In the Boondocks
On the Monday following Easter, Chris and Deb left
Gbarnga for Mafla Village. After bumping along a trail and
crossing a log bridge, they arrived at the town familiar to many
U.S. churches that used Regular Baptist Press’s 2013 VBS program, Investigation Destination: Follow Clues to the King of
Kings. The program had invited VBS students to donate their
offerings to Operation Liberia: Building a Christian School.
The goal was to raise over $32,000 to build a six-classroom
schoolhouse. Chris and Deb visited the construction site.
Chris says, “The new building will attract families from the
A Warm Liberian Transfer
surrounding villages as well as enable the school to expand to
sixth grade. The school principal, George Sake, also pastors
the village’s Baptist church, which is a part of the AFBM.
Praise God for the potential of reaching many children and
families with the gospel in this remote African village in Bong
That same day, the Hindals were taken to the village of
Galai, where two pastors from other churches are working
together to plant a new church. About 25 people gathered
under a tin roof, where Chris spoke on the greatness of God
from Isaiah 40. He says, “The sweltering heat and dusty,
bumpy roads sapped our energy, but the eagerness of the
people inspired our efforts.”
The Liberian leaders honor an African tradition of accompanying their guests to their next hosts. During a formal
transfer with all parties present, the guests are presented to the
receiving hosts to ensure they are taken care of properly. The
Hindals were formally transferred to Pastor John Tuankan,
new president of the Soul Winning Baptist Conference. They
met with 175 representatives of the SWBC churches, who had
come together simply to welcome these visitors from America.
The SWBC is a newer partner in the International Partnership of Fundamental Baptist Ministries. After Chris brought a
message, he and Deb met with the leadership to counsel them
concerning the nature of the partnership and the need to find
grounds for reconciliation and cooperation with other independent Baptist associations in Liberia.
Most of Liberia’s independent Baptist churches trace their
roots to the work of Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries. Many
of those churches were fellowshipping with the General Asso-
ciation of Regular Baptist Churches Liberia. Beginning in
After leaving the GARBC Liberia group, Chris
and Deb endured a five-hour, bone-jarring trip
back to Monrovia, where, over the next few days,
they fellowshipped with two churches.
First Chris and Deb visited the building site of
Victory Baptist Church, pastored by David Qui-nah. Government plans had forced the church to
move. “But,” says Chris, “this has provided incentive to expand the ministry into a growing part of
First Civil War (1989–1996)
• Samuel Doe government overthrow by the National
Patriotic Front of Liberia; Charles Taylor elected president
• 100,000–220,000 killed
Second Civil War (1999–2003)
• Charles Taylor overthrown and exiled to Nigeria by
coalition forces; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf elected as Liberia’s
first female president
• 150,000–300,000 killed
• More than a million people were displaced by the two
wars. Fewer than half have returned.
• Most American missionaries were sent home or to other
African nations. Some, like Baptist Mid-Missions’ Nate
and Karol Watkins, continue to minister to Liberian
expatriates in the U.S.
• During the Second Civil War, Calvary Baptist of Monrovia
planted five churches: New Life Church, Central Baptist
Church, Todee Baptist Fellowship, Kadumah Baptist
Fellowship, and The Cross Road Baptist Fellowship.