Our Life is a lot Like a Cocoa Tree
2024 marks our 7th year here in Liberia. We have grown and learned much during this time period. We came to Liberia in 2017 with great enthusiasm to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with the Liberian people. This included humanitarian efforts as well. In the beginning, we were working at the clinic 5 days a week, plus 3 hours a day doing live broadcasting at the various radio stations. We also conducted Bible studies every Friday afternoon for people from various denominations. Our attention was scattered in all directions. We have since learned! Growth in any area of life takes time.
A great man of God once said, “To make a man ineffective in his calling, give him something else to do.”
We recently visited a cocoa farm to learn the complete process from seeds to chocolate. Like most crops, the seeds need to be nurtured in the nursery until the seedlings are ready to be planted. They do not like direct sunlight, which is plentiful in Liberia. So, to have a healthy crop, the cocoa plant needs to be planted under the shade of other trees. Many farmers will plant plantain or banana trees before they plant cocoa because they grow very fast, providing shade and also bring in a harvest.
There are two varieties of cocoa: one will bear fruit in 18 months, the other takes 5 years. During that time, the tree is protected from sunlight, pruned, fertilized, and sprayed for insects. When the pods have matured, they are picked and the seeds taken out and dried. At this point, it can be pounded into cocoa powder. The beautiful aspect of growing cocoa is that every part of the tree can be used! The leaves can be used for medicine, the pods burned for fuel, and the sweet liquid it produces used to make liquor.
Our life is a lot like the cocoa tree. We need to be nurtured when we are young. As we grow and mature, we bear fruit. Times of pruning are necessary to fight diseases and bear even more fruit. The end result is a sweet life or in the case of cocoa, chocolate!
Hebrews 12:1 states, “. . . let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
As we are in our 7th year, we are learning to let go of things that hinder the ministry and strengthen that which we know is the Lord’s leading. We pray that in 2024, you will also let go of things that are hindering your life and Christian walk. Let it be a year of tremendous growth and fruitfulness!
Monika and Caleb Sannoh
We are on a new radio station this year in Northern Liberia. The station reaches even into Guinea and Ivory Coast. The Gospel message is now able to reach a very large area of Liberia and into neighboring countries. Thank you all for your prayer and financial support in sharing the Gospel!!
- The equipment for the new radio station will arrive safely.
- For volunteers or teams visiting us in 2024.
- That we stay focused on what God wants us to do.
- For volunteers on the new station.
- All our paperwork with the government will go smoothly.
- We have an opportunity to be on a radio station in another country. It is 120 miles away so our listening audience will increase greatly!
- We thank God for those that purchased the radio equipment! We wil be the only Christian radio station in Margibi County.
- We thank God for His continual guidance and protection.
We are a non-profit “missionary couple.” We rely on donations from friends, families and folk like you. Your gift helps our mission to bring the hope and grace of Jesus to Kakata, Liberia.
We are thankful.
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