Stephen spent time with the kids at Hope Centers, met with pastors and distributed 25 new motorcycles to them, trained staff, visited with widows and families affected by storm, and prepared the way for the delivery of the shipping container. Stephen also facilitated teachers training.
Distribution of Motorcycles
Teachers Training Teachers at the Hope Center Christian School benefited from a Teachers Training conducted by teacher's training for Liberia Teachers College - LICOCESS.
Visit with "Liberia Reads" We met with a team from Liberia Reads to discuss a partnership with our teachers training program. Liberia Reads provides training and reads and related skills for Liberian teachers.
Hope Center Kids Stephen with time with the kids at the Hope Centers.
Team Oakwood UMC | Jan. 31-Feb. 15, 2023
Team Oakwood UMC (9 members) departed Des Moines on January 31st, and arrived in Liberia the following day, February 1st, at 9:00 PM GMT.
A team of hosts, headed by Pastor Remington (Liberian Director), received the team and transported them to Modern Hotel in Paynesville where they passed the night.
The following day, the team traveled to the Hope Center in Larpea # 1 Town in Nimba County. The team lodged at the Eye To Eye Motel in Karnplay for four nights (February 2nd – 5th), and drove for 15 minutes to the Hope Center every day for activities.
While returning to Monrovia on February 6th, the team visited African Bible College University in Yekepa. Yekepa is an iron ore mining community in Nimba County.
For the rest of the trip, the team lodged at Ala Lagune Hotel in Oldest Congo Town, near Monrovia. On flexible days, the team visited the ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) beach, the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary campus, and downtown Monrovia.
ACTIVITIES AND IMPACTS
Pastors Trainings:Dr. Rachard and Pastor Kelly (with Stephen’s help) trained three sets of 25 pastors, one at Hope Center in Larpea # 1, another at Hope Center in Mt. Barclay (Monrovia), and another in Kakata with Pastor Sam Dennis. The training was in Expository Preaching.
Teachers Training: Shawna conducted two sets of Teachers’ Training for 50 teachers, one for teachers at Mensonn Baptist Church School in Larpea # 1 Town, and another for teachers at the Hope Center Christian School in Mt. Barclay.
Pastors’ Wives Conferences: Florence led two conferences for 85 women at the Hope Centers in Larpea # 1 and Mt. Barclay.
Health Education for Girls: Laura provided health education to 300 schoolgirls and distributed 300 hygiene kits to them.
Feeding: the team fed about 1,200 kids with hot meals at the two Hope Center locations in Larpea #1 Town and in Mt. Barclay.
Construction Projects: Daniel, Todd, and Mark helped with two construction projects – toilet building at Hope Center in Larpea #1, and fence project at Hope Center in Mt. Barclay.
OTHER ACTIVITIES Worship Services: The team attended worship service at Mensonn Baptist Church in Larpea # 1 Town on February 5th. Pastor Richard preached. On February 12th , the team worship at two churches, with Pastor Kelly preaching at Alive Ministries in Barnesville and Pastor Richard preaching at the Alive Church at the Hope Center in Mt. Barclay.
Soccer Games: the team attended a sporting event held by the Hope Center Christian School on February 10.
Team GoServ Global | Jan. 12-22, 2023
Our team of eight persons departed Des Moines on Thursday, January 12th at 3:25 PM CST and arrived in Monrovia on Friday, January 13th at 9:00 PM Liberian time. One of our team members was already in Liberia awaiting us. A team from Serve Africa, headed by Pastor Remington, received us from the airport and took us to Modern Hotel in Mt. Barclay where we passed the night. On Saturday we traveled to Nimba.
On our way, we stopped at Jackie’s Restaurant in Ganta and ate lunch. We arrived in Karnplay at 8:00 PM and lodged at a local motel in Karnplay. Karnplay is a provincial headquarters of Larpea # 1 and many other towns in the region. Karnplay is approximately 15-minute drive from the Hope Center in Larpea # 1 Town where the homes were built.
The team worshipped at Mensonn Baptist Church in Larpea #1 on January 15th. Matthew Brown, a member of our team preached a sermon with translation done by one of the local pastors. After worship service, we served lunch to everyone. Between Monday, January 16th – Wednesday, January 19th, we completed the construction of five homes and started work on the sixth home. There were 31 volunteers (mostly men) who helped us.
Stephen held a meeting with 26 pastors on Tuesday in preparation for an upcoming training. Around noon on the same day, the City Mayor of Karnplay visited the Hope Center and met with our team. He was very impressed and expressed his gratitude.
Wednesday was climaxed with the feeding of 350 kids and the distribution of supplies/clothing to 350 kids.
On Thursday, we drove back to Monrovia and lodged at Ala Lagoun Hotel in Oldest Congo Town, Monrovia. We visited ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) beach and the Hope Center in Mt. Barclay on Friday, January 20th. ELWA was established in the ‘60s by some missionaries as a mission station. It was and is still known for its radio broadcast of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Upon arrival at the Hope Center in Mt. Barclay, the team was overwhelmingly welcome and greeted by the 500 children attending Hope Center Christian School. On Saturday, the team visited downtown Monrovia.
On Sunday, January 22nd, we worshiped at Alive Church which is located at the Hope Center in Mt Barclay. It was their 3rd anniversary service. Stephen delivered the sermon.
At 3:30 PM, Eric and Shadrach (our two Liberian drivers for the trip) drove us to the Robert International Airport. We boarded our flight at 9:30 PM and arrived in Des Moines on January 23rd at 9:30 PM CST. There were two layovers – one in Brussels and another Chicago.
We thank all of you, our partners for supporting this trip. It is because of you that new homes have been built in Liberia to benefit orphans and underprivileged children.
Mission Trip 2022
Thank you for keeping us in prayers while we were away for 17 days. Our trip to Liberia was very fruitful and everything went on just as scheduled. We experienced the favor and presence of God throughout our travels and activities. Truly, our God is good! Here is a brief overview of the impacts made during our trip:
We fed at least 3,000 kids, provided supplies to 35 churches, 10 schools, 2 orphanages, and 5,000 individuals.
We trained 50 pastors, 50 teachers, and conducted empowerment conferences for 50 women.
We visited, shared with, and provided support to 10 widows.
We shared the Good News with many and provided encouragement to many others who have backslidden from the faith.
In all, the message of the love of God was proclaimed through our preaching, teaching/training, outreach/visitation, feeding, interactions, and distribution of material supplies. Everyone felt deeply loved by God and responded with a deep sense of appreciation to God for sending us to Liberia. In one instance, an elder in Larpea #1 Town said to Stephen, "You must truly be a servant of God. Many have left from this town and gone to America and have forgotten us. But having you come back with your friends tells us a lot about how much God loves us. Only God could have done what you and your friends have done for us and our children. Thank you for coming to us."
Below are some pictures of activities during the trip.
Fed 3000 Kids
Distributed 700 Backpacks
Distributed supplies to 35 churches and 10 schools
Trained 50 pastors, 50 teachers, and 50 women.
Mission Trip | Mar. 14-30, 2021
Mission Trip | Jan. 18-Feb. 2, 2020
29 souls won to Christ through evangelistic services
One new church planted at the Hope Center
15 teachers/staff trained/empowered
250 kids fed with hot meals for 6 days
Spent quality time with 200 kids and visited communities
Completed operational/legal paperwork for Serve Africa
Put in place a plan for 2020 Pastors Training
Mission Trip | July 9-24, 2019
In our mission trip to Liberia, the Lord opened many doors to deliver hope and help to those in need of physical and spiritual support:
Distributed backpacks and supplies to 500 kids
Served hot meals to 1000 children
Distributed clothing and study materials to 100 pastors
Led 23 persons to Jesus through evangelism
Provided encouragement/support to hundreds
Mission Trip | July 8-21, 2018
PASTORS' TRAINING Twenty two village pastors benefited from three days of quality instructional and bonding times in Liberia. The training which lasted for three days, July 10-12, 2018, covered Bible Doctrines; Preaching Principles and Methods; Pastoral Leadership; Evangelism; and Discipleship. It was held at Mt. Sinai Prayer Garden, near Liberia’s main capital, Monrovia. All twenty two pastors are in active ministries with at least five years of full time pastoral service. However, none of the pastors had the opportunity to acquire formal biblical training. This training was the first of its kind for them, and they indicated that it was an “eye opening experience” and the very first “significant pastoral empowerment” program they have ever been introduced to. In their feedback, they overwhelmingly expressed their need for additional training.
OUTREACH TO ORPHANS We visited fifty children during our July visit to Liberia. With more funding, we desire to regularize their feeding and healthcare support.