SAVE THIS DATE

June 27th is now set for 3Cs UMVIM members to meet in Amherst, Ohio to assort needed items form many items they have collected from friends and supporters for their container shipment in late 2015. Because of the high cost of shipping a container to Liberia; we asked our partners at the various stations in Liberia, to send us a list of items that is critical to their operation. We would then try by contacting our friends and donors over here to try and accommodate our friends and partners in Liberia. We really do the best we can knowing the conditions on the ground first hand.

Some items are easy to come by, and others are not. We get an assorted list for requested items: A tractor, lawn mower, keyboard, pickup truck, salary support for pastors and teachers, school fees and funds for student uniforms, lab equipment for Ganta Hospital, medical supplies, medicines, school supplies, farm equipment, etc., if you can imagine a needed item, it just might be on their list.

So, you now have an idea of what we are dealing with. When the Lord leads you to help us in any way, you really will be helping in the mission of “Making Disciples.” Thanks, and God bless you. Contact us:

Rev. Kathy Dickriede, 1-330-840-8556; kdickriede@mentorumc.org

Rev. Ray Ake, 1-330-531-4221; livingwaterspreacher@yahoo.com

Pryde Bass, 1-216-401-4663; prydebass@yahoo.com

 

LIBERIA’S 3Cs TEAM REUNION MAY 13TH 2015

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On May 13th 2015, members of United Methodist Visitors In Mission (UMVIM) to Liberia gathered at the Brecksville United Methodist Church to get a briefing from Rev. Kathy Dickreide and Pryde Bass on the recent visit to Liberia. The main purpose of their trip was to access the effect of the Ebola virus on East Ohio work stations: Ganta, Camphor and Harrisburg. The evening was festive, lots of food, including some favorite Liberian dishes prepared by Missionaries. We had a wonderful time and if you missed it, you missed a treat. We discussed and decided to send a 40′ container full of needed stuff for our mission stations at Ganta, Camphop and Harrisburg.

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A TIME FOR RELAXATION AND SIGHT SEEING

AT THE KING BURGER RESTAURANT

Liberia food they say is “SWEET” Not like sugar sweet but the food has a distinctive  taste. A taste you could easily come to enjoy; but after a week or so, most visitors crave for some home food. Well, we found a King Burger on Broad Street Downtown Monrovia and our team was pleased to take a break and chow down on some burger and fries.

AT THE KING BURGER RESTAURANT

AT THE KING BURGER RESTAURANT

We were also invited to a picnic given by Vice President of Liberia Hon. Joseph Boikai for members of his staff. A very nice Atlantic Ocean view with the waves and suds beating against the sand; that brought back so many memories from my childhood.

ELIZABETH FELDMAN STROLLING THE ATLANTIC SHORE

ELIZABETH FELDMAN STROLLING ALONG THE ATLANTIC SHORE

ENJOYING A MEAL BY THE SEA

ENJOYING A MEAL BY THE SEA

CLASSROOMS

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LOOK AT GOD!!

HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK

HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK

 SPIRIT OF GOD IN ACTION

On New Year’s Day, an UMVIM team of 14 from East Ohio Conference left Cleveland, Ohio for Mission work in Liberia West Africa. 

January 7th 2013 was a special day in the life of a little girl in Harrisburg, Liberia; Pastor Ray Ake, of Coalburg and Masury Churches, a member of Farmer-to-Farmer 2013 UMVIM Team, was Ministering in the Community by invitation of Bishop John Innis, Resident Bishop of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

As pastor Ray delivered his message that day, the Holy Spirit kept focusing his attention on Patience Lahbah,  an 11-year old little girl in the audience. After service, he presented his Bible to the child and encouraged her in the Lord. This was no ordinary Bible, it was the Bible Pastor Ray received from his parents; and he used it when he preached his very first sermon. The rest of the afternoon, the little girl clutched the book close to her body in gratitude.

The next day we returned to the Harrisburg Community and the St. John UMC to work on projects. During the sewing class, I noticed Rev. Catherine Ake, spending much caring time with Patience Lahbah the same little girl; I approached her and asked if she knew her husband had given his Bible to the little girl, she said no. I said to myself, look at God in action!  Later, we found out that the girl was not attending school. Well, the Ake’s began making plans to get her back in school. She had come to the sewing class with her aunt; we sent for her mother and after conversation with her, she said she had 10 children; husband left home and she had no money for tuition and school uniforms. The Ake’s made arrangements with the elementary school Principal Samuel Mulba  to cover a year ‘s tuition, books and uniforms for the little girl; they plan to follow her progress. Praise and thanks to God for allowing us to form relationships through Farmer-to-Farmer Ministry. Recent update on Patience Lahbah. She now lives with her father in Monrovia and attends school regularly.

Submitted by: Pryde Bass

MORE PICTURES OF SISTER SHARON INSTALLING PEWS IN ST. JOHN

"THE PEW MECHANIC" IS STILL AT WORK

“THE PEW MECHANIC” IS STILL AT WORK

SISTER SHARON HAHN INSTALLING PEWS IN ST. JOHN UMC

 

SISTER SHARON AT WORK

SISTER SHARON AT WORK

 

BRO. BRIAN SHEETZ DELIVERS SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE IN HARRISBURG, LIBERIA

Bro. Brian Sheetz delivering a Sunday morning message in Liberia.

 

Bro. Brian Sheetz delivering a Sunday morning message in Liberia.

Bro. Brian Sheetz delivering a Sunday morning message in Liberia.

The container with the pews had arrived and was unloaded with pieces everywhere. Sister Sharon Hahn, from Bucyrus UMC took charge and began to organize the assembly team. After measuring the sanctuary, we determined that the pews had to fit a certain pattern for St. John. Because there are two entrances from the narthex, we had to consider how funerals would be done if we install the pews the conventional way. We had to cut some pieces to fit our design; disassembled and reupholstered other pew ends.

The work started late Thursday evening and by late Friday evening, some wondered if the job would be completed for Sunday Morning service; Sister Sharon assured Bro. Brian Sheetz that all would be done for service on Sunday morning since he was to bring the message. Thanks to Sister Hahn who was affectionately called the “Pew Mechanic”. All was done. PRAISE GOD!!!!    

COME TO THE CELEBRATION ON MAY 17TH 2015

There will be a celebration for those East Ohio UMVIM Partners that have traveled to Liberia on Sunday May 17th 2015 at Brecksville United Methodist Church from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. BRING A FRIEND AND A DISH. Rev. Kathy Dickriede, Dr. Dan Dickriede and Pryde will bring you the latest from Liberia and answer all questions about Ebola.

Mission Trip to Liberia set for January 2017

Well, our date is now set. we will be working in four areas:  (1) Farm; (2) Building Ag High School; (4) Empower Women Sewing Project and Clinic. We invite you to come along if you are interested in any of these mission areas. Contact prydebass@yahoo.com or Rev. Ray Ake, livingwaterspreacher@yahoo.com,  for more detail.  We are very excited about the farm progress. Our resident farm expert Bucyrus United Methodist Church, Mr. Nathan Brause, has purchased 13 walk behind reconditioned Bradley tractors that will work fine in Liberia, training more farmers at a time. Our Liberian Partners are anxiously awaiting to be trained in the operation and maintenance of these machines.  We are equally excited about the progress we have made with the new Ag High School. We layed the foundation in February 2016. We are also seeking volunteers with building skills to help us get the school ready for the school year, March 2019. Would you join us? We are most excited about the sewing project. The women have surpassed our expectations; we took along an industrial sewing machine which should increase the women’s desire to improve their skill level. They have now made many small items which they sent to us to sell at our East Ohio United Methodist Annual Conference, and return the proceeds to them. This is exciting and meanful MINISTRY!!! Teach a man/woman how to fish ministry.  If you need an application, you may contact us, or contribute to our building fund #9026 Attn. Farmer-to-Farmer 8800 Cleveland Ave. NW, North Canton Ohio 4472o.
 
Contact us: Pryde Bass, (216) 401-4663; Pastor Ray Ake, 1-330-531-4221