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By Drew Welch

The Welch family: (back row, left to right) Drew, Jessica, (front row, left to right) Kayla, Ian, Kirsten

The Welch family: (back row, left to right) Drew, Jessica, (front row, left to right) Kayla, Ian, Kirsten

It is a joy to see the fruit that remains and to hear testimonies of God’s healing and deliverance from times of old, but we need a fresh move of God in this day and hour.

Over ten years ago the Lord allowed me to see a vision of dead African bodies that had been piled up in a heap.

I was not permitted to look away from the carnage until a young child came into view. In the vision I knelt down to wipe away the tears from the child’s face.

The Faith Open Bible Church in Monrovia plans to  expand the church and build an elementary school building.

The Faith Open Bible Church in Monrovia plans to expand the church and build an elementary school building.

When sharing this vision this past summer at the Liberia Open Bible Family Reunion held in the States, our host, Pastor Jeremiah Menyongai, shared that he and his friends had experienced such an occasion in Liberia, West Africa. They had found themselves behind rebel lines during the civil war and began a singing group called Youth for Christ Singers. They formed the group to encourage the people in the only hope that they had, Jesus Christ. Four out of the five members of the singing group were present at our reunion to bless us with some of their songs written during this horrific time in Liberia. Once while the group was traveling and singing, they came upon a pile of dead bodies such as I had seen in my vision. On the top of the pile was the body of a young child. This experience has been my most recent confirmation of the call of God to help bring healing and restoration to the people of Liberia.

Liberian Reunion group photo. Ma Miller, a former Open Bible missionary, was an honored guest.

Liberian Reunion group photo. Ma Miller, a former Open Bible missionary, was an honored guest.

During my first of two mission trips to Liberia I became overwhelmed by the many needs. We witnessed pastors with no Bibles, theological training, or any means of providing for their families. We visited schools that lacked qualified staff or basic instruction materials and teachers that had been working for little or no compensation. Many of the church and school buildings were in need of repair after being burned down during the two civil wars. (Buildings with good roofs are essential in a country with a seven-month rainy season.) The national leadership was barely able to provide oversight with no national office, transportation, or resources to support the thirty-plus Open Bible churches and their ministries.

Example of a church in need of repair at Rivercess, Liberia.

Example of a church in need of repair at Rivercess, Liberia.

Nonetheless, God reminded me on the bumpy, dirty road back from the interior that He is able! This is what I declared before the people in the Monrovia Open Bible Church during the country’s Open Bible national convention in 2015. The theme of the convention was “A Glorious Future,” and we believe for just that. We are trusting God to meet the needs among the pastors and schools and to bring about the other resources necessary for the gospel to be spread to every tribe in Liberia.

Praise be to God that over the past two years communication has improved and many facets of the ministry here have begun to be revitalized. We have been able to bring suitcases full of Bibles, We Believe doctrines manuals, school supplies, and many other resources. Building projects have been supported through Open Bible Churches and Love Liberia Missions. INSTE has again been initiated, and there are plans to strengthen our schools in Liberia.

Children at an Open Bible church in the Rivercess District. Many of the interior churches are made of mud walls as seen here. They often fail with the weather.

Children at an Open Bible church in the Rivercess District. Many of the interior churches are made of mud walls as seen here. They often fail with the weather.

We are thankful to be a part of the long Open Bible heritage in Liberia and to pick up the baton of ministry from my grandparents, Robert and Evelyn Welch. It is a joy to see the fruit that remains and to hear testimonies of God’s healing and deliverance from times of old, but we need a fresh move of God in this day and hour.

We ask you to be a part of wiping away the children’s tears and to believe with us and the saints in Liberia for a glorious future.

Drew-Welsh-authorboxDrew Welch and his wife, Jessica, are Open Bible missionaries-at-large serving in Liberia, West Africa. Drew is the CEO of Love Liberia Missions of the Liberia Open Bible Family Reunion USA. The Welches have been married for 15 years and have three children.

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