Greetings in the name of the God who invites us into His story,
We pray that each of you will be strengthened in the purposes and plans that God would bring about in you through His story transforming your story to His glory!
THE INTERNATIONAL ORALITY NETWORK (ION)
Ken had the privilege of attending this gathering this month in Houston, TX. While not being an expert in what all orality means for the gospel, here are a couple observations from the years of work we’ve done in Liberia.
- Liberia is filled with oral-preference learners. Story is embedded in the culture. So many of the African (Bassa, in our location) parables are stories summarized in a few words or a sentence. These parables are used to encourage, implicate and cause one to do some moral reflection.
- The scriptures are filled with story – God’s story communicated to man to help understand His nature, purpose and “conclusion”.
It will be a joy to encourage pastors in Liberia to share in this story in ways that help oral-preference learners connect with God’s story to make an eternal difference. This is one of the goals we have as we return.
HEALTH UPDATE AND DEPARTURE PLANS
The indication from Ken’s blood work is that there is no significant change in the situation. We are SO grateful to God and to you for your prayers in this regard. Medically, the next blood work will be at least 6 months from now. That means we are ready to return to Liberia for 6 months. We are currently planning on an early November departure.
GATHERING CENTER AND MINISTRY UPDATE
One of our main goals this time is to be able to spend more time up at the #3 district growing relationships. As we get to know the community and their perceived needs and goals we can better determine possible training programs we may be able to assist with.
Construction will begin on the Gathering Center at Fair Shake Village. This 10,000 ft2
facility will be the beginning location for multiple ministries (Deaf school, school, pastors gathering, etc.) The total cost of this building is $150,000 and we are 10% of the way there. We need contributions to come in within the next month to get a healthy start on this construction. These may be sent to:
4275 Liberty Ridge
Desoto, MO 63020
Daniel Biah has been heading up the beginnings of construction. He will need all the prayer support you can give him as he continues in this work. He has been a great blessing to us and to this ministry.