UPDATE - January 2013
If you've visited this page before, you will know that SPUR is supporting a mission organisation in Liberia called CAFMACP (Christian Alliance for Missions and Church Planting). Our good friend, Pauline Scott, headed out there in early 2011 after serving with OM for 4 years. Pauline has just been back to the UK for Christmas and updated us on progress.
CAFMACP has a great vision to build a mission complex including a schools campus, a child rescue village, a medical centre and a centre for training pastors.
They were gifted a large plot of land at the Bugbay intersection, off the Sackie Town Road, in Bomi County. When it is finished, the schools will cater for over 1,100 children and young people who currently have no or very little schooling. Bugbay is a rural area and is over an hour's drive outside of Monrovia, the Liberian capital.
Some of the land has now been cleared (see the photos below) and one or two small structures will be put up soon to securely store tools. There has been some interest in the US and the UK in both the school and the child rescue village. Plans are in progress for two teams (1 US & 1 UK) to visit later this year to offer some practical help and we're praying that the interest generated so far develops into more funds being made available.
One surprising development is that there is the possibility that the roads at Bugbay will be improved because of a potential presidential visit and that a much needed bridge will be installed at a key crossing. It's not guaranteed yet so this is a real point for prayer.
We're planning to do something more substantial than this web page and Pauline is going back to speak to Pastor David at CAFMACP about some other possible help that can be given.
Pauline's visit has been really encouraging and challenging. If you don't know about Liberia then check out this wiki page. Here's an article by a respected BBC journalist, Evan Davis, as well. From a human point of view, this country could be described as a bit of a lost cause BUT God hasn't given up on it and neither should we.
If you want more information about this great project and/or you want to support it, please contact us here. Meantime, here are some photos of the area and the people and... check out the plans!