Our Ministries

Ministries under Vision Impact Liberia

Our Ministries

Ministries under Vision Impact Liberia

Outreach Ministries

What is an outreach?

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.

Outreach Ministries of Vision Impact Liberia

Outreach Ministries of Vision Impact Liberia

Our Ministries Jesus Film Project

Our Ministries Jesus Film Project

Depending upon the donations we have received, an Outreach is either a one or two week project.

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.

Prior to the project, we walk to surrounding villages and huts to chat with the people, inviting them to the films.
View the Jesus Film
Jesus Film Project
It is also a time to hold a 3 day mini conference for Christian Pastors and church leaders from all around the region where they can share a daily meal, which we must provide, take in some teaching from the Word, and share testimonials. Sundays are for a worship service for all Christians in the area and Pastor Eric is the presenter. Pastor Eric also ensures new believers meet local pastors who will invite them into their church and ensure the opportunity to be baptized and mentored. Over 15,000 have viewed the Jesus Film through this method and thousands have accepted Christ.
Mini Conference Christian Pastors and Church Leaders

Mini Conference Christian Pastors and Church Leaders

Our Ministries Follow Up

Our Ministries Follow Up

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

How it is done?
Vision Impact Liberia teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Liberia with a Liberian cultural perspective, not the Western perspective. Our ministry programs are developed by a Liberian director, Pastor Eric Sumo, and other Liberians he has mentored. Since many Liberians have minimal or no education, Pastor Eric presents the gospel in English using terminology and examples understood by their culture.
And this is also true when Vision Impact Liberia trains the nationals in the Word of God, so they will know the heart of God for “the whole world” of John 3:16, and for every Liberian.
Pastors Learning to be Disciples

Pastors under Pastor Eric's teaching

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.

VIL Pastors Training

Vision Impact Pastors' Training

NWC Created for Influence Poster

“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!

Ladies Scriptural Principles

Worship at Ladies' Conference

"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.”

Jeremiah 15:16

Outreach Wells 

How did it start?

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.

Unfortunately, Pastor Charles Varney from Kenema, offered to be a visiting pastor in one of these villages where we built a church, was killed by poisoning at the hands of a Muslim villager.
This event reminds us that we are in Satan’s territory and this type of ministry activity needs serious and constant prayer coverage from Christians who are supporting us in prayer. Liberia is a spiritual battle ground even for putting down a well.
Funding for all 12 of our wells has come from Canada and the USA. Pastor Eric takes time in prayer to hear direction from God where He wants our wells to be offered as God has already prepared hearts to receive Him. In spite of differences in belief, there was great appreciation and respect from the Muslim villagers for the love, compassion, and hard work given by Vision Impact Liberia on behalf of these Muslims suffering in poverty and without Christ. To the Muslim villagers, that gushing and beautiful water was like a banquet saving lives and motivating their invitation for us to return and hold an outreach with the Jesus Film.
Liberia Map of Works by Vision Impact Liberia
One chief even offered a building space with a cement foundation where we could build a Christian church. Unfortunately we were unable to use this opportunity to build a church because of a lack of finances. Yet we have noticed great strides in this ministry since we began in 2006 and without hesitation we give God glory for all He has done and for His favour and grace upon us. God delights to partner with His children who give Him glory and maintain a surrendered, intimate relationship with Him.

"But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."

2 Timothy 4:5