Overcoming Barriers

Overcoming Barriers

Of our activities held in October, our point of interest came at Clay Ash-land where we went out to share the gospel of Christ to a rural community through home visits and sports activities. Pastor Nathaniel Goodly who was our host, assigned to us youths of the local Evangelical Lutheran church congregation in Clay Ash-land to show us around the community. We split the group into two so that we could reach out to more people in the space of time we had. Pastor Goodly pointed to a particular community and suggested that a strong team go in that direction because a lot of people in that community were members of the church before but for some strange reasons they have just stopped coming to fellowship and church activities. At that point, we just knew the kind of people we were going to meet: The Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman so to speak. Nicodemus, a respected leader who knew the law but did not know Christ, the Samaritan woman was barred by cultural laws and traditions from interacting with a Jew yet a Jew had the answers to her problems.

On the surface, Nicodemus had nothing to do with the Samaritan woman. Nicodemus sought Jesus out while the Samaritan woman sought out by Jesus. Nicodemus was a favored Jew and a religious leader, but this woman, she was despised and an outcast from decent society.

On a deeper look, these two individuals had a common need: to know God the father through Jesus, the son. Jesus looked beyond the surface to reach out to these people. He needed to overcome barriers to converse with them: gender, racial and social. Like Nicodemus, we came across people who felt they knew about Christ; they even knew scriptures. One old man told us I have been a lay reader in the church for years. I read the scriptures to People in the church. “I know Christ, I know God, just that I have stopped going to church for over 4 years now. But I am a Christian”. How is that possible, a Christian who has not been with fellow believers for over four years. We also came across an Imam who accepted us and listened to us quietly and asked some trouble shooting questions about the possibility of Christ being May’s boy and at the same time God:  But this is the point: Sometimes it is easier for us to reach out to people like Nicodemus-people who to some degree look like us, talk like us and are at least as well -respected as we are. Our challenge as we strive to follow Jesus example is to step out of our comfort zones to interact with people who are radically different from ourselves. That is certainly one way in which we can follow in the footsteps of the Savior, and, when we are truly devoted to sharing the Good News with other, the Holy spirit will help us to overcome barriers.

Meditation on scripture

Meditation on scripture

“If you had known what these words mean, ” desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the son of man is Lord of the Sabbath”. Matthew 12:7-8.

One of the major theme of the book of Matthew is  that Jesus is Lord. when the Pharisees were offended because Jesus’ disciples had seemingly ignored a Sabbath prohibition, Jesus reminded them of an incident in which the temple priests had been in violation of one of their rules(Matthew 12:1-14). Jesus made two radical statements. First he informed them that “one greater than the temple is here(verse 6)., thereby claiming that God’s presence was now with the people in human form. He further stated that “the son of man is the Lord of the Sabbath”.

In verse 7 of chapter 12 Jesus said”if you had known what these words means”. if you are to understand what you read, your will need to meditate upon it. Some passages of scripture lie clear before us, but there are deeps in which our mind might rather drown itself than swim with pleasure, if it came there without caution. Many of the veils which are cast over scripture are not meant to hide the meaning from the diligent but to compel the mind to be active. Meditation and careful thought exercise us and strengthen for the reception  of the yet more lofty truths. We must meditate on the word so that we can receive the true meaning for our benefit.

As young people study the Bible correspondence courses around Liberia, our aim is not just for them to read and answer the questions therein as an academic exercise, but we strategize ways to help them go beyond the booklets. We organize Bible quizzing and debates and discussion groups so that each one can know what the other think about what is in the booklets and how we can all get the clearer meaning of the Holy scriptures. One such event took place on October 14,2016 at the Dale Federwitz Christian Children Home in the GSA community in Paynesville.

And They Went Out Singing

And They Went Out Singing


The Lutheran Hour Ministries Liberia on Sunday September 25, 2016 organized a song service bringing together four choirs in the Paynesville and Gardnersville communities outside of Monrovia. Singing has always been a part of faith, and Bible characters. The psalms for example is a book of songs and whatever our situations are, most of us turn to singing to keep in tune with  our God.

The four choirs were made up of predominantly young men and women, pastors and church workers who have  completed our Bible correspondence courses and are certificated and have attended other LHM Liberia’s activities like the ETS and community outreaches. They came together with their family members who have only heard about the work at the Ministry center, but have not been fully a part. This was a day set aside to let them know that despite of the challenges we faced in our daily lives and work, we need to like  Jesus, find a time to just praise God through singing.

We used this opportunity to reached out to parents of our BCC graduates with our ministry’s activities and recruited new students for the on going BCC program.

I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications (Ps. 116:1)

Therefore, I will call upon Him as long as I live(Ps.116:2)

For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears and my feet from falling(Ps.116:8)

I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living(Ps.116:9)

The first century celebration of Passover ended with the singing of Psalms 116 and 118. These are known as the Hallel songs.



The Gospel of Matthew records that when Jesus and the disciples finished the Passover meal they left the upper city of Jerusalem singing as they went to the Garden of Gethsemane. The stress, turmoil and pressure that Jesus experienced in the garden will never be understood by us. But perhaps by knowing the song he sang, we can gain a deeper appreciation of God’s love and forgiveness for us.

If Jesus was able to sing in His most difficult moment, “this is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it,” how much more can we look at our negative circumstances and trust God to turn them into a positive life-giving Hope!

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands.




5(five) Converted at New Hope

5(five) Converted at New Hope

As we planned the event at New Hope with the pastor in Charge and the ETS speaker, nothing ever came up like going to convert people to Christianity. In fact, we were going to teach the workers of this new church how to evangelize, how to become fishers of men, how to become kingdom builders. But after the formalities were done, and the speaker was ushered unto the stage, we heard him  asked the Director that he would like to get some foundational basis before he can teach on Evangelism. When he was given the go -ahead, he then asked the participants, “if Jesus were to come today, which one of you would be ready to go to heaven today”?  Hall became unusually quiet, then few hand came up and then few more and then none.


God’s word uses several analogies to express the concepts of forgiveness of sins and the offer of eternal life. One of those is that of being “born again” or “born of the Spirit”(John 3:3-8). In I John 5, we learn more about this second, spiritual birth. When we give our lives to Jesus, he in turn offers us eternal life- which we posses even while we live here on earth(John 5:24). The Holy spirit within us testifies to this reality(I John 5:6). When our speaker emphasize on how it was important to be sure of our salvation and that if we have any doubt of our readiness to meet Christ now, then we are not truly saved, 5(five) additional hand were raised. We thought that those prepared to meet Christ had increased by seven, but that was not the case. They were people that were not saved and they wanted to give their lives to Christ. They were lead through a prayer of confession and their lives were given to God and they were turned over to the church pastor to build them up. 4(four) of the new converts were not member of a church , but they heard of the ETS in the community and they came while the other one was a church goer but has never been saved. Life has been a burden for them to bear. They were literally feeling light after the prayer.

Building Bridges

Building Bridges

On August 14,2016 the Lutheran Hour Ministries Liberia conducted the first of three ETS this month. The ETS  was held in Siafa Town  in Banjor, the suburb of Monrovia . The inhabitants of this community are mostly Liberian who took refuge in Sierra Leone as a result of the Liberian Civil crisis. Since their return from exile, most of them have not been able to go back to their homes, but have remained in the suburb of Monrovia.

Most of the inhabitants of Siafa Town have deep roots in Islams, their ancestors are Muslims. Even though, some of them are now Christianized and are attending the Holy Ghost Evangelical Lutheran church and other churches in the area, Islam still has a strong presence among them. For instance, some homes will have about three Christians and two Muslims all from the same family. A father will have two of his sons who are Christians and another two Muslims or an aunt is Muslim and lives with her two nieces who are Christians. The interesting thing is that they have been able to live together.

Our mission was to  encourage the Muslims family members to learn about the belief of their christian relatives by asking each Christian attending the ETS to bring along his /her Muslim relations to study the Bible together. It was a good thing to see.

We know that the seed we have planted in them will germinate by the power of the Holy spirit.

The Lord of All

The Lutheran Hour Ministries Liberia has been for some time contemplating on strategies to engage the Muslim community in Liberia with her programs. Even though a couple of Muslims have been involved with our activities in various schools and with the BCC, this was our first calculated attempt to intentionally make an entry into the Muslim community.  How could we begin, other than cultivating friendship between them and the Ministry center.

The Iron Factory and Chocolate City communities on the Somalia Drive have huge Muslim population and in our quest to reach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Muslim community in Liberia, we decided to engage them with our activities. Several Muslim homes were visited and they welcome us into their homes and listened carefully to what the volunteers had to tell them about the Good News of Jesus Christ. They were eager to know more about a Christian outreach group that was happy to work with Muslims. A lot of them signed up for the BCC, but they would be very fast to tell you, I want to do the course but I don’t go to church. We told them that is fine with us, you can do the course. We are very hopeful that while studying the BCC some might just get converted. We plan to invite them to other LHM activities. As we interact more, the Holy spirit will certainly do His work.


Our entry had a priority: “Make disciples.” We decided not to carry religion to them. The volunteers shared the love of Christ with them, asked about their well being, their children, school, the economy and encouraged them that everything will be ok.

Surprisingly, the team was not rejected in any home. Everyone was receptive. As we intend to engage them often, we pray that the words of God will take root into their hearts so that they can know the true God.

Keeping in Tune with God

Many at times when young people are asked why they do not read the Bible regularly; their excuses usually sound somewhat like this:

  • It is too boring
  • I am trying to start reading it
  • I don’t understand it and it make me fall asleep
  • I don’t have the time

These are familiar rights? Of course, especially when you are bringing up children and teens. They are usually honest with their response. All teens or younger ones can relate to the struggle of spending time in the Word. Some teens read their Bible on a regular basis, but it is not because they choose to read it themselves. Some children read the Bible because it is required during their Bible class at school.

When children are taught to read the Bible from an early stage, they can grow into teens and adult who would read the Bible voluntarily. Reading the Bible can be much like reading many exciting letters from God.


The Lutheran Hour Ministries Liberia has kicked off a Bible reading class for Sunday school children at the UHP Evangelical Lutheran Church. This project, the Ministry center hopes will cultivate the culture of Bible reading in the young ones. The ages of the class members range from 5years to 11 years.

There are a lot of benefits that children can get from Bible reading.

  • It makes them feel good and gives them more understanding about God
  • It strengthens and encourages them
  • It gives them hope and helps them understand why God does things.

Talking about specific verses in the Bible with your children can help them apply God’s words in their lives.