Brethren, the Lord be with you.
The people in Liberia and Victory Ministries send you greetings in the name of Christ. They continue to be grateful for your faithful and continuous prayers, support and desire to see the Lord work in Liberia and the other West African countries. We are preparing for Victory Ministry’s second annual convocation. The church in Duazon will host us from February 14-17, 2019. Please join us as we review our work, discover our shortfalls, develop a new approach and seek the Spirit’s anointing. This year’s theme is: God’s Spirit Anointing God’s Church.
NEW CHURCHES INTO THE VICTORY MINISTRY FAMLY
The Lord continues to use us to do His work in the West African area. By His grace we have been able to start Gwenny Town, Henry Town, Bong Village, Wangeko, and Barnor churches. We were hoping that the Nedowen church would be started but we were not successful. The preliminary work was done but the church-planting phase was not successful to have the church planted. We gave the situation to God and continue to look for His direction.
Preliminary works are being carried out for the Brewerville church-planting. Please pray for the team and other assistants in the process. This is a larger and more-connected city. Initial identification of two towns are being done for Gbapolu and other places. We are praying for a successful early conversation with the leadership in these towns.
TEACHING AND BAPTISM
We were at the Region One regional convocation. We were there to provide doctrinal clarity, and leadership education on Biblical teaching. We were opportune to have baptized fifteen people at the convocation.
We negotiated and paid for the following church land: Kormah, Gwenney Town, Gbesseh, Nyanla, Bongoma. This would enable the churches find means to build and leave people’s dwelling places and other public facilities where they are driven out constantly. The Bongoma church is already built but land was not fully paid for.
We continue to provide micro projectors for evangelism in the village areas. We have provided regions two and four with one projector each. These projectors, when charged, would run for two hours, enough time to complete the full run of the Jesus film. When connected to a battery run speaker system, it provides enough sound for a crowd of five hundred. This eliminates the need to travel with a bulky projector and generator. It eases travels, cost, and storage. It is portable, and easy to use. It is one of our most effective evangelism tools to date. It helps us show the Jesus film in in local languages with very great lip synchronization. We are still trying to provide more projectors to the different sections of the country at a cost of $160.00 to $200.00 a piece, depending on the brand.
CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENTS
Financial assistance was provided to the Gbesseh and Nyanla churches to help them purchase initial materials for bricks, transportation of sand, gravel, and other local materials needed for the church construction. The two churches also receive assistance for the purchase of materials and tools for land clearing.
Financial assistance was provided to the Kakata and Tienii churches to purchase bricks and crushed rocks. The Tienii church still has over 1,300 bricks to transportation to the construction site. The Kakata church will used the bricks for the expansion of the edifice. The Tienii church finances would be used for the purchasing and hauling for additional bricks in preparation for the construction of the edifice.
The church at Barclay Farm was given $1,000.00 for the continuation of the production of bricks in preparation for the raising of the exterior walls. The church is currently working on plans for additional $1,000.00 for transportation, cement, bricks, hauling of sand, and partial payment towards the compensation of the contractor.
Cement was provided for the plastering of the Nagbena kindergarten and elementary school. The plastering would prevent the exterior walls of the building from being washed away by the heavy tropical rain splashing on them. Some of the cement were used to cast the floors of some classrooms to prevent dust from billowing into the children’s faces.
The total of twenty-eight chairs were provided for the 14thStreet Church. Additional chairs may be needed as the attendance increases.
The Bible college process is moving on smoothly. The catalog is being writer, the curriculum is also being written. It’s most likely that the school would open before my return in May 2019. It’s already exciting that many Victory Ministry pastors are willing to serve as the initial students. There is a great eagerness to learn to be an effective pastor. We may even have more than the ten anticipated initial students. Based on the caliber of teachers and the curriculum, this school will be one of the best in the country from the start. With the minimum facility, resources, we are trusting our God to strengthen the students, school, and faculty to provide a sound and spiritual education for the future pastors, evangelists, and missionaries.
We continue to provide financial assistance for the sick pastors, their sick wives, and other time young children who are unable to underwrite the cost of their medical needs, paying tuition of needed students.
Due to the rise in the number of churches in Region Four, Victory Ministry provided a motor bike for the region’s used. The motor bike will help the Dean travel to the churches and provide supervision, education, training, and pastoral care. In other times, it will help with church planting, especially executing the preliminary task before the next team comes in.
With the potential at this region, it’s likely that it may need another bike to help them be more effective. Regions one and two may also need a bike, there is one each for now.
Please continue to pray for us. We still have five churches to plant, start the Bible college, recruit students, pay teachers at the Bible college, provide three more motor bikes, maintain the car we use here (something that has to be done every other day due to the very bad roads we travel), purchase gasoline (a very expensive commodity), free the container from the port, supervise the 2019 convocation, conduct the pastoral and leadership discipleship conference, and seek to establish ecumenical relationship here and internationally. We need the Lord’s wisdom for all these things. We need the Holy Spirit’s guidance and anointing; and we want the Lord to be glorified in that we would do.
Thanks, and may our God continue to bless you.
Pastor Samar Ghandour
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