DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
P. O. BOX 10-1010
1000 MONROVIA, 10 LIBERIA
REPORT ON THE SECOND ACADEMY
As part of the Department’s responsibility to train and equipped Local Pastors, Evangelists and Church Leaders in order for them to re-produce themselves by replicating the training, the Department this year conducted series of training activities in some remote parts of the country of relevance for the promotion of the Good News, discipleship and church growth. For this year, and the next, the leeward counties (the hinterland and countryside) will be considered. This ministry is totally evangelistic and equipping.
The second phase of the training was in Bong County, Central Liberia. The Liberia Annual Conference has three Districts (Gbarnga, Kokoyah, and Jorquelleh) in Bong County, mainly composed of the Kpelleh tribes; one of the largest tribes in Liberia.
There were ninety-five (95) participants in attendance for the training. Some of participants revealed to us that they walked between three to eight hours to the venue because they have no means of transportation due to inaccessibility for vehicle. However, they were enthusiastic about the training and the spiritual formation experience they had. The joy for the opportunity cannot be over emphasized as expressed by the participants. Other participants from other denominations were encouraged.
As we train and equip local Pastors and church leaders throughout the Annual Conference for the advancement of God’s Kingdom, we realized that rural districts and churches need basic and specific topics in order to meet their needs as well as achieving our goal and objectives.
The below listed topics were deliberated on during the training sessions. They include:
- The Church and Missions in rural Liberia
- The Role of Prayer in Evangelism
- The Holy Spirit and His Role in Evangelism
- The Method in Planning Crusade and Revival in rural settings
- The Pastors as an Evangelist
- Evangelism and Discipleship
- Conflict/Palava Management in the Church and Society in Post-war Liberia
- Cross-culture Evangelism
The training session was challenging but rewarding. At the end of the training session, participants received Certificate of Participation.
The following persons facilitated the teaching sections of the Academy:
- Rev. Isaac Chukpue-Padmore, Director
- Rev. H. Nyenorsee Hinneh, Associate Director
- Pst. Princess C. Knuckles, Training Officer
- Rev. Dorothy McCauley, Volunteer
- Rev. Jacob Nathan (District Superintended, River Cess District), Volunteer
The amount available for the training was Two thousand sixty-six United States Dollars (USD$2,066). The amount was used for the training. Below is the breakdown:
a) Food – – – – – – $975.00
b) Gas/transportation/Vehicle maintenance – – $900.00
c) Training Materials/Printing – – – – $150.00
d) Communication – – – – – $41.00
Total – – – – – – $2,066.00
Most of the roads in Liberia are deplorable and challenging for travels. Since the outbreak of the fourteen (14) years civil unrest, most of the roads in the leeward counties have not been rehabilitated. However, with God on our side, we braved the storm for the promotion of God’s Kingdom here on earth and travelled on the bad roads in order to reach our targeted population.
The training equipped the participants to in return multiply themselves for effective ministry in the rural setting. The importance of the hosting of this training cannot be over emphasized as new knowledge and understanding of ministry in the rural area were acquired.
Additionally, one of the most powerful tools of evangelism; The Jesus Film Show was screened with Jesus speaking in the local dialect of the viewers; Kpelleh. Souls were won, lives were recommitted and the convert were subsequently turn over to the Church.
Of importance, whatever the conditions and circumstances, the Kingdom of God most be expanded through trainings and evangelistic activities.
Many thanks to all of you our Partners and Donors who made these training sessions a success through their contributions. May God richly bless you all.
Rev. Isaac Chukpue-Padmore