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

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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​

 

After the Blast!

Dear Friends,

What’s next after the groundbreaking blast?

We resumed brick-making almost immediately after the groundbreaking.  Right after the big blast, our staff began calling and visiting those who had pledged bags of cements to the project.   When all the 200 bags of cement come in, we will be able to mold 4000 bricks. That will bring us to a total of 11,000, and we will be closer to our 15,000 goal.

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The Big Yellow Machine cleared the land for the access road a few months ago.

The Yellow Machine: Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Dorr Cooper, the Superintendent of Nimba County, and appealed for a yellow machine to help prepare two acres of our land for the construction of the first building. He requested that I write a formal appeal letter, which I did.  Yesterday, Chestin, our project manager delivered the letter to his office, and now we are awaiting a final decision.

Finally, our friends in Colorado Springs are seriously working on the floor plan for the first building.   Please join us to thank convey thanks to Engineering Ministries International, and to pray these plan will arrive soon. 

We are always grateful to you, our praying friends.

Sei & Yah

 

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Our local friends are our strong support in time of needs.   Pastor Lombay and the youth group from his church- Gbloryee Inland Church in Gompa– came and asked to help with whatever task we had available.  The group brought their machetes and prepared their own food and brushed for almost an entire day.  Thanks to Pastor Lombay and this great group of young people for all their hard work!

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Brick-making continues!

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Chestin stacking the bricks after they have dried.

Groundbreaking Ceremony a Great Success!

We bring you greetings from Gompa, Liberia, West Africa!

“Super successful, highly impressive, very successful,” “hope for Liberia.”  These are just a few of the words from our participants who attended the groundbreaking.   Personally, I say, our God is awesome!

YOU, our partners made this groundbreaking “super successful.”  Your gifts and prayers are changing the landscape, and this a “milestone” achievement.  Thank you for making this huge difference. If this was a dedication of the school, it would have been packed with young people already, because they are ready and longing for a learning opportunity such as this.

The groundbreaking commenced at 10:30 a.m. Liberian local time and ended after about four hours. We had speeches and support and pledges from CLTI partners in Gompa (Ganta) and Monrovia and from many other places.  Then we broke ground and prayed over the land, and we closed the event with a real big feast. Yah and her team fed all of us very well with a delicious meal of West Africa’s famous “Jolof rice.” The crowd was huge, but everyone ate and we had leftovers!

We received pledges for about 200 bags of cement and about 400 hundred dollars.  Praise the faithful Lord!

On Monday all of our CLTI staff had a day off and get some well deserved rest after the weekend of hard work to pull all this together.  We will return to work on Tuesday the 29th with bricking molding. This work is resuming as soon as possible to get as many bricks made as we can before the rainy season sets in.

On Sunday we visited two churches, sat in for brief worship, and conveyed our thanks.. Then we took off for Monrovia at noon so our friend, Jay Skinner, could fly out by 11:00 p.m. that night.  Jay has spent the last week with us helping to prepare for the groundbreaking activities.  We are grateful for his participation, and his commitment to the mission of CLTI.

Please enjoy reading Jay’s impressions of his trip to Liberia, then continue down to see more photos from the day.  

Sei & Yah

 

From Jay Skinner:

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Jay Skinner 

I am wrapping up a one-week visit to help with the Groundbreaking Ceremony program. This has been a great and valuable experience. I highly recommend everyone consider a short-term mission trip to Gompa to work with Sei and Yah.

Please look at my illustrated travel log and think about coming here some time.

(Click here to go to Jay’s travel log.)

This is a “real Africa” missionary experience but Sei has it under control.

People like you and me can visit the CLTI mission and be healthy, safe, and really contribute to the effort. Everyone was so happy, from all levels of the society, to see me and have me here helping both

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The Groundbreaking Moment!  (Photo by Jay Skinner)

financially and with my professional skills of sales and marketing especially. I know you have gifts, too, that could contribute to building this program.

If you have time to get to know Sei I encourage you to email him and explore this option. (Click here to email Sei.)

 

More photos from the day:

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A large number of Gompa residents attended the groundbreaking, in addition to local dignitaries and groups from local churches.

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Gompa Mayor Amos Suah and his wife attended the ceremony.  (front row)

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Jay Skinner started off the musical portion of the day by performing with the Evangelical Free Church Band of West Africa

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Two Muslim men came to the event to pay a friendly visit. (lower right and lower center)

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The United Liberia Inland Church Choir blessed us with several musical selections.

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Also performing was a group of young singers from the Evangelical Free Church of West Africa.

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Also joining us were Dr. & Mrs. Leaid Zeyod, President of United Liberia Inland Church (L), and Rev. John Troseh, Senior Pastor of the United Liberia Central Church (R)

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Shade from the hot sun was provided by an African-style shelter built the day before by the CLTI crew.  This shelter is made from wood poles which hold up a grid-type ceiling.  Palm branches are then woven into the grid to provide protection from the sun.


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It was a festive atmosphere, with people coming from miles around.

Groundbreaking Set for Tomorrow Morning!

Greetings from Liberia:

It’s been a busy week leading up to the groundbreaking event for the college preparatory high school tomorrow!   Friends are arriving, publicity is in place, and meetings and meals together with local dignitaries have begun.

Jay Skinner, our friend from Indianapolis, arrived safely on ​Sunday, May 20 and Yah and I picked him up from the airport.  The next day, we had a successful presentation of the high school project at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia.  We were hosted by Mr. Paul Hinshaw, the Public Affairs Officer. The presentation was followed by a lengthy conversation, when we received a great deal of insight about how we can network, build friendships, and apply for small grants for specific projects.  We came out very excited believing that we had initiated good working relationship with the U. S. Embassy in Monrovia.

This week we are in full gear, and planning for the Saturday groundbreaking event.   On the property we have clear a large portion of the five acres, and have built a Liberia-style booth with palm thatch where our guests and we will assemble for the program.

​In the city, we have placed a large banner across the city center road with announcing the groundbreaking, and inviting people to attend.  On the main highway and on the property, we have installed two giant signs all showing the project and what is soon coming.

We had radio public announcements and interviews airing on two FM stations four times daily.  Almost everywhere we visit in the city, people tell us they have heard about the project, and are coming to the event on Saturday.

Last night we had a beautiful dinner with the Mayor of the city and his councilmen.  The Mayor gave a brief conversational speech, and was supported by his council as they welcomed Jay into the city.  The Mayor pledged to support the project whenever we call on him.

Please be in prayer for all those attending tomorrow’s event, and for a successful and joyful day.

Thanks for your prayers!

Sei & Yah

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Meeting with U. S. Embassy officials in Monrovia:  L-R,  Yah Buor, James Massally, U. S. Embassy Education Advisor, Sei Buor, Paul Hinshaw, Public Affairs Officer.

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Paul Hinshaw and Jay Skinner at the U.S. Embassy

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Sei & Yah present copies of Sei’s books to the U. S. Embassy Library

Meeting with the Honorable Larry Younquoi, representative of District 7, Nimba County

Meeting with the Honorable Larry Younquoi, Representative of the 7th District, Nimba County.  L-R: Sei, Yah, Jay and Representative Younquoi

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Sei meets with the mayor of Ganta (center) and local business leaders for lunch.

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A view of the Ganta city center with the CLTI banner announcing the May 26 groundbreaking

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Preparing the property for the groundbreaking event.