TESTIMONIES OF THE MISSIONARY TRIP IN WEST
Under the guidance of God, the
International Assembly sent Deacon Joseph Shek and
Pastor John Lo to perform missionary work in Liberia,
Ghana and Nigeria. The trip took place between March 4 and May
Due to the earnest prayer
intercession of the brothers and sisters who love the Lord and their concern
with world evangelism, God truly worked with them and opened wide the door of
salvation. He poured out abundantly His
Holy Spirit and manifested His visions and miracles. During the entire journey a total of 528
received water baptism, 229 received the Holy Spirit, 431 saw visions and 58
were healed through the power of the Lord.
May all glory, praise and thanks be given unto God in heaven. We also prayed that the Lord would give
double portion of His blessings to those who strove hard to support the African
ministry with their offerings and daily prayers. Seven weeks after the Lord called the wife of
Pastor Lo to rest, he immediately resumed the heavy
responsibility of the missionary work in Africa. As a grieving soldier being sent to the
battlefield, he felt deeply in need of the help and abidance of the Lord and
prayed earnestly. Thanks to the Lord,
Pastor Lo was greatly comforted and strengthened because God was working with
them during the entire trip. He also
deeply experienced the Lord's word.
"And he said unto me, My grace is
sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in
my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Cor 12:9)
The objectives of this missionary
trip were the evangelism of the newly developed areas, holding evangelical and
spiritual convocations in our churches in various places and conducting
Workers' Seminars to train the local ministerial personnel. The work was completed successfully by the
guidance of the Lord.
- MARCH 4 to 25
In the three weeks of work in Liberia, the
missionaries held seven evangelical and spiritual convocations in different
places and finally there was a Workers' Seminar and a National Church
Conference. A total of 15 delegates
attended this conference. Important
issues of evangelism, pasturing, finance and church building construction were
discussed. Seven Board Members of the
Evangelism-Coordination Council were elected.
During the period of work in Liberia, there were a total of 229
people baptized, 102 received the Holy Spirit, 216 saw
visions and 12 sick people were healed.
Presently, our church membership in Liberia is about 500 people.
Prayers were very fervent and
powerful during many of the convocations.
Many people were filled with the Holy Spirit. They saw wonderful visions of glorious
lights, tongues of fire, angels with white garments, heavenly ladders, white
doves and the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus on the cross. A sister saw a Roman soldier pierce the side
of the crucified Lord with a long spear and immediately blood and water flowed
out. She was greatly shocked and
terrified. She wept bitterly. A brother saw an angel walking the chapel and
recorded the attendance and the attitude of the worshipers. There was an eight years old boy who saw the
Lord Jesus give everyone a Bible but not him.
He began to cry and reached out his hands to Jesus. When the Lord handed a Bible to him, he
discovered the nail print in the hand of the Lord. Finally, some of the sick people were healed
instantly when they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
In Liberia, there are many who hunger
and thirst for the grace and the truth of God.
If the missionary work could be intensified, a greater harvest could be
- MARCH 25 to APRIL 21
During the four weeks of work in Ghana,
five evangelical and spiritual convocations, one Workers' Seminar and several Bible
studies with the leaders of other denominations were held. A total of 185 received baptism, III received
the Holy Spirit, 124 saw visions and 14 people were
healed by the Lord. Presently our
membership in Ghana
In two specific prayers, the Holy
Spirit worked mightily. In each
occasion, 8 received the Holy Spirit, and 10 saw visions. On April ]6th, they
went to Kipi village to preach to an old man who was
afflicted with severe asthma. By God's
wonderful grace, in that little evangelical service, 3 accepted baptism, 4 received the Holy Spirit and 2 saw visions. Meanwhile that old man's sickness greatly
improved through the healing of the Lord.
Among many wonderful visions, some saw the HeavenlyKingdom. One person who was taken up into heaven, saw
that the door was open, and the Lord Jesus was preparing mansions for the
chosen ones. Another saw a glorious
heavenly city. In five baptisms, 14
witnessed the vision of the precious blood of Jesus in the water.
While God's work was progressing,
the missionaries were attacked by Satan many times. On arriving in Accra, Deacon Joseph Shek
was suddenly stricken with malaria and became seriously ill. He experienced vomiting and diarrhea, which
occurred more than ten times a day. His
whole body shoo!, with chills, then became hot with
fever; he perspired profusely. After the
earnest prayer of many members, he was healed by the Lord and recovered
completely in two days. On April 24th,
they separated to work in different places.
Pastor Lo took a taxi to a distant city for evangelical work. Unexpectedly the tires of the car went flat
twice while on the highway. Fortunately,
under the Lord's protection, there was no accident or injury.
The society in Ghana is quite
stable and secure. Living expenses are
considerably low. Many people are
educated and pursue after the truth. It
is an excellent base for the missionary work.
May the Lord strengthen our churches in Ghana.
- APRIL 21 to MAY 2
Within 12 days work in Nigeria, 9
evangelical and spiritual convocations were held in various places. Because of the tight schedule and heavy work
load, Deacon Shek and Pastor Lo had to separate to
work in difference places most of the time. in the
last three days, a Workers' Seminar and National Church Conference was held in
our church in Port Harcourt. Forty people attended the conference. Seven new committee members were elected to
the Evangelism Coordination Council.
Though the journey in Nigeria was the
shortest, God opened the door of grace and worked mightily with them. There was a total of
114 baptized, 86 received the Holy Spirit, 91 visions and 32 were healed by the
Lord. Presently, in Nigeria, we
have a membership of about 2,200, 18 churches and 6 prayer houses.
On the evening of their arrival in
Nigeria, a service was held
immediately at the Port Harcourt
church. Surprisingly, the Holy Spirit
descended like a shower. During the last
prayer, 12 received the Holy Spirit, 2 saw visions. They were greatly encouraged and firmly
believed that the Lord will lead the work ahead.
On April 22nd, Pastor Lo went with
the local minister to a village to perform outdoor evangelism. The worship place was located next to the
road and was a simple booth covered with palm leaves. More than 130 newcomers attended. In order to be undisturbed during prayer, two
small rooms of a private house next to the booths were borrowed. More than 60 people packed into the rooms and
walkways. They prayed earnestly with
loud voices, crying and perspiring to the Lord. Miraculously, 17 received the Holy Spirit, 7
saw visions during the 40 minutes prayer.
On April 26th, Deacon Shek went to a church district to hold a spiritual
convocation. During prayer, a sick
sister saw Jesus coming to her and He said, "Your sickness will be
healed." Immediately she experienced the power of the Lord and her
sickness was cured. This testimony
increased the faith of the entire church so that everyone prayed even more
fervently during the next prayer. By the
power of the Lord, I 0 people were healed.
Among those healed during this
journey in Nigeria
were some who possessed high fever, malaria, spinal pain, heart diseases and
women's illnesses. There were many
wonderful visions given. A brother saw
the Lord providing a great feast and every guest attending was wearing a white
garment. A sister saw three visions
during a baptism. in the prayer before the baptism, she saw a circle of red
blood in the baptismal site; during the baptism s he saw many white doves
flying in the sky above the water; after baptism, she saw the door of heaven
open and all those who were baptized wore white garments and entered the
heavenly city, then the door was closed and many white doves appeared
again. During a prayer at the Workers'
Seminar, the Lord revealed to a minister while he was filled with the Holy
Spirit that, among three church districts, there were church board members and
believers who did not observe the commandments of God and whose conduct was
unworthy of the Lord. God warned them to
The average member in Nigeria
possesses a simple faith and prays earnestly,
therefore, many miracles and wonders take place. On April 29th, a brother drove Deacon Shek to a spiritual convocation in a church district. Because the road condition was extremely
bumpy, the spare tire of this car was lost.
The next morning that brother discovered that he had a flat tire. He was extremely worried because there was no
place to repair the tire or to buy a new one in that area. At that time he was reminded by the Holy
Spirit, "Why not rely upon the Lord with all your heart?" He then
went into the room and prayed earnestly with faith. After an hour of prayer, he returned to his
car and discovered the Lord's mighty hand had fixed his tire - it was filled
with air. He was so excited,
he leaped up and down giving praise and thanks to God. After the spiritual convocation, they came
back with that car safely. That flat
tire was truly repaired by the Lord.
On April 28th, Pastor Lo went to
the farthest church district to hold a spiritual convocation. While preaching, he suddenly felt an
excruciating pain in his right hip. The
pain became so intense, he found it difficult to walk or lie down. This was probably due to the long missionary
journey - sitting for long periods in planes and cars. At that time Deacon Shek
was working at another place and could not come to help him. He prayed earnestly with tears and asked the
Lord to help him so that he might finish the important work of baptism, foot
washing and holy communion the next day. Although he experienced extreme hardship in
walking into the water to perform baptism, thanks to the mercy of the Lord, he
was completely healed while he was in the water. He never felt the pain again.
Our church in Nigeria has a
history of seven years. The faith of the members have been generally rooted. May the Lord continue to help the growth of
churches so that they may become mature and self-supporting.
Since last year, the perfect
gospel has spread from one nation to two other nations. By the wonderful guidance of God ' in a short
span of time, His Kingdom has suddenly expanded. May the Lord continue
to carry on His own work, adding people to his Kingdom (Is 26:15). We hope our brothers and sisters throughout
the world will pray diligently for the African ministry.
Presently, in these three nations
of West Africa, we have 10 localities that
desperately need church buildings.
According to the policy of our International Assembly, we will help them
with only 50% of the cost. Unfortunately
the price of the building material has increased two to three times within the
last two years because of inflation. A
simple church building which can accommodate 150 people costs between $3,000
and $10,000 U.S. dollars depending upon the nation. Besides this need, there are more church
buildings which will require our support.
Therefore, we hope our members throughout the world will continue to
offer their financial support to the African ministry until they are able to be
self-supporting. "He who sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap
bountifully. And God is able to provide
you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of
everything and may provide in abundance for every good work." (2 Cor 9:6,8). We truly believe that this is one of the best
opportunities for the members who live a wealthier life to obtain God's
blessings and store up treasures in Heaven.
The Lord Jesus said, "it is more blessed
to give than to receive."(Act 20:35).
How great is the value of the money we can offer to the work of
spreading the gospel!
Not only will it help the holy
work progress, but many souls will also be saved.
We pray that the Lord will move
many more workers, who can preach in English or French, to dedicate their lives
to the African ministry, helping with the work of evangelism, pasturing,
ministerial training, and religious education.
For the Lord Jesus says, "Say not ye, There
are yet four months, and then come harvest?
Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for
they are white already to harvest. And
he that reaped received wages, and gathered fruit unto life eternal: that both
he that sowed and he that reaped may rejoice together." (Jn 4:35,36)