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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!!!!    

WHAT WAS THE CONDITION OF ST. JOHN AFTER THE CIVIL WAR

St. John UMC after the civil war
St. John UMC after the civil war

ST. JOHN UMC AFTER THE WAR

A very famous popular saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are a few pictures of St. John United Methodist Church in Harrisburg before Celebration and Henrietta United Methodist through the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church established a partnership.

INTERIOR OF ST. JOHN UMC BEFORE RENOVATION BEGAN

INTERIOR OF ST. JOHN UMC BEFORE RENOVATION BEGAN

WORK HAS BEGUN AFTER THE WAR

WORK HAS BEGUN AFTER THE WAR

 

 

 

Here faithful worshipers in Sunday morning service. Pastor Modesco Siaker is an energetic and motivated leader of his flock; he was raised in this Harrisburg Community but due to marriage, he  lives in a nearby community two and a half hours away which he walks every Sunday morning for service and back home after church. The real story here is that no Liberian pastor was eager to take on the task of leading a congregation where most of the members lived and worshiped in the Capital City Monrovia because of the bad roads when it rained. And they only came to church during the dry season, or Decoration Day (when family graves are cleaned of weeds and decorated with flowers).

Pastor Saiker told me that when it rained during service, he had to dodge rain drops as he tried to preach from the pulpit due to holes in the roof; yet he was faithful and committed to the call of God to lead this small flock. Thanks be to God and partners in East Ohio, Farmer-to-Farmer bought pastor Siaker a motor bike in 2012, which eliminated his walking. He said, “I’m very thankful to God, East Ohio and our partners for their prayers and support; if you wait on the Lord, He promised to renew our strength- I am more committed now than ever. The Ministry of Farmer-to-Farmer has opened our eyes to new and greater possibilities for our people both physically and spiritually”.

 

ST. JOHN UMC HAS A NEW LOOK INSIDE

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INTERIOR OF ST. JOHN UMCIn 2014, a team of volunteers from East Ohio traveled to Harrisburg, Liberia. One project they completed was installing new pews in the church. These pews were donated by Bucyrus United Methodist in Ohio, a sister church to St. John United Methodist in Liberia. Bucyrus also had two members on the team; Nathan Brause, a corn and wheat farmer worked and trained Liberian farmers how to operate, maintain the farm tractor and ways of planting crops using small planters. The other member on the team from Bucyrus was Sharon Hahn, she runs an upholstery business in Bucyrus, Ohio, and she went specifically to help install the pews in the sanctuary which she did with reverence and conviction. Thanks to Pastor Mike Corwin, our sisters and brothers at Bucyrus United Methodist Church for their prayers and financial support to the Farmer-to-Farmer Ministry.