Currently our Presbytery has four Mission Churches in Liberia under the supervision of our Mission Board. Ongoing efforts are being made to train church pastors and workers. It is hoped that soon we will have full-time personnel on the ground to advance this work. Presently intensive training is done during visits by Mission Board chairman, Dr. Mark Allison (Senior Pastor – Malvern, PA Free Presbyterian Church).
Rev. David Dicanio, missionary-at-large, is taking the lead on this missionary work and has been living in Monrovia, Liberia since his ordination in 2010.
Excerpts from a recent article in Harvest Times newsletter:
Liberia is struggling to recover from a 14-year civil war that decimated the country’s infrastructure. The churches were also affected, lacking a solid Gospel witness during that time. Rev. DiCanio said, “My burden for the Pastors is that they might know God’s power upon their ministries, especially in the preaching of the Gospel.”
Rev. DiCanio is lecturing on European, North American, and African Church History. Ten students meet with him for the Theological Training Classes. “African Christians don’t often learn about the great 16th century revival in Europe,” DiCanio said.
The four pastors of the FP Mission Churches have just started meeting together in a “Pastor’s Interim Committee,” which oversees the works of the churches. The Mission Board of North America approved the purchase of much-needed supplementary materials for the two FP Christian Schools that currently exist in the Monrovia area.
Rev. DiCanio hopes to introduce a number of teacher’s manuals “for Christian schools” to help present subjects like Math, Economics, Science, Civics and History from a Biblical perspective.