Liberia (MNN) — Liberia is a nation living between the hope of peace and the horror of war. After more than ten years of civil war, the fighting ended five years ago, but the desolation lingers.
The people are haunted by the tragedy and the abuse. They live under the dark shadow of poverty. Liberia's unemployment rate is 85 percent. Schools are barely functioning. Only 40 Liberian doctors remain out of a prewar total of 450.
Healing the country without help is a tall order. That's why Dave Tippit with Sammy Tippit Ministries says they're one step closer to implementing a care plan for Liberia.
Last December, Evangelist Sammy Tippit shared a special burden to help the people recover from 14 years of civil war. This summer, Dave headed up a team to put feet to that vision. "This was an exploratory trip–our first step of several steps. 2009 is our kickoff. We will be bringing back medical teams and some of the micro-finance stuff we started laying the groundwork for. We're looking at drilling and doing some water wells."
The team is laying plans to make an impact spiritually, socially, economically, and educationally. This is a big vision for one community just outside of the capital city, Monrovia. "It's a long-term project. We met with everyone from the vice president of the country to local government leaders. We're working through the churches. Our whole desire is for people to see the love of Christ tangibly through the physical actions of what's going to be happening in the community, and to see how Christ can change lives spiritually and souls can be saved through Him."
Pray for the team as they seek God and His leadership in transforming a community. Ask God to give wisdom and clarity of vision as they meet with leaders for discussions about the future of their community.