The Lord made a way for me to meet an amazing man of God doing extraordinary things in the nation of Liberia in a year when Covid-19 made my trip to West Africa not possible.
I have met Pastor Joseph through regular Pastor’s zoom catch ups. He has been a Pastor for 22 years and a pastor of a Promise Faith Centre Churches International in Liberia for 15 years.
I have to admit my understanding of life in Liberia was through the lens of growing up hearing about the atrocities of civil war in Liberia during the '90’s. I had to do some research and get a full understanding of life in Liberia.
Pastor Joseph with his wife & children
While Primary and secondary education is free and compulsory from the ages of 6-16, enforcement of attendance is lax. On average, children attain 10 years of education (11 for boys and 8 for girls). Education in Liberia is hindered by inadequate schools and supplies, as well as a lack of qualified teachers and corruption.
Without urgent action, the situation will likely get worse as the region faces a rising demand for education due to a still-growing school-age population.
Education in Liberia is a priority. This generation of children are being prepared to become adult citizens of tomorrow. The growth is parallel to the future of their country.
Building works at the school compound
As I heard my father, Bishop Barry, honour and endorse Pastor Joseph and the work he is doing, I was moved to hear of Pastor Joseph’s faithfulness to the ministry and that he has not received any resources nor a visit from the PFCCI Australian office – what a faithful servant.
I saw in Pastor Joseph the heart of God for his people. I heard God’s power and justice being stirred. I heard through the work of the ministry God caring for his people - God is the “father to the fatherless, defender of widows”. God cares for those who are socially helpless.
It reminded me that God’s care for people in need comes, not only through divine intentions and divine laws, but also through the people who live according to God’s ways. His care for the vulnerable takes on human form in Pastor Joseph, his family and the church.
Pastor Joseph and his team of teachers are working to ensure that children in their community receive a good quality education and learn the skills they will need to thrive. They are breaking down the barriers to education by helping the poor and vulnerable – including those who have witnessed conflict and disaster – through civil war as well as through the Ebola outbreak – by giving access to early childhood and primary school services.
This work is leading the way in improving literacy and numeracy skills, helping teachers to teach and children to learn. Through this work, the team is supporting out-of-school young people access training in a skill or occupation, so that they can get a job which provides them with enough money to survive. This in turn brings change to not only their community but change to the nation of Liberia.
This is what Pastor Joseph said about the Liberia Promise Faith Centre School System -
“We started the school in September 2012. The aim of the school is to help orphans and single parent students in the Church to prepare for a better future. In 2012, we started with 35 students as an elementary school. To help the community, we introduced tuition free to the community in 2015-2017 to help parents who could not afford to pay their children school fees. In those years, we had 250-315 the second year. In 2018, we introduced tuition and the number of students dropped to 200. As of now, we have 175 students. Of the 175, 50 are orphans are on scholarship. The school is now a full fleshed Junior high school and hopefully, we will be going to senior high next academic school year. Hopefully, we are expecting about 200 - 250 students to attend next academic school year. We will have about 15 teachers next academic school year but now we have 11 teachers.
The school is important for the community for the community for the following reasons:
Video of the compound under further construction, adding further classrooms to meet demand
How can you help?
Currently Pastor Joseph is requiring funds to finish building the school and to replace the roof on one of the school buildings. If you would like to know more about the work of Pastor Joseph in Liberia, please reach out to PFCCI Australia - you really can help change a community and a nation directly.
Connect with Pastor Joseph on Linked-In
“And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."
‘Christianity’ is derived from the word ‘Christian’ which was the name first given to those who were believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the name ‘Christian’ was used first of all at Antioch as is mentioned in the above scripture.
Christians are therefore disciples of Jesus Christ, who assemble together as believers and an assembly of Christians are collectively called ‘The Church’.
The Lord Jesus is the supreme head of His Church and He said that He will build His Church in Matthew 16:18 –
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.".
There is one church but many local assemblies of God’s people, called churches (Acts 15:41). Much could be said about this and will be in further teachings.
Believers! Never speak against the Church! Christianity is much more than a religion. There are many ‘religions’ of the world, thus they are called the 'religions of the world’ but Christianity is separate.
Jesus Christ did not come to start or introduce another religion. Never. He came to show us the way back to God, the Father, so we could have fellowship with Him, meaning communion or oneness with God, a divine connection – God in us.
In the religions of the world, man is attempting to ‘work out’ a way to get to God, by working to please their God or serve their God, some even thinking they are pleasing God by killing believers in Jesus Christ! That is exactly what the Lord Jesus said people would do, John 16:2
“They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.”
Christianity is quite different. Christianity is God coming to us and loving us, which is why He sent Jesus Christ His son, in John 3:16 –
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Christianity is God dying for us because He loves us. He is not killing us because He hates us – the god of this world, the devil, satan, is the one who hates us.
The Lord Jesus put it this way in John 10:10
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
~ Bishop Barry Cunnington