Our newest Missionary!
In previous newsletters we have introduced you to Byron, the current Director of LAMP in Guatemala. We are pleased to announce that Byron’s application to become a National Missionary with Literacy & Evangelism International – Canada was approved by our Board of Directors in February. Many of you will remember that his co-worker, Maria, became an LEI Canada Missionary in September.
Teaching Literacy Class
As you can imagine, this is a tremendous leap of faith on Byron’s part as he makes the transition to becoming a ‘faith missionary’. Byron is a diligent worker with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for bringing literacy to the people of Guatemala. They are currently running 11 Literacy classes among the Mam people, conduct Bible studies, are embarking on a new ‘targeted’ outreach to women and are planning expansion into other language groups in Guatemala. In addition to all of his literacy work, Byron is in the process of building a house for his family. To read more about the work LAMP is doing, click here to read their May Newsletter
Please pray for Byron as he develops strategic partnerships for his ongoing monthly support ($700.00 per month) as well as for wisdom and direction as he provides leadership for LAMP.
Please also pray for Maria, who has been unwell.
If you would like to become one of Byron or Maria’s strategic partners, tax-receiptable donations can be made in Canada through our website . U.S. donations can be made through www.literacyevangelism.org. Donations for the general ongoing work of LAMP are also greatly appreciated.
New Project in Sierra Leone
Our tireless West African Directors, Rev. Gregory & Agnes Bangura, are beginning an exciting new project in Gbanneh village. Here, in an area that has had no Christian presence, they are already planting a new church. They saw the need to begin a feeding program and to open schools, which will also serve neighbouring villages. Gbanneh village alone has 86 children who have no access to education. The village elders have provided the Banguras with land for this project, which they are calling Gbanneh Canada, and there are plans underway to begin with a pre-school in October in conjunction with a Krio language Literacy class for the women.
Some children, with Carey Jo and Agnes, in Gbanneh after receiving clothing from Canada
Future plans for Gbanneh Canada include the pre-school, an elementary school and a secondary school and, of course, additional Literacy classes. Feeding programs have already begun, along with the church plant. There is also an empty medical clinic in the village that, if re-opened, could potentially serve a number of area villages. This is an incredible opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ and transform an entire area through the gifts of education, food, and health.
Please pray for the necessary finances for this new project, including a $900.00 per year stipend for the pre-school teacher. Pray also for the timely finalization and printing of the Krio Literacy Primers which were developed under the direction of Rev. Carey Jo Johnston in April.
Donations for these and other projects may be made in Canada through our website, or in the U.S. through www.literacyevangelism.org . Cheques made payable to Literacy & Evangelism International (please note project or Missionary) can be sent to:
In Canada: P.O. Box 468, Bobcaygeon, ON K0M 1A0
In U.S.A.: 1800 S. Jackson Ave., Tulsa, OK 74107