Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast:
16 - Total counties we ministered in
196 - Total communities/villages/towns/cities we ministered in
95 - Total mission trips
1 – Wordsower Africa main base in Grand Gedeh County, Liberia
1 – Indigenous missionary team base among the Vai and Gola unreached tribes, Liberia
1 – Indigenous missionary team base among the Mandingo and Mannika unreached tribes, Liberia
1 – Indigenous missionary team in Ivory Coast.
106 - Attended our 2-day and 1-day workshops in 4 locations
2,210 - Viewed the Jesus Film, 12 locations and 14 times shown
15 - Dental patients, 20 teeth pulled
9 - Optical patients, 7 pair glasses distributed, 1 patient was referred
3,800 - Pages printed
3 - Radio broadcast locations in 2 counties. On 105.3 FM, we do one-hour teachings 7 days a week. On 98.6 FM – we do 2 one-hour teachings a week
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 have spread across Liberia and are in the neighboring countries where we train, disciple and church plant. We use many different weapons as we advance the Kingdom of God within the strongholds of Satan.
I, Kim Smith, returned to Liberia on January 29. I spent 9 weeks in the USA. My visit was a whirlwind of activity. 2 weeks was spent with my 87-year-old father and his wife. He was in the hospital for falls and pneumonia. I spent time in Michigan, Illinois, California and Ohio visiting family, friends and churches. The disappointment was that many family, friends and churches I did not have time to visit with. I hope to return to the USA in about 1 ½ years.
We are working in resistant unreached Muslim tribes. One of our teams is now experiencing persecution. They are in Capemont County, Liberia working with the Vai and Gola tribes. There is not persecution without salvations, conversions from Islam. Persecution is a confirmation that we are successfully entering the stronghold of Satan and are “snatching them [the lost] out of the fire.” Jude 1:23. The persecution starts with those who have repented of their sins and confess Christ as their Lord. Recently the persecution has been turned towards our team as well. The team has been receiving threats. Below are testimonies of the persecuted:
We will use the name, Sally. Sally, a widow, was born into a Muslim family, is about 50 years old and is taking care of an orphan child. She came to me hungry. I gave her money. She was overjoyed with the gift and celebrated. As time went by, she came close to our missionary team and would attend their devotions in the morning. Our team obeyed, as assigned by our Lord, “Give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins… To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.” Luke 1:77-79. Through faith she believed and repented. Now, as a Christian, her family became enraged. The high Iman (spiritual leader) was called in and she was taken to the Mosque for an investigation for the family to pronounce a physical death sentence. They were threatening, cursing and invoking curses on her. In the midst of the trial, she fearlessly stood, testified and rebuked them for their evil. She has been counted as dead among her family and neighbors. We have been assisting her and will help her to start a small business for survival.
The Muslim youth are coming to Christ for salvation. One mother had discovered that her daughters had become Christian. She came to our base very angry, insulting and threatening. Our team quietly listened and then shared about love and forgiveness. Telling her that they had been assisting her daughters with school fees and rent. She became happy and thankful after their witness and told them sorry for her insults. Many families come to Christ through the witness of their children.
The Muslim youth are attracted by the love, joy and gentleness of our team. When the parents become aware, they commonly come with anger, insults and threats against the team and their children. Pray with us as we advance within the persecution.
The pictures below are of the birth of another church. Not a “house church” but a “under the trees church”. They meet under the Kola trees in a small village. Formerly, the area was a place for drunks to congregate. Again, what was once a stronghold of Satan has been transformed into a church. As of yet, we have never entered a stronghold of Satan and not seen the harvest of eternal fruit.
Typically, the newly formed fellowship will build their own worship center. The video below is of one of our teams going to participate in the daubing of a church building in a once churchless village. A church building, in the rain forest, usually will cost less than $75 to build, if the roof is thatch. $30 is for a bag of rice used to feed the daubers (the mud wall packers) and then the rest is for nails and a door or two. If it has a metal roof then the cost is under $300. Labor is volunteered by the members and community. The construction material is harvested from the forest. The below video, less than 4 minutes, is a testimony of the exchange of strongholds.
We send teams into tribes that have not been reached with the Gospel. To those who have never even heard the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, when we arrive there are always those that are waiting and ready, those whom our Lord has already revealed Himself. He has included us, His Church, into His plans to reach those who are lost. He has prepared the lost and commanded us to go find them. “The Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Acts 13:47. Jesus “said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready… So, go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So, the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find.” Matthew 22:8-10. The harvest will be plentiful if we just show up under the power of the Holy Spirit. We must inform everyone, every tribe, every person! We must go as commanded, in obedience!!
Participate with us in praise and prayer:
- Praise: We are walking in obedience with the Lord and He is blessing us. We continue to see the growth of our Lord’s kingdom!
- Praise: One of our field leaders, Daniel Tooua, was in a bad accident. He was hit by a car while assisting others. He had massive internal bleeding, has a broken leg and hip. He is healing and is now walking around.
- Praise: I have returned to Liberia with needed supplies and have been distributing them to our missionary teams.
- Pray: One of our missionary teams is now experiencing persecution. So the new converts from Islam.
- Pray: Please pray for our safety as we 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: “Finally, our friends, pray for us that the Lord's message may continue to spread rapidly and be received with honor, just as it was among you. 2 Pray also that God will rescue us from wicked and evil people; for not everyone believes the message.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2.
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Financial Report for January:
Summary of expenses:
$1,180 - Staff support for 8 employees
$401 - Assistance to the poor includes rent, medicine, water pump parts etc.
$664 - Radio Ministry
$704 - Base Expenses. Covers food cost for the team, visitors and maintenance
$2,700 - Mission; teams that are sent out to preach and teach
$1,476 – Level 1 2-week Bible Institute class in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County
$2,058 – Level 1 1-week Bible Institute class in Flumpa, Nimba County
$2,300 - Capemont Missionary team is reaching 2 unreached Muslim tribes
$1,454 - Lofa County missionary team is reaching 2 unreached Muslim tribes
$823 - Motorbike maintenance and repairs
$839 - Gas for bikes and generators
$80 - Adult Literacy
$400 - Sierra Leone team
$6,000 – Main base construction for additional housing
$2,500 – Ivory Coast mission base