JOIN SEI AND YAH ON “MISSION: LIBERIA”

Dear friend,

The last several months in the United States have truly been a blessing to us as we met old friends and new, visited with our family, and spread the word about our ministry to the people in Liberia.  It culminated with a wonderful 3-day Aquaponic Master Class in Montello, WI.  This class prepared us to us to begin our aquaponics farming project, which will help provide an ongoing financial resource to CLTI.

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Sei marks the country of Liberia on the world map during the Aquaponics Master Class.

We are called to serve with Christian Leadership Training International with three-fold focus.  First, discipleship, drawing young men and women to discover the Truth, and mature in Christ.     Second, entrepreneurship, provide training and providing seed fund to women to start of expand their business and provide for their children.  Third, education, conducting an after school study program for high school students to prepare them for college entrance exams, and constructing a college preparatory high school.

Tomorrow, March 24th, at 2:30 P.M. Yah and I will board a flight to Liberia for one full year special assignment.  During this year, our prayer is that we can complete construction of the faith-based college preparatory high school that is so vitally needed in Nimba County. 

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Members of the CLTI team met recently in Carmel, IN to plan for 2019.

We are writing today to invite you to become a partner in our second missionary journey to the 26thpoorest part of the world, West Africa!  Your donation will not only bring discipleship opportunities to young men and women, it will also provide entrepreneurship opportunities for underprivileged women, and aid in the construction of a high school focused on academic preparation for college in a faith-based environment.

Your partnership means so much to us as we begin our journey back to Liberia. Please consider donating today by clicking on the “Donate” tab above.  Thank you, and God Bless you.    

Sei & Yah

Watch our New Video!

As time is growing closer for Sei and Yah to return to Liberia, they are busy tying up loose ends here in the States.  Also, Sei is preparing to go to Wisconsin on the 13th of this month to attend a 3-day master class in aquaponic farming along with Rich Rath, our aquaponic designer.  This class will prepare Sei to effectively manage the aquaponic farm as soon as it is set up, and also teach others how to be aquaponic farmers.  This is a project that will start to bring income to the school with the first harvest of fish and vegetables.  We are so excited about this project!

In the meantime, please have a look at our new video.  Some of the material will be familiar, but there is lots of new content, and we hope that after watching, you will be inspired to make a donation to Christian Leadership Training International so we can continue the work that has been started.  Every shovel full of dirt that has been moved, every brick that has been laid, every batch of concrete mixed, has been accomplished because someone made a donation.  You can become part of this exciting story.  Please help us keep the construction going.

Below the video, you will find a few new photos that just came in the other day to update us all on the progress of the construction of the new college preparatory high school.  

God bless you, and thank you for your support of CLTI.

CLTI Staff

 

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A Unique Opportunity Has Come Our Way!

We have two new videos posted to YouTube!  Click here to view our high school construction video, and click here to view our aquaponics video.

Significant Training Opportunity–Your prayer is most needed.

Dear Friends in Christ,

Our time in the States has been filled with family, friends, visits to churches that we have known for a long time, and some churches that are new to us.  Each visit, each encounter, has been a blessing for us.  God is good!

We were expecting to tell you that we would be traveling back to Liberia on February 28.  Now an exciting opportunity has come up which has caused us to delay our journey by about three weeks.

A year ago, the architects and engineers from Engineering Ministries International designed an aquaponic farming project to provide a sustainable income for the high school when operations begin.  This small farming system is located on the part of our property where there is a large ravine that is unsuitable for building, but which is a good location for setting up an aquaponic farm.  When up and running, this project will fulfill three objectives:

  1.  It will provide our community in Gompa with a source of fresh fish and vegetables at a fair price.  Currently 90% of protein and produce are imported from Guinea and China, making prices higher than they should be.
  2. This farming project will serve as a role model for individuals and other communities to learn about the benefits of aquaponic farming.
  3. This project will provide a recurrent income to CLTI once it yields the first harvest of fish and produce.

Sei and Richard Rath (our aquaponic designer) will attend a 3-day aquaponic Master Class in aquaponic farming skills, offered by Nelson-Page in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from March 14-16.

The Master Class is a comprehensive course that covers day-to-day management, growing techniques, water quality, fish biology, and plant care.  This is the kind of knowledge we need to do effective farming from the first day!

So we (Richard and Sei) will be heading to Wisconsin on March 13 to attend the class.  We are very excited!

God is blessing us in abundance with this opportunity!  We look forward to letting you know how it goes, and updating you on our travel plans in March.  

In the meantime, look below to see recent photos of the progress on our high school construction, and meet some of the friends we have been visiting with as our time in the Staes draws to a close.

We pray for you, as we hope you will pray for us.

Sei and Yah

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Meeting new friends in the Denver area at the home of Richard Rath

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At the home of Dave and Louise Jaeschke (center), with Beth Petersen, Administrative Assistant at Northwest Covenant Church (left), and Yah (right).

A Successful End to 2018– And A Look Ahead to 2019

Dear Friends,

What a joy to see God’s had of blessing on the CLTI ministry because of your generosity!

Thank you for partnering with us in 2018!  Because of your gifts and prayers, we ended the year strong.  That means in 2019 we will get right to work, and can continue working on the first premier college preparatory high school in the city of Gompa in a timely manner.  

Our monthly giving has increased as more people catch the vision of our goal to build our school and empower the youth in our community. 

What’s ahead in 2019?

New ministry team member:   First of all, we welcome the newest member to our ministry team, Jill Kendrat.  Jill is our new Treasurer and will manage all of our finances.

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Jill Kendrat

Jill holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Ohio University, and has many years of experience.  She has spent most of her time in the non-profit sector, and spends a few hours each week using her skills at the National Christian Foundation in Indianapolis.  We are thrilled that she will also be helping us here at CLTI.

 

Foundation of the building to be laid:  We are preparing to purchase 2500 bags of cement needed to lay the foundation and ground floor.  We thank God for the steady pace that we have enjoyed in the construction of this important building.

Education support for staff:  We will provide sponsorship for two high-performing and

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Amelia Kpoblie

dedicated CLTI staff members so that they can reach their dream
of a college education. Amelia Kpoblie, our current administrator, will study accounting and finance at Liberia International Christian College.  Jefferson Polay, a full-time discipleship staff member, will enroll at ABC University to study pastoral theology.   

 

Empowerment of women project:  We will continue to provide entrepreneurship training and funding so that more single and vulnerable women can start a business venture, develop self-esteem and provide support and care for their families.

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Jefferson Polay (right) with Sei Buor (left) and Joe Williamson (center)

 

Aquaponic farming project:  In January of 2019 we received a generous grant from a CLTI partner that will allow us to set up our first aquaponic farming system.  We will raise tilapia fish and fresh produce in a water-based, soil-less symbiotic system on our property.  This will provide a source of future income for the school as well as provide a much needed food source for the community.

Our Mission is unchanged:

Bringing both short-term and lasting change to communities through

  • creative educational initiatives
  • leadership training, and
  • innovative entrepreneurship programs

Our vision is unchanged:

Transforming spiritually, socially and economically in all areas of the communities in which we serve.

Our strategy is unmovable:

To provide quality education to students, discipleship training to young adults, and entrepreneurship opportunity to underprivileged women.

Our gratitude:  Thank you for praying, for giving, and for continuing to partner with us to claim Liberia for Christ!

We cannot wait to see all that the lord will do through this school and through your faithful investment in Liberia.  Today, we want to say, “Thank you from our home to yours!”

Thank you for your support and prayers.   Together, let’s ask the Lord to make us fruitful in His service.  Please pray that the Lord will help us reach our goal of construction a premier college preparatory high school in Gompa, Liberia, and allow us to share the Gospel and disciple thousands of underprivileged young Liberians to find a bright future and the hope that is found in Jesus alone!

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably ore than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”    Eph. 3:20-21

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Our college preparatory high school campus, with part of the aquaponics farming system in the foreground.

Bringing the Year to a Close and Looking Forward to 2019

We hope you are thinking about year-end giving to your favorite charities and we hope CLTI is on that list!  With very low administrative costs, you will see your money go to work in a very quick and tangible way.  We recently received a wonderful grant that will pay for the materials for our aquaponics project.  This is a farming project that will provide an income to CLTI for years to come, but we now need the financing to pay labor costs to construct the farming system. These labor costs will be $12,500 for this project.  Want to know more about aquaponics?  Click here.

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The aquaponics farming system planned for CLTI

 

We also are continuing to work on building our college preparatory high school, and every dollar put toward this project will bring us closer to opening a premier place of learning for the kids of Liberia.  Our foundation is in, but we are in need of funds for cement and rebar to build the walls (concrete blocks have already been made.)  Click here for more information about our building project.

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We are currently completing the back-filling of the foundation.

Can you help fund these two projects?  Your generous gift will be so much appreciated!  You can donate by clicking the “Donate” tab above. 

Thank you, Happy New Year, and God bless you!

Celebrating the Season of Christmas

December 2018

This is the season of the birth of Christ! Rejoice and be glad!

In this Christmas season, we hope you will consider making a generous year-end donation to Christian Leadership Training International so that our work can continue in 2019.

In 2018 we began construction of a college preparatory high school in Gompa, Nimba County, Liberia. This school will address the needs of 1,200-1,500 students as they prepare for college admission.

When we began our after-school tutoring program, Reaching for Academic Excellence, we were hoping to see an improvement in the number of students passing the mandatory college entrance exams. We had no idea that we would see a passing rate of 90% of the students who participated in the program. This is up from a passing rate of less than 40%.

The college preparatory high school will serve thousands more students than the 800 students we have tutored each year.

Recently, the foundation work on the school has been completed, and backfilling of the foundation is done. The next step is construction of the ground floor. We would like to start the ground floor construction early January. We are currently short on cement, sand, and steel rods (rebars).

Won’t you help with a generous donation today? Your generous gift will enable us to fully fund the construction of the ground floor, and continue to completion.

Please send your check to:
CLTI
P. O. Box 1123
Carmel, IN 46082

Or click on the “Donate” tab above to donate via PayPal using your PayPal account or credit card.  It is easy, quick and secure.

With gratitude to God for each of you and your family,

Sei and Yah Buor

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The foundation before backfilling.  .  .

 

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.  .  .and after backfilling.

 

A New Beginning in Holland, Michigan

Twenty-four years ago, we began our ministry vision and journey in Holland, Michigan, more specifically with Christ Memorial Church.  Here is a brief excursion back in time:

In 1994, I flew from Gambia, a tiny nation in West Africa, to the United States but could not reach my destination of Holland, Michigan due to cash-flow shortage. I landed in New York City and with the assistance of a young Ghanaian student, Kingsley Gamfi, whom I mentored in Gambia, I was able to purchase a bus ticket to Holland, Michigan.  The bus ride seemed to take forever, but many hours later I finally arrived in Holland. Upon arrival, my dormitory was not yet ready for me to move in, and so I temporarily stayed in a church guesthouse. On the table that night, I spotted a handwritten note welcoming me to America.  The writer, Dr. Gordon Van Wylen, and his wife, Margaret, came by to greet and welcome me, but I had not yet arrived. In the note they promised to pick me up Sunday morning for worship at Christ Memorial Church (CMC).   

In Holland, I had my first American worship experience.  That morning I was introduced to the senior pastor, Dr. Tim Brown, and then to the whole congregation. I began my pastoral studies at Western Theological Seminary and finished with my Master of Theology in Theological Studies in 1996.  

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Worshiping at Christ Memorial Church this Thanksgiving

In 1995, my family was finally able to join me in Holland thanks to the sponsorship of Pastor Tim Brown and CMC. My wife and I became a part of a Bible study there, and the group graciously befriended and loved our entire family that led to a great meaningful relationship with one another in Christ. We were named the church’s missionary in residence and continued to build numerous relationships within the congregation.

CMC became the first supporters of our ministry. We were able to raise additional support with their help for both our family’s living expenses and for my post-graduate studies at Loyola University, where I eventually received my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  They joined our support team to help me fulfill my vision to build Liberia International Christian College in Liberia (LICC). 

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The CMC Choir

Why is this a new beginning?

On this past Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2018, my wife and I were back in Holland, Michigan.  We were once again celebrating Thanksgiving with CMC just like we did when we first arrived 24 years ago!  Christian Leadership Training International was selected to be one of the organizations to receive CMC’s annual Thanksgiving offering gift. This offering will cover the expenses of building CLTI’s Aquaponic Projectsituated next to the college preparatory high school currently under construction in the city of Gompa, Nimba County.

This really is a new beginning! We had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with Rich and Jean Schreur, and their son, Craig. Twenty-four years ago, Jean and Rich were a part of our Bible study group, and we have not seen each other since that time.  God reconnected us in Holland as this godly couple invited us to their home for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Sei & Yah Buor with Jean & Rich Schreur

We were also hosted at the home of Dr. Jolee Wennersten whom we first met when we arrived at CMC. She states that she will never forget us talking to the church when our family arrived in the USA. That was one of the reasons she joined the church.

Yah and I are so grateful for you, Christ Memorial Church!  You are a valuable part of our newbeginning to now bring the gospel to thousands of young men and women in Liberia and around the globe.  Your faithfulness makes a pathway for Liberians to hear the gospel in a way they understand.

I share the Apostle Paul’s heart in his thanks to the Philippians:

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the ‘FIRST DAY’ until now” (Philippians 1:3-5).

Similarly, I am thankful to all of you who are our friends and our partners that pray and support CLTI as we reach Liberians all across the nation and beyond.

In this new beginning, and in view of this Thanksgiving week, we encourage your generous donations to CLTI Ministry.

A THANKFUL WEEKEND!!!!

 

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise! Psalms 100:4

Dear Friend,

“HOW WAS THE DINNER?” many of you might be asking.   It was truly a celebration and a growth in partnership with 55 friends and family members.  There was a variety of delicious food: the famous West African “Jolof rice,” plantain, rice bread and cassava bread, just to name a few. We ate and ate, and still could not finish it all. It was an all-you-can-eat style, and all accompanied by great music from a gifted young man, Minister Charles Sleyon.

Thanks to Yah Buor and Jill Birch and their team of wonderful ladies for providing this delicious dinner!

His Special Grace

Mayor Andy and Barbara Cook from Westfield, Indiana joined us wholeheartedly for the evening.  We thoroughly enjoyed Mayor Cook’s down to earth, but profound message. 

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Sei and Yah Buor, Mayor & Mrs. Andy Cook

He started with the question, “How can we keep our young people out of trouble?” He told some great stories, but emphasized three virtues:  Faith, Family and Community.  It takes faith in Christ Jesus, and then the family and community working together.  In the case of Westfield, it took the collaborative work of faith-based organizations, the Mayor’s office and the community to resolve the issues the youth faced in Westfield.

Short Term Men’s Mission Trip to Liberia Coming in June 2019

In May 2018, Jay Skinner visited Liberia and helped to break ground for the new college preparatory high school.  Jay spent one week, had a first-hand experience, worked very hard, played keyboard in churches, and then returned to the States with a renewed passion and dedication to give generously and serve. Here is a link to his online journal about the trip: https://www.journohq.com/journo/gompa-liberia-may-2018-21858.  Currently, Jay is recruiting participants and setting up a men’s trip scheduled for June 8-17, 2019.  Please call Jay to learn more about our short-term mission trip. There is some general info on our web site: https://cltinternational.org/planning-a-mission-trip-to-liberia/.  It is time NOW to be making plans. You can reach Jay at (317) 922-7526  (cell) or at his email address: jbird123@aol.com.

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Aviva Snyder and Lily Buor enjoyed time visiting with Jannell

Secondly, we heard an inspiring story from a young lady, Aviva Snyder of Zeeland, Michigan.  Ms. Aviva’s passion is our aquaponics project, and she is planning a short-term mission trip to Liberia in 2019 as well. She desires to work with the aquaponic project team in Gompa.  Would you please join us to pray for this young lady for financial support and for wisdom.

Our last speaker was Mr. David Ketchum.  Mr. Ketchum is the President and founder of Mission Resource International.  He is also a primary partner with CLTI’s entrepreneurship program.  Dave challenged us to give generously.  He made his first visit to Accra, Ghana in 1987.  From this visit, he founded MRI, and for 15 years has supported small business development in Ghana.

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David Ketchum chats with Alvin Pennon, President of a Liberian association in Indiana

Great announcement from Dr. Buor:  For friends who RSVP’d to join the dinner, but an event prevented you from coming, I would like to bring the dinner presentation to you and meet you face-to-face.  Please give me a call, and let’s schedule to meet for coffee at location near you.  I want to meet you, and give you the opportunity to become a partner with CLTI in advancing God’s kingdom in Liberia. Please call me on, 317-660-5719 or 317-712-6811 or send me an email.

Our Immediate Prayer Needs

Yah and I are on the road this Thanksgiving week to join our partner church in Holland, Michigan.  This year, Christ Memorial Church will give a portion of their Thanksgiving offering to CLTI toward the installation of the aquaponics project in Liberia.  This project, if completed, will allow us to grow fish and vegetables and provide a long-term sustainability support for the school and CLTI ministry in Liberia.

Secondly, we are heading to Iowa to celebrate and raise new partners in Muscatine, Iowa.  The schedule date is Saturday, December 1st, 1-4 PM.  We invite all friends in Iowa to join us in the City of Muscatine.  The address of our event is: 408 E. 2nd Street.  Muscatine, Iowa 52761.  Please RSVP to: Audra Diederichs, 563-571-0572 or Victoria Zarkpah, 443-563-0281.

Please pray for safe travels.

Sei and Yah

P.S.  Enjoy more photos below!

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Dr. Sei Buor
President, Christian Leadership Training International (CLTI)

 

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Bill Ellison and Mark Oehler visit over dinner.  Mark is a member of the CLTI Board of Directors.

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Addison, age 10, with her dad.  This was Addison’s first time at a CLTI dinner.

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Chatting time

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Tonzia Buor did a fantastic  job as our MC for the evening.

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Yah with LuAnn Boots.  LuAnn is one of our CLTI volunteers.

Calling All Friends!

Calling all friends in the Indianapolis area and around the United States!  

This Saturday night is our annual dinner!  Our theme this year is “Celebrating. . .and Growing in Partnership.” We will celebrate our successes in 2018 and look forward to new partnerships in 2019 for the purpose of continuing our ministry in Liberia.  We are grateful to God for your partnership!

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Mayor Andy Cook from Westfield, IN

Our keynote speaker this year will be Mayor Andy Cook from Westfield, IN.  Mayor Cook has been a resident of Hamilton County for over 20 years.  In 2007 he became the Westfield town council president and worked to transition Westfield into Indiana’s newest city on January 1, 2008.  He has a great message to bring us, and we know you won’t want to miss it!  Details are on the invitation below.

If you are able to come to the dinner, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably today.  We want to be sure to have a wonderful dinner with plenty of food for everyone!  RSVP by emailing us at sbuor@cltinternational.org.  Welcome!  Sei & Yah

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