“We need a pastor! Can you please help us?” Several men and women stood before Moses, a Liberia Assemblies of God district superintendent, pleading for help. He was stunned. He did not know these people and had not heard of a church in their village. He was traveling in the Nimba district of Liberia to survey areas in need of church planting. He had stopped in a village to visit some friends.
“What church are you talking about?” he asked the men and women standing before him. “Our church started in a home in our village called Trohplay,” they responded, “and now we have almost 50 believers who worship with us.” They looked at him expectantly. “We are Assemblies of God,” explained Moses. “That’s fine; we need a pastor,” they responded. “And we are Pentecostal,” Moses added. He went on to explain about the baptism in the Holy Spirit, in case they did not understand. “That’s great! That is what happened to us,” they exclaimed.
At that point Moses didn’t need any coaxing. He definitely wanted to send them a pastor.
The Liberia Assemblies of God is committed to planting 800 more churches by the year 2020. They have already planted at least 200 of the 800, but face a number of challenges with this commitment: a lack of funds, long distance travel, and a rainy season for six months each year that results in horrible road and travel conditions.
However, the church’s greatest challenge in planting churches is the lack of trained church planters. Planting 600 more churches by 2020 is possible, but the Liberia AG quickly needs more trained workers to achieve that goal. The biggest stumbling block in training workers is the cost of education. Few of the young men and women whom God has called to full-time ministry can afford to come for training at the AG Bible school in Monrovia.
Meeting the people from Trohplay was an encouragement and confirmation for Moses. While he was looking for villages that needed churches, God was working in front of him and sending him a church with no pastor! Since that conversation, the church in Trohplay has grown to 75 members and they still lack a trained pastor.
Today, I ask if you will help the Liberia Assemblies of God by giving toward this need. Africa’s Hope has set a goal to send $10,000 to Liberia this year to help train workers at the Bible school in Monrovia. That amount will provide a full year of training for 17 church planters. Will you help us meet that goal? Your gift of just $50 will provide a scholarship for one Liberia Bible School student for one month; $600 will sustain the training of one student for a full year. The 17 men and women we help train this year will be part of the growing church planting movement in the Liberia Assemblies of God.
I firmly believe these 17 students represent 17 places where a new church will be planted. And from those churches, many more churches will be planted—until all Liberia has been reached by the gospel, touched by the hands of Jesus, and brought to salvation by the Holy Spirit.
Will you partner with Africa’s Hope, and help us reach Liberia with the good news of the gospel in a powerful way? Will you give so that Liberian church planters can be trained to reach the lost in their country? I thank you in advance for helping Liberia! Thank you for reaching this great African nation with us.Give now