Liberia. Can you believe it? Of all the places in the world, this is where I have ended up in ministry. A country that I had hardly ever heard about, and I surely didn’t know anything about it. I remember hearing that it was going through a brutal Civil War, but that’s all I knew. I didn’t even know where it was on a map. I knew that it was in Africa, but that’s pretty much it.
Lately, people have been asking me how I ended up doing ministry in Liberia. The conversation is always an interesting one.
I have spent most of my ministry working in Israel and travelling the world teaching people on the importance of understanding the Jewish or Hebraic roots of the Christian faith. I started doing that in 2002 all the way up until I left in 2016.
The whole time I was working in Israel, believe it or not, Africa was always in the back of my mind. It was on my mind because of a dream that I had when I was in Bible college. If I close my eyes I can still see the dream even now, so clearly and so vividly.
I’m in a car and wherever in the world I am in the dream I know that it’s a poor area. I can tell because the roads are in poor condition and it looks like a war had been fought recently. I can see see children everywhere. They’re very sweet and very excited, but they’re also very poor.
In the dream I was being followed by a group of children. They were reaching out their hands to me because I was trying to give them something. I received this dream in 1992, and had no idea if it would ever come true and if it did, I had no idea when or how or where.
When I was with First Century Foundations, we were working with a ministry on Mount Carmel that was reaching out to the Sudanese refugees and taking them in. I remember thinking that maybe this was the way that I would be ministering to Africa, not directly, but through this ministry in Israel. It wasn’t.
It was a great ministry and they are still doing amazing things to help African refugees to Israel, but it wasn’t my ministry and the kids weren’t my kids. I knew that my true calling was still out there somewhere.
After I left First Century Foundations, one of the first places I was invited to speak at was in Johannesburg, South Africa. There were definitely African children there, but I never got a chance to minister or even meet them. That clearly wasn’t the place that God showed me in the dream. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved the people I met, but it just didn’t match the experience that I had in the dream.
Another year would go by until Pastor Sam reached out to me from Liberia. And almost instantly I knew that this was God’s will, that this would be the place God showed me in the dream.
After a few months of talking back-and-forth and making arrangements for travel, I landed in Monrovia in Liberia on April 26, 2019.
The roads in Liberia were exactly like the roadside I had seen in my dream back in 1992. One of the days that we were there we were invited to go into one of the villages to minister to them and bring some humanitarian supplies. When we arrived at the entrance to the village a group of children began following after our vehicle singing a beautiful African song as we drove to the church.
And then I remembered my dream. The children were reaching out to me because we had brought hundreds of outfits for them. Again, it was just as I had seen in my dream.
It took 26 years to come to pass, but at just the right time, it came to pass. I have never been more satisfied doing ministry in all of my life. Giving to the people and children of Liberia has been the absolute, most satisfying thing I have ever done in ministry. Nothing I have ever done even comes close to the absolute joy and satisfaction I receive when we bring clothes for the children, food for families and water for communities.
And now that we have bought these 2 acres of land, by faith, we are going to build a community that will reach out to and bless tens of thousands of people in the area.
I don’t like asking for money for myself, it’s not something that I would do. But to ask for money to build up the nation of Liberia, for that, I have no problem asking and I offer no apologies.
So, please I’m asking you to sincerely begin to pray and ask God if he would have you do something to partner with us in the establishment of this community in Paynesville, Liberia.
Please consider partnering with us today to make this happen. Every gift helps. Every dollar matters.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)