We conducted our first Institute in April this year in Monrovia, Liberia. It was a carry-over of the final four weeks of the full curriculum we started last year.
Our teachers, Steve Martin and Larry Bazer, each spent two weeks teaching the students. We provide an in depth 8-week curriculum; the same courses students would take in a full-time seminary program
The 35 students came from all over Liberia, many living hundreds of miles away in very remote areas. We asked Brother Larry to give a quick report on how things went.
From Brother Larry Bazer:
“My trip to Liberia this year began with a heartwarming response of the students as I arrived at the teaching site. They all enveloped me with hugs of welcome, building on the previous two classes I taught last April. I really felt very special!
I ended up teaching several Bible studies of Paul’s letters over the two weeks, including 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. The students were very involved, and participated with lots of questions.
The pastoral epistles seemed to address several issues that they were struggling with in their churches.
Several of the pastors shared exciting church-planting experiences they were involved in. Many of them were preaching at multiple sites.
It was a joy to participate in the graduation exercises. The students were full of pride and excitement. They also contributed with singing and drama. Many family members shared this special day with them.
I am excited about the potential of the spread of new churches throughout the Liberian interior, as many of these students had traveled over eight hours to attend the Institute.
Another exciting point was that already more than 20 students have indicated an interest in a new school next year!”
The RHEMA Global approach to missions is the most efficient and effective way to have sustainable world missions. When a local national pastor commits to ministering to his community, we feel it is much better than U.S. missionaries who go there for weeks or even years at a time. This is how we reach theo world one “world” at a time.
Pastor Joseph is one of our graduates from the Monrovia RHEMA Institute. He recently provided us a report of his ministry. Pastor Joseph has started three churches, which he connects via his motorcycle. He serves outside of Monrovia, in remote villages and the churches typically have 20-50 people. He is seeing growth in all of these churches. To help financially, the church people work together in cassava (yuca) farms during the week. They focus Saturday on evangelism and Sunday is dedicated to Bible Study. The people here are stricken with poverty and have little access to even the basics of medical care. Pastor Joseph is a pastor who is ministering to people on a daily basis in a way that only a local native can. Please pray for Pastor Joseph and the people of his churches.
We continue to sponsor several graduates of this program who have gone to plant churches throughout Liberia. These pastors have made a tremendous impact in their worlds. Without the RHEMA training and support from our ministry partners like you, they would not be adequately equipped for ministering.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
Acts 20:28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
Report from RHEMA Graduate, Pastor Joseph:
Number of previous church planted: 3
Number of new churches planted: 1
Number of new believers by location:
In the first town, there are 60 new believers (10 men, 25 women and 11 young boys and girls and 14 children).
In the second town, there are 25 new believers (2 men, 5 women, 3 boys, 4 girls and 11 children).
In the third town, there are 56 new believers (12 men, 16 women, 8 girls, 5 boys and 15 children).
In the fourth town community, there are 15 new believers.
Place of meeting:
This varies by town. Here are some examples:
-We meet in one of members home.
-We meet in a public school building.
-We meet outside under a tree.
Challenges: Our challenge right now is the bad road conditions in our country because of the rainy season. It makes traveling difficult for us.
Here are some of the photos of the work we are doing and thank God for RHEMA that prepared me to do what l am doing today. It is from RHEMA that all of these preaching points were established.