Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A different kind of rice Christian

UNLEASHED: to be free; uncontained, able to run, able to move about freely; without restriction, restraint, or tight control; moving with power and force 

As Liberia celebrated Thanksgiving in early November, CRCA was sending Home Mission teams to three different places across the country. The Church was ‘unleashed’ as God’s power and goodness were displayed through acts of loving service, evangelism, and Biblical teaching. The first team, composed of our Mission Pastor and Evangelism Team, left for the Bassa area to conduct leadership training and extend evangelism work on the theme “Operation Andrew”. Using Gospel video showings of “The Jesus Film” and “The God Story”, the team shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with people deep into the interior and paved the way for the regional conference to happen in Buchanan (Bassa Region) during the first week of 2010.

Another team of about 150 CRCA church members from Monrovia, Peter’s Town, Soul Clinic, and Jawajeh went to help harvest the church rice farm in Tumukolia. The rice farm is one of the agricultural projects that the Tumukolia CRCA church has started to help them be self-sustaining and a blessing to their community. The team enjoyed hard work together in the blazing sun while singing songs of praise to our great God in the various dialects represented. CRCA staff member Dawosu Gayflor, who was part of the team, said “The trip was interesting because not only did we harvest the rice, but we enjoyed time of fellowship and celebration together. Even though it was hard work in the hot sun, we were happy to do it because we consider each other brothers and sisters.” After two days of hard work, the rice was harvested and the Body of Christ was joyfully exhausted. The large number of volunteers and their hard work also served as an evangelistic tool showing the entire Tumukolia community the unity, love, and power of Jesus Christ through His church!

The third team was made up of the combined partnership efforts of CRCA, Samaritan’s Purse, Water of Life, Southside Church in South Carolina, USA, and the church on the ground in Grand Cape Mount County. The mission was to share the love of Jesus with a mostly Muslim community. Pastor and Mother Zubah and the Samaritan’s Purse CHE team laid good spiritual foundation and were happy to receive and work with the teams. Through medical clinics and drilling water wells, the teams were able to serve the communities in Jesus name and plant seeds of truth and hope in the minds of people that need to know who Jesus really is—our Savior, God, and coming King!

CRCA Prayer Requests:
*God’s wisdom, leading, and guidance for the future direction of CRCA  
*CRCA sustainable projects—sufficient to help meet the needs of our churches and communities
*CRCA Youth Conference in December
*Continuous Spiritual growth and fruit
*CRCA Regional training and conferences
*Operation Andrew—Evangelism efforts
*CRCA schools—teaching staff & students
*Austrian mission team coming in January; Brookwood and Water of Life teams in February
*CRCA’s vision to put Liberian missionaries in Gambia and Guinea next year
*God to receive the glory for His work in Liberia and in His people!

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