DEPARTMENT OF EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
P. O. BOX 10-1010
1000 MONROVIA, 10 LIBERIA
September 26, 2011
REPORT ON THE EVANGEMED (Outreach with Medication and Food)
EvangeMed is an Outreach Ministry of our Department established nearly five years ago in Liberia. This area covers the Aged, Hospital and Prison Ministries of Liberia Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church. EvangeMed seeks to share the Good News through word, deeds and Christian social actions to all, irrespective of denomination. While the work is done among United Methodists, all God’s children in every area that we work definitely benefit. This ministry takes the Gospel, food and medication to our targeted population. The hospitals, clinics, prison compounds, towns and villages are our target. For this year, and the next, the leeward counties (the hinterland and countryside) will be administered to. This ministry is totally evangelistic.
This year, our first major visit was in Central Liberia – Bong County. In this County, the Liberia Annual Conference has three Districts (Gbarnga, Kokoyah, and Jorquelleh) mainly composed of the Kpelleh tribes (the largest tribe in Liberia). It was a Weeklong Ministry from September 12 – 17, 2011.
The roads to Central Liberia are deplorable and challenging for travels. Since the fourteen (14) years Civil War ended, most of the roads in the leeward counties have not been rehabilitated, so we braved the storm for the Gospel sake and travelled on the bad roads in order to reach our targeted population.
Our first stop was at the Phebe Hospital in Bong County, Suakoko. This is a major referral hospital in Central Liberia where neighboring countries like Guinea and Cote D’Voire citizens are even treated. In fact, during our visit, we administered to scores of Ivorian refugees who were admitted at the hospital. They were also recipients of the gifts taken along. In addition to preaching and praying for the administrators, nurses, doctors and the patients, we donated ten (10) bags of rice to the hospital to increase the ration for the patients. Rice is donated because it is the stable food for the Liberian people. We administered to over two hundred (200) people at this hospital. It was an all day affairs. The hospital administrators and patients were grateful and overwhelmed for this Christian humanitarian gesture.
The second and most challenging phase of our Outreach took us to a town called Toemue, about 58 miles from Gbarnga. As indicated, the travel on these roads in leeward counties of Liberia is characterized by dangers due to their dilapidated conditions. However, with faith in God, we took a leap of faith. On our way to Tomue we were faced with crossing stakes bridges and going through muddy roads. At some point, we got down from the vehicle and reconditioned the bridge before crossing.
With God on our side, we reached Toemue safely and met with the eager waiting crowd who for the first time experienced our Ministry in this manner. In Toemue, with the help of Rev. David Bono, the District Superintendent of Jorquelleh District, people gathered from all towns and villages across the District. For the rest of the week, the Word of God was preached and taught. In the evening hours, the Jesus Film in the Kpelleh vernacular spoken by the people of this region was shown. The Film is a Powerful evangelistic tool for ministry. It tells of the birth, life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Invitations to the faith and Christian discipleship were extended to the attendees and many of them responded positively. There was seventy-eight (78) converts-comprising of sixty-eight (68) adults and ten (10) children. The local Churches took over the new converts for discipleship while hundred others renewed their faith in Jesus Christ.
Additionally on this trip was a medical practioner, Madam Bindu Barclay of the Seventh Day Adventist Church who volunteered her services to assist in the medical area. This sister did the First Aid Screening for all present and First Aid Medication was dispensed to the people.
The elderly, male, female, children were screened and served medication. A total of two hundred eighty-three persons were served with the following breakdown:
Number of Males – 83
Number of Females – 123
Number of Elderly – 56
Number of Children – 21
Total: – 283 persons
There were five (5) serious cases that were referred to the Phebe Hospital among them was an eighty-nine (89) year old man who had six children but all predeceased him as a result of the war. See photo below:
The Outreach was done in a spirit of ecumenism as people from the Methodist, the Baptist, the Pentecostal and Seventh Day Adventist Churches were all administered to.
The impact this aspect of ministry had on the people of this region is tremendous. They experienced the love of God in Jesus Christ in a meaningful way. They received the Christian faith with basic social services with brought hope and restoration to them. They expressed the joy of God caring for them no matter of their social status and location in this part of the globe.
Importantly, the Kingdom of God was expanded as there were new converts who were added to the number of Christians in the world. Additionally, a significant number of existing congregations were strengthened as hundreds of people rededicated their lives to Jesus Christ. Many lives were transformed as the people heard the Gospel message and benefited from the Christian social actions as they got food and medication.
Many thanks to all of you, our Partners and Donors who made this ministry a success through your contributions. May God richly bless you all.
Rev. Isaac Chukpue-Padmore