Homecoming!

Dear Partner in the Gospel,

Have you hear the news? We are coming home to Indiana in less than a week.  We left Indiana on January 23rdloaded down with bags and belongings and launched into God’s kingdom work in Liberia.  It has been incredible 9 months. We are returning for three significant reasons. 

First, we need to raise a significant amount of moneyto continue constructing the college preparatory high school and cover ministry operational cost, including our national staff and missionary support. This is good work that God has started; He must bring it to completion!

The second reason is to see all of you face-to-face! We have longed to see you all! Soon we will see you and will speak to you on phone.  During these months, could you make room for us?  We would like to spend time, nights and weekends, with you, speak to your Bible study group, and share with your church. We would like to pray with you, encourage you to continue our partnership, and not to grow weary. Also, we will be glad to answer all your questions.

Thirdly, we need to recruit ministry partners.   Would you introduce us to your generous and compassionate friends?

Work in Progress:

Thank you for being such great encouragers.  Have you ever wondered how to build a huge building?  After all the paper work and architectural designs are complete, you begin laying the foundation. We began with foundation work in August, the height of our rainy season in Liberia. Our construction team has worked rain or shine, and made enormous progress. The digging has been completed, foundation casting is completed, and brick laying almost completed. The casting of all columns are underway.

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However, the foundation work has yet to be finished. Two important tasks remaining are back filling, and slab laying which includes the casting of the entire foundation. This is the final stage before raising the walls!

Today, would you make your most generous gift so we can continue the beautiful work that you have started?

We are so thankful for your partnership in the Gospel, and the way you have contributed in prayer and giving. Please feel free to contact us via email while we are in the United States from October 20 through January 31st.  We are very pleased to be in the mission field in Liberia and to serve you, and able to disciple Liberian youth.

We have lots more photos to show you! Please enjoy the photos below, and consider how you can become a greater part of this ministry.

Sei and Yah

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The ladies in the Entrepreneurship Program gathered at the home of Sei and Yah for a mid-year party.

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The ladies in the Entrepreneurship Program give a gift to Yah with gratitude.

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Yah gives a gift in recognition of faithful loan repayment.

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A gift for faithful loan repayment.

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Mrs. Glee receives a gift for faithful loan repayment.

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Party time for our Discipleship Group

Jefferson sharing about his trip to Kenya and Ghana

Jefferson sharing about his trip to Kenya and Ghana.

 

Notes from Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya

From September 21 through 23rd, Jefferson and I, and 26 discipleship practitioners from seven African countries and United States gathered in Nairobi, Kenya for a “Discipleship Symposium.” The goal: to “Look Upward, Look Backward and Look Forward in regards to effective discipleship practices.

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Discipleship symposium participants

Joe Williamson from Carmel, Indiana joined us for this gathering.  Joe is the founder of TSOAR Ministries, and our primary partner in CLTI’s discipleship focus in Liberia. Joe’s initial ministry started with a sponsorship of a needy student at NEGST (an African International University) in Nairobi, Kenya. From that small beginning, the discipleship ministry is now carried on by communities in seven African countries including Liberia. Participants gave thrilling testimonies of how God is using their TSOAR ministry to change lives in their nations.

Joe has this message to all the participants: “Listen to God and do what He asks you to do.” This requires spending time with the Lord, discovering the truth, trusting, surrendering, obeying, abiding and reconciling—TSOAR.

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This was Jefferson’s first time to travel outside of Liberia. He was challenged as well as inspired, and enjoyed every bit of the experience. When Jefferson saw a microwave for the first time, he asked me, “Is this a small TV’?

On this trip, Jefferson and I learned many effective practices of disciple making and mentoring. So, we are ready and will be integrating some of the new ideas we acquired. 

From September 24 through 27th, we had training in developing ministry partners. Ministry is teamwork. We are designed to need God and each other.  No one person has all the skills, gifts and wisdom to doing it alone successfully. “There can be no jealousy or internal competition in teamwork when the whole team is working for the glory of God.” The Apostle Paul puts it well: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow,” (I Cor. 3:6).

Ministry partners are essential to move God’s mission forward. Developing ministry partners will be a key driving force for our upcoming trip to the United States in October. 

Accra, Ghana- 5-day stay-over 

The primary agenda that drove us to Ghana: to visit a couple high schools, and we did visit two.  We met headmasters and listened to their stories—challenges and good practices. We listened, learned and noted every good and significant point—all learning processes.  Now we are looking forward to integrating good practices when our high school is ready to open its doors in 2020. 

Emmanuel Akorli, our Ghana’s entrepreneurship partner

Emmanuel has been a director for the Mission Resource-Ghana for over 15 years. We were honored to sit at his feet and learn from him as much as we could. Mr. David Ketchum, founder and President of Mission Resource International, and our entrepreneurship partner in the United States connected us to Mission Resource-Ghana.  Our special thanks to David!  We will now return to Liberia to share tons of incredible information with Yah and her entrepreneurship team.    

God’s Extra Provision

Thirty years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Professor Kingsley Labi in Kenya.  Our initial connection goes back to 1988 at NEGST (an Africa International University) both pursuing theological studies.  His family and ours became very close friends for about three years. But our friendship came to an end when we both completed our studies and

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Sei Buor & Professor Labi

went our way—he back to Ghana, and I to the nation of Gambia. Later Kingsley went to the UK and obtained a Ph.D. in Old Testament and I went to Loyola University to pursue a Ph.D. in higher education.

On Tuesday, October 2nd, after 30 years, we met again! We hug, cheer, pray, and praise God for our family and above all, the call of God on our lives to serve him. Professor Kingsley is currently the founder of Regent University of Science and Technology, a renowned and reputable highly academic institution in Accra, Ghana.

Amazingly Kind: Mrs. Maggie Mensah

We had planned to stay in a hotel.  But every move was difficult as hotel prices are very high in Accra, and we had extremely low budget. Then God answered our prayer. Tonzia,

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(L-R)  Jefferson Polay, Maggie Mensah, Sei Buor

our daughter, texted and informed us that her Ghanaian friend in Minnesota (an old student mate from Anderson University in Indiana) had contacted her mother, asking if we could stay in her home. This was the answer to shortfall budget, but not sure how this would work out. It turned out Maggie is an amazingly kind mother and grandmother. We enjoyed delicious homemade food for two great days and nights.  Thank you “Grandma Maggie,” I will come back again and again!

On the day of departure, Maggie took us to a tree nursery and we purchased few varieties of trees and flowers for our future campus beautification. We brought royal palm, Indian trees, Christmas trees, orange trees, and avocado trees—all for future campus landscaping.   They are already being watered!

We thank God for the opportunities and learning we were able to experience on this trip, and we pray that we will use what we learned in a way which honors God to the fullest.

Building Progress and a Trip to Kenya!

Greetings from Liberia, and we hope you are doing well in the faithful Lord!

It is about 4:15 am Tuesday, September 18 in Liberia as I write this, and I am preparing to head on the road to Monrovia on Wednesday morning, September 19th, and then off to Nairobi, Kenya.  I am being joined by Jefferson Polay, our young discipleship staff here in Gompa.  We have been invited to participate in a discipleship symposium in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by the Navigators and our partner in the United States. 

We will also be joined by our fellow-disciplers from Kenya, Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda and the United States.  Jefferson and I are very excited, and looking forward to learning some effective disciple making practices that we can bring back home to Liberia.  

We plan to stay in Nairobi from the 20th through 28th.  On 28th, we return to Liberia via Accra, Ghana for three days stay to visit some aquaponic works and gain first hand experience as we plan to implement an aquaponics system in the near future alongside the college preparatory high school.

We will depart from Accra, Ghana on October 3rd, and Yah and are planning to join you in the States for fresh coffee and “BLU Burgers” on October 17.

So, please keep us in your prayer for safe travel and for fruitful conference.  Also, please remember to pray for Yah and our team in Gompa as they continue the construction work.

Thanks and God bless,

Sei and Yah

See Our Building Progress!

We have made great strides with the foundation and the beginning of brick-laying!  Enjoy the photos below:

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Pouring a Foundation for the Future!

It was an amazing day on September 1, when we began the casting of the foundation for the new college preparatory/vocational high school. With the support (rebar) columns in place, the construction crew began pouring the concrete to form the foundation of the junior/senior high school building.  We were delighted that the weather cooperated with us, and the job progressed well.  We are using a lot of cement, crushed rock, and sand—700 bags of cement, and 15 truckloads of crushed rock and sand to be exact! 

We plan to finish pouring the foundation on Thursday, Friday or Saturday (depending on weather conditions) and we plan to begin laying brick next Monday.

We cannot express fully how thrilling this day has been—to reach the point of pouring the foundation gives us great hope for the future for the education of young people in Liberia. We are grateful to God for his faithfulness, and to you for the support you give. 

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Just a reminder of what each support column looks like from top to bottom.  Once these are buried in cement, we won’t see them again!

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The truckloads of cement begin rolling in!

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Some of the 700 bags of cement in our storage building waiting to be used.

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Here you can see a section where the foundation has begun to be poured.

 

Foundation Columns Completed!

Dear Friends,

We are rejoicing that all 158 foundation columns have been placed!  These columns consist of pillars made from rebar placed in a cylindrical fashion to provide strength and support for our two-story building. This is a major accomplishment.  We want to thank you, our friends, for your support in helping us to achieve this major first step in construction of our premier college preparatory/vocational high school. 

Our next step will be casting the five-foot-deep foundation and laying the foundation bricks.  It will be a lot of hard work, but we have adequate manpower and many are praying!  We plan to begin this next phase of foundation work on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Enjoy the photos below which show the work that we have completed.

Please continue to pray for us, as we also pray for you.

Sei and Yah

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Foundations and Great Commission Missionaries

Dear Friend,

Thank you for praying for us and for the kingdom work in Liberia.  

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s really possibly to become a Great Commission missionary, the answer is YES, YES!

I know how hard it can be to imagine the end result when you are just getting started.  Some might even think this is out of reach, like you won’t get here no matter what. 

But when you see a post like the one you are reading now, with pictures full of strong men digging these foundation ditches, working so hard so that they and their children can get quality education that is so much needed, it’s proof that it is possible.

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What an incredible kick off of our foundation digging.  We began digging on August 1st with 20 young men, but the next day the number increased to 67, and in four days all was complete.  One of the encouraging words during and after the digging was “Thank you to CLTI’s partners for giving us this opportunity!” 

I am excited to let you know that foundation digging is complete!  

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However, we are not yet done.  We need to plant pillars and laying 8-inch foundation bricks before raising the walls.  

So, what’s next?  We are installing104 columns and laying the 8-inch bricks with the money that YOU gave a few months back. Now, both the columns and the brick laying require cement and steel rods. 

Today, would you please consider a gift of $10.00 or more to purchase bags of cement for the concrete work, or $15.00 toward the purchase of steel rods for the columns?

Each of the 104 columns needs three bags of cement, three pieces of 5/8 steel rods, 2 pieces of 3/8 steel rods, and a 1/2 inch steel rod (see a complete column in the photos below).

Please donate by clicking on the “Donate” tab above, or, you can send a check to: 

CLTI

P. O. Box 1123

Carmel, IN 46082

Your gift will insure that our work will continue uninterrupted.  Thank you!

Sei & Yah

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BREAKING NEWS: BUILDING ON A SOLID ROCK FOUNDATION

Friend, YOU have done it- Thank YOU!  Our construction team has arrived in full work gear. Last Monday the team began the profiling, and in two days they completed the profiling of a SOLID ROCK foundation.  This morning, all is marked to precision. About 20 strong young men are in the hole, engaged in the labor-intensive task of digging.   Truly, our faithful Lord has blessed us with adequate manpower!

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Our construction crew digging the foundation

 

Friend, would you please consider a generous gift in any amount to CLTI to cover the cost of the foundation?  God has been faithful in providing for this project, however, we are still underfunded.

The foundation task brings a reminder of what our Lord Jesus taught about a wise and foolish builders.

Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house; and it did not fall.  The Second, a foolish man, built his house on the sand. The rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house; and it fell. And great was its fall (Matthew 7:24-27).

Building on the “rock” means being a hearing and responding follower of Christ, and not a phony or a superficial one. In this way, we can weather the storms of life at all times.

We have recruited the best team.  Andy Gay is our consultant civil engineer. Andy is

Andy Gay, consulting civil engineer on building project

Andy Gay

charged with the responsibility to guide the building contractor and ensure that the building design is followed “to the letter.”  Andy was one of the six interns we invited to join our EMI team in February.  He will graduate in December from the University of Liberia with a major in civil engineering.

Second, Professor Charles Carpenter is our consultant structural engineer.  Professor Carpenter is a structural engineering professor at the University of Liberia.  Third, Jonas Afriye is our construction engineer from Ghana. Then there is the rest of us: support staff and more than 20 daily helpers and workers.

This school will serve thousands of young Liberians. Most will be the first generation in their families to enter high school or have any formal education. Some will be first generation Christians. They did not grow up in church, but will hear the true gospel for the first time.  Thousands will be transformed by Christ.  Many will become leaders of churches, in the nation of Liberia and beyond.  Year after year the same thing will happen—- and the next year, and the next year after that!  

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Steady progress!

But it will not stop there.  God has made a way for YOU to help bring them to Christ.   100 percent of our ministry work happens because God moves in the hearts of His people…… and they obey by giving generously.

To complete the foundation work and begin raising the first floor uninterrupted, CLTI must receive your generous gift.

God is fulfilling the Great Commission! If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, He IS calling you to be part of it.  Please obey His marching orders.  Because our need is urgent, I ask you to send a very generous donation to Christian Leadership Training International today.

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Our construction crew

We are under instruction to dig the foundation five feet.  Thereafter, 127 reinforced concrete footings will be poured as part of the foundation for supporting the building.  Each footing requires 3 bags of cement; 5 pieces of 5/8 inch rebar; 2 pieces of 3/8 inch steel bar, plus the cost of labor.

Would you please make a generous contribution online or write a check to CLTI?  Your gift will help provide a place where thousands of young Liberians can receive an education in the years to come.  This is the gift will keep giving and will outlive us all.

Sei

You can donate to CLTI by clicking on the “Donate” tab above, or by sending your check to:

CLTI

P. O. Box 1123

Carmel, IN  46082

Liberia Update

“The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.”   (Proverb 16:1)

Dear Friends,

Thank you for praying, and praise God for answered prayer!

In the past three weeks we asked you to pray for funding, for completion of the construction plan, for successful surgery and healing of Louise ( our editor and social media coordinator) and for a yellow machine to grade the land in preparation for construction.

Your prayers were answered.  Louise had a successful surgery and healing is on the way, and today, we received the completed foundation plan. On funding, we made some progress, but we are still under funded.

Also, in the last two weeks, we have made significant progress preparing to begin the construction work:

  1. We have purchase 10 truckloads of sand.
  2. We have purchase 10 truckloads of crushed rocks for the foundation work
  3. We have constructed a warehouse for storing construction materials such as
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    Truckload of sand being delivered to the construction site

    cement, steel rods and tools.  The warehouse doors will be installed by early next week.  The door on the left is for a security, and the door on the right is for the storing materials.

  4. We have begun the process of well-digging.

The next steps:

Please continue to pray that CLTI would find favor in the eyes of the foundations and partner churches from which we are requesting funding.

Please pray for our consultant engineer and contractor as they review the plans for better understanding prior to construction.

We plan to begin foundation digging in the next two weeks.

And please let’s pray that God’s Spirit would continue to work.

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One of ten loads of crushed rock delivered in preparation for pouring the foundation.

 

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Our new warehouse for storing construction equipment and materials.

 For the love of Christ Jesus,

Sei and Yah

The Arrival of the Big Yellow Machine!

Dear Friend of CLTI,

Did you start praying quickly upon receipt of our last post?  Exactly the next day, which could have been possibly the same day for most of you, we got a phone call.  We were still awaiting the official response from the Superintendent’s office about our request to get a yellow machine to level our land.  

The phone call was from the chief machine operator for Nimba County.  The voice said, “Is this Dr. Buor?”

I said, “Yes.”    

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The work crew and Dr. Buor (top) along with some neighborhood children who came to watch the fun!

Then he said, “We have an authorization to do a major backfilling in the city, but I understand you need a machine.  Would you agree to have us take dirt from your property in exchange for clearing your area?”

I said, “Well, before I say anything, can we meet on the property and let me show you what we want done?”

He said, “Yes.”

In amount 20 minutes he showed up with five men.  We had a great discussion and came to an agreement.  In about two hours, a monster type yellow machine and a huge truck rolled in and began the work.  We located ourselves in a safe spot and watched with amazement as the powerful machine rolled back and forth, digging, leveling the land, and loading the truck for about four hours. By this time they were working almost out of our view, and we could only see the truck loading soil, and tall palm trees falling left and right, as they were being cut down and bundled up into the valley portion of our land.  

Unfortunately, we had to halt all work in the fifth hour, as we encountered a heavy downpour of rain. By that time, about 4 pm, we had to leave. 

Yesterday, about 8:00 am I got a call. The men were ready to get to work.  I quickly ran to the property, and the machine began the rolling back and forth again, ensuring that the leveling of the land was accurate.  In short, the work was complete and we were 

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The beautiful land, cleared, leveled and ready for construction.

very satisfied.  What an incredible milestone accomplishment!   This hillside land area is very beautiful and ready for constructing a 21st-century college preparatory high school to prepare young Liberians to build their nation and the Church of Christ!

Friend, this is an answer to your prayer.  Thanks for praying with us, and may God bless you!

Your brother and sister in Christ,

Sei and Yah,

News from Liberia!

Dear Friends,

We hope you all had a great Father’s Day celebration with your families!

We have recently hired a new employee!  Our friend, Arrington, has been hired to join our team as an accountant, and will work part time for eight hours a week.  He has great

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Arrington, our new accountant in Liberia

computer skills and will help all of us in our office to increase our skills, too.  His responsibility will include all accounting, preparing our monthly report, and handling payroll. 

Arrington works full time with Trust Saving Credit Union as Deputy Manager for operations and administration. 

Please, everyone, join us to welcome our dear friend Arrington. 

We are asking all of your to pray for these four significant things on our list:

  1. Please pray for Louise, one of our team members.   Louise, our editor and web manager, will be taking a short leave from her duties until the 4thof July. Please pray for an uncomplicated recovery from knee surgery, scheduled for June 25. 
  2. Pray that the county’s Yellow Machines to be released soon for our use on the property of the new college preparatory high school.  We have sent a formal request to the county for its use, and need the machines to clear and prepare the site before the foundation digging and subsequent construction can commence.  
  3. Next, please pray for the completion of the final foundation plan being designed by our EMI friends in Colorado Springs.  We cannot begin without the foundation plan.
  4. Finally, please pray for significant generous gifts to complete the brick molding and to commence the construction of the phase one of the project.  We need 250 bags of cement to reach our goal of 15,000 bricks.

Would you consider making a contribution of $10.00 or more for the purchase of bags of cement?  Your $10.00 will purchase one bag of cement and give us 20 pieces of 8-inch bricks. 

You can donate by clicking on the “Donate” tab above, or by sending your check to 

CLTI

P. O. Box 1123

Carmel, IN 46082

Thank you for your faithful partnership in this Gospel work.

Sei and Yah Buor​