4 - Countries: Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia
7 - Bases - 4 in Liberia (Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County; Sinje, Grand Capemont County, Voinjama, Lofa County and Gbarpolu County), 1 base in Ivory Coast, 1 base in Sierra Leone, 1 base in Guinea
25 - Total counties we ministered in
354 - Total communities/villages/towns/cities we ministered in
147 - Total mission trips
580 - Persons were baptized
37 - Attended Wordsower Bible Institute, level 2, 1-week class in River Cess County
45 - Attended Wordsower Bible Institute, level 1, 1-week class in Grand Bassa County
38 - Churches where we did leader trainings
8,189 - Viewed the Jesus Film, 53 locations and 61 times shown
614 - Attended our 1-3 day trainings in 7 locations
4 - Broadcasting on community radio stations
14 - Dental patients, 15 teeth pulled
13 - Adult literacy school
58,000 - Copies printed, 638 booklets made (English)
Our on-site leaders, the donations of churches, and individuals from abroad are bringing in a great harvest. We need the unity of His Church, to accomplish his command, to reach the world. Thank you for your love, faith and for sacrificing with us.
We go on hundreds of missions each month. They bring hundreds of testimonies. I could write page after page of wonderful testimonies. It pains me to leave out so many good testimonies. At the end of his book, John wrote, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” John 21:25. I know how he felt.
Training the Next Generation of American Missionaries
Woodside Bible Church in Michigan has the vision of sending out 100 missionaries. They send us those “feeling the call”. Wordsower Africa helps them to “confirm their call.” We are also known as “Wordsower Boot Camp.” So, let me introduce our two new interns, Samantha Lloyd and Hanna Pittman. Samantha attends the Pontiac campus of Woodside Bible Church and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. She is studying to become a missionary. Hanna also attends Moody Bible Institute and is studying to be a missionary. They arrived on June 1 and will be with us here for 3 months. Then they fly from Liberia to Bahrain to study with another Woodside Missionary and will stay with her 4 months. Their example of faith, hope, love and sacrifice should inspire men and women of all ages. Inspiring others to join in the command of Christ for His Church to reach every tongue, language, and tribe with the gospel. Below is a video, less then 3 minutes, they made of their first month here.
Sierra Leone Baptized 547 in One Month!!!
Our Sierra Leone indigenous missionary team baptized 547 in one month!!! We are experiencing a huge, historic, harvest. A Holy Spirit fueled wildfire!!! Our team is evangelizing, baptizing, discipling and starting churches. Those baptized come from these Muslim tribes: The Temne-Banta, it is supposed to have 0.00% evangelical Christians*; the Fula Jalon, it is supposed to have 0.00% evangelical Christians*; the Kuranko, it is supposed to have 0.00% evangelical Christians*, and the Loko, it is estimated to have 9 evangelical Christians per 1,000*. Often, before our teams enter into the Islamic communities, they discover that the people have already been prepared by our Lord for salvation. Muslims will even come to our base, asking for salvation and baptism. These verses come to mind:
- “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” John 6:65. We look for those He has enabled, those He has already prepared. He has commanded us to go to the nations and as we go in obedience we find those prepared. Our leaders have been well trained, but it is not the skill of our indigenous missionaries, it is their obedience. In unity with the Holy Spirit, they show up with eyes wide open.
- “For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” Acts 13:47. We find fruit in our obedience. Our Lord has commanded us to take His “Light” to every language, tribe, people and nation.
- Then Jesus told them… “Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” John 12:35-36. We are His children of light. We are to take the Light into the dark. The darkest places on earth are the unreached tribes. The Light shines brightest in the darkest places.
Our Lord is causing our Bikes to Breakdown!!!
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.” Isaiah 42:16. It is exciting going on mission not knowing what will happen. I am convinced that He will cause our bikes to have breakdowns. One of our teams was going into new, unfamiliar, territory. They had decided to take 100 Gideon Bibles with them. On the road they had a breakdown. Next to where they broke down was a church that was in the midst of fasting and prayer. The church was asking for our Lord to bring them Bibles!! Well, we all know that our Lord broke our bike. Recently, another team was returning to base. Their bike broke down. It was night and they had to push their bike for 30 minutes before arriving into an unfamiliar town. It was 10 PM. The chief gave them a place to sleep. Most of the people were in bed. Our team asked the chief if they could show the Jesus Film. He agreed. Many of the town, hearing the show, got up to watch. The show ended at midnight. Several prayed for salvation. The next day our team baptized the chief and a town elder. God, again, broke down our bike to accomplish His purposes. Today, one of our team leaders came to me confused. He said that this is the third time his bike has broken down, deep in the bush, in front of the same town. I told him it was obvious that our Lord had reason for it. We will send a mission team to that town to discover why. Undoubtedly a harvest will come from another bike “problem.” Our Lord said, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.” Our Lord guides us along unfamiliar paths, into the rough places, to bring His Light into the darkness. In obedience, the unfamiliar becomes familiar, the dark receives His Light, the rough places become smooth.
Our Guinea Base is Open and Harvesting
Our Guinea base has been in operation for a couple months. Eric, our base leader, brought his family. Two days on the road, in the rainy season, is not easy. He left behind his home and business. The pictures show faith, hope, love and sacrifice in action.
The video below, less then a minute, is of Eric baptizing a former Muslim. No Muslim of an unreached tribe makes this decision casually. He knows that, now, he will be persecuted, rejected by his family, community and tribe. He knows his life dreams have been destroyed. Listen as he renounces everything he once thought to be true. Listen as he confesses Christ as God.
Wordsower Bible Institute is on the Road
Wordsower Bible Institute has two branches. One is on our Wordsower Africa main base. The classes last 2 weeks and there are 4 levels. Our second branch is our satellite school that travels throughout the countries that we work in. The classes last 1 week. The 2 ½ minute video, below, shows our satellite school in action:
“Our team went to River Cess County, Liberia, for a 5-day mission. After the second day seven people gave their lives to Christ. One of them was a 70-year-old man. He confessed that he had been powerful in witchcraft for 15 years. He brought his amulets and charms for us to burn. After burning them, we went down to the water and baptized him.” “Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly… In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.” Acts 19:18-20.
“Today we baptized an entire family. They were a Muslim family from an unreached tribe who had been going through our Bible study program. They confessed Christ as their God and Savior and renounced Islam.” “At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.” Acts 16:33. “The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home.” Acts 16:14-15.
Participate with us in praise and prayer:
- Pray: For our indigenous missionary teams, that they will continue to fearlessly, boldly and sacrificially advance the gospel into the unreached tribes.
- Pray: One of our teams has been taken captive by the Animist demonic leaders. A rescue team has been sent to inquire.
- Pray: for Samantha and Hanna, our Global 100 interns.
- Pray: For us as we 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. Pray also that God will rescue us from wicked and evil people; for not everyone believes the message.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2.
100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January.
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
Summary of financial report for June:
$1,830 - Employee pay for 8 employees, Zwedru base
$880 - Assistance to the poor; medical, rent, school fees, funeral expenses - Zwedru base
$887 - Base expenses; food, maintenance, local transport – Zwedru base
$2,073 - Missions; sending teams into the remote villages – Zwedru base
$687 - Bike repairs – Zwedru base
$1,422 - Gas for bikes and generators – Zwedru base
$665 - Radio broadcasting from 4 stations
$513 - Printing department – Zwedru base
$80 - Adult Literacy
$40 - Video department
$25 - Optical department
$1,464 - Wordsower Bible Institute, 1-week class, Level 1, Grand Bassa
$1,181 - Wordsower Bible Institute, 1-week class, Level 2, River Cess
$1,103 - Wordsower Bible Institute supplies
$1,650 - Lofa County missionary team is reaching 2 unreached Muslim tribes
$1,600 - Grand Capemont County missionary team is reaching 2 unreached Muslim tribes
$1,800 - Gbarpolu County missionary team is reaching 2 unreached Muslim tribes
$1,940 - Sierra Leone missionary team is reaching several unreached Muslim tribes
$2,500 - Ivory Coast missionary team is reaching several unreached Muslim tribes
$2,050 - Guinea Missionary team is reaching several unreached Muslim tribes
$600 - Missionary Aviation Fellowship – they fly our supplies to us. Road impassible
$297 - Bank fees, the cost of receiving and sending money from USA and our international bases
$1,470 – Debt owed from last month
$26,757 - Total spent for June
*source is Joshuaproject.net
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