What Grace ?/Missionary Field Report/Liberia, West Africa

Paul learned about faith, “that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”. 1Cor.2:5.

We praise God for the opportunity to serve in Liberia. The needs are so great we are often overwhelmed by them. Yet, we know the greatest need is met only through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Silvanus seeks opportunities to evangelize and minister to the Liberians by meeting them at their point of need.

In the current times we live in, computer knowledge is the desire and need of most citizens on this planet who want to be aware of what is happening in the world as well as those persons who desire to promote, themselves and/or their ministry.

Please take a moment as you read through this blog and pray with us as the Lord leads.

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Construction of school campus begins in the village of Feetuah
Construction of school campus begins in the village of Feetuah

Work continues on school being built by the World Bank in the village of Feetuah, District 3B, Grand Bassa County. The project includes several buildings. In addition to the school building there will be two additional buildings. One building will house the computer lab, science lab and library the other will be a cafeteria.

This type of campus is a rarity in Liberia!

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Meeting with Feetuah stakeholders. Topic: Using Technology in Education
Meeting with Feetuah stakeholders. Topic: Using Technology in Education

In my excitement, I neglected to take snapshots of the children interacting with the educational software. To dispel any unbelief that indeed these village children are able to learn and use educational software, I provided a demonstration. I asked that the principal would step outside and gather five children from grades 2-5 and made the stipulation, “don’t select your smartest students,” to participate in the demo. To their surprise, (not mine) not only were the children (with minimum instruction, basically how to use the mouse) able to do the software but two boys challenged one another to a round of multiplication using the Reken Test software. Software I took along for the demo were: Reken Test (math), MyABCs, Seterra (social studies),  and SpellQuizzer.

The Town Chief, Elders and other stakeholders are very excited to learn about computers as well. They were able to give a few names in the Minister of Educations office to contact for guidance and direction in submitting our project proposal. Pray with us.

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freshly cleaned cassava snake, cooked in a tomato gravy over rice
Freshly cleaned cassava snake, cooked in a tomato gravy over rice.

This is a sample of one of my meals eaten in Feetuah.

Students of Whein Town begin to take advantage of Silvanus House resources.
Students of Whein Town begin to take advantage of Silvanus House resources.

Although we seek additional funding for staffing, word is getting out and students are coming to Silvanus House requesting access to our library to complete their homework assignments.

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Teach the Web icebreaker Practice Lesson for my Webmaker Certification.
Sis Hattie teaching the “Teach the Web” icebreaker practice lesson required for my Webmaker Certification.

One assignment remaining to receiving my Webmaker Mentor badge from Mozilla Firefox. This will give credence to my skills in teaching and designing through and for the web. Special thank you to Pastor Jaruis and Pastor Goweh for assisting as students in this practicum.

Schools in Liberia began to open September 3rd. Our most immediate needs, now, are to pay staff. Liberia has a 80% unemployment rate. We need to hire 2 tutors at $100 each per month. We have a desk top computer we want to use in this high crime area. We will not feel comfortable doing this without a security guard. It will cost $200 a month for professional security. Lastly, we don’t necessarily have all the books a student will need, therefore we desire internet access. Internet at 12G of data is $80 a month. Here in Liberia we pay for the amount a data transmitted. 12G of data will personally carry me three weeks, so 12G for the students use will be sufficient.

Won’t you partner with us?

Questions for discussion:

1. Do you think the advantages of internet use outweigh the disadvantages?

2. Missionaries in the 21st century fight for relevance in the society. What are other ways we can propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

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