Thursday, June 5, 2008

CRCA grows, hosts Gola Jesus Film premier

Dennis Aggrey reports: 
We at Christian Revival Church Association ‘are always praying with joy because of your partnership with us in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ ‘We are confident of this, that he who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

I remember praying and fasting some time back in 1999; asking God to use me plant twenty churches in my life time. Now I know that He is ‘able to do immeasurable more than all I ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within me.’

Our indigenous church planting movement call the Christian Revival Church Association which I am the Director has grew beyond what I expected. We presently have 27 churches, 8 preaching points and 32 pastors.  We also run 7 feeding centers where we feed 2,500 children hot meal three times a week with Bible teachings and Christian activities, 4 schools, 10 business project such as fish ponds, piggery, rice mill, goat farm, banana, peanut, coco nut, cassava and orange farms. The potential is there to grow CRCA operationally to a place of excellence with maximum impact. To God “Be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

God has blessed us with great partnerships in promoting His kingdom here on earth. Through our partnership with Brookwood Church, South Carolina, USA, CRCA is hosting the “LIBERIA NATIONAL CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP TRAINING” schedule for June 15th to June 18.  We will be blessed with some of the fineness personalities who will be teaching us STORYTELLNG –The way Jesus reached people.
Some of the facilities are:
  1. Pastor Perry Duggar—Brookwood Church, South Carolina, USA
  2. Fenton Moorhead/Jose Alfaro—Brookwood Church, South Carolina USA
  3. Rick Leatherwood—Kairos International, Kurdistan
  4. Ed Powers—One Story Partnership, Texas, USA
  5.  Roland Bergeron—Water of Life, Liberia and USA
  6. Amos Harris—Great Commission Movement Liberia
  7. Dennis Aggrey—Christian Revival Church Association, Liberia

We will be learning the way of sharing God’s Word that gets people wanting more. Jesus painted pictures with words that people could remember. Most of the people Jesus taught were not graduates of a school. These are the kinds of people we are ministering to. The conference/workshop is very relevant to equipping Liberian Christian leaderships.

We have 200 pastors and Christian workers coming together for these four days live in conference at the Liberia Baptist Youth Camp.

Before this conference, 32 CRCA pastors are gathering in a town call Jawajeh for their regular quarterly five days pastor’s retreat. This retreat is schedule for June 10 to 15. During this retreat, we will have our newly constructed church and guest house dedicated to the Lord. Many Gola chiefs and elders will be present. Please pray that many of them will pray to receive Christ as we seek to share the Good New of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Another very important event I am asking you to pray with us about is the GOLA JESUS FILM PREMEIR. The “Jesus Film” is based on the Gospel of Luke. This film has been translated into 11 Liberian languages and the Gola translation is the twelfth one. The premier event will be marked by the presence of Gola tribal chiefs and elders, Gola executives from various businesses and government departments including the president of the Republic of Liberia Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as special guests from the United States. This event is schedule for June 17th to be held at the Monrovia City Hall from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.  Brookwood Church, South Carolina, USA rise close to US$ 40,000 for this project. The launching of the Gola Jesus film will help accelerate our effort in evangelizing the unreached Gola people.

I guess you can see that I too personally need your prayer support. Pray that God will give me wisdom as I spearhead these projects amongst many other responsibilities.  Prey for good health and strength. Pray that I will be continually filled with the Holy Spirit and walking in the Spirit. Pray that Christ will be glorified through us and that we will be humble. Also pray against attack from the devil and his demons.

Please pray for our guests that will be traveling to Liberia. Pray for safe travel, good health, confidence, strength from the Lord and increasing measure of faith.    


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Church planting in Malawu; OCC in Lofa

Dennis Aggrey, CRCA's mission director, reports that in the last two weeks, CRCA has been involved heavily in church planting efforts in a village called Malawu, a town heavily dedicated to witchcraft and the bush society. "The spirit of God is greatly moving," writes Dennis. Malawu is in Lofa County.

The first two weeks of February, CRCA spearheaded Samaritans Purse ministry Operation Christmas Child distribution in upper Lofa. "We gave out shoe boxes to over 20,000 kids. This was the best OCC distribution ever in Libieria," he reports.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Jawajeh & Yangayah

New Ministry Opening in Jawajeh and Yangayah

In February 2007, we officially opened our church planting ministry in Jawajeh and Yangayah amongst the Gola tribe. Pastor Rennie Carr and his wife are the pastor leaders. Davidson and Mrs. Mulbah were assigned to do Community Health Education in the Jawajeh area. Presently, we have six churches with three underway for worship place construction.

Pastor Shiref and the late Ma Watter were assigned in the Yangajah area. Presently, we have eight churches planted in this area. Watter and Shiref also did Community Health Education. The “Jesus Film” was shown in all 14 villages and over 4,000 people prayed to receive Christ. Up to this point, we have 23 churches and 27 pastors.

Our Ministry Partnerships

Christian Revival Church Association is in partnership with many church and parachurch groups.

LIVING WATER CAROLINAS

One of the organization we are partnering with is “Water of Life—Liberia”, (Living Water Carolinas). We hosted four mission teams from this organization. We took them into villages where we did 13 water wells and medical clinics. During each visit, we show the Jesus Film and minister to the children. In Lofa County, we also did evangelism crusades in villages around Konia.


SAMARITANS PURSE

  • Samaritan’s Purse is one of our donor organizations.

  • They have helped us put in six fish ponds in Tumukolia

  • Six more fish ponds are under construction in Konia

  • Trained our church members in Community Health Education

  • Give training in raising sheep and providing sheep for some of our church members

  • Help with Agriculture projects for our churches (bean, peanut, cassava, eddoes)

  • Pay for the construction of the school in Konia

  • Pay for the construction of the church in Bomi Hill and Zuwulor

  • Help us with school feeding in two of our schools (Konia and Peter’s Town)

  • Children community feeding program in four centers

  • We chair the OCC (Operation Christmas Child) program in Liberia

LOCAL SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCHES IN THE USA
We also partner with Liberty Baptist Church (Chelsea, AL), Brookwood Church (Simpsonville, SC), Amis Chapel Baptist Church (Oxford, NC), and Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church (Laurens, SC).

Funds received from these groups help pay pastors and support project such as:

  • Pig farm in Konia

  • Goat and sheep farm in Bomi Hill

  • Rabbit farm in Konia

  • Church construction

  • Transportation

  • School fees for some pastors (Bible College training)

  • Pastors retreats and conferences

Great Commission Movement of Liberia (Campus Crusade for Christ International)

We also partner with GCM—Liberia. They have given us the Jesus Film unit and sometimes they give us used clothes and food for distribution among our church members.

Broadview Canada

Our new partnership is with Broadview in Canada to reach the town of Malawu, with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary

The Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary gives us students to work along side our pastors for six weeks every year.

Financial report is made to supporters every month or after a funded project is completed.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Konia School dedicated

Source: The Analyst

The concluding program of the Christian Revival Church Association in Konia, Lofa County coincided with the dedication of the Konia Christian Revival Mission School, a US$ 33,000.00 structure which according to the Zorzor District Education Officer; John K. S. Mulbah “Is the best elementary school throughout Lofa County”. The DEO justified his description of the school by saying that the school has a good library, spacious classrooms, proper seating capacity as well as high metal fencing that protects students against the onrush of speeding vehicles along the main highway. Mr. Mulbah also praised the quality of instructional staff and disciplined student body.

DEO Mulbah then cautioned citizens of Konia to take good care of the building and invest in their children by sending them to school, which according to him is the surest investment parents can give their children. DEO Mulbah then lauded the transformative type of education that he said the Revival Church is instituting in his district. He however lamented that despite the level of sacrifices done by teachers to prepare leaders of society in all areas, teachers are not well paid or recognized for their services.

For his part, the representative of the Samaritans Purse Country Director, Mr. Sylvester Saah, praised the CRCA Mission Director for the reliable partnership that enabled his organization and CRCA to actualize the school in Konia. Mr. Saah urged parents to take advantage of the school by sending their children to learn and obtain degrees that are nontransferable to other people. Mr. Saah then declared the structure formally opened.

In his response to the statements, the Mission Director of CRCA, Rev. Dennis T. Aggrey praised the believers of Konia church, headed by Pastor Willie Y. Johnson and his wife Mrs. Farzee Johnson for remaining faithful to the objective of building a better school for the kids. He also thanked the construction supervisors led by Anthony Gileguor for the sacrifice that did not involve much financial reward.

Friday, January 25, 2008

CRCA Concludes Annual Conference

Source: The Analyst, Liberian newspaper
(Pictured: Konia Christian Revival Church, Lofa County)

The first annual conference of the Christian Revival Churches Association (CRCA) last Saturday, January, 5, 2008 concluded with over seven hundred delegates rejoicing and praising God over the rapid growth that the indigenous ministry has achieved in a short time.

At the final ceremony of the six day event that was held in Konia, Lofa County, the Mission Director of the CRCA, Pastor Dennis T. Aggrey, told delegates to attach importance to the theme of the conference from 1 Peter 2:4-10, where the Bible relates that all believers are priests.

Telling his attentive audience that the time for bench- warming or acting as spectators is over, the young clergyman urged all of the delegates to return to their communities in preparedness to impact them with the saving message of Jesus Christ.

Re-echoing the sermon of the keynote preacher, former Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary President, Dr. Lincoln Brownell, Rev. Aggrey admonished the gathering that being a holy nation and royal priesthood of God, has its corresponding responsibilities that believers must grapple with, including active witnessing and discipling of that nation for Jesus Christ.


“It is time for two-by-two outreach into other communities; for long have a lot of you been saved to be contented with only your salvation. We will not tolerate such selfishness anymore. Get up and stir Jesus everywhere with the rich messages you have heard at this conference,” he emphasized.

The Christian Revival Church Association (CRCA) is an umbrella body of semi-autonomous indigenous revival churches championing rural outreach as a focal point of conveying the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Transforming lives through providing for spiritual renewal and physical empowerment. The association has established branches in five counties including Bomi, Gbarpolu, Montserrado, Margibi, and Lofa.

With extensive local and external partnerships, the CRCA is dubbing the Jesus film in various vernaculars including Lorma and Gola to assist its outreach amongst rural Liberians. Though not yet fully disclosed by the Elder Board, the next annual conference is slated for Tumukolia, in Gbarpolu County by December.

The Konia Conference was graced by the presence of two family allies of the Association, in persons of Albert and Ms. Carla Schukoske and John and Miles Coggins. While the two families participated in the training sessions for church leaders and workers, it is particularly notable that the Coggins, as a normal act of philanthropy, procured a new generator for the Konia Church and school and also carried out an extensive electrification of the new compound. This is a repeat of the chore that they completed in Monrovia last year.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

2007: Forming the Association

Ephesians 3:20-21 “ Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

This Scripture passage was fulfilled in our ministry 2007. We saw God doing far more then we asked or imagine. We say to him be the glory.

January 2007 our Christian Revival Church pastors met in Voinjama, Lofa County to discuss the Statement of faith, Mission Statement/Vision, policies, By-Laws-and Constitution and the formation of our Association. Those in attendance were:

Dennis Aggrey---Overseer
Sam Tabolo---Monrovia CRFC
Johnson Howard--- Peter’s Town CRFC
Augusta Yeker---Tumukolia
Willie Y. Johnson---Konia CRFC
Rennie Carr---Jawajeh
Davidson---Jawajeh
Jones Wiles---Peter’s Town
Sharif---Yangaya

Dennis Aggrey was formally elected as Mission Director. After this retreat, Dennis immediately stated to work on the association document of Incorporation, and Accreditation. All documents were reviewed and approved by the board of elders of Christian Revival Church Association. After that we applied to the Liberian Government for Incorporation and Accreditation which was granted in August 2007.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Baptism featured on webshots.com

Baptism at Konia, Lofa County, LiberiaThis picture in Dennis Aggrey's account on webshots.com was the featured picture of the day on January 23, 2008. It is a shot of a baptism at the Christian Revival Fellowship Church in 2005 in Konia, Lofa County, Liberia. Congratulations, Dennis!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Logo on CRFCA truck

This is the Christian Revival logo on the door of the truck which Brookwood Church provided.

CRFC's Konia area evangelists

These young guys are working as evangelists with Christian Revival Fellowship Churches in the Konia area where so much rapid church growth is happening. These are not the only guys. There are others. They are under the regional leadership of Pastor Willie Johnson. These are some of the guys whom Amis Chapel Baptist Church in North Carolina is helping support quarterly in Liberia.

Wegee Beyan, evangelist at the church in the village of Farzeyeazu.
He is eighteen years old, was saved in 2005 in the Konia church plant, and is working on his high school diploma at the government school across the road from the church. He is in seventh grade, I believe.

Gayflor Korvah, Pastor Evangelist at Bomi Hills Church.

Paul Aggrey, assistant evangelist at Bomi Hills Church.
He is Dennis Aggrey's youngest brother of 39 children.
He was a young boy still at home (age 11) the night his father, Dr. James Aggrey, a Canadian-trained medical doctor, was murdered by Charles Taylor's rebel forces in the early 1990's, for treating wounded from both sides in the battle occurring in the area.

Pastor Willie Johnson, pastor of the Konia Church.
He also oversees the church plants in the area.