GBCer Dennis Hoover has returned from Liberia, Africa after helping Revive Liberia Missions provide support to seventeen churches in the Alive Liberia Missions network. One of this ministry’s programs supplies Liberians with sawmills and the expertise to use them. Through the sawmill project, men are trained and employed in the lumber industry which also provides support to their churches.
Dennis and Jim Brown (JB) of the Wood-Mizer sawmill company, traveled to Buchanan, Liberia to provide refresher training and sawmill maintenance. Except for Sunday morning at church, their time was spent at the sawmill/logging yard repairing equipment, problem solving, observing work practices, and helping where needed. Along with two missionaries “out of the bush”, their work continued on Sunday afternoon at Pastor Claudius’ sawmill located behind his house. Claudius adopted and raised twelve boys during the civil war, each of whom has become an African pastor.
Evenings were spent phoning the U.S., inventorying parts, watching sawing videos with the young sawyers, and learning practical math. They also watched JB’s Christian movies with their African hosts and friends, including a former witch doctor whose conversion has turned whole villages to Jesus.
Enormous cottonwood trees dot the landscape in the upland “bush” areas of Liberia. Many were planted, along with a curse, where a young woman was buried alive as part of a native sacrifice ritual. Bill, one of the American missionaries who came from the bush, wants every one of these cottonwoods cut down and their logs sawn into boards to build churches, showing this curse has no power alongside the Lord’s.
Please pray that his desire is fulfilled and that the upcoming visit of another group in March will be a further blessing to our fellow believers in Christ, in Buchanan, Liberia.