The Mission team of Dominion Faith World Outreach was scheduled to leave Nigeria on Tuesday 15th May, 2012 by 9:45 am but due to flight technical problems we were delayed for more than six (6) hours. We eventually left Nigeria by 4 pm to Liberia and arrived safely in Liberia by 6:20 pm, Nigerian time and 7:20 pm Liberian time. We were warmly received by Pastor Jerkins and Pastor Yinka.
The second day which was Wednesday 16th May, 2012.The Mission team left for the Robert International Airport, Monrovia in order to collect the chemicals that were cargo-ed from Nigeria by Arik Airline. At first, there were challenges on finding the place where the chemicals were kept, but they were found eventually. However, quarantine permit was requested by the security personnel before we could pick up the chemicals. The security personnel made a lot of effort to collect bribe but did not succeed. Eventually, they concluded that we have to see the chief custom officer since we were not with the quarantine permit for the chemicals. Getting to the customs office, it was discovered that the Chief Custom Officer was a native of Ganta which was the venue of the mission field. He was excited to meet with us and pleaded with the security personnel on our behalf so that we could pick up the chemicals because it was meant to impact the lives of the people of Ganta.The mission team eventually left the airport to Ganta with the chemicals at about 2 pm. The journey from the Airport to Ganta was about 6 hours drive. They went straight to the Church that would host the mission team. The congregations were praying when the team got to the church. The Pastor in charge of the Ministry introduced our Mission Team to the people. Rev. David Olatona was called to give an opening speech. He told them that he was delighted to see their passion as they prayed. He went on to encourage them to attend all the sessions of the mission work that will be done in their church which would commence on Thursday Morning. He also had a brief meeting with all Pastors and Ministers. He enlightened them on the need for network for Ministers as this will strengthen their church and their walk with God. He further encouraged them to attend the School of Pastoral Nurture Sessions. The Mission team headed for their Guest House.
On the 17th of May which is Thursday, our mission team left for the Mission field where the School of Pastoral Nurture commenced at 9 am (Liberian time) with a total number of Forty-five (45) people in attendance. Rev. Olatona started the ministration with a brief history of his ministry life. He talked intensively on points such as the office of a Pastor; having a mentor; the ministry for giving and not for living; locating and meeting the needs of the people; and the final one which was about having a godly ministry. The teaching lasted for two (2) hours. Questions were raised on Tithing, Mentorship and Exit from one Ministry to the other, and answers were given. The School of Pastoral Nurture Session ended by 12:10 pm (Liberian Time). The second session was the Free skill acquisition session which was only one session handled by Sister Adachukwu on the production of disinfectants (Dettol). Sis Adachukwu gave three (3) of the participators opportunity to practice the skill with her instruction. The session lasted for one hour with a total number of Seventy-five (75) participants.
On the fourth day of the mission trip which was Friday, 18th of May, the School of Pastoral Nurture continued with seventy (70) participants in attendance. Rev. David spoke extensively on their calling as a ministry to their family; He also spoke on the following points:
- Feeding the people with character and integrity
- Simplicity and understandable sermons
- Managing their time well
The session ended by 12:10 (Liberian Time).The Free Skill Acquisition Session was held by 2 pm which was handled by Sis Adachukwu on the production of Stain removal, Toilet wash, Body cream and Hair cream. Four (4) participants were called out to carry out the post-teaching practical. At the end of the post-teaching practical, thirteen (13) litres of stain removal and toilet wash, ten (10) litres of body cream and hair cream were produced. The session lasted for one (1) hour thirty (30) minutes with a total number of one hundred and six (106) people in attendance. Later in the evening, The Destiny Encounter Night commenced. Rev. Olatona ministered in God’s word on the topic “God of Wonders”. After the ministration in God’s word, Rev. challenged the people to give. Seven (7) people gave their life to Christ. One hundred and forty people (140) people were in attendance. The Destiny Encounter ended by 8:05 pm (Liberian time).
The fifth day in Liberia, Saturday 19th May, 2012, the mission team left for the venue of the School of Pastoral Nurture which started by 9 am (Liberian Time). A total number of Seventy seven (77) pastors and ministers were in attendance. Rev. David spoke on the importance of God’s presence in every gathering of believers. He laid more emphasis on the following topics:
- Ministry and Prayer
- Teaching the Ministry congregations on the importance of Tithing
- Importance of Mission in Ministry
Questions were raised and answers were given. Certificates were awarded to the participants and group photographs were taken. The teaching was brought to a close as it was the last day of the School of Pastoral Nurture. After the teaching, a meeting was scheduled between all the Pastors and Rev. Olatona. In his address, he appreciated and thanked them for their time, prayer, support and energy put into the programme. He also commended the efforts of the executives and members of the Ganta Christian Community. He said he looked forward to a situation in which the programme can be made a yearly thing but the Association of Ganta Christian Community taking ownership of the program. He continued that laid-down plans should be made to invite ministers all over the world. He stated that there has been great enthusiasm by some American Ministers that are willing to be a part of this program and necessary arrangements should be made in subsequent years for them to be invited. Rev. Olatona encouraged them to keep up their faith and passion for God’s work. Later in the afternoon, the free skill acquisition was facilitated and taught by Sis Adachukwu. The Session started by 2 pm on the production of Body perfume and insecticides. A total number of one hundred and twenty (120) people were in attendance. Three (3) participants were called forward to do the post-teaching practical. At the end of the post-teaching practical, five (5) litres of body perfume and twelve (12) litres of insecticides were produced. The stain removal, toilet wash, body cream and hair cream of the previous day practical were shared among the participants. The session lasted for one (1) hour twenty (20) minutes. In the evening, The Destiny Encounter Night Continued and commenced by 6:37pm. Rev. David Olatona spoke on the God of Wonders Part II with more emphasis on the following:
- Esther: A Babylonian Queen
- Sarah: Having a child at old age
The People were very excited about the ministration in God’s word by Rev. Olatona. One (1) woman gave her life to Christ. One Hundred and Seventeen (117) people were in attendance including children. People with health challenges were called to the altar for healing prayers. Later, Rev. challenged the people to give. The Destiny Encounter Night ended by 8 pm.
Sunday 20th May, 2012. The Mission team fellowshipped with the Bethel World Outreach, Ganta, Liberia. Service started 10:30 am (Liberian Time). Rev. Olatona ministered in God’s word on the topic “GRACE: The Secret behind our Success in Ministry” with more emphasis on Esther, the Jewish slave who became the Queen of Babylon. Later in the afternoon, the free skill acquisition Session was shifted for another two (2) hours from 2 pm to 4 pm because of late closure of many churches in Liberia. The Skill Acquisition was facilitated and taught by Sis Adachukwu and at the end of the post-teaching practical, Sixty (60) litres of Liquid Soap were produced. Certificates were issued to one hundred and thirty-four (134) participants and group photographs were taken. There wereone hundred and thirty (130) participants in attendance. Body perfume and twelve (12) litres of insecticides were produced. Later in the Evening, the Destiny Encounter Night commenced. Rev. Olatona led the congregation in Breakthrough Prayers. After the Breakthrough Prayer Session, Rev. challenged the people to give. The Ganta Christian Community presented Rev. David a Sculpture of the Liberian Map as a token of their love. The entire congregation prayed for our Mission Team. After the Programme, the team left for their Guest House to prepare for their departure from Ganta.
On the 21st of May, 2012 which was a Monday,the missionary team left for Monrovia spending six (6) hours due to their bad roads. They lodged in Monrovia and prepared to leave for Lagos, Nigeria with the Air Nigeria Flight.
The Mission Team left for Lagos, Nigeria on the 22nd of May, 2012 by 5:15pm and arrived safely in Lagos by 9:00pm.It was an eventful trip to Liberia. Liberia mission was accomplished. Glory be to God.