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.

Groundbreaking!

Dear Friends,

As you know, CLTI is bringing short-term and lasting change to communities in Liberia through creative education initiatives, leadership training, and innovative entrepreneurship.  We are excited to inform you that because of your generous contributions we have scheduled to break ground for a new college preparatory high school on Saturday, May 26, beginning at 10:00 am in the city of Gompa!

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A view of the junior hi/senior hi building (right), elementary school (left) and a portion of the aquaponics farming area (lower center of photo.)

We are going from store to store, and from home to home to invite friends to the ground breaking, and we are getting, “Yes, we will be there.” 

Those friends who have received their invitation via email have called to confirm their “Yes, I am coming” or “We are coming.”  

Before the end of this week our poster team will erect billboards and banners in and around Gompa that say, “Come to our groundbreaking for a new college preparatory high school.”  Two billboards will be erected at locations or junctions in the city.  Literally, in the next two weeks, no will miss the news.  

We are also engaging a couple of our FM radio stations to carry the announcement in the last week and up to the day of the event.

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L-R  Prince S. Howard, a business owner in Gompa, The Honorable Amos G. Suah, Mayor of Gompa City, and Sei Buor

We have invited two chief launchers:  The Honorable Jeremiah Kpan Koung, Representative for District #1, and Mr. Amos G. Suah, our newly appointed Mayor of Gompa City.  For those friends who have been with us for years, the Mayor is a graduate of Liberia International Christian College.   

Please pray for us, and also that this important day is a success.

Blessings,

Sei

We’re Making Bricks!

Dear Friends, 

Thank you for your generous donations which are making a huge difference in Liberia!  
 
May brings to an end the hot summer, and June kicks in the rainy months through October.  This is a long stretch of the constant pouring of rain across the nation of Liberia.  But we have confidence that we will achieve our goal of making 10-15 thousand bricks.
 
We have made considerable progress on the brick molding.  We have made five thousand six inch bricks, about 50% of what we need in terms of six inch bricks.  
 
Today, we commenced molding eight inch bricks, especially required for the foundation work and for raising of external walls.  We need to mold five thousand eight inch bricks.
 
Your contribution has helped to purchase 200 bags of cement and allowed us to mold 5,000 six inch bricks!

​Thanks!​

Sei and Yah

 

CLTI Prepares for High School Groundbreaking
on May 26!

Our friend, Mr. Jay Skinner, will be traveling to Liberia on May 20 to attend the groundbreaking, and to network with national and community leaders.  Our thanks go out to Jay, and to all who have supported the mission of CLTI.  Please pray for Jay as he travels to Liberia.
 
A note from Jay:
 
“On May 21, the morning after I arrive in Liberia, Sei, Yah and I will be meeting at the United States Embassy in Monrovia to get acquainted with embassy officials, and introduce them to our high school project in Ganta.  The U.S. Ambassador shares a similar concern about the lack of educational opportunities for Liberian high school students.  We will be the guests of the embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, Paul Hinshaw, who has been with the embassy in Monrovia for 3 years.  We will meet in the embassy’s library and use their projection system to introduce our website and our project with a PowerPoint presentation to a large group of people. We expect people from the public affairs section and the ambassador’s office to attend, and also, people from a special area called USAID.  In addition to this great “get to know you” session, there are some grants available for which we will be applying.”

 

Groundbreaking is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 at 10:00 am local time.  There will be several speakers, special music, and we expect a number of city officials to attend in addition to many local residents. We look forward to sharing photos with you from this special day!

 

Our Prayer for…..Cement! A Special Message from Sei & Yah

Good morning our praying friend in Christ!
 
Our Lord and King is Risen!
 
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to serve together to advance the Kingdom of God in all nations.   Yah and I are extremely blessed to have you on our team.  Your continuing generous financial support and prayer are vital on this journey.   Thank you!
 
A COUPLE OF UPDATES:
 
1. CLTI Ground breaking  for the College Preparatory High School  is scheduled for SaturdayMay 26th.  We are engaging the community and leaders to make this a time of fund raising/materials raising from the Ganta community. Our dear friend, Mr. Jay Skinner from Indianapolis is planning to attend the ground breaking event.  Please pray for his preparation and safe arrival.
 
2.  MOST IMPORTANTLY–BRICK MOLDING.   April is our month of brick molding.   Our goal is to mold 15 thousand (6-inch) concrete bricks and 5 thousand (8-inch bricks) for the foundation.  We have gathered more sand, but lack cement to continue the molding of bricks.  There are only two more months to enjoy the warm weather.  Thereafter, the heavy rainy season will be upon us, from June through October.
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Would you please consider a generous gift for BRICK MOLDING todayYour $10.00. gift will purchase one bag of cement.  We need 935 bags of cement to mold the total bricks for foundation and walls raising.
 
To make a $10.00 gift or more to CLITI, please click on the button below OR you may mail your check to:
CLTI
P.O. Box 1123
Carmel, IN 46082
Please, let me know if you have any questions.

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3. Saturday, March 31, was an exciting day, as a group of men, women and children followed to see where the Big Yellow Machine was going.  It came down the main road of Ganta, and turned in on the future site of the CLTI college preparatory high school.  Its purpose was to clear the path and create a new dirt road so that cars, delivery trucks, and construction vehicles can gain access to the property.  This road is the first step in construction, and will be a permanent feature of the campus, providing access for students, staff, and the community in the future.

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The Big Yellow Machine did its work, and we now have road access to the property. I tested out the road with my car, and gave it my seal of approval! We praise and thank God for this road, and for our city of Ganta who provided the Big Yellow Machine for our use.
Thanks and God bless you for your gifts to impact lives in LIBERIA! 
 
Your brother and sister in Christ Jesus,
 
Sei and Yah Buor

Excitement Grows as Interior Plans Arrive

New plans are always exciting!
 
Last week we received detailed interior plans from Engineering Ministries International, and we invite you to have a look.  The first building to be constructed will be the junior high/senior high classroom building at a cost of $300,000.  While this will be the junior/senior high chool by day, other functions are being planned for evenings and weekends.  Seasonally, this building will become the home for our after-school study program, Reaching for Academic Excellence.  We are also exploring the possibility of classes for adults who are past school age.  Community groups and churches will also be invited to use the space when students are not in the building. 
 
To see all of our interior drawings for the junior/senior high school building, click on the tab above the main toolbar, “Read About Our Building Project.”
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Sand, sand, and more sand!

Looking at the first image below, you would think that these men were digging up a large pile of dirt. But actually, they are digging up sand. When we realized that the ravine on our land was rich in sand which could be used for construction to make concrete bricks, we decided to harvest the sand to save on materials costs.

Check out the following photos to see how clean and beautiful the sand is after washing. Dr. Buor climbed to the top of the sand mountain to show us!

Acquiring the sand is the first step in the process of building 20,000 concrete bricks. Next will come the delivery of crushed gravel, then bags of concrete. Mixing and forming of bricks will take place on the property. After that, the foundation will be poured.

Groundbreaking is planned for May 26 at 10 AM.

 

Meet Josephus Mehn: A Scholarship Opportunity

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Josephus Mehn

This is Josephus Mehn, a 12-year-old 5th grade student at Ganta United Methodist School. Josephus needs sponsorship for his tuition, registration, and uniform. Coming from a family of 8 children, his parents cannot afford to send the children to school. Three of the children attend school with the sponsorship of donors in the United States.

Josephus’ father, Joseph, is a farmer who grows enough for the family to eat, but he has no income. His mother, Comfort, does not have a job.

Tuition, registration, and uniforms for Josephus totals $250.00 for one year. Can you help by sponsoring Josephus? If you can, please contact Sei Buor at sbuor@cltinternational.org

Students Prepare for College Entrance Exams

Reaching for Academic Excellence, our after-school study program, has been in full swing since January, and is currently serving 583 high school seniors from 11 high schools. Eighteen teachers and staff from the high schools are teaching.

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Students taking a math exam during RAE class last week in Ganta

Tutoring is 4 days a week, and this is our last week of the program for this school year. On April 3, the students will take the mandatory national college entrance exams. Last year, exams were in May so we are working hard to prepare these young people to be ready a month earlier than last year. Please pray for our students and teachers.

We need your help!

Can you consider making a generous donation today? It’s a busy springtime, and there is a lot going on. Our teachers need to receive their final payments for teaching in the after school program. We need to buy materials for brick-making and laying the foundation. General operating costs are always a need. Your donation is so much appreciated! If you wish, you can designate it for “Building Fund.” Gifts which are not designated automatically go into the General Fund. You can donate by clicking on the donate tab above, or by sending your check to: 

CLTI

P.O. Box 1123

Carmel, IN 46082

 

 

Fundraising: Help Liberia Grow the Next Generation of Godly Leaders

The land is paid for, the architects, engineers, and surveyors have come and gone.  It has been an exciting first 2 months of the year!  Engineering Ministries International (EMI) will have final and complete plans ready for us in 1-2 months.  Here is what the next few months look like:

On or about March 15, we will:

  • Start clearing the land
  • Hire a construction supervisor and construction crew
  • Begin hauling sand, gravel, and cement to the site
  • Begin making 20,000 concrete bricks (Yes, we make our own bricks!)

When that is complete, Phase I construction will consist of:

  • Constructing the access road
  • Constructing the high school
  • Constructing the Health Center/Entrepreneurship and Discipleship building
  • Constructing the fish pond and the hydroponic farming areas
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See more plans by clicking on the “Read About Our Building Project” tab above.

We are excited!  There is a big job ahead of us: the challenge is great.  We hope that you will join us on this path to create the next generation of godly leaders for Liberia.  We need your help!

The cost of Phase I is estimated to be $150,000.  You have been faithful friends, and we know that you will continue to walk this path with us.  Here is what you can do:

  • Donate.  Your tax-deductible donation will help push this project through to completion.  Consider a monthly gift in a smaller amount that will add up to be
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    See more plans by clicking on the  “Read About Our Building Project” tab above

    larger than you might have been able to give in a single donation.  

  • Tell your friends and family about this project.
  • Does your church have a relationship with CLTI, or would they like to have one?  Could you speak with your mission board or your governing board and see if they could take a retiring offering for the CLTI Building Fund?  Would a short, 5-minute video about the project be of benefit?  Would your church like to arrange for a visit from Sei and Yah in the Fall?  Please let us know what we can do to help you and your congregation be participants in this ministry.
  • Are you on Facebook or LinkedIn?  If so, please “Like” us or “Connect” with us.  Please “Share” our posts.  Reaching new people is one of the most challenging aspects of fundraising, and this is an area where you, our friends, can help immeasurably.  

You can donate by clicking on the “Donate” tab above, or by sending a check to the address to the right.  Please designate your donation as “Building Fund.”  Gifts that are not designated automatically go into the General Fund.

We ask that you keep us, and this project, in your prayers.  Thank you!

 

Engineering Ministries International Submits Plans for CLTI Leadership Development Center

On Thursday evening the architects, engineers and surveyors from Engineering Ministries International (EMI) presented their drawings to CLTI staff and community leaders in a joint gathering in Ganta, Liberia. We are grateful to God for their dedication and hard work, and for the beautiful plan for the CLTI campus. We are thrilled with the results!  Our thanks to each person who participated in this process!

The campus will be the site of a premier college preparatory high school, offices for the Entrepreneurship Program and the Discipleship Program, and a CLTI administrative office. The campus is also designed for future use for grades 1-8.

Please watch for the start of our capital campaign in just a couple of weeks. With everyone’s help, this building can become a reality!

Also note:  One of the interns and one of our EMI architects have written brief narratives describing their experiences this week. You can read those narratives below the campus plans.

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EMI Architect and EMI Intern Report on the EMI Project

We have received two reports from the work crew in Ganta. One is from EMI intern, Lauren Bonney, and the other is from Tobiloba, an architect from Nigeria who is on the EMI team.  Our thanks go to them for participating in such a significant way! We hope you enjoy reading their reports.

From Lauren Bonney:

Today has been a day full of learning, collaborating and calculating in the guest house as our eMi team continues to design with CLTI to see their vision of creating a new school, health, entrepreneurship and discipleship center realized. Each of us interns got the chance to shadow different people throughout the day to talk through project-relevant topics

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Lauren Bonney

related to their specialized fields; it was an excellent opportunity to grow our skills and to help with the design efforts.

As the main civil engineering intern, I spent the day talking through rainwater and wastewater management strategies with the rest of the civil team and a few of our local interns. Other local interns shadowed the architects as they transformed two-dimensional sketches into more concrete floor plans and three-dimensional models using Revit. And still others put the finishing touches on agricultural revenue plans with our chemical engineer.

And from Tobiloba:

Working on this project has been such a blessing to my team, seeing the impact the work you spent the past week doing and seeing how everyone’s faces light up when the design takes shape is such a joy to behold. 

We spent the past 10 days coming up with an amazing legacy for CLTI and while the road there has been intriguing and not without a few bumps, the immediate reaction to the final presentation was encouraging. 

The design attempts to capture the three core strengths of CLTI (education, discipleship and entrepreneurship) also taking into consideration key areas that can be utilized. The site initially presented a challenge to the design team but no mountain is too high to climb and the interesting way we tackled the ravine shows that. 

 

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Tobiloba

We have attempted to design a school that speaks to the needs and desires of the community in Gompa city, this school will cater to students from Grade 1-12 which is the core of the education arm and also focuses on equality for women by means of an entrepreneurship center which will also double as a discipleship center for the edification of the spiritual needs of the community. 

We have found a great way to utilize the ravine with a plan to implement an aquaponics system where we plan to build fish tanks at the bottom of the ravine and use the nutrients from the fish water system to help grow vegetables, which will generate revenue for the leadership development center. 

Presenting the design to key members of the community was an amazing experience. 

These past few days has taught me love, service and patience. Grace has been given to us to design this center and we believe we did our best and we hope and pray for favor and mercy for Dr. Sei as he embarks on the construction of this leadership development center. 

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The “Class Photo”–EMI Staff and interns with Dr. Buor