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John-Mark's Previous Work in Liberia



      After graduating from Cedarville University in 2005, John-Mark returned to Liberia to explore opportunities for service. After getting his foot in the door with Samaritan's Purse doing part-time office work, the country director saw his  heart for ministry and asked him to join the ministry team. John-Mark began developing programs to train church leaders in evangelism and discipleship, as well as overseeing church reconstruction and showing the Jesus Film. While doing this work, John-Mark became increasing burdened for the Muslim people groups of Liberia. He found out about a program called Community Health Evangelism, (CHE) and took steps to implementing it in unreached villages. Liberians with training in health care and Christian ministry were hired and trained to train  others.




A Community Health Evangelism trainer leading a Bible lesson
     The CHE teams went into unreached villages and mobilized local volunteers to be trained in basic health and sanitation principles. The CHE trainers also took the volunteers through a chronological Bible storying series to introduce them to the truths of God's Word. The volunteers would go out to teach their friends and neighbors the lessons they had been learning. Many communities were deeply impacted both physically and spiritually as they began to apply the teaching to their lives. Overall health improved as they learned to prevent common sicknesses, and lives were changed as people embraced the gospel message. Many churches were planted in places that had once been very resistant to the gospel.
            John-Mark developed a particular burden for the Manya, which had only a handful of known believers at the time. He worked with the Manya believers to equip them to reach their own people. He was given the Manya name "Yahya Kromah". As Yahya learned their language he helped native speakers translate a gospel film called "God's Story". By the grace of God today there are dozens of believers in this people group and the first Manya churches are being formed. You can read more about John-Mark’s experiences in Liberia at his old blog coraplayer.xanga.com.