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

1 comment:

ron bateman said...

Be encouraged my brother because we are praying for you and your wife and for the church in Liberia, Africa. My family has deep connections to this nation and have prayed for almost 30 years to see what you are today experiencing. I rejoice in your love for Jesus and the favor God has shown to you in your work there. I am a Pastor in the United States who travels much in missionary training, developing other leaders and encouraging the Body of Christ to break free from the orphan heart. We must lift up the Name of Jesus who reconciles us to the Father and releases His love, His power and His anointing for breakthrough. Blessings be unto you today. Pastor Ron Bateman