Monday, November 15, 2010

21 Baptized in Borkeza!

Borkeza is the town where CRCA church members have suffered ostracism and persecution recently. 
Read about it here. But our God is a mighty God!  

This morning God brought a wonderful breakthrough, a rainbow after the storm! 

Thanks for all of your prayers and encouragement for our brothers and sisters in Borkeza. It has been challenging there over these last months. As some of you know, the leaders of the town put sanctions against the Christians there, saying that anyone who spoke to them would be fined. 

Although they didn't ever officially start to follow through on that, many family members and friends of the Christians started to ostracize them. 

Pastor Samson called today with a joyful report of a baptism service in which 21 people were baptized! The church rejoiced dancing through the town and even others were joining in. They also had their first communion service ever. 

God is faithful! Thanks for your continued prayers and love. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dennis is Gift #8

Dennis Aggrey is featured in Gift #8 in the Samaritan's Purse Christmas Gift Catalog -- Sharing God's Word.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Borkeza: Standing their ground


“We who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us. We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed. At all times we carry in our mortal bodies the death of Jesus, so that His life also may be seen in our bodies.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-11

Monday, October 04, 2010

Dear Friends:

We greet you in Jesus’ glorious name!

The above passage, taken from 2 Corinthians, has been chosen as part of our text for the upcoming CRCA 2010 Annual Conference, themed “It Shall Be Well”. This text speaks directly into the current situation in one of our churches. We want to update you about the enemy’s attack on our brothers and sisters in Christ in Borkeza, Lofa County, and especially to ask you for fervent prayers on their behalf.

Pastor Samson Jones called this morning and told us that a recent struggle between the Christians (specifically CRCA church) and the town leaders/traditional religious leaders has escalated. The town elders and traditional religious leaders decided to bring a “medicine man” (witch doctor/voodoo man) to the town to help expel evil practices and “bad” medicine (poisons) from within. They ordered every person to pay a set amount towards bringing the man to the town. Pastor Samson and Christians from the CRCA church in Borkeza respectfully explained that they would not be able to support or pay towards the presence of the “medicine man”. The pastors and members of the other two churches in town all paid their contributions. The believers and Pastor Samson were kind, but firmly stood their ground….they would not serve two masters.

After two weeks, the town leaders did not relent and the CRCA church members, too, did not give in. The leaders placed sanctions against CRCA, threatening that anyone in the town who even speaks to Pastor Samson, his family, or CRCA church members will be fined.

Thank you for praying…He that hears is faithful and powerful!

Standing on the Rock that Never Fails,
Part of the Body in Liberia
   

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lofa Road breakdown a divine appointment

Lofa Road in 2006
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

*Heart-felt Greetings to you in Christ Jesus our LORD!*

Although the dry season is almost here now, it wasn’t during our recent trip to Lofa County! The road was already rough and the Land Cruiser was not 100% and the rain kept coming. At one point Dennis said, “This car cannot take us to Konia today.” Not understanding the mind of God and His bigger-than-our-own plans, some of us prayed that He would show His power by miraculously carrying us directly to Konia. When we could go on no longer, we turned around just in time to have the Land Cruiser completely breakdown a short distance from a small village called Dr. Mason Farm. When it was clear that we would be staying for the night, we cooked dinner and the families there were kind enough to give all of us places to sleep. 

The Evangelism Team set up the big screen and their equipment and the local people spread the word to the neighboring houses and villages that The Jesus Film would be shown. Little did we know that the miracle God was going to do was far greater than the one that we asked him for. That night God opened the eyes of 18 people who came that night to follow Jesus and they prayerfully committed their lives to Him! God did show His power in a way mightier than we knew to ask or could even imagine!

The next day, after passing through some tough muddy spots, our team arrived in Konia before dark. The Evangelism Team was on the road again with a packed schedule for evangelistic efforts around Lofa County through use of The Jesus Film (video). During the 10-day trip, the team was able, by God’s grace, to do eight film showings in seven different places, with the Gospel-proclaiming efforts being followed up by the local CRCA churches and pastors. In one big city, Zorzor, nearly 1,000 people turned up to watch Jesus speaking Lorma and Kpelle (the local dialects) in the presentation of the Gospel of Luke brought to living color through The Jesus Film. The pastors and evangelists found the task of getting an exact count of the droves of people practically impossible and of those almost 1,000 viewers, more than 100 confessed Jesus Christ as their Savior that night! Thanks be to God!

Back at the Konia base, the CRCA support staff members along with the new Lofa County Regional Coordinator (Pastor Zubah Stevens), were hosting meetings and working closely with the Konia Christian Revival Church and school. The church has a strong presence in Konia and is known for loving and helping the community. Bible studies and fellowship meetings are held weekly outside various church members’ homes and daily morning devotions are held at the church at 5:30AM every morning. 

Upon sitting in on a few of these weekly activities and observing the Christians’ lives, it is clear to see that they are not content to simply hold meetings and programs, but they truly want to gain wisdom and understanding from God’s Word and then practically apply it in their daily lives. What a joy to be together with this deepening and multiplying body of Brothers and Sisters!

The Konia CRCA School, likewise, is an example of constant and growth and blessing. There are currently 447 students from Nursery to 9th Grade. The school has become highly respected in Lofa County and beyond; even Muslim parents are sending their children to the school in hopes of a better education and a brighter future. Recently a representative of the Ministry of Education recommended that the school apply for a government grant for a project to construct more classrooms with the intention of extending Konia Christian Revival to high school level. 

God and the government gave favor, the money was allotted, and the project is slated to start early next year. The school is step by step becoming self-sustaining and some of the money that it and the other CRCA schools have generated is being used to start a new school this year—Christian Revival School in Jungle Farm in Margibi County! We pray that God will continue to use CRCA to minister to children and their parents and that we might be part of raising up disciples for Jesus and giving them all of the tools to equip them to do anything that God might call them to in the future!

Thanks be to our God, the Creator and giver of wisdom, for His ways that are above ours and for His Sovereignty in all things!
  • Pray for our upcoming Annual Conference (Dec. 27-31). Ask for unity and success in the planning and preparing; our first planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday (9/30). Our theme this year is “It Shall Be Well” taken from Romans 8:18 and 2 Corinthians 4:7-18.
  • Pray for the CRCA Evangelism team—for strength, for fruit, for wisdom, and for discipleship/follow-up efforts. The team has specifically asked for prayer for the new believers, that they would be firmly rooted in the Truth and follow Jesus throughout their lives.
  • Praise God for our 7 CRCA Schools. Please pray for Yassah David (Project Coordinator), Zubah Aggrey (School Coordinator), the principals, administrators, teachers, and students. Please pray that our kids would be “trained in the way they should go” and equipped to serve God in any way that He may lead them in the future. 
  • Please pray for our Brother and Sister, David and Judy Humphries, who will be leaving the US on Saturday (10/2) to come to Liberia to serve with CRCA for two months. Please also pray for other individuals and teams who God is raising up to work with us later this year also and for our plans and schedule for next year.
  • Please pray for our pastors and evangelists and their families who are transitioning into new field assignments:
    • Pastor Zubah and Mother Nyenpue Stevens (3 sons: Junior, Moses, and Abraham)—Lofa Regional Coordinator
    • Pastor Sam Tabolo (wife Paulsha and sons Paul and Gabriel)—Jawajeh Regional Coordinator and Pastor
    • Johnny Chenney (fiancĂ© Jeanette and children Webster, Joseph, and Esther)—Evangelist and Teacher in Peter's Town
    • Elder Rennie and Ma Kpanah Carr—Brewerville Evangelist
    • Pastor Willie Johnson (wife Farzee and daughters Larme, Zygbo, Malay, Comfort, and Yassah)—Liberia Baptist Seminary Student and Monrovia Pastor
    • Pastor Jallah Anthony—Monrovia Assistant Pastor
  • Pray for wisdom, unity, effectiveness, and true team work in the CRCA family.
  • Pray for the CRCA churches and their projects to continue to bear fruit.
  • Pray for God’s continual leading and direction for the future, that we would hear His voice and listen.
  • Our prayer for our partners (you!)—that you would be encouraged and blessed by all that God is doing here through our joint effort. Thank God!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Aggreys in the States

Dennis and Vania in South Carolina
Dennis and Vania Aggrey had a great, but seemingly short time in the States, visiting friends in ministry and family in Wisconsin. They headed back to Liberia on September 4. 

While they were here, one new friend at a church in Rocky Mount, NC, covered the legal expenses for them to file for non-profit incorporation of CRCA in North Carolina. Once that is approved, they can then apply for tax exemption with the Internal Revenue Service. More coming on that.

Aggreys with the Brooks in North Carolina
Why set up a US office for CRCA? Because many in the States want to give to CRCA, and there has not been a direct route to do that. Always it has to be given through a local church or another ministry like Samaritan's Purse or Water of Life. Now with a legal entity in the US, donors can give directly to CRCA and have a more direct access to accountability and ministry on the ground. 

But CRCA is not a helpless group of churches. Recent accounting of the ministry in Liberia has shown that CRCA is now generating 45% of its income from the churches themselves. As that percentage grows, CRCA can continue to focus donated funds on the frontiers of what God is doing.

The ministry is growing very quickly, now with sixty-two churches. No one really knows how many preaching points exist since the local churches are starting them regularly. Lorma people from Guinea are crossing the border into Liberia to hear the gospel and attend CRCA churches. 

Many of them are asking, "When will you come to Guinea?" One of Dennis' first assignments when he returns is to make an investigational trip to Guinea to plant more churches. Already CRCA has contacts in Sierra Leone and are planting churches there, and there is a possibility of work as well in the Gambia, farther away.

In South Carolina
Continue to pray with Dennis and Vania as they settle in to the daily activities at home in Liberia. Pray for harmony among the pastors and staff. Pray that God would provide resources to handle the growth. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dispatches from the Front

Our friends Dennis and Vania Aggrey from Liberia, West Africa, are featured in this award-winning documentary by Dispatches from the Front. The documentary profiles Christian Revival Church Association's partnership with the well-drilling ministry, Water of Life. Below is the trailer. Order your own copy of the hour-long documentary here.

Episode 3: I Once Was Blind from Dispatches From The Front on Vimeo.

Monday, June 21, 2010

June: Dennis and Vania in the UK



Dennis and Vania Aggrey traveled to the United Kingdom in June at the invitation of Samaritan's Purse-UK to explain the work of Christian Revival Church Association.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Paul Aggrey has died . . .

Dear Friends:

It is with sadness of heart and yet joy of spirit and hope of what is to come that I write asking for your prayers. It seems that Jesus has finished the house that He built for our brother, Paul Aggrey, and wanted him to come and occupy it now. I got a call from family yesterday that Paul died after being rushed to the Zorzor hospital. Paul is Dennis' younger brother in Konia. Those of you who have met him know that his whole life was committed to serving God, leading and teaching in the church, and loving the children of Konia. He was a teacher at Konia Christian Revival School, the evangelist for Dorzinelor Christian Revival Church, an active leader of morning devotions at Konia CRC, the leader for the Children's Saturday Bible Studies, and the overseer for some CRCA projects, including the rabbits. He was kind and gentle and well loved by those who knew him. He was young and had hopes and plans to attend African Bible College starting this summer.

Paul is now free from the sin, and pain, and suffering of this world. He is safe and happy. He is in the place that he was created for--Heaven, and with the One that he was created for--God! Rejoice with him!

The Aggrey family, the Christian Revival family, and the Konia community are suffering loss and pain as they try to understand and are missing a dear brother, teacher, son, "father", and friend. Truly only God can fill the gap that is left. Please pray for strength, encouragement, and great faith and hope. Dennis is still deep in Buluyema Forest and someone from Konia was sent to carry the news to him. Please ask God to comfort Dennis and to give him wisdom about what to do. Since he is the big brother of the family he will be the one to help coordinate details. Please also pray for the family members in Monrovia that will not be able to get to Konia. We will all be meeting at our house tonight for a time of prayer together. Please ask God that this time of prayer would be powerful and meaningful and would be used by the Holy Spirit to comfort and remind us of the truth--we Christians don't mourn like those who don't have hope.

Thank you for standing...and kneeling with us.

Standing on the promises of the Risen and Returning Savior...
Vania Aggrey, CRCA

Friday, May 21, 2010

Buluyema Forest

Dear Friends:

"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17

Dennis called me from Lofa County and asked me to update you about the exciting plans and the prayer requests of the mission team that he is leading this week. We praise God for opening this door! For some time now, CRCA has been asking God for the people of the Buluyema Forest…for the opportunity to carry the Gospel and to start a church as new brothers and sisters are born into the Family of God. The people in the Buluyema Forest have no church, no Christian influence; they are unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this point. The primary religious practice in the area is animism; specifically including the worship of catfish.
God has graciously called and equipped a 3-man team from CIG, Austria to join the 12 person team from CRCA, Liberia. The team, even as I write, is in the middle of an 8-9 hour hike deep into the bush (jungle) of the Buluyema Forest behind Konia in Lofa County. As Liberia is now in the rainy season, the terrain that they meet up with in the bush may vary from challenging to very difficult in places. The team will make their first camp at a “hub” village called Libilibah, which will hopefully be the center for the future ministry and further church planting as God continues to open up the forest. They will spend two days in the village showing The Jesus Film and The God Story in the Lorma language. They will clearly share the Gospel and take time to share the truth of Scripture with the community. There will be opportunities for follow up with those who put their faith in Jesus Christ and two CRCA evangelists will stay in the village to continue with the spiritual agriculture—that is, the planting and watering!  The rest of the team will continue the journey to 3-4 additional villages, proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel through their love, their words, and the film showings.  After ten days the team will make the trek back to Konia, God willing, leaving behind a new and multiplying church!
Thank you for joining us in prayer for the team and this adventure of faith!

Prayer Requests:
*Salvation to come to the people of Buluyema
*Protection, health, unity, and strength for the team as they hike…that they would be blessed as they shine light, speak truth, and shower love
*The two evangelists that will remain in Libilibah…wisdom, love, solid teaching, and plentiful beautiful fruit
*The Jesus Film equipment
*For solid leaders to be raised up in Buluyema and for future ministry and the surrounding communities
*For God to receive the glory and for the saints to be encouraged and strengthened!

Thank God for God...He is the Good News; He is the Gospel!

Gathered with you in His name,
Vania Aggrey, CRCA

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Peter's Town


Carry my load!
“To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:6

Joyful greetings to you, our family in Jesus Christ--our Risen and Returning King!

The setting is a place called Peter’s Town—a small town that has faced some Goliath-size trials and challenges, but like David, has seen the power of God to defend His children and defeat His foes. Although the CRCA church in Peter’s Town was one of the first, the road to growth and multiplication has been rocky.  Some leadership changes and spiritual attacks, in the form of evil curses, threats, and property damage from within the community, put the young church in a critical position, totally dependent on God for help. 

CRCA, under the leadership of Dennis Aggrey, continued to seek and trust God while offering guidance to the struggling church. Blessedly, in February, 2009, God supplied a strong, faithful, missions-hearted pastor to lead the church and oversee the Monrovia region. Pastor Zinah Williams and his wife, Fatu, moved into the community and faced the struggles head on, on their knees. 

Pastor Williams met and began sharing the gospel and mentoring two young Muslim men. The two became followers of Christ and evangelists alongside Pastor Williams, joining the leadership in the church and reaching other local communities with Jesus’ love. Some of the fruit of their labor includes two new churches planted in Brown’s Town and Jungle Farm.   

As the church continued to grow in number, God moved the local Firestone authorities to give land and Ma Kebbeh, an older woman in the community, to freely give up her garden for the construction of a church building. Not only did Ma Kebbeh, give her cash crop despite family discouragement, but she gave her heart to Jesus and joined the CRCA church family. 

God also brought a partner, Water of Life, to put in a well for clean drinking water in the community. Then in His generosity, He provided the resources and funding for the construction of the church building through many individuals and partners. Church members, CRCA school students and teachers, and a few community members, young and old, eagerly joined in to help with the construction, joyfully working side by side in unity. 

Digging in!
Even though the outcome is sure, the enemy doesn’t give up quickly and so the battle was on! Continued fight from some community members caused the authorities to put a stop on the construction for some time. CRCA, Pastor Williams, and Peter’s Town church members persevered and persisted and prayed. They held evangelistic outreach in the community, joined with Operation Christmas Child to bless local children with Christmas gifts, hosted a youth day, and joyfully took the responsibility of hosting the CRCA Women’s Conference in July, 2010. Because of their faith and belief in the power of God, they couldn’t relent!

The journey was long, but God is faithful and on Easter, 2010 we celebrated Jesus’ victory over death and His victories in Peter’s Town as we dedicated the completed building and the true church back to God. It was really an entire weekend of rejoicing as CRCA church members from churches across Liberia, including a group of 76 students and teachers from Lofa, joined together to take part of the dedication and sporting events, delicious goat soup, singing, dancing, and beautiful fellowship. 

Sunday morning before the ribbon cutting and worship service a parade of Christians marched through the streets of Peter’s Town singing praise to the King of Kings and reminding the community of God’s faithfulness to His children. Partner Kendell Kaufeldt, Samaritan’s Purse Country Director, cut the ribbon and the church entered in jubilation. Choirs sang, the Peter’s Town story was told, and the people praised the God who is able! 

CRCA Mission Director, Dennis Aggrey, preached on the Temple as the body. “Jesus answered the Jews, ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up’.”  (John 2) The temple that Jesus spoke of was His body. Also, believers are the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16). The “church” that we speak of today is His body too. “And He [Jesus] is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in Heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.” (Colossians 1:18-20) 

The building is truly a blessing from God, but the Church is the Christians that persevere through trials; work together trusting God; daily following Jesus Christ, the Head; loving the lost; and eagerly awaiting the Final return of the blessed Redeemer! We were encouraged to continue loving one another and giving all of ourselves to the one who gave all of Himself to bring us back to God!
 
·       Thank God for His kindness and faithfulness displayed in Peter’s Town. Pray for the continued momentum and growth of believers there and for salvation for the lost in the community.
·       Praise God for 20 Acres of land near the new University of Liberia that God has provided for CRCA ministry and for His leading for the future plans for the land.
·       Pray for our 3 mission teams coming to CRCA from overseas in May.
·       Praise God for the favor He is giving CRCA with the traditional leaders of Kpassagizia, the town on the Liberia-Guinea border.