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|
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.