BPM-LIB NEWS LETTER-JULY, 2020
In spite of the pandemic covering us all, the month of July was a great month in which we saw the Lord’s divine power, strength and manifestation in His church and in our Ministry. We had great outreaches and saw many people coming to the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, this month was another blessed month, although the devil always stands against any good thing the Lord is doing for His people. We thank God that we were allowed at last to have our services, even though they were not our normal services.
Our worship services this month were not usual, as the time allowed to hold them, given to us by the government, was not very long. So, therefore, our services were mostly preaching, teaching and worship which was followed by prayers for the world and for our nation of Liberia. Our worship services, were however, filled with the Holy Spirit and there was healing, a fall of anointing as many spoke in tongues. Indeed, our prayers were filled with having God finish with the coronavirus in our world at large.
NEW CHURCH PLANTING:
We have also started planting a new church at the site where we are building the missionary and pastor’s lodge. It is our plan that here we will have the Bible Pathway Mission-Liberia headquarters. We have started by erecting the poles with which we are going to build a temporary structure for the church building. We have also started our normal evangelism. We currently have over 30 people waiting for the erection of the temporary building to be completed in order to start holding worship services there.
VILLAGE EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE AND BIBLE CONFERENCE:
We wish to have an Evangelistic Crusade and Bible Conference in the villages as soon as the country is opened back up for travel between counties. This is a vital part of our Ministry at Bible Pathway Mission-Liberia. Previously, many un-reached people come to these conferences whenever they hosted nearby them. During our last one, more than two thousand people were saved and many more were also healed and delivered. Please pray about helping with the finances necessary to host these Conferences. We are anticipating to host one in December this year when the country open up back.
SUPPLY OF FOOD TO THE DESPERATE:
We are thankful to the Lord for allowing our friends & partners to contribute to help the desperate members of our church with food. During this month, we had a shortage of rice in Liberia. The rice we did have in the country was very expensive to purchase. Indeed, it was not affordable at that time, nor presently, to our most desperate. When our partners sent the funds we were able to buy food here and distribute it to the most desperate people associated with BPM-LIB. We pray that the Lord will greatly bless our partners for having such kind hearts that are so open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in responding to the needs of our people. These swift actions taken by our partners saved lives!
THE SCHOOL OF ORPHANS (BOTH IN THE VILLAGE & MONROVIA):
We are having two schools in Liberia currently where we train and educate orphans. These orphans are catered to and are supported through out their learning process. Your contribution will help support a child, it will help pay the teachers and it will also help feed them. The two schools are called, THE SAMUEL’S CALL INTERNATIONAL and THE VICTORY ACADEMIC SCHOOL. In all of our schools we have a total of 250 children and our grade level is from the nursery to the 6th grade.
- SAMUEL’S CALL/MONROVIA: The orphan students in Monrovia are not attending classes at this time as the government has shut down all schools in the country because of Covid-19. They were not able to complete the second semester in order to have their promotions this year. It was very discouraging to the children when they were told they could not attend classes during this onset of Covid-19. However, in this month, we thank God that the government has just announced the reopening of schools in August when the second semester will be completed. We are preparing at this time to start classes with our children. We need prayers to have school supplies and also to be protected from flooding for the months of August and September, as those are heavy flood months in Monrovia. Our school is located on low lying ground and is very susceptible to flooding! If we have flooding during these months, it will once again interrupt our class scheduling and may affect not only the children’s graduations, but can cause much sickness and many other things. The flood will also interrupt with our normal services for in the same place we have the school in Monrovia is in the same place the church and the pastor’s house are in.
- VICTORY ACADEMIC SCHOOL/THE VILLAGES: It is a joy to let you all know that we also have another school of orphans in the villages. We have been holding classes with them but because of Covid-19, this school was also closed. We also plan to resume classes there in September. We are working on the plans to reopen the school in the villages. We will send you updates in our next monthly newsletter in August. We have 100 children that are enrolled in our village school and we have four teachers there. We will appreciate your prayers for the salaries of the teachers and the school supplies there as well. We have school supplies in the US waiting for funds to be shipped to Liberia. Please contact our US International Office if you can help with this project!
THE BUILDING OF THE PASTOR’S AND MISSIONARY LODGE:
The building is near completion but we still have some areas outstanding. The budget below is what we are in need of to complete the building:
ITEM NAME AMOUNT
(In US Dollars)
CONTINGENCY (for rising/fluctuating material/labor costs)...............2,000.00
It is our prayer that the Lord will provide the above needed budget to complete this building before the end of August or this year. We are thinking of the type of flooding that can occur here during the heaviest months of rain, causing severe flooding in August and especially in September. It will be a blessing to transfer (move) to our new building before the month of September, Lord willing, before we are attacked and displaced by flooding.
UPDATE ON LIBERIA:
CONRONAVIRUS: I have not seen any actual Covid-19 patients since it was pronounced that Liberia had active positive cases. I remained very doubtful that we really have Covid-19 in Liberia at all. However, we cannot underestimate the possibility of anything especially during such a time where the world is turning into something else. The government, however, has finally lifted the lockdown and the movement of people is now unrestricted as of the 21st of July. The Robert International Airport, post offices and other government institutions have also been reopened. We are now allowed to hold and attend our services which have made us able to resume our midweek services and Bible conferences on Fridays in Monrovia, as well as now hosting our normal worship service. School will be opened in late August (or September). I think our nation has been reopened again. We thank God that none of our members was affected by the disease and that everyone is well.
The government however, is reinforcing the health laws of Liberia wherein they are asking everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing especially at public places. It is spelled out in their report that we now have 780 total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Liberia and 36 deaths of Covid-19.
SHORTAGE OF RICE/ ECONOMY: Liberia has gone through many tough times since the end of the civil war and this has caused a lot of suffering for the Liberian people. Right now, according to the World Bank, the majority of households living in Liberia is reported to be below the international poverty line. It is projected that those living in poverty was raised to 65.2% in 2020 under the baseline scenario and to 68.2% under the downside scenario. The World Bank has clearly projected that an additional 335,000 to 526,000 Liberians are now at risk of falling below the international poverty line in 2020, in addition to those who were already there. The World Bank also projected that the path to Liberia’s economic recovery will be especially challenging due to the country’s vulnerable public health and economic impacts from COVID-19, lack of National monetary reserves, a failed infrastructure, depressed educational system and also that the country’s range of potential policy responses from its government are limited and narrow. It is surprising to know, however, that right now we have a shortage of rice and the little rice that is around has increased so much in price that many Liberians cannot afford to buy even half a bag. Rice is the main component of the Liberian diet. With this, I foresee many children not being able to return to school at this time-as there are no jobs; their parents are not able to afford to pay their school fees. Health facilities also continue to exist without medicines. What medications are here, are also not affordable. I am also foreseeing and upcoming of farming in the country where in our children may be left without food hence many may face death. Currently and before the covid-19, more than half percent of our children in Liberia couldn’t afford school fees to go to school for which our ministry has an opened hand in helping these children in any way we can. Please continue to pray for this nation.
- Pray that Jessica Joshua recovers rapidly, she has been sick since the 20th of July of malaria, typhoid and infections.
- Pray for Pastor Philip to be healed, he is having sharp pain in the upper part of his leg.
- Pray for the weather conditions in Monrovia, that there will be no flooding and that the heavy rains will cease.
- Please pray also that we have the building at the new site completed so that the pastor and his family can transfer (move) from the low-lying flood plane to the higher and safer land.
- Pray for the continued health, availability of food and stable housing for Bible Pathway members. Due to the many recent critical situations that we have faced, we are now operating without any financial reserves. Pray that God will provide the necessary funds for us to continue our Ministry outreaches and functions.
Our news letters always come at the end of each month. We are accountable for every little thing we do, receive, and everything we even hear from the LORD. Please go to the bottom of the page to request to receive our news letters. I look forward to hearing from you, Pastor Philip Joshua.
MAY 2019 NEWS LETTER
It is always amazing to see the hand of God working with one he has called and to see that all He has placed in his hands are clearly evidence of what He said He would do. This month was greatly blessed by the Lord and the progress continues in the work of the ministry. Yes, things will come into place as the Lord is opening more doors to see the kingdom expanding and seeing that we reach the least before He comes. We know that the time is very short and the harvest should be hastened and the kingdom should be spread all over, especially in Liberia. See below by the grace of the Lord our works for the month of May.
- The school building walls are all up
- Our in church worship and miracle service
- The village ministry in Liberia
- Training children of the Samuel’s Call International School
- Spiritual eye sight of Kennedy
THE SCHOOL BUILDING WALLS ARE ALL UP
Finally, the school building project which started in February is coming to an end. Now we hope that the kids will start school in the school building in September. It is rainy season and so we have much access to water now than in February when we began. The casting of the linters and pillars both vertically and horizontally was completed. The twelve lines of the bricks laying are ended too and the cable ends is also completed. We are now praying to start roofing in June as we have already purchased all that is needed. We need your prayers for the work to be completed as it is just hard to do this all alone. We want to thank the contractors for the endurance in doing this work without pay. I thank God for the wisdom and the strength He gives me to lead this project just as I am.
Photos of the building
OUR IN –CHURCH WORSHIP AND MIRACLE SERVICE
Miracles are bound to happen among us and if we are indeed filled with the Holy Spirit greater things we can do. We worshiped every Sunday this month and during mid-week services too. During each of these meetings, we had preaching, prayers of strengthening and songs of worship and praise. In each of these, we were filled with the spirit of God and we were revived by the power of the Holy Spirit. I have seen a greater change in the lives of many that have been delivered from demonic passions and right now they are with us serving the Lord and enjoying the blessings of God. I want to thank those that joined us in prayers for my mother and wife as they were undergoing serious illness and pains, but now within this month during our worship times both of them got well.
On each Thursday, the women of Faith come together and fast and pray for the ministry, partners in ministry, families, our nation and the church in the world. In one of their prayer and fasting times, they had many testimonies from many other persons that were sick that testified that the Lord healed them and saved them from many temptations. Every Friday we also have leadership training in our church and a Bible study. We are training leaders that will become deacons and pastors in the mere future to come. We are preaching in villages and establishing preaching points of which we wish to have pastors after they are trained. We have also been working with the children's ministry and they will work with the Sunday school programs we have in the church.
Photos During our Worship in our Church
VILLAGE MINISTRY -LIBERIA
The greatest commission is not an option, it is a mandate that we as Christians should fulfill at all times. We should be talking about Jesus to all creatures, for Jesus is soon to return. He is on His way back and it should be our cry not to have many to hell. It is because of these reasons I have been moving with Christ Jesus all over our nation down to the unreached places. Following are some of our activities during our one week village ministry trip to 12 villages for this month:
I gave it a name jungle for Christ because of the bad roads, unreached areas and far away distances in meeting the people that have never heard about Christ. You would not believe that there are more than five thousand people in the jungle in every four to five villages in my nation that have not heard the name Jesus Christ. Indeed, so many have not even seen the Bible, and are yet to know how to find God and what to do to be saved. I have been able to visit seven villages in the jungle or deep forests. Having such a passion to have them saved we drove many places and withstood many challenges. The first challenge we ever met was missing roads that made us stand a risk of not having enough fuel. We drove many miles away from the main road to other places and we had an opportunity to preach to villages that were not in our plans. The second challenge was our car couldn’t go into some of the places that we wished to have reached. We had to walk on foot to reach and share tracts. We were tired as the distances were so far away hence the little liters of water we took with us were all finished. We had trouble driving on the roads for there were many pot holes and it could not easily pass through. We had a very heavy storm that shook our car up and made us afraid as the storm blew. During our jungle for Christ ministry we were able to reach about 34 Muslims and bring them to Christ Jesus. We made about four preaching points of the 120 additional people we brought to Jesus.
In one town that is around the villages I visited I was able to meet and preach in three churches and I was able to minister to the military police unit too. I was able also to minister in two schools and to so many children. I also ministered to children on the road sides going to the farms. It was indeed a blessing to lead many to Christ Jesus and to see people assembling to hear to the word of God at a point I could call. The military police helped me to reach some other groups as I preached the word of the Lord and also prayed for those that were sick and those working in the farms. It is so good now that we rush in reaching people of all places to bring to Jesus and in helping them not to go to hell as the time is very short for the soon coming of our Lord Jesus. Please join us in prayers for the churches that opened their doors to have a well built structure. I am also planning to have a conference or seminar with the military police of Liberia and other surrounding countries in November. Please pray that I have the funds to arrange this seminar properly. There is a need to reach the militaries for they have an idea that they are not fit any longer to be Christians and are to go to hell. I want to change that thought and to bring them back to Jesus and to the saving knowledge.
In our door to door ministry, it was amazing as there was healing when we prayed for some people. Indeed, the people that received Jesus that time was 10(ten) and they promised to join the other assembly in worshiping Christ Jesus. It is good to evangelize to families, for one of the lessons I learned was that a church starts in the home. The love of Christ brings unity and begins at home, from there it is so easy to extend to the local church. Families learning about Christ together brings a lot of change, not only for the parents but also for the children. I want to thank those that supported this ministry in reaching out to people as if those that are saved would have all gone to heal; it would have been a great loss from the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As we preached, we slept in our car for we did not have rooms or homes that were good to stay in. Many houses in our villages are roofed with grace. This time is a rainy season, and as such we are having a lot of rain and many houses or rooms we were given were leaking and so we preferred sleeping in our car for the rest of the nights we spent in our village ministry. We had lot of mosquitoes attacking the rest of the nights and I developed some malaria symptoms and much weakness in me and sores in my throat and all over my lips that I need you all to join me in prayers as I am going through the treatment. I thank God that I never had a break down with my car although the roads were bad and very dangerous. We only realized some minor damages that need repairs and I am planning to have it to the mechanic by next week. Please, you can join me in prayers to have my car fixed for I have many other people to see and errands to do for Christ Jesus.
There were 250 people in total that were saved, and about four preaching points that were made during my village ministry trip this month. Of the four preaching points, three points are hosted under the trees and they are requesting aids to have buildings and Bibles that will help them worship and learn the word of God. It is the greatest need for them right now as they are just starting to know the Lord. Indeed there are other needs standing out there and it is like we need prayers for them that the Lord will provide, especially for the kids that are without parents. They are without clothes, shoes and many other basic needs. There is also a need to send pastors in those villages to preach or pastor the churches that we may build and to win many more to Jesus. Our next village ministry will likely be in November, we would appreciate much prayers to enhance this next trip as the time for the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is now at hand.
Photos of the Village Ministry Trip
Reaching the police officers
Preaching while going down the river
On Left: Praying for the sick
On Right: Door to door evangelism
TRAINING THE CHILDREN OF THE SAMUEL’S CALL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
The Samuel’s Call International School has about six teachers and 250 kids. Pastor Joshua serves the school as a principal and we teach and train these kids many without salaries. During this year of teaching many teachers left the school, increasing the work load for me as a pastor (preaching, reaching villages) and serving as a principal of the school. We pray that next year the Lord will provide in helping our teachers with salaries or stipends.
The kids are preparing to end their school year at the end of June. The academic year has been a great one as the kids were a blessing to us training them and teaching them academically and spiritually. There are many children in this school and most of them lost their parents during the war. These kids have been very involved in singing, learning to preach, sending in their prayer requests, hosting chapels, doing games and reaching out to the lost kids in our community all the while doing all of their academic training. The school will be closed for two months and will be re-opened in September. We are preparing the kids’ report cards and planning a closing day program in which we hope to spread the gospel to the people of our community and even to the other kids in the streets of Liberia.
Photos of the Kids During the Training
Telling friends about Jesus
Preaching as a church
THE COMPLETION OF THE SCHOOL BUILDING
The school building will be completed very soon, please continue your prayers for the Lord can provide the strength and power needed for the work. Also, please pray for more funds to build the orphanage in Liberia. We however, thank you all for the prayers you have been rendering for the school building and other mission works in Liberia.
PRAYER FOR COMFORT IN THE FAMILY OF MY WIFE
My wife lost her sister in June this year and our families are grieving, we want every one that may read this letter to join us in prayers for peace and comfort in the family. Jessica has been so worried over the death of her sister and her blood pressure has been unstable again. She has been rushed to the hospital many a time within these times and now her feet are swollen while she feels numbness in them. Please join us in prayers that she will be healed and recovers from all of this sickness as she has much work to be accomplished in ministry.
L - R: Pastor Philip Joshua, Asst. Pastor Andrew Ngainda, Pastor Hallie Joshua
Thought for the month:
Thessalonians 5:2-3. Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. You yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “peace and safety” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
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