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When we accept Christ as our Lord, our life becomes one of continuous journey of getting to know Jesus Christ. The better we become acquainted with Him, the more we become like Him. We grow in knowledge of Jesus as we pay attention to His promises in Scriptures. He promises us everything we need for life and godliness according to 1Peter 1:3-4; the promise of blessing(Matthew 5:3-12); the promise of His continuous presence(Matthew 28:20); His Holy spirit to guide and strengthen us(St. Jn. 14:15-17) and the gift of peace(St. Jn. 16:33).
Through out the scriptures we see how we can grow in knowledge of Jesus when we learn to cultivate his character in our lives. To know and see these things , we need to search the scriptures regularly not only when we are faced with difficult situations, but all the time. The Bible correspondence courses at the Lutheran Hour Ministries Liberia have provided the means for grade school students to regularly search the scriptures. As they study the Word of God with the Ministry center, they are cultivating the habit of looking to the Scriptures for every life situation. During the past week, we certificated over 200 students who have completed their study of the BCC with the Ministry center.
As we continuously read the scriptures, characters like faith,love, goodness, self-control, perseverance, godliness love etc. increase in our lives as we devote ourselves to Jesus and allow his spirit to work within us. They prevent us from becoming ineffective and unproductive(2Peter 1:8). when we trust God to take care of us and recognize that he has our best interest in mind at all times, we can learn to view times of hardship as opportunities to become more like Jesus. As we keep in the scriptures, we become more like Him.
“He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will” Eph. 1:5
There are many blessings inherent in being a part of God’s family. First, God chose us in Christ to make us holy and blameless. When Christ died on the cross, it was because of our sins. He needed to reconcile us back to God and make us children of God once again. He chose us to be adopted, He paid the price necessary to redeem us and liberated us from slavery of sin by His atoning sacrifice. God’s grace has been lavished on us and we experience peace with God, joy in life innumerable other benefits through that grace. The list of blessings that we have through Christ is overwhelming and we need to let the world know this.
Our team of volunteers took to their heels during the holy week sharing this news to the people of Yamah town in Mount Barclay, outside of Monrovia. We visited homes sharing the blessing we reaped through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Later that night we filmed the Passion of Christ for the community dwellers. Thanks to the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church family who partnered with us to make this possible. Do not keep the news of the benefits of Christ blood to yourself; go out and tell others.
Over the years of operation, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Liberia’s BCC (Bible Correspondence Course) program have kept us involved with various communities and institutions on a daily basis. Every month new recruitment is done and we keep in touch by phone and other means with those that have enrolled.
One interesting group of people that are taking the BCC to heart is the students. since the introduction of the BCC in schools, we have seen a surge in the number of students that are signing up for the course. In fact 85% of this year’s candidates for certification are school going children and young adults from Junior and senior secondary schools. The Ministry center have decided to cement her tie with students by being with them as they study and work with the BCC. Our team comprising of office staff and volunteers recently visited a Lutheran Day School that have some of their students doing the BCC and together we study the BCC in a Bible study format. This method of doing the BCC with the students gave the exercise a whole new perspective. We observed that it make studying the BCC more interesting. Students shared their views on how they view specific topics and how they personally related to them. There is more to the BCC, it is inspiring.
Since its establishment in Liberia in 2013 , the Lutheran Hour Ministries Liberia has been to many places in Liberia with the Gospel of Christ through our Bible Correspondence courses, outreach activities, sports, youth programs, Equipping the Saints seminars and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, tune in to the Words of Hope Radio Broadcast every Saturday on the national broadcaster(ELBC radio). Different places have their unique history and people and as we share the Good news of Christ, the stories from each place stretch us to our limits and each time we feel that more needs to be done to keep spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
About a week ago, we visited a community called the Lutheran Global Village to conduct a training Seminar and community evangelism. We arrived at the village about 3PM a day before the training could start. We took the evening hours to get to know the people and their village, they had a story.
In 2007, these Liberian Lutheran refugees in Guinean camps emailed many Lutheran churches in the West with pleas for help. There was no humanitarian aid around again as the aid agencies have repatriated the refugees back home. They were threatened by famine and could not go home as they had no home in Liberia to go to. They knew no one anymore after 15 years on the run, had no family left or had converted from Islam to Christianity, unable to go home, all their hopes were in the emails sent out. An office secretary at the Lutheran Church of Australia District Office on her own contacted a Pastor wondering whether he could help. Somehow they got in touch with a group call Asia focus.
The inhabitants of the village are from two Lutheran groupings: the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL) and the Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL) who are living together in unity worshiping in a single church (The Living Grace Lutheran Church). What is further amazing about them is that they are still trying to get the rest of their compatriots who are still in Guinea to come home to them in the Village. They have made visits there trying to convince them to join them in Liberia. They unofficially requested the Lutheran Hour to join them in efforts to convince their brothers to come home, now that Liberia is at peace, even though the request is far out of our scope of operations, we are praying with them.
The Lutheran Hour Ministries Liberia since it establishment in Liberia has been involved with outreach efforts in various communities. During these visitations we meet different people with diverse needs. When our work of evangelism is completed for that day or period in that particular area, we start to think what else can we involve ourselves with to continue the spreading of the Gospel of Christ. It was out of one of these soul searching moments that the Village Elder Project was born. The project has engaged the elderly in Gboata, Bong county with the Gospel and some gifts in the form of rice, soap and medication.
The work of salvation has been completed, but there are privileges and responsible and responsibilities that go along with receiving God’s forgiveness. Because sin no longer stands in our way, we are able to draw near to God and to become personally acquainted with our loving Father. We are also called to hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, never giving up even when the daily grind of living seems too difficult for us, and to encourage one another to live lives characterized by by love. The needs among the elderly we initially worked with was enormous. We provided them soap,sanitary materials and some medication and of course this was after they had received the Gospel of our Lord. Our recent seed rice distribution on March 22, 2017 was to enable them continue their farming activities, something that is their way of life and a major means of livelihood. The seed rice is a proceeds from and agriculture project initiated by the ministry center with the members of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran church in Gbaota . After harvesting the yield from the project farm, the Ministry center and the Zion ELCL decided to give the seed rice the to elderly for self-sustenance. The distribution of the seed rice brings to an end the project that was specially designed for the elderly in Gboata, Bong county. They need our continuous prayers.
The use of commercial Motorcycles has become a modal choice of commuters in Monrovia and many towns in Liberia. Its popularity is largely due to its low cost relative to the cost of buying a taxi cab for transport purposes. Motorcycles transport possesses several unique features which have led to their general acceptance as a source of employment among the urban poor youth and as alternative transport solution. Because of its size, it is hardly likely to be held up in traffic jam and it can move on bad roads and footpaths. Over the past decade, there has been a significant growth in the use of motorcycles as a commercial public transport mode. While offering certain transport advantages like easy maneuverability, ability to travel on poor roads, and demand responsiveness, commercial motorcycle service growth has also led to an increase in road accidents, traffic management problems, pervasive noise and increase in crime.
In recent times, the safety of motorcycle operators and their users have become a major concern to the government due to the increase in road accidents. This led to the banning of all commercial motorcyclists plying the major streets of Monrovia. There has always been a need for more road safety sensitization among riders to raise awareness against sharing motorcycles, working for a longer time and alcohol consumption while riding and adherence to driving rules and road safety regulations. The Lutheran Hour Ministries Liberia “Ride Safely” campaign on February 23, 2017 was in response to this need amongst the motorcyclists at the Parker Paint Junction in the City of Paynesville outside of Monrovia. The Ministries center sensitized the riders on road safety and responsible behavior, distributed reflective vests, and shared the Good news with them. The groups of riders were also informed about the ministries’ activities and recruitment for the BCC was also done among them.