...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
Children’s Work: We have had a few special events over the past months in connection with the children’s work.
1. Independence Day Celebration. Liberia’s Independence Day is July 26th, and although we had to restrict the numbers due to Covid guidelines, we were able to invite 20 of our most faithful attendees to an afternoon of games and food at the church. (We usually invite 120-150 children, from the church and the community.)
2. Vacation Bible School. Again, numbers were restricted this year (the usual attendance is 120-200 depending on venue), but we held VBS on August 23-27 for 30 children, handpicked according to attendance at the regular meetings and aged between 9-16 years. We had a very good week with them, studying Creation and spending a little time refuting some of the claims of evolutionists. Most high schools here, whether they claim to be Christian or not, use textbooks written from an evolutionary viewpoint. I was particularly encouraged by the children’s attention to what was a slightly more challenging topic than usual, and I was very grateful for the enthusiastic help I received from Rev. DiCanio and several men and young people from the church.
3. Children’s Work Training Seminar. In early August, 2021, we held two Saturday mornings of training for those people from the church who were going to be helping with VBS. Rev. DiCanio, Nathan Barco, and I taught on subjects such as Child Protection, How to Prepare and Teach a Children’s Bible Lesson, John Milton Gregory’s Seven Laws of Teaching, Qualifications for Children’s Workers, and How to Teach a Memory Verse – to name a few!

Christian School Pilot Project: Because of Covid delays, the 2020-2021 school year has not yet been completed in Liberia. Graduating seniors are still taking national exams throughout September, and the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year has been pushed back several times (currently we are being told it will be November). Due to this uncertainty, as well as the fact that our building is not yet ready, we have decided that it is not possible to start the preschool this year. So we are currently aiming for September 2022 as the start date.

General Mission and Church Work: God is continuing to bless the ministry of the Free Presbyterian Radio Station as His Word goes out 24 hours a day. Almost every Sunday, 2 or 3 radio listeners visit the church for the first time, and a small percentage of these visitors begin to attend regularly. The congregation was also encouraged when three young men witnessed to their conversions in recent years by being baptised in July.

Furlough: I am looking forward to a period of deputation in Northern Ireland, beginning in November 2021. Please pray for the Lord’s blessing on these meetings.
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