This concluding part of Elijah’s report begs your patience – it’s lengthy. Your patience in reading this report, however, will be greatly rewarded. Elijah testifies of God’s generosity, grace, and power at work in the lives of His people at Christ Harvest Miracle Ministry church in Monrovia. He says …
The evening revival meeting on the first day began with a low turnout. However, the second day saw an encouraging number of attendees. We recorded some healings in the house and nine people, mostly youths, gave their lives to Jesus. On the third night of the revival, the people gave their finance to the work of ministry. I asked the pastor to use this money to help fund the purchase of sound equipment for the church (they don’t have their own sound equipment).
The following is a selection of the large number of testimonies received on the fourth and fifth day of the small groups development conference. I hope you will find them inspiring:
Your teaching is very fantastic. I like nearly everything about your teaching, especially how participatory it was. I truly learnt a lot; real understanding about the Great Commandment and Great Commission, the ice breaker session was real and educative. You did with lots of illustrations, pictures, and diagrams. This helped me get the real concept of cell-based church.
Brother Roosevelt M. Washington (Christ Harvest Miracle Ministry).
Through the years in ministry, I have been trying the cells church principles on my own without detailed understanding of how properly these principles work. But this cell church conference has opened my eyes to see and understand these principles. Through your teachings, my understanding has been enlightened, I will surely implement these principles for church growth through multiplication.
Jayston Tonnelle (Senior Pastor, Christ Harvest Miracle Ministry).
I am now made to understand NOT to be afraid to invest in anyone in the church. If any member decides to go away, he/she is at liberty to do so. The people, the church, or the work itself is not ours BUT the Lord’s. And that we are only co-labourers. We are all fishing for the same Master; we should fish, though from the same river, but not from other people`s net/boat.
Mother Angeline Eyedo (Life Line Ministry).
Learning of cell method of growing the church will not only help in the numerical growth of the church but also in delegating responsibility to other members in the church. It also pointed out the weakness in our local church; as love is not seen and felt the way it should. So, I now have a better understanding; that growth is not only in number (quantity) but how well they are disciples in love (quality).
Pastor ED Eyedo (Senior Pastor, Life Line Ministry).
The strategies for soul winning are very unique and sensitive for multiplication of the church of Jesus. I like to recommend that Cells-Church Consultants should take this teaching to the whole world, to win the lost at all cost.
Pastor Jonathan Tukar (New Creation Int`l Church).
This training has stirred my spirit to do more for God and has given me a broader picture on the importance of evangelism. I did not know that evangelism goes beyond just telling people … “God loves you”. I thank God for Cells-church Consultants and Pastor Elijah who left his family in Nigeria to come to teach us in Liberia. May God also bless the vision bearer of Cells-church Consultants International.
William Kollie (Faith Empowerment Outreach Ministries).
This has given me such a great insight that I have longed for over the years. Indeed this is God`s answer to my prayers and His way of meeting the deepest need of my country, my church, and me. This was really an enrichment for me, especially the method (illustration) used for the presentation.
Pastor Barromi G Davis, Sr. (Christ Witness Mission).
I believe what you have taught will help us and when you return next time you would be proud of the fruit of your labour. This few days of learning is equalled to a year of education. I would not afford to miss this great teaching. It will be a true help to our churches here, thanks. I pray that you would not forget us. You should not stop at this point BUT come many times over.
Sister Jessica Robert.
I like to suggest that the training must not only be at one location. Let zones be set up in other parts of the city as well as outside the capital and counties/states. Lastly, establish a Liberia base of this vision by selecting a targeted number of willing pastors that you will give some intensive training in a given period of time here or aboard who will afterwards take the training to places in Liberia that you alone will not reach in the next 5 years.
Apostle Samuel Elijah Goodridge (General Overseer: Divine Love Resurrection Word Outreach Min International).
The lesson being taught these five days is a wakeup call to the Body of Christ to rise up to the task of soul winning. The teaching has been strategic to church growth. We dearly need this kind of approach every year; if not every month. I actually believe you came to change our worldview on house fellowship and crusade/evangelism. I understand that all these do not work outside of love. Love is the key to make it work. I humbly recommend that you will discuss your return with your office to continue being a blessing to the church on this side of the world. The church of Liberia needs your prayers in her post war land to open the minds of the members for sincere service to Christ. If you wouldn’t mind sir, we would like you to pray about how you could elect/appoint some regional heads who could plan meetings and invite you to facilitate. We believe this will help to speedily enhance your ministry; bring growth that would introduce your ministry to the nations. Finally I appreciate you and the ministry that sent you.
Rich Coopers (Associate Pastor: Christ Harvest Miracle Ministry).
I like to affirm that God was faithful in this trip. The conference was well attended and the good news and principles of small group was well embraced. I saw no deception in their attitudes; the testimonies shared were genuine from their hearts. The people did not show any signs of being hungry for ‘natural’ food – they were hungry on getting knowledge on how to move their work forward. Their hunger and excitement was visibly written on their faces. And exuded joy like a man who found a new treasure, and with hope now fanned into flame, ready to carry out what they have learned. I am convinced, there is going to be great harvest from this meeting. (Elijah.)
Friends, it’s been a long time since I’ve sampled such inspiring testimonies. God’s servant, Elijah, is truly deserving of the divine commendation … “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Friends, CCIs investment in Liberia has only just begun. Lord willing, Elijah will return to continue CCIs investment in Liberia. May the Lord use Pastor Jayston’s church to ignite a spiritual blaze throughout all of Africa!
STOP PRESS! News just received from Liberia (received by Elijah on Wednesday, 2nd May) … “Dear Pastor Sam, how you and the family are. Hope it is well. I write to inform you that my church have started with 3 cell groups and they are doing very well. Pastor, everybody here is doing great, even my daddy and the church. Thanks,” Teta Eyedo (Life Line Ministries).