Emmanuel Gyamfi Profile Part II: From Ruin to Restoration

 

Pastor-Gyamfi.png.opt311x311o0,0s311x311Before Liberia Now even existed, you built a health clinic to service the community your church was located in. How did this come about?

Pastor Gyamfi: In 2002, on the 20th of January, the Great Commission Victory Ministries Int’l. was establish to win souls, plant churches, and seek to address the social, moral, spiritual and physical needs of disadvantaged people.

Our church was located in a community where no health center was nearby. Inhabitants of the community had to travel long distances to get medical attention. Some patients even died in route before reaching a clinic.

One day when we were holding a church service, one of our members, Mamie Massalay, became extremely ill. She was rushed to a clinic named Saco. When we arrived at the clinic, she was asked to pay $1000 Liberian Dollars (about $15 USD) which we didn’t have. We begged for treatment before payment, but the clinic wouldn’t treat her.

 

 

New-Community-Clinic2So, in 2005, we deemed it necessary to construct an eight-bedroom clinic to be able to run medical services to the community, due to our passion to save lives.

How did your church and Sammy Tippit Ministries (STM) connect?

Pastor Gyamfi: After the church was established in 2002, we started an evangelism program. We noticed that the membership was growing. We saw that we needed to expand the vision for which we were established.

We started searching for partners through the Internet to enable us to fulfill the task God had given us. In 2003, we went on Google to search for ministries who were interested in partnerships. We contacted eleven ministries, but by His divine grace only Sammy Tippit Ministries responded.

In June 2003, I received an email from Chris Dillashaw, who worked with STM, about the possibility of Dr. Tippit coming to Liberia. As a result, Chris and I planned to meet in Ghana in July 2003.  But right before we were scheduled to meet, the rebels began to attack near the capital city and the airport area. God protected me though and saved my life, as the rebels were only hunting down foreign nationals.

Liberian-refugees1On the plane though, I began to worry about my family, the church members, my community and friends. My wife, Ruth had a phone with her, so we used it to communicate. One day while I was in Ghana, she told me that many of the church members had run to our residence to seek refuge from the battles that were nearby. Ruth told me that there were 48 people now living in our home, including my family. My heart became extremely heavy.  Chris and I had the meeting and it was successful. Chris went back to America but I couldn’t leave Ghana. There were no planes flying in to Liberia at that time because the rebels had overtaken the airport right after I left for Ghana.

During that time, I stayed in Ghana for one month. Every day, I called Ruth to ask her how everyone was doing and to encourage her. One day, as I was talking to Ruth on the phone, she heard a heavy knock on the door. She told me that the rebels were at the door and that she needed to switch the phone off, hide it and call me later.

Thankfully, she called back later that night and told me that the rebels had made everyone leave the house while they looked for government personals and materials to loot. She told me that they we were robbed of everything but that their lives had been saved. Thanks be to God that my family and members of the church went through the war unharmed.

In spite of all these difficulties though, we were able to partner with the Sammy Tippit Ministries in hosting evangelistic meetings and pastors conferences in 2004, 2007, and 2009. God’s Word manifested greatly in lives for many individuals.

Gyamfi-Liberia-NowTell us about the origins of Liberia Now. How did this ministry begin?

Pastor Gyamfi: I’ll never forget the date. In  2008, on January 3rd, at 4pm Liberian time, I received a call from Dr. Tippit.  He told me that since he left Liberia in 2007, he had been praying on what he can do to help Liberia.  He said he was going to send his son with a team to do an assessment.

In late June, early July 2008, an assessment team consisting of Dave Tippit, Allyn Anderson, Pastor Brent Saathoff and Corey Winfield visited Liberia. Dave and the team met the Vice President of Liberia, Commissioner of Virginia, and the City Mayor of Brewerville. They had a series of discussions on how they could help Liberia develop and decided to begin in the area known as Virginia, where our church is located.

Prior to their departure, we had a meeting at The Cape Hotel.  In that meeting, both the Liberian and the Americans saw the immediate needs Liberia had. Both teams had a passion for Liberia. We felt that there was no time to delay so that was why one of the team members, Corey Winfield, proposed calling our organization Liberia Now.

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