Ministries under Vision Impact Liberia
Ministries under Vision Impact Liberia
For Vision Impact Liberia, it means leaving the city of Monrovia, travelling very rough, dirt roads by vehicle from 3-13 hours and then often walking on narrow paths, carrying everything we need to get to villages that are scattered throughout the interior jungle and bush of Liberia. Sometimes it means we have to make a raft to cross a river or take a local canoe. This sojourn is often preceded by the advance team who go to talk with the elders of villages to get permission to come and also to arrange a place to sleep for the team that will follow.
The first night and for several more nights, we set up and show the Jesus Film with an invitation for Muslims to receive Christ afterwards, and then a time of testimony. Other Christian films about the Old Testament characters are typically also shown.
View the Jesus Film
A second Outreach approach takes the form of a follow-up to a Muslim village that has received a well from Vision Impact Liberia, where a relationship has been established. More recently, relationships have been developed where VIL has made connections through helping with the Ebola prevention teaching, giving hand washing supplies, or bags of rice to the villagers under quarantine. Because of this we are not entirely strangers, and the process of showing the Jesus Film, returning to build a church and hold Christian services is a great possibility. God has graciously prepared the way for us to make disciples of villagers who can make other disciples.
And so we go, by jet, jeep, dugout canoes; through river and jungle, across borders and cultures, into villages and shanty town slums, raising up churches and going into homes and into people’s lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Training The Trainer
Considering Liberia is one of the poorest countries of the world and least educated, it is more profitable for these people to “be faithful men who will be able to teach others” (II Timothy 2:2) in their own country and within their own culturally relevant terms.
Since 2007, Vision Impact has brought pastors together for training in the Word and personal development with some of the scriptural teaching done by pastors from North America and Pastor Eric. This training includes what the Bible teaches about how important living a godly life with integrity is to ministry. Two teaching and training conferences are also provided for the wives of each pastor.
“Created For Influence”
A little bit of Heaven? What a JOY to be with 625 Christian Liberian women from six different counties, most of whom had never met, and hear them praise the Lord in such beautiful harmony with their faces beaming. They have come from great distances, walking several hours per day to hear truths from God’s word and teaching on women’s health.
The Holy Spirit speaks to us of new ways to evangelize in the country of Liberia. One of these ways is to train Christian women to use their far-reaching influence to bring others to Christ. How exciting to hold a four day training conference on health, teaching of scriptural principles for these women, and release them to teach a thousand more in places Vision Impact may never get to. They caught the vision and individuals have already been teaching groups of women from other villages. This is so exciting!
"Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.”
Healing lives in a hurting nation
Our message of hope through God’s love is like a drink of cool, clean water on a hot and dusty Liberian day. With the opportunity to give free education for employment, safe drinking water for a village, and support for weary pastors. Vision Impact has been proclaiming the mercy and grace of God to the hearts of Liberians for over 10 years. Vision Impact Liberia is non-denominational and serves with a holistic view, integrating evangelism, social concern, and physical needs — such as safe drinking water.
In March and April 2013 three wells were put down in interior Muslim villages. By March 2014, wells number 10, 11 and 12 were put down in three more Muslim villages — opening the doors for three more churches to be built for Christian worship services. As of September 2023 we had dug 24 wells.
"But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."