GoodNews International, getting requests for ministry partnership
occurs on a regular basis. We get these requests so often we have
a canned e-mail response, and too often, these are really requests for
money, not ministry. Why would I expect anything different from
Grace Gospel Church (GGC) in Liberia? Yet, t
he response was
different, that they had never heard of a ministry such as GNI, this
ministry of evangelists going into the highways and byways of the
e Gospel with whomever they meet, and training the
local believers to do likew
ise. Such a ministry, they reasoned in
the e-mail, could be what is needed in Liberia. And thus began
conducted our SOP recon trip in January 2008, visiting the communities
in which we planned to work, charting out facilities and other
resources. We met with the GGC leadership, discussing what was to
be expected of all involved. We left with a plan, agreeing that
we felt this was the Lord's plan. We'll follow His lead...
2009, a trial of faith. Soaring airfare prices, high demands at
work, less than consistent business practices in Liberia, and a host of
other issues overcome by the Lord, found a team of eight at Houston's
Intercontinental Airport on the morning of January 8, 2009. Even
the flight over is tough, as there are no direct flights from Houston
to the only European airline servicing Liberia -- Brussels Airline.
We had to fly Houston to Newark (4 hours with 3 hour lay-over),
Newark to Brussels (7 and 3), then Brussels to Abidjan (7 and 2), then
Abidjan to Monrovia (2 hour flight). Needless to say, we were
quite tired when we arrived.
arrived at the ELWA guest house after 10PM (ELWA -- Eternal Love
Winning Africa -- is the first Christian radio station in Africa,
broadcasting since 1954), and work began the next day. I
mentioned the challenges of planning this trip, and part of the
challenge was the day
s on which we could fly into and out of Monrovia.
The Lord used such scheduling complexities to give us an
opportunity to reach out to the communities of Lower Johnsonville,
where GGC is located. We literally saturated the area over
Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and all day on Monday. We saw
over 300 people pray to receive Christ.
woke up Tuesday with the intent of hitting the road to the remote
communities by 9AM, but alas, one of the cars we rented did not wish to
go with us, the owner decided to rent it to someone else. This
delayed us several hours in our departures, making Tuesday a very short
day for soul-winning. Wednesday and Friday we restricted our
movements to the mission centers of Kakata and Tubmanburg (Bomi).
The Lord brought many, many to faith in Christ in these
communities, and there is still so much of these communities we did not
visit. Thursday sent us to the more remote and much smaller
mission points, where we found the Lord had prepared many hearts for
Himself. House to house, along the streets, everywhere we
encountered people who needed and wanted to be redeemed. T
sent us to His harvest; He had prepared it, and sent us to reap it.
Two or three churches were started that week. Almost 40
were baptized. New believers joined us to preach the Gospel.
The body of believers at GGC all engaged themselves to the
harvest. When all was said and done, over 300 had made
professions of faith (POF) in Johnsonville (site of GGC), over 270 POFs
were made in the Tubmanburg mission efforts, and over 700 POFs were
made in the Kakata mission areas. We, 8 Americans and 16
Liberians, had contacted 1632 people, shared the Gospel 318 times, and
saw 1303 pray to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Praise the
Lord of the harvest, the Savior of our souls!The 29th Chapter of Acts Continues,