Today marks the last day in Monrovia, Liberia before our team, consisting of myself, Bill Pipke, and Bonifes Adoyo (the Bishop emeritus of Christ Is the Answer Ministries – Kenya) move on to Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Throughout our two weeks in East and West Africa, we have watched God orchestrate unique experiences, opportunities, and appointments. Last night was no exception.
We had one thousand CLI manuals printed here in Liberia. In the process of the printing I arranged for our Sierra Leone National Chair person (pictured between Bill and I) to come to Monrovia and carry the CLI manuals back to Freetown. As the story goes, he was only able to come yesterday, at the time we happened to be here in Monrovia. Desmond travelled over fourteen hours and arrived at 7 p.m. last night. As I stood outside of the print shop waiting for his arrival, suddenly, as if out of no where and in the darkness of the night, Desmond appeared and said “hi Don”. He proceeded to tell me that he had to leave his vehicle at the Sierra Leone border and travel two hours by taxi to Monrovia.
Asking him how he would get back to the border with the manuals, he said he would have to take another taxi. It so happens that our driver who accompanied me to the print shop owns his own taxi. He agreed to take Desmond and the 360 kgs of manuals back to the border last night. After having a light supper, Desmond and Augustine squeezed themselves into a small Toyota with 900 manuals and returned to the border where Desmond would sleep at a guest house on the Liberia/Sierra Leone border so that he could get an early start back to Freetown this morning. Picture a plane at the end of a runway as it begins to ascend to the sky, and you will have a glimpse of what the small Toyota looked like as they left for the border last night.
Our driver came to my room this morning to give me a report. He and Desmond arrived at the Sierra Leone border last night about 11:30 p.m. The customs officer agreed to store the manuals in his office, where they would be safe until morning. Augustine, arrived back in Monrovia at 3 o’clock this morning, and Desmond is on his way back to Freetown with 900 CLI manuals. I am overwhelmed by the commitment that our people have to get the integrity message proclaimed here in Africa. They are always willing to go the extra mile and then some.
A dear friend wrote me on FaceBook this morning with this promise from Psalm 126: “The one who goes out weeping, carrying a bag of seeds, will surely return with a joyful song.”
Desmond is on his way back to Freetown, Sierra Leone with a rather big bag of integrity seed. Please pray with us that as we begin our Summit in Freetown on Friday called “Conquering the Big Five of Corruption”, there will be a joyful song of integrity that will arise from the Summit and be heard across Sierra Leone.
Thanks for your prayers!
Don, Bill and Bonifes