Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. — Matthew 28:19-20
In 2019, Celebrate Church provided the funds to dig ten wells in Liberia at a cost of $100,000 in conjunction with World Hope international. World Hope followed up the digging of the wells by showing the Jesus film in the same villages. Hundreds committed their lives to Christ as a result, and received the Living Water.
Prior to the wells, the people in these villages drank water from nearby creeks and rivers contaminated by bacteria. Three out of ten children never lived past the age of five due to water-born illnesses. The ones who do survive are riddled with digestive illnesses and malnutrition their entire lives. In 2020, Celebrate Church sent a delegation of six to visit Liberia, to meet the people impacted by the wells and witness the effects of the work completed.
“Words cannot describe the experience! We did a great thing installing the wells. We gave life to these beautiful people and they are beyond grateful! It was amazing to see the gratitude up close and personal. They asked me to pass their Thank You along to our entire congregation! Thank you, thank you, thank you, with tears of joy!”
Celebrate Church continues to partner with World Hope International to
provide clean water for the people of Liberia.
Celebrate donated $25,000 in April 2020 for the repair and restoration of five inoperable wells in the capital city of Monrovia. These restored wells will serve an estimated 10,000-15,000 people in the area. The water will not only provide a source of clean drinking water, but will help fight COVID-19 by providing clean water for washing hands.
Local World Hope crews will perform the repair work.
Nancy Green, Chief Development Officer for World Hope, provided
this update on April 3, 2020.
“I was so encouraged to get news this week from Liberia. Although the schools are closed due to COVID-19, the WHI Liberia team is moving ahead on two projects to address issues in the Alfred K. Brown Wesleyan Institute and the Larry Marshall Wesleyan Institute. What is new? Additional classroom construction at the Alfred K. Brown Institute and a latrine at the Larry Marshall Institute. Great progress. Hope this encourages you as it does me.”
Jo Anne Lyon, World Hope International Ambassador and General Superintendent Emerita of The Wesleyan Church, provided this update on Liberia on April 9, 2020.
“They are on total lockdown right now - they have had 4 deaths (from COVID-19). As you know, I cannot begin to understand how this country can do social distancing or lock down – but I guess if they do this a bit, it will help. In all ten communities that Celebrate has wells – the issues of hand washing will save many lives. This would not be possible had it not been for the Celebrate wells for these some 12,000 + people. During these days I would not be surprised if other villages a distance away would not be coming to your villages with large containers to assist them with hand washing.”
Jo Anne Lyon, World Hope International Ambassador and General Superintendent Emerita of The Wesleyan Church, provided this update on Liberia on April 30, 2020.
"During the week of April 30th, rehab work started on the first well, including flushing the well with a compressor, replacing worn parts of the pump, and repairing the concrete apron and drainage channel. Once gathering restrictions are lifted, the World Hope International team will return to train the water committee."
Jo Anne Lyon, World Hope International Ambassador and General Superintendent Emerita of The Wesleyan Church, provided this update on Liberia on May 6, 2020.
"The head of the World Food Program states there are 3 billion people locked down right now with COVID-19 and they are predicting a famine of Biblical proportions. Well, Celebrate is working ahead of this prediction. Because - if people can have water - they will live and also have water to take care of their gardens to have food to eat. We can believe that God gives the increase. Remember: 'A loving God wants to redeem a broken world and He has called we, His People to make
things new' (NT Wright). Yes, even in the midst of COVID!"