

Check Donations:
Please make checks payable to the “Woodside Vision Foundation” designating “Wordsower Africa” on the memo line of the check. Please include your name and address for the receipt, if the information is not already on the check. Mail to:             
Woodside Vision Foundation
6600 Rochester Road
Troy Michigan 48085

If you have questions or problems with donations or want to contact me, Kim Smith, then
email me at kimlogansmith1957@gmail.com  I’m also available on the app called Whatsapp, the contact number is +231881344417

Financial Report for February:
Summary of expenses:
$755 - Staff support for 7 employees
$418.46 - Assistance to the poor
$530 – Book store supplies
$635 - Radio Ministry
$947 - Base Expenses. Covers food cost for the team, visitors and maintenance on the base
$2,320 - Mission; teams that are sent out to preach and teach
$1,307 – Wordsower Bible Institute 2 week, level 1 class on our Zwedru base
$656 - Wordsower Bible Institute satellite 1 week class in Nimba County
$5,109 - Capemont Missionary team working with 3 unreached Muslim tribes.  They received
              $3,000 extra to rent two homes for 1 year for our team.
$360 - Printing press supplies and labor
$268 - Motorbike maintenance and repairs
$1,056 - Gas for bikes and generators.  Liberia went through a gas crisis.  Gas prices greatly
              increased, gas was over $10 a gallon for some time. It is now the normal price of $3.95
$80 - Adult Literacy
$5,088 - Wordsower Ivory Coast base. They received $2,000 extra for 2 new motorbikes
$44 – Optical ministry
$65 – Dental ministry
$9,151 – 10 new motorbikes
Total $28,789

Thursday, February 13, 2020

January 2020 End of Month Report

Liberia and Ivory Coast:
2 - Countries
14 - Total counties we ministered in
147 - Total communities/villages/towns/cities we ministered in
98 - Total mission trips
35 - Total baptized
3 - Completed the Bible Marking program
46 – Attended our Bible Institute 6-day satellite training
165 - Attended our 2-day trainings in 4 locations
14 - Dental patients, 17 teeth pulled
10 - Optical patients, 11 glasses distributed
615 - Viewed the Jesus film shown in 5 locations
7 - Towns we are doing adult literacy with 3 unreached Muslim tribes

The above report is made possible by a united sacrificial team here and abroad.  Only in the unity of us all can the above be a reality and even increase.

We need more missionaries!! Come for your training. Here are a few statistics:
  • Today there are 6,741 unreached tribes, 3.14 billion people, 42% of the world
  • Only 0.37% of all full time Christian workers go to the 6,741 unreached tribes
  • 99.99% of the worlds Christians live in 44% of the world
  • The national average is that out of every $100 given to missions $0.05 goes for reaching the unreached tribes.
  • There is only 1 missionary for every 405,500 unreached Muslims

This information came from www.thetravelingteam.org/stats.  I encourage you to look at this resource.  I especially encourage you to watch the 4-minute video at the top of the page.

I spent some time with our Grand Capemont County indigenous missionary team. They work with 3 of the 5 unreached tribes of Liberia. Last year they went on 311 missions; went to 445 villages/towns/cities, usually they visit each community several times; they baptized 68; and literacy school for adults in 5 communities.  Below are some videos and pictures of what I experienced (sorry the videos are raw and unedited):

The video and pictures below are of a house church in Farlee village.  This is a remote region of several small villages, they are a mixture of the Vai and Gola Muslim unreached tribes.  Almost all are also a part of the Animist demonic religion. This little house church is the light on a hill.  They are full of passion, love, faith and hope.  We give encouragement, Bible teaching, Bibles, love and assistance.  Persecution is common. Many in the church are former Muslims and from the Animist religion. What you see in this town is common. Some churches, like this one, we start others we find.



The Vai, Gola and Mende unreached Muslim tribes are unreached because they are resistant.  When we first started going into many of the villages they would politely tell us that we were not welcome. They told us that they did not want Christians in their village. Our Lord opened doors that had never been opened before. He showed us the secret. Villages that said “no!” now beg us to come.  The secret is adult literacy!!! And, are they ever excited to have us come so they can learn to read.  We have 5 villages being taught and have a huge amount waiting in line. The pictures and video below are of the schools.



Below are a couple short videos of the people, for fun.  It will give you an idea of the environment. I saw these groups as I was traveling from village to village preaching and teaching. 

I stood on a bridge and watch the kids, one is naked, I guess none are 10 years old yet. They all swim like fish. No adult supervision.  They took the hand dug canoe out to collect fire wood for cooking.  They will probably sell it to buy a sucker each. They were so cute to watch as they interacted, so focused, serious, businessmen, entrepreneurs.   


The blacksmith buys scrap metal and reshapes it.  In the video, he is making axe heads. I was well received when I entered the thatched roof tent. They were all Muslims. We sat and talked for about 30 minutes. They were glad to hear about Jesus and invited me back to teach them more. Notice the homemade contraption that they put together to make the blower.  The wheel looks like it came off a tricycle. What a privilege to be there sharing with them about their creator, their hope, their God.  I felt the joy of the Lord as I spoke of Him.  His Spirit was with us. We all felt it. 


Good news: 
  • We completed our banking problems after muddling through the quagmire of the Liberian banking system for 6 weeks 
  • We have on our base enough paper to print 250,000 pages, a quarter million pages
  • We have 6,000 Gideon Bibles on our base
  • We have purchased 11 new motorbikes and are expecting to purchase a few more
  • Our printing press has never run better
  • The disciples we have trained are spread throughout Liberia and are producing much fruit
Participate with us in Praise and prayer:
  • Pray: We are sending out two spy teams into the two unreached Muslim tribes of Liberia that we are not working with yet.  They are on the boarders. They are the gate in which Muslims pour into this country.  I feel a God ordained urgency to have teams there.  Places like these are where radical Islam starts.
  • Praise: Continued reports come in throughout Liberia of the lasting fruit, the harvest, that is being brought in from disciples we have trained.
  •  Pray: Please pray that we will continue to boldly and fearlessly march into and live within the strongholds of Satan to, “snatch others from the fire and save them.” Jude 1:23.
  • Pray: For increased donations.  We have an indigenous missionary team ministering to 3 of the unreached tribes of Liberia.  We have 2 more unreached tribes that need indigenous teams to go to them.  Our neighbors, Sierra Leone and Guinea, are asking us to start this ministry in their country also.
100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January.

Click here to donate online

Check Donations:
Please make checks payable to the “Woodside Vision Foundation” designating “Wordsower Africa” on the memo line of the check. Please include your name and address for the receipt, if the information is not already on the check. Mail to:               
Woodside Vision Foundation
6600 Rochester Road
Troy Michigan 48085

If you have questions or problems with donations or want to contact me, Kim Smith, then
email me at kimlogansmith1957@gmail.com  I’m also available on the app called Whatsapp, the contact number is +231881344417

Financial Report for January:
Summary of expenses:
$755 - Staff support for 7 employees
$454 - Assistance to the poor
$647 - Radio Ministry
$706 - Base Expenses. Covers food cost for the team, visitors and maintenance on the base
$1,263 - Mission; teams that are sent out to preach and teach
$1,149 – Wordsower Bible Institute 2 week, level 1 class on our Zwedru base
$640 - Water filter team is in Maryland County installing home water filter systems
$547 - Wordsower Bible Institute satellite 1 week class, level 1, in Maryland County
$1,280 - Capemont Missionary team working with 3 unreached Muslim tribes
$681 - Printing press supplies and labor
$688 - Motorbike maintenance and repairs
$1,074 - Gas for bikes and generators
$80 - Adult Literacy
$1,592 - Wordsower Ivory Coast base
$16 – Optical ministry
Total $11,572

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

2019 End of Year Report

Weapons used and the fruit of 2019:

  • 896 - missions sent into villages/towns/cities.  Most of our missions are accomplished by motorbike but others go on foot or taxi.  The taxi may be a car, truck or another’s motorbike.
  • 1,311 - villages/towns/cities were visited.  Many of those were visited multiple times. Usually a town visit can be a few hours to 10 days. While in the community we evangelize, disciple, do Bible training, train pastors or assist with humanitarian needs.
  • 289 - baptisms were completed.  We do not count those who profess coming to Christ during our meetings because salvations can’t truly be known by the raising of a hand.  We count baptisms, these are a better sign of a repentant believer.  We shared the gospel of our Lord to tens of thousands this year giving them the knowledge of the path of salvation of which many professed salvation.
  • 458 - Attended our Wordsower Bible Institute 2 week training.  These students, through much sacrifice, live on our base for 2 weeks.  Our classes go from 8 AM - 4 PM 5 days a week.  When it is over they will have been in class for 70 hours.  We have four class levels available: Basic Bible Doctrines, Discipleship, The Church and Being a Missionary.
  • 445 - Attended 1 week training.  Many are not able to attend our 2 week class so we send out satellite teams into regions.  The number reported for these trainings is much lower then reality because many times the attendance was not reported after the training was completed.
  • 1,910 – Attended 2 day trainings throughout Liberia and Ivory Coast
  • 1,374 homes received a home water filter system in 62 villages that were all drinking dirty water.  Our filter team completed putting a home water filter system in every home of the villages of Grand Gedeh County.  They now have been working in small isolated Maryland County villages.  They will go into a village do an assessment and share the gospel.  Next, they return and install a water filter system in every home.  After that they will return 2 more times to check on them to see if they are using them proper.  They will be in every home of a village at least 4 times.  Each time they evangelize and disciple.
  • 6,000-10,000 watched the Jesus film, in their dialect, in many villages/ towns and cities.  Often the result will be baptisms, the desire to be discipled and the start of a church.
  • 149 – completed our “Bible Marking” Bible training course
  • Many thousands have heard the gospel and received Bible teaching through the radio. We broadcast on two radio stations. One station 7 days a week, the other 3 days a week.  Each broadcast is an hour long. The broadcasts go to thousands. The response of the people is tremendous. 
  • Thousands of Bible were distributed free this year.  Our book store, the only known one in the SE of Liberia has sold many Bibles and reference books.  Micro SD memory cards with the Audio Bible and Jesus film in their dialects have been distributed by the hundreds.
  • Our printing press has printed hundreds of thousands of pages of Bible teaching material.  Which has been freely distributed throughout the countries of Liberia and Ivory Coast. 
  • The love and compassion of Christ has been shown to many by assisting with medical, dental, optical, clean drinking water, food, clothing, rent, school fees, ect. 


Our Indigenous missionary team has gone to 3 of the 5 unreached Muslim tribes of Liberia.  Their faith, obedience and sacrifice has produced eternal fruit as they go into these resistant villages.  This year they have gone on 311 missions to share the gospel in 445 villages/towns/cities.  68 were baptized.  They have been teaching 245 students evangelistic literacy in 7 Muslim villages.

This year we changed our name to Wordsower Africa because we have established a base in Ivory Coast and sent missions into Guinea and Nigeria.  Our missionary base in Ivory Coast was birthed in 2019. Ivory Coast is a spiritually dark country. Much of the church is corrupt and full of false teaching.  There have 36 unreached tribes of over 7 million lost souls.

This above report has only been made possible by the efforts of us, His Church, united from abroad and in West Africa.  I’m reminded of 1 Cor 3:5-9, “The Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” We have each participated by prayer, donating and/or by getting on a motorbike.  All are essential.  Let us all dance and celebrate. Our Lord has made this grow, to Him goes the glory. Thank you Lord for uniting us and allowing us to participate in Your mission!!!

“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.” Jn 4:35-36.  Liberia is a place ripe for a great harvest!  We, here and abroad, continue to plant, water.  We have had a huge harvest.  I believe a much greater harvest awaits us. 

“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.  Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” Ps 126:5.  It has been a challenging year.  Problems never end they just change, we know it and expect them.  We have had tears, blood, broken bones, disease, mud and sweat.  The government, thieves, demonic attacks, strongholds, sin, roads, environment all attack but we persevere.  Our joy has made us to forget those as we dance with joy bringing in the sheaves, “a crop of eternal Life.”

One of our goals is disciples making disciples, going into the unknown, beyond what we could ever count. The above report numbers are confirmed but our belief is that this is just the tip of an iceberg, that it is a small observation of a much larger harvest.  “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Tim 2:2. We have trained many thousands of disciples over the past 11 years.  They go out, many we hear from, most we don’t.  Often while we are out on mission we will discover the fruits of their faith, sacrifice and obedience. “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” Mk 4:26-29.  We dream of a Holy Spirit fueled wildfire owned and controlled by Him.  We, here and abroad, are the tools He uses to accomplish His purposes. I believe this wildfire has ignited. We will never know to what extent while here on earth.




Please continue to persevere with us.  Remember us in prayer, visit, participate in donations.

Thanks to all who participated with us!!!
Kim

100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January.

Click here to donate online


Check Donations:
Please make checks payable to the “Woodside Vision Foundation” designating “Wordsower Africa” on the memo line of the check. Please include your name and address for the receipt, if the information is not already on the check. Mail to:               
Woodside Vision Foundation
6600 Rochester Road
Troy Michigan 48085

Monday, January 6, 2020

December 2019 End of Month Report

We have had a very hard 2 months (November and December) because our bank is only allowing us to withdraw a maximum of $100 a day from our account.  The bank we use, LBDI, is government owned.  Because the country is in financial crisis, the government has taken all the cash from the bank not allowing its costumers to withdrawal their money easily.  This has caused a reduction of our ministry output and is a waste of time.  I am now working on opening a new account with another bank.

Liberia and Ivory Coast reports united:
2 - Countries
14 - Total counties we ministered in
69 - Total communities/villages/towns/cities we ministered in
47 - Total mission trips
26 - Total baptized 
3 - Completed the Bible Marking program
96 – Attended our Bible Institute 6 day satellite training
60 – attended a 4 day training in 1 location
98 - Attended our 2 day trainings in 8 locations
68 - Attended our 1 day trainings in 2 locations
20 - Dental patients, 28 teeth pulled
0 - Optical patients, 7 glasses distributed
1,100 - Viewed the Jesus film shown in 13 locations
800 - Pages printed

The above report is made possible by a united sacrificial team here and abroad.  Only in the unity of us all can the above be a reality and even increase.

WSL Christmas was very good!!!

We had an $8,000 donation from a person in California for 8 new motorbikes.  Earlier, we received a separate donation for $1,000 for another bike from someone in Michigan.  Praise God for answered prayers!

I have been in the capital, Monrovia, for over a month because of the bank problems caused by what could be a big financial collapse of the nation.  The bank we were using, LBDI, is government owned.  The government took 62 million from the bank to try and pay employees that have not been paid for over 5 months. The result is that those who had money in the bank no longer have their money available to them.  This has caused a severe cash flow problem within our ministry.

One day, I went into the city to try to open a new corporate account at another bank, UBA. This is a solid private bank that is all over Africa. It has taken almost a month to open the account.  Finally got it opened.  This was my first morning prayer answered.  Thank you Lord! joy is present! 
We have searched the city for Gideon pocket Bibles in the past but to no avail; all our former sources were out of Bibles. I prayed for the Gideons that morning and it so happened that we bumped into a guy on the street that had 4,000 available for a nickel each.  40 cases of 100 Bibles for $5 a case: total cost $200.  Beautiful! Another morning prayer answered! The dance starts! God ordained!!!

My foot has been swollen and painfully bruised from a motorbike accident over a week ago.  I didn’t have a pair of regular shoes and was only wearing rubber “shoes” (think crocks). I wanted more support and protection.  I also prayed the same morning for our Lord to help me find a pair of real shoes.  As I was going about the business of the day, working with the bank and Gideon Bible shipping, I walked by an open faced shack.  There was a brand new pair of Merrill shoes - the same style I have in the USA - which were very nice!!  Exactly what I would have chosen if I had all the world’s shoes available to choose from.  The new $100 shoes fit perfect, for only $17!!!  A next to impossible find, and in a rotten shack to boot!  It is fun to see answered prayer. God ordained, again.  I sensed the pleasure of our Lord and dancing increased!  The joy of our Lord was now overflowing.  The worlds best gift was found in a shack and 2,000 years later, we can still find wonderful, God-ordained, gifts in shacks. 

“You, Lord, are all I have,
and you give me all I need;
my future is in your hands.
How wonderful are your gifts to me;
how good they are!
I praise the Lord, because he guides me.” 
Ps 16:5-8 (GNB).

I love it!  I love walking in faith and obedience and living in the miraculous!!  Let us all dance, let us praise our Lord!!!  Thank you Lord, thank you… wait its not over.  While typing this last sentence I get a phone call. Tomorrow we will be given $3,000 in cash from our ministry partner, The Last Well, located right down the road from here.  If the banks won’t give us money God will find another way.  Our Lord, isn’t He gracious? I sense Him chuckling just now.

Kim

Participate with us in Praise and prayer:

  • Praise: We are now in several resistant, unreached, Muslim villages teaching literacy, Jesus, and the Bible!
  • Praise: We have now 245 students from these villages learning how to read and learning about Jesus!
  • Prayer: Please pray for the financial crisis in Liberia.  Banks have run out of money.  Confusion, stress, suffering, and poverty is rapidly increasing because of this new current crisis.
  • Prayer: Please pray that we will continue to boldly and fearlessly march into the strongholds of Satan to  “snatch others from the fire and save them.” Jude 1:23.
  • Pray: For increased donations.  We have an indigenous missionary team ministering to 3 of the unreached tribes of Liberia.  We have 2 more unreached tribes that need indigenous teams to go to them.  Our neighbors, Sierra Leone and Guinea, are asking us to start this ministry in their country also.

100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January.

Click here to donate online


Check Donations:
Please make checks payable to the “Woodside Vision Foundation” designating “Wordsower Africa” on the memo line of the check. Please include your name and address for the receipt, if the information is not already on the check. Mail to:                 
Woodside Vision Foundation
6600 Rochester Road
Troy Michigan 48085

If you have questions or problems with donations or want to contact me, Kim Smith, then
email me at kimlogansmith1957@gmail.com  I’m also available on the app called Whatsapp, the contact number is +231881344417

Financial Report for December:
Summary of expenses:
$755 - Staff support for 7 employees
$296 - Assistance to the poor
$1,062 - Radio Ministry.  Because of bank problems we could not pay them last month
$650 - Base Expenses. Covers food cost for the team, visitors and maintenance on the base
$499 - Mission; teams that are sent out to preach and teach
$742 - Water filter team is in Maryland County installing home water filter systems
$786 - Wordsower Bible Institute satellite 1 week class, level 1, in Maryland County
$1,230 - Capemont Missionary team working with 3 unreached Muslim tribes
$0 - Printing press supplies and labor
$322 - Motorbike maintenance and repairs
$603 - Gas for bikes and generators
$80 - Adult Literacy
$1,920 - Wordsower Ivory Coast base
$1,200 – Supplies for press, WBI, dental
Total $10,145