Village Transformation Projects

Pastoral Training Centers to Begin in October

The Teamwork Africa Liberia board met this morning, May 31st, 2016. One of the major topics of discussion were the plans to develop four pastoral training centers in Bong County. These training centers will be located in the districts that have had many completed water projects in the past months. These districts are in need of pastors to start new churches in many of the communities. We are excited to announce that the training centers will tentatively open in October and meet once a week for a nine month period in order to train new pastors and plant new churches. This is just another way Teamwork Africa will help to equip believers and share with communities the Gospel of Christ. 

 

Peggy sends word from Liberia via email

Teamwork Africa, Liberia Aug 2012
Sat. Aug. 18, 2012
Diane London, her daughter, Elizabeth and I left for Liberia on Thurs flying with Delta. The trip went well, however, we did arrive a couple hours late. Going through the baggage pick up was a breeze! There were half as many people as usual. We got our luggage and through security in about 15 mins. It is so good to be back in Liberia. Everything is very, very green due to the rainy season.
The guest house has a few new improvements. We have bedroom furniture! And the windows have new balances and curtains. We had a feast for dinner! Fried chicken, fried rice, fried plantain, also papaya and salad. After that, we unpacked and repacked, because today we leaving for the interior.
We have a lot of supplies packed. There are clothes for Tumatai, hopefully everyone will get something new. Gifts for women, hopefully every household with receive one. We also have the medical suitcase packed. David Mulbah and Nancy Sackie will do a small medical outreach. We want to deworm all the children and meet other medical needs too. I learned that children here can be dewormed every month! The problem is eating fruit off the ground. The worms are already in it. But how can you teach the children not to eat the food off the ground when they are hungry? This is something we need to learn more about.
For those who know some of our friends in Liberia, please prayer for Evelina and her sister, Eveline, and their family as they grieve the death of their mother. Evelina’s mother has been ill with diabetes for at least 10 yrs. I don’t know if she was ever able to receive any medicine. It is so frustrating to know this woman could have had a long life with her family if she had been able to receive the medical care she needed. So, pray for Evelina. She is a beautiful young woman who is so dear to me and to know her loss breaks my heart. This news was part of my first few hours in this country of beauty and sorrow, joy and deep pain.
Today we will visit as many well rehab sites as possible. Either today or tomorrow we will visit our friends in Gbarnga. We will be staying at the teacher house for both nights. I will try to explain how to do composting toilets for a few families near the school. Diane and Elizabeth will be the honored guests as we dedicate the well in Tumatai.
Pray for good traveling weather and good relationship building. Pray mostly that everything we do and say brings glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ. May the words of our mouth and the mediations of our hearts be pleasing to You, O LORD, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.
Sat. August 19, 2012 update
We left for Bong County early. The truck was packed and we were ready to go. It’s along and bumpy road to Bong County. We took the Fenutoli road and stopped to see more than twenty repaired wells. Fenutoli is a border town to Grand Bassa county. It is an important town. The TA pastors converged there to hold evangelistic outreach on Friday and Sat. nights, preaching and showing the Jesus film. Over 80 people responded to the Gospel message.
There is also a clinic in Fenutoli. It has solar panels on the roof for energy. It is small, mostly for delivering babies and minor injuries or illnesses.
We arrived at the Fellowship community school teacher house before dark. We packed so quickly that I didn’t think about towels or sheets for the beds. We sorted of made do. At lease the camping toilet still had some disposable bags left.
Sunday August 19, 2012
In the morning, I gave gifts to the children around the house. I saw Elina, Musu, Betty, Niegbah, Jonathan, Jonah, Peter Sackie, and many others. It was great to have time to be with them. Shawn, you will be so happy to know how friendly Musu is to me!
All our bags were carried to Tumatai. After breakfast, we walked the 30-45 min walk to the village, across the swamp bridge and the creek bridge and through the forest. We got a couple of cocoa pods that were ripe. It was a nice walk there. We stopped to take plenty of pictures.
At Tumatai, the people greeted Diane and Elizabeth with songs and dancing. We walked through the village to the church. We were just about to start the program outside when it began to rain, so we moved to inside the church. Then the introductions were made, new names given and greetings exchanged. Diane and Elizabeth were gowned and danced with the village women. After the ceremony, they went to walk around the village a little. They ended up playing a huge game of “Duck, Duck, Chicken”. David Mulbah and Nancy Sackie sent up the medical outreach in the church. They treated 138 people in about 6 hours. They gave dewormer to the children, treated malaria and infections.
The cement was ready for Diane and Elizabeth to write their inscription in. They wrote “Live Laugh Love” and made hearts with the shells or palm nuts.
Diane set up a little “store” in someone’s house. I gave out children’s clothes on one side of the house while she gave flip flops on the other side. She was continually telling people to get back and not crowd the house. It was frustrating for her. It didn’t go the way she had hoped. She really wanted to get to know the names of the people, but it didn’t work that way. As I started running out of clothes that were the right size, I got more and more frustrated. Finally, I just had to quit. I took a break inside the small dark mud hut. Then I left to see how the medical outreach was going. They were a little more organized. One young man was in charge of keeping the people orderly. They shut the door and finished with just the people that were inside. Because the people would just keep coming and coming if a finish point was not set.
We were ready to go back to the teacher house by then. But, it was too late to go to Gbanga. I was disappointed. I was really hoping to see Michael’s grandma, Patrick and the new baby girl. I also wanted to see Evelina and John Mark. I was hoping to get a better picture of Matthow Siakor’s school too. Anyway, Peter asked me if I wanted to walk to Kpeletayama instead and that immediately revived my spirit. We didn’t have time to walk to Kpeletayama last time we were here, so it had been a long time since I had been there. I even started walking off ahead, I was anxious to get there. Pastor John Flomo came along with us. I told him the story of Habakkuk and how Teamwork Africa was born. We asked a man from the village to clear off Habakkuk’s grave and prepare it for the video with The Last Well the following day. One of Peter’s nieces noticed he was there and greeted him with such dancing. She even got me to dance also. Then we returned to the teacher house. Matthew Siakor was there to greet me. After we ate, Pastor George and Pastor Mathew and I went to one of the classrooms to discuss education in Liberia. I learned a lot about how school is run there. It was a really interesting conversation.
Then Pastor Peter, Pastor John, Pastor George, David Mulbah and I stayed up late talking outside on the log by the teacher house. The stars shown so brightly. It was so peaceful. They thanked me, as a white person, for being willing to stay outside in the dark talking late into the night. I thanked them, as a woman, to be invited to talk about “God business” with them. I learned so much from them about the relationships that past missionaries have had. So many of the stories break my heart. I pray that I always honor the name of Christ in everything I do in this country that some of the mistakes done by those before me will be erased.

Hill Top and Kpeletayama

By Thurs afternoon, we were hopelessly behind schedule. Not that it mattered much. Our vehicle was running slow, but it was still running. We stayed longer in Dwita than we planned and spent time at the Flomo farm, so we were late arriving in Gbagna to see Pastor Matthew Siakor at Hill Top. Matthew is pastor and school adminitrator. Even in the dark, he showed Peggy around the school. It had started small and grown. Hopefully, we will return sometime to see it in the daylight and meet the children.

We also met John Mark. He is one year old. Evelyna found him abandoned in the market a few months ago very, very sick. Her family decided to take care of him. He had a high fever when we saw him and we prayed that he would recover soon.

Peggy also met Michael’s birth mom and baby brother, as well as Michael’s grandma (who is also David Mulbah’s mother) Sorry if that is confusing. We only saw them briefly and snapped some pictures, then they were gone into the darkness of night.

As we loaded up in the truck once again, I (Peggy) felt overwhelmed. It was late Thurs night and I had just met 3 really significant people and said good bye to them within 15 min. I didn’t want the thought to linger long, but it was the beginning of the good byes we would say over the next few days.

We drove another hour maybe and arrived at Kpeletayama. We unloaded by lantern light and set up the best we could. We did a brief introduction. We brought a tent with us since the teacher house wasn’t big enough to house everyone. I hoped we could set the tent up in the daylight, so they could see how to do it, but by truck headlights, we still had it up within 15 mins. It was the first tent they had ever seen and the men were pretty excited to sleep in it.

Shawn met Musu, her Starfish Kid. It was beautiful to watch the tenderness she has for this little girl. Shawn has small gifts to give her, including a baby doll. Musu is a child whose life is being transformed because of the generosity of someone who believes small things done with great love change the world.

Hill Top, Kpeletayama and Tumatai

We arrived at Hill Top church and St. Matthew’s school very late. I tried to give Steve the update on the trip so far while we were there.
In the dark, we met Evelyna’s little John Mark. He just turned one year old, but he is so tiny. John Mark was abandoned in the market by his teenage mother who had been kicked out of her home a few months previous. He was sick and she tried to help, but overdosed him with medience. Evelyna, 21, found him and took him to the hospital. When the birth mom was found, she offered to take him so his unwed birth mom could return to her family. John Mark was really

Moses Kwenah Town

On Wed, our afternoon stop was Moses Kwenah Town. It is a village I was very anxious to visit. I was not disappointed. As we neared the village, we saw the woven palms with bright pink flowers displayed to welcome us. The truck stopped and as I got out, I was mobbed by singing and dancing women. This little lady of the village held me as we danced and danced. After a while, Peter tried to get us to go into the church so we could begin our program. I felt so honored and humbled to be in that place. The story of Moses Kwenah Town during the war is so tragic, yet I can see before my eyes God bringing beauty from the ashes.

I was able to present the pictures of the Family Fellowship Group from MN that sponsor this village through Village Transformation Project and read the letter they had sent. They also had a letter to read to me and send back to their sponsors. This village was so excited about the plans they have for the future. I was thrilled to see the pig pens that they have been working so hard to finish before we arrived. I also noticed the new cement floor and zinc roof on the church. These people have been busy! They have also built a latrine for their village.

I saw the new well and drank it’s cool water. This is the village I left one year ago in tears because I knew that without clean water, some of the beautiful children I had just met would not survive another year. God is so merciful. Moses Kwenah Town was the first village to get a new well during dry season.

God had so much more in store than I could have dreamed of. Moses Kwenah Town has two churches of different denominations. THey haven’t always gotten along very well. The village transformation project has brought them together so that they work with one another to better their community. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the leader from the other church and hear his heart felt appreciation for what we are doing. God is so good!

Village Transformation: Moses Kwenah Town

MOSES KWENAH TOWN March 2012 mission trip update VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH PLANT AND COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION PROPOSAL
Moses Kwenah Town is the location of this church plant.  It is located in Bong County, Central Liberia about an hour drive north of Gbarnga.  This Town has the approximate population of  400  persons with 75% of that number  youth and children.
The New church plant has 150 regular attendance including children. This church is full of widows who came out of the massacre gruesomely carried out the Liberia Peace Council warring faction that was fighting to unseat Charles Taylor NPFL. Like most villages in Bong County, this village has nothing.  The need for solid education is high in this area.  Most of the kids are orphans.  The church has property to build their  own church but no funds to construct the structure.
 
Pastor James is in the middle of his family
PASTOR:
Pst. James Quinah is now the current church planter in this church. He was born 1961.  He is married to Nowah Quinah.  He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1998.  Though he does not have a formal education as he stopped in 1st Grade, but he is influential in the area due to his exemplary life he lives in the area. He has heart for God and loves the Lord. He lives his life on farming with his wife Nowah Quinah.
  The following are his children:
1.         Junior Quinah  ;83
2.       Sata Quinah   ‘84
3.       Bigboy Quinah ‘93
4.      Esther Quinah ‘94
5.       Anker Quinah  2004
CHURCH STRENGTH:

The church is blessed with land space that cash crops can be planted on for self sustainability.  The church is considering planting Rubber Trees from which they could benefit in eight years times to keep them self sustaining and supporting from this.
So, a gift of US$ 500.00 apart from Pastor salary will help the church and community to planting rubber,  help the huge widow population presence in the area.  Cassava planting with a processing machine is also sought highly in this area to make the impoverished widow get to do their own work for earning a living.  Pastor David Quinah and all of the Quinahs have unanimously agreed to give over 200 acres to the church for community sustainable development projects.
 
This is the current church building.
This is village is adopted,  it will be a huge blessing for not only the people the village but the surrounding cluster of villages that have similar if not worst. This village is a gateway to lot of villages in the area. An individual, church or community decision to adopt this will be a huge blessing with eternal dividend.
Moses Kwenah Town was the first stop on the evangelistic outreach Mark and Peggy were part of in March.
Mark Halvorsen interviewed Pastor David Quinah about the massacre that occurred in this village when rebel soldiers attacked and took seven men, leaders of the community, and murdered them. One of the men was David’s father and another his uncle.
Many people took off running into the jungle for safety. Days later, David returned and found the remains of his father and uncle and placed them inside a small house for their final resting place.
 
Tomb of Pastor David’s father and uncle

The widows and children of these deceased men now look to Pastor David to help provide for their families. The women must now do the work that their husbands once did.

Pastor David Quinah currently lives in Monrovia where he pastors Victory Baptist Church. It is a sister church to the church at Moses Kwenah Town by the same name. The churches were named in memory of those who were lost in the attack.
Pastor David has many children in his house in Monrovia. Some of them are children from the village, staying with him while trying to get an education. There is no school in the village.
Moses Kwenah Town is a friendly village that warmly welcomed us. They have so little to offer. When we asked them what their highest need is, they quickly responded: clean water. This is the same answer in every village we entered. So many people get sick and many children die due to the lack of clean water. Like many villages, Moses Kwenah Town gets water from an open pit well. This “well” collects run off water that is contaminated. Plans are being made to drill a proper sealed well as soon as the finances come in. Below is a picture of the current source of water for the village.
Could you drink this? Offer it to your children?
Well digging rig

Teamwork Africa Becoming Community Partner..

In its vision for holistic impact for the communities of Liberia, Teamwork Africa has launched its first Village Transformation Project with the construction of a 35-foot wide hand built road to give driving access to the village of Tumatai where another church plant is taking place. Pastor Peter has taken the lead of this project by providing food, tools and mobilizing work force to carrying on the project. Remember, road is a gateway to development. Tumatai Village needs everything as it is one of the villages of Liberia with NOTHING.

 

Tumatai is inhabited with over 1000 people with over 70 thatch huts better called homes. Your family, church or community is welcome to adopt this village. If nothing is done to connect this village, pregnant women will continue to:- die from complicated labor/delivery, lack potable drinking water, have no way to provide quality education for the children population of over 60% in this village, etc.

 

Village Transformation: Kpeletayama

Village Transformation: Kpeletayama

Habukkuk’s well was the first step in bringing hope.

Liberia’s under-five mortality rate remains among the five highest in the world, and more than 15% of children die before reaching their first birthday, according to UNICEF.

 

The making of the teacher house.

Making clay bricks to build the teacher house

 

Even the children help out.

 

These bricks are covered with cement.

 

House almost complete! It is beautiful.

 

 

Pastor George and his wife, Nancy, a nurse midwife.

 

This is the view from the “living room.” Through the first doorway is the kitchen, where Nancy will deliver babies. It is the only cement surface in the village. Before this, babies were delivered in the bush.

 

The people of Kpeletayama

This little girl is blind. We hope to get her medical treatment next spring.