Sunday, December 11, 2016
Dear praying friend,
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of the shadows of death, upon them a light has shined” (Isaiah 9:2).
About 700 years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah paints the perfect picture of that brilliant moment when our Savior’s light would pierce the darkness in our lives and transform those lives who were buried in darkness, desperate for help, and longing for hope.
What can you see that you couldn’t see before?
Just an hour ago, we ended our first discipleship training meeting here in Ganta! This was our first meeting to launch the discipleship ministry on the ground in Ganta since we arrived in Liberia on November 16, 2016. We were small team in number—six all together. There was Nathan Paye, and Jefferson Polay, our discipleship trainees, our office staff, consisting of Yah, myself, Laytopoe Mendee, our Administrative Assistant and Amelia Kpoblie, our Field Director. Our meeting started at 5:30 and ended at 7:00 pm Liberian time.
After I introduced the TSOAR (our discipleship study materials), I asked each person in the circle to give a short introduction. Laytopoe briefly introduced herself and told how she came to know Christ. She was followed by Nathan. He was upfront about his life. Nathan shared that while he has frequently been invited to church and church activities, he has never made a personal decision to follow Christ. Laytopoe could tell that Nathan needed the Light—he needed Jesus to rescue him from his “darkness”. Laytopoe quickly pulled Nathan aside and began a personal conversation. She was explaining the gospel to him, and during those moments, Nathan surrendered his life to Christ! After she led him through prayer, I saw her writing a list of Bible passages for Nathan to read, and there was a great smile on her face. This was an exciting moment for Nathan and for us as well!
Back in October, my friend Joe Williamson and I met in Indianapolis to talk about creating a curriculum for discipling high school students. I pointed out the need to break the materials into several segments, beginning with the plan of salvation.
Often discipleship training is about helping people who have already been saved and surrendered their lives to Christ to grow and mature in Christ. But I also felt certain that there will be young people who will come to Christ during our discipleship training. Joe agreed with me. Today I saw God’s confirmation of this concept: some will come to Christ before discipleship training, and others will come to faith during the training. This is a great thing, and we are ready to meet these young people wherever they are in their faith-walk with Jesus, and it is our great joy to do so!
We will be leading young men and women to Christ and helping them to grow and mature in Christ. Nathan Paye is a 12th-grade student in the government high school in Ganta. Please pray for this new Christian! And, our prayer is that starting today and going forward, the Holy Spirit is ready to lead us to bring many young Liberians to Christ.
In the coming weeks and months, our prayer, as well as the plan, is to raise up 12 disciples in our initial training, providing “trainer training,” following the Timothy’s principle: ” …Training faithful men and women to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). This plan will allow us develop several groups in and around Ganta and grow the impact of Christ among young high school students.
Please keep our staff in your prayer!
Dr. Buor also sent us the following note about the progress of their home:
There has been great progress made on our home and office. On December 10, we completed
some landscaping and a round-about in front of our home, and a new generator shed is now completed as well. Two years ago the Liberian government purchased power from the nation of Ghana. Currently, there are a few streets lights and a few homes and businesses that are
enjoying lights, but the rest of the city, including our home, is in darkness. All in all, about 99% of the city’s residents do not have electricity provided by the city’s grid. Our generator will provide needed electricity to the house during the nighttime hours.
Eight new, short videos by Dr. Buor have been posted to the website. You can view these by clicking on the “Brochures/Media” tab.
As Christmas draws near, please remember to take time out from your preparations to pray for this ministry. Your prayers are so greatly appreciated!! If you would like to make a year-end donation, please click the “Donate” button on our home page.