2013 Stepping Into Destiny/Missionary Field Report:Liberia, West Africa


When Hudson Taylor was director of the China Inland Mission, he often interviewed candidates for the mission field. On one occasion, he met with a group of applicants to determine their motivations for service. “And why do you wish to go as a foreign missionary?” he asked one. “I want to go because Christ has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” was the reply. Another said, “I want to go because millions are perishing without Christ.” Others gave different answers. Then Hudson Taylor said, “All of these motives, however good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possible death. There is but one motive that will sustain you in trial and testing; namely, the love of Christ”.

Galatians 5:13  For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Herbert enjoys Aesop’s Fables.

2012 had fruit: One student who was known for fighting in the community finally settled down after repeated love, counseling and discipline, laid down his rep as a fighter. This same student seemed to be  nonchalant about the entire learning process began the academic year 2012/2013 with a C+ average.  Two Young Scholar students Herbert C. McClain and Benjamin Mason were skipped from the 5th grade to the 7th grade. All Young scholars either maintained or succeeded their previous years academic averages.

Benjamin Mason relaxes while reading.
Benjamin Mason relaxes while reading.

2012 had accomplishments: Adequate temporary housing was found that resulted in establishing a new adult literacy class and we made use of our library making it available for children in our new community for homework assignments. Defend the Faith launched its first 24/7 Internet Evangelism on iTunes. We started our WordPress newsletter blogs. Missionary Hattie Carlis began assistant teaching for the new members orientation class at Bethel World Outreach ministries. Our primary support base remained solid.

2012 had challenges: Silvanus House was temporarily shut down due to lack of sufficient funds to sustain it. Prior to the move we were robbed twice after residing and ministering there in Barnersville for 3 years and in Liberia 12 years with no such problems.

Literacy student Winnie doing math assignment on Reken Test shareware
Literacy student Winnie doing math assignment on Reken Test shareware

2013 opens with Silvanus seeking opportunities and finances to become self-sustainable. Agriculture exports and training trainers in literacy and IT for African children are just a few of the areas we are exploring to sustain us throughout the years.

2013 opens with our hearts laid bare for a fresh anointing for us and the ministry. The Silvanus Board realigns, reorganizes, a refocus on the call to serve Christ in Liberia through Silvanus. Our missionary on the field awaits new recruits that will come alongside as fellow laborers in Christ.

Over the next few weeks/months we will feature one needed person/item/prayer concern in this blog.

Won’t you pray with us,

Sis Hattie


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