We both knew that one day we would go into the mission field. In the late 1980s, Caleb pastored a church in Kakata as young man, just before the war. When times became very tumultuous, he left Liberia and went to the United States of America. It was in the USA that he went to college to become a Registered Nurse. This became his career in which he worked for the next 20 years. Caleb always had a burden for his home country but was not sure if it was from the Lord.
When I met Caleb in 2014, we were astonished that we both had a passion for over-sea missions. I had gone on several short-term mission trips. There was also a deep attraction between us. We married within the year and felt a calling to go to Africa to serve in God’s Kingdom. However, we did not want to go to Kakata where Caleb was born.
He was born into a Muslim family. His father had four wives and multitudes of siblings and their families are still living in Kakata. Caleb became a Christian while attending High School. He thought that he might not be accepted as a born-again evangelical Christian in his hometown. So, we applied to other parts of Africa. But no doors seemed to be opening for us.
We began to suspect that our thoughts did not line up with God’s thoughts. Eventually, we caved and went to Liberia to spend a few days testing the waters. Contrary to what we felt in the past, we both now felt that God was calling us to go to Liberia.
When I visited Liberia, I was shocked at the lack of eye care facilities in the Kakata area. I brought a few eyeglasses with me and they were handed out very quickly. The need was greater than the supply. There are two very good eye clinics in Monrovia, but not all patients can afford to travel there and pay the fees for service.
After our trip, we both wanted to go back and help in some way but weren’t sure how at the time. Then in the fall of 2015, a missionary couple from Liberia stayed with us for about 2 weeks in the USA. During our fellowship with them, we learned quite a few things about missions. We also attended a Missions conference with them and had long talks. After the conference, we applied to a few mission organizations to go on a 4-6-month mission trip. For various reasons, things kept falling through. We even applied to the organization that our friends in Liberia were a part of. We thought we could work alongside them in Robertsport, Liberia.
We decided to travel to Liberia in August 2016 to visit our missionary friends at Robertsport. While we were there, we saw the work that they were doing and were impressed. However, it was very clear to both Caleb and I that God was not calling us to work in Robertsport.
In 2017, we quit our jobs in America, sold our home and prepared to put our roots down in the heart of Kakata, Liberia. We believe that the Gospel is a beautiful, life-saving message we must share with everyone who will listen. We are committed to do whatever God wants us to do for the rest of our lives.
When we arrived in Kakata, we felt God confirming our decision by opening many doors and helping us make many connections. For instance, we almost immediately volunteered at a local Health clinic; Caleb as a Nurse and I as an Ophthalmic Technician. The needs are many in Liberia. Among those needs are illiteracy and basic health education.
In spiritual matters the general public relies on what is being preached in the churches. It can become a problem when the teaching is contrary to God’s Word. If people cannot read for themselves, they cannot discern what the true Gospel is or what a false teaching is. Our goal is to share our knowledge and the experiences that God has given to us. Our prayer is to bring people to the knowledge of God’s grace. We do this through our radio ministry and teachings in various churches. We equip young people from local churches with the tools they need to mature and eventually become teachers themselves.
For our Mission statement, we have taken the words of Christ in John 10:10b: “I have cone that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
“For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17.)