Tuesday, November 14, 2023

October 2023 End of Month Report

Huge Historic Breakthrough!!!

The Mandingo are one of the unreached tribes of Liberia. They live within every one of the 15 counties of Liberia, but the greatest concentration of Mandingoes is within the Quardu-Gboni district of Lofa Country. For centuries, since the founding of Liberia, Christians have not been allowed in their towns or churches to be built in the Quardu-Gboni district of a Mandingo village (though there are two known exceptions where an outside tribe was allowed unofficially to start a church). 

As reported by our Lofa County indigenous missionary team: A few months ago, our Lord led us to begin work in the Quardu-Gboni district. We visited many of their towns, but people in each town we visited told us that no Christians were living there. Our Lord led us to one of their towns called Bakadu, where we met a man named Mr. Salay. He also told us that there were no Christians in the town, but that he wanted to become a Christian. Later on, we took him and his two brothers to our Bible school. After completing the training, they said that they wanted to build a church in their town. So, we met with the chief Iman and the traditional leader. The Iman and the traditional leader of the town agreed to have a church building built. But they first needed to get the agreement of the Mandingo district Iman. The district Iman agreed but he also said he needed to get the Mandingo tribe national leader’s permission.

Finally, their national leaders accepted that a church could be established in their region. Later they sent a few national representatives from both the Loma and Mandingo tribes, along with a few security officers. They all gathered in the Bakadu town. They themselves decided to turn over a piece of land to us for the church to be built. They also said it was the first of its kind for them to allow for a church within a Mandingo village. They even said we can now go in any of their towns and villages to evangelize and continue to build churches. The groundbreaking ceremony for the church building has taken place and the land is being prepared. 

This is a huge, historic move of God within this formerly closed Muslim tribe!!! We give God almighty the Glory for this door to be opened. The information about the decision made by Mandingo national tribe leaders and the traditional leaders is spreading throughout their towns and villages. 

“What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name." Revelation 3:7-8

Our Lord knows the deeds of WSA. He knows we are of little strength, that we have kept His word and not denied His name. I’m shocked that of all the denominations, muti-million-dollar mission organizations here in Liberia that it was WSA that our Lord chose to assist in the opening of this door. But with this open door comes a great responsibility. We need to send an army of evangelists and church planting disciplers. Please join us, assist, partner.

“You can count the seeds in an apple, but only God knows how many apples are in the seeds.”

"Lord, may we be Your seeds and sowers in Your harvest.” “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow… The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.” 1 Corinthians 3:5-9

The task of the church is to reach the world. We, His Church, are all assigned to accomplish the assignment. The task of some is to drive the bikes, for others it is to purchase the bikes and gas. Each is required and each will be rewarded.

In the below life choices, one is called a fool and the other a faithful servant:
  • “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus… “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.” Luke 12:18-20
  • “The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:20-21
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48

Methodist Circuit Riders 1764 - 1885

Riding on horseback between distant churches, these preachers were popularly called "circuit riders" or "saddlebag preachers". These preachers spreading the word were a different breed. Carrying only what could fit in their saddlebags, they traveled through wilderness and villages, preaching every day. There were few actual meetinghouses, so they would preach at any place available; peoples' cabins, courthouses, fields, meeting houses, and street corners. Unlike clergy in urban areas, Methodist circuit riders were always on the move, needing five to six weeks to cover the longest routes. Typically, circuit riders traveled 200-500 mile routes on horseback. Exhaustion, illness, animal attacks, and unfriendly encounters were constant threats. They could travel days before arriving to a town and would spend the night with any family that would put them up and eat whatever was available to eat. A circuit could comprise of as many as 25 or 30 meeting places. Any young man who could preach and was willing to ride a horse for weeks over wild country might become an assistant and finally a circuit rider. Theirs was a difficult and often short life. Prior to 1847, nearly half of Methodist circuit riding preachers died before the age of 30. But their passion for saving souls was unprecedented.

Quotes of circuit riders:
  • "I was pursued by the wicked, knocked down, and left almost dead on the highway, my face scarred and bleeding and then imprisoned." — Freeborn Garrettson
  • “We must reach every section of America, especially the raw frontiers. We must not be afraid of men, devils, wild animals, or disease. Our motto must always be FORWARD!" – Francis Asbury. He required every preacher to travel a circuit.
  • "While riding through the rain and dark, with no human being with me, my soul was comforted on the reflection of the omnipresence of my Saviour: I felt He was near to bless and preserve me," — Isaac Boring, 18291

Wordsower Africa Circuit Riders 2009 – Present

Wordsower Africa circuit riders are much like the circuit riders of old. Back then, they were often called "saddlebag preachers". Today we call them “field leaders”. We are also a different breed. Our riders, typically, carry a huge load on their bikes along with a disciple in training. As did the circuit riders of the past, our field leaders travel through the wilderness under dangerous, harsh conditions to arrive in villages. They preach the Good News that brings salvation through faith. There are very few actual church buildings, so we preach at any place available; peoples' homes, village meeting huts, or under trees. We are always on the move and will spend the night with any family that would put us up and eat whatever is available to eat. Exhaustion, illness, accidents, breakdowns, and unfriendly encounters are constant threats. Any person who has been trained, meets our qualifications, and is willing to travel for weeks within the wild countries of West Africa can become a disciple in training and finally a field leader. Our teams seek out the churchless towns and villages of the unreached tribes, entering communities where it is illegal for Christians reside and church buildings to stand.

Quotes of field leaders:

  • “No die, no rest.”
  • “Everybody everywhere needs to hear the gospel.”
  • “Soldiers at work, everybody, everywhere”
  • “We are warriors, no fear, no worry, no retreat, no stopping, no resting”

Thank you!

Our on-site leaders and the donations of churches and individuals from abroad are bringing in a great harvest. We need the unity of us all, His Church, to accomplish our Lord’s command to reach the world. Thank you for your active love and faith. Thank you for sacrificing with us. We need additional monthly donors. Please pray about participating with us financially.

Participate with us in praise and prayer:

  • Praise: Huge historic door opened to establish churches within the Mandingo unreached tribe
  • Praise: We continue to advance into the strongholds of Satan without serious persecution.
  • Pray: Against the plans and advancement of the jihadists.
  • Pray: For increased donations so that we may continue to advance into unreached tribes.
  • Pray: For our indigenous missionary teams, that they will continue to fearlessly, boldly, and sacrificially advance the gospel.
  • Pray: As we prepare to create and send another indigenous missionary team to the Muslim unreached tribes of Sierra Leone.
  • Pray: For us 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.

New Information about Donations: 

100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January. Kim Smith is fully self-funded; no donations are used for his support.

We have formed a new 501c3 tax deductible organization. Woodside Bible Church has allowed us to use their 501c3 until we had formed our own. Donations can still be received the former way. 
Online Donations:

Postal Donations:
Please make checks payable to Wordsower Africa and mail to:
Wordsower Africa
P.O. Box 1112
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
For questions or problems with donations contact our board treasurer:
Bryan Bame: (248) 971-3650.

Kim Smith’s contact information is:
WhatsApp - +231-8813-44417
Signal app - +231-7757-89662

In October We Did:

4 - Countries (Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Liberia)
7 – Bases: 4 in Liberia, 1 in Sierra Leone, 1 in Ivory Coast, 1 in Guinea 
19 - Total counties we ministered in
160- Total communities/villages/towns/cities we ministered in
66 - Churches we visited and worked with
89 - Total mission trips
35 - Persons were baptized
266 - Public confessions of Christ and prayers for salvation
107 - WBI attended Level 1, 1-week, training in Sierra Leone
37 - WBI attended Level 1, 1-week, training in Ivory Coast
84 - WBI attended Level 2, 1-week, training in Sierra Leone
427 - Attended our 1-3 days workshops in several locations.
3,746 - Viewed the Jesus Film, 20 locations and 20 times shown.
5 - Community Radio stations broadcasting on
12 - Dental patients, 16 teeth pulled.
8,200 - Copies printed, 285 booklets made (English)

Financial report: