As the cost of living gets tougher in Liberia and the world, Christian churches are increasing efforts to alleviate the plights of the poor among them through the planting of farming.
The Abide in The Vine Disciples’ Church (AVDC), located in Dunbar Farm, Congo Town, recently celebrated in grand style gains made over the year improving its rice farm and other agricultural activities.
Addressing the audience at the annual conference in the church’s edifice, the head pastor, Rev. Emmanuel F. Bimba, said his ministry’s 18-year struggle to win souls for Christ has not been in vain.
“Whenever I look back and think of where the Lord has taken us from, I shed tears of joy in an acknowledgement of His faithfulness to us as a congregation,” Rev. Bimba said.
“We are blessed to have received God’s help in implementing our rice, eddoes and other crops projects in Todee, Salala, Kakata, Tubmanburg, among other places in the country,” he added, noting that the essence of the agricultural projects is to help feed needy families in the church and to raise money from their sales to increase funding for the work of the ministry.
Reflecting on the theme “The Power of Brotherhood in Christ,” (from scripture reference: John 17:20-20), he said: “Saints of God, the church is of the Lord and not of man. One thing we strongly believe and have lived by all the years is Christ, who is the founder and Lord of the church, has a specific purpose and plan for every local church established under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, our job is to raise men and women who will patiently and with all submission and obedience follow said purpose and plan.”
He said that his church believes that God has a purpose and plan for AVDC-Liberia; and as a result, they are content in whatever stage they find themselves.
“We have trained ourselves to work faithfully as stewards and servants who will give an account at the end of the day. We discipline ourselves daily through the help of the Holy Spirit to put Him first in everything we are blessed with as a church, and do not find pleasure in complaining for what we need,” the AVDC head pastor noted.
Concerning the force behind what the church is doing to expand, Rev. Bimba said the Bible is their utmost guide.
“Whenever God speaks to you through His word, you are to trust Him because He is faithful to fulfill His word. God is faithful; therefore, our acceptable response must always be ‘yes’ to whatever pleases Him,” he pointed out.
Also speaking, Rev. Mother Fatu Massaquoi said she is glad that the church is blessed with ready hands and willing minds to work for their spiritual and material progress.
Rev. Massaquoi is the pastor in charge at the AVDC in Weiju, Grand Cape Mount County.
According to her, it is hard for a hungry population to succeed in overcoming obstacles, and added: “Our pleasure in farming is not only to sell and increase our church’s income, but to also feed people so that they will have the capacity and the will power to move everywhere to preach the Gospel of Christ and win souls for the Lord.:
She said that the church also has a well-equipped and operational computer laboratory and modern library benefiting students of its school and outsiders, and has embarked on constructing the school’s official facilities.
The week-long gathering brought together over 300 members of the church and other denominations of Christendom from all over the country.