Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for L – Liberia
Thank you for joining me once, again for praying for people around the world. We are praying through the alphabet by country.
So exciting, our church – Canyon Hills Assembly of God in Bakersfield, CA is sending a team to Liberia in June 2017. I can’t wait to watch God move through this team of young adults as they share the Gospel and care for needy in this desperate part of Africa. Thank you for your prayers for the Canyon Hills Team to Liberia June 2017. Here’s how you can pray for the country of Liberia:
Republic of Liberia
Area: 99,067 sq km
Heavily forested coastal state adjoining Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire.
Population: 4,101,767 Annual Growth: 4.23%
Official language: English Languages: 31 All languages
Largest Religion: Ethnoreligionist
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Challenges for Prayer
The task of evangelization and mission must fall to Liberians and other Africans. Foreign missionaries had a long, hard, uphill struggle to plant churches in the interior; but disease, language diversity, entrenched fetishism and the disruption of war all hampered the work and eventually drove out all expat workers. Few have returned. Pray for those with a burden to return; pray for wisdom to know how they can best serve in rebuilding the nation, and best help the Liberian church complete the evangelization of every people. National mission leadership is making progress in missions advocacy among churches and in researching the nation’s current status in terms of evangelization.
Christian help ministries are essential in this land of great spiritual hunger, great spiritual needs, but few material resources:
- a) Bible translation and distribution ministries were gravely disrupted. The Bible Society and Lutheran Bible Translators projects have recommenced; 12 projects are active but another four languages have definite Bible translation needs. The completion in 2005 of the Bassa Bible (Liberia’s second largest indigenous language) was a major achievement.
- b) Christian literature. Many pastors and Christians have lost all they owned, and there is a great lack of Bibles, New Testaments and Christian literature, and few available bookstores. EHC continues nationwide literature distribution; recent focus was on the Mandingo people. Literacy is also a huge challenge in this country where almost a whole generation never had a proper chance to learn to read.
- c) The JESUS film has been viewed by the majority of the population and continues to have a converting impact on Muslims. It is available in 13 languages; six more are in production.
- d) GRN audio recordings are being used in 67 languages and dialects. These are essential for low-literacy contexts and oral learners. GRN has a Liberian base from which it has conducted nationwide outreaches and distribution. This base is well positioned to produce many more Christian recordings for evangelism, discipleship and training.
might still be Africa’s best known station, despite being evacuated four times and destroyed twice during the wars. ELWA has been resurrected, with eight hours daily in English and with broadcasts in nine Liberian languages, and plans for three more. Other local stations include Worship FM and a station by the Christian Education Foundation of Liberia as well as a station planned by the AoG and United Methodist Church. Praise God for the message that goes out. Pray for the provision of funds for these ministries and for the production of excellent content that will both reach and bless the entire nation.
“Arise for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.” Ezra 10:4
Pray for healing from terrible pain caused by two civil wars and the rebuilding that must occur in this impoverished nation.
Pray for spiritually mature leaders in the churches who will preach the Bible with integrity.
Pray for restoration for Liberia’s children — 50% of the population — who struggle to overcome the devastation of war.
in the hope of establishing a nation in which man was not owned. Though Liberia is the oldest republic in Africa, a national identity has only started to take shape after surviving two civil wars in the past thirty years. Blanketed with rain forests and valuable hardwood trees, Liberia is richly blessed in natural resources and temperate weather, which foster agriculture and a growing trade market.
However, the emotional and psychological scars of past conflicts still remain.
15,000 surviving child soldiers remain haunted and robbed of their innocence. Sex trafficking is widespread. Young girls are kidnapped, frequently by adults they know, and spend their youth as slaves and adulthood as prostitutes and beggars in their own communities. An estimated 68% of the population live below the poverty level, only 60% can read, and a mere quarter of the people have access to safe drinking water. The violence of years past remains evident on damaged buildings and roads, and political corruption is still leaving the people questioning their trust in the authorities placed above them.
Father God, You are Jehovah Rapha – the God who heals. We cry out for healing for the land of Liberia. Bring healing to the men, women and children. Strengthen those in the nation that are under the age of fifteen — the statistics say its over half of the nation. Would you, Almighty El Shaddai be their refuge in this time of need. Show yourself to be great, mighty -their all sufficient, provider who helps them in this time of need. Provide for the local churches, Bible believing leaders who will shepherd this flock in Liberia. We pray form Ezra 10:4 for Liberia, “Arise for it is your task and we are with you; be strong and do it.” Allow this nation to bring healing and hope to many others by the power of your word and by the presence of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen