Dear Partners in Ministry,
Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.” (Matthew 28:18-20, NIRV)
God has placed a desire on my heart that has matured into His calling for me to minister to the youth of Liberia through a discipleship and mentoring program. The plans are to begin on a part time basis with the hope of serving full time in three to five years.
The Desire to Return and Minister
I was born in Liberia where my late father ministered to his people through various means like ELWA Christian radio and Youth for Christ. I was 19 years old when I moved to the U.S. but I’ve always considered Liberia my home. I believe God is calling me to return to Liberia to disciple, mentor and share God`s love and message of Salvation with the youth. The desire and burden to return to my birthplace began about 10-12 years ago when God gave me the opportunity to connect with a group of young Liberian boys adopted by American families in Charlotte, North Carolina where I live. My relationship with the boys began by meeting regularly with them in small discipleship groups. We had many things in common: our gender, love for Liberia, cultural struggles, etc. As relationships deepened, the boys began to open up and look to me for Christian support, encouragement and guidance. In addition, I was also able to encourage the adoptive parents by serving as a cultural bridge. Helping the parents understand the similarities and differences in both cultures brought clarity and understanding to them, which helped improve parent/child relationships. Through this experience, I felt the Lord placing upon my heart the youth of Liberia and a discipleship program that would bring Jesus to them!
The Discipleship Programs
In July, 2017, I traveled to Liberia and met with Dave Writebol, director of ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) and Benedict Nagbe, principal of ELWA Academy (a 900 students, K-12 school). I was able to share with them the youth discipleship programs that were laid upon my heart by the Holy Spirit. They both responded with enthusiasm stating there was a huge need for reaching students with these programs. My initial plan is to begin the programs during school breaks, committing 8-12 weeks for three of the discipleship programs.
Easter Vacation Discipleship Program: 2 weeks
Summer Vacation Discipleship Program: 4-8 weeks (Soccer integration utilized to teach this program)
Christmas Vacation Discipleship Program: 2 weeks
Kids in Liberia have very little to do during these breaks so why not keep them busy and out of trouble while studying God`s word, learning about the various characteristics of Jesus and teaching them to be persons of integrity as the Bible teaches.
Supporting the Ministry
I am passionate about this youth ministry and am looking for supporters to help make this become a reality. I will be serving through ELWA Ministries Association USA, a sister 501c3 organization of ELWA in Liberia. As you know, ministries are supported by mission-minded folks like you who make it possible for people like me who feel called by God to go and serve.
ELWA Ministries has estimated an annual budget need of $37,500 to cover the Youth Discipleship Ministry expenses. This includes discipleship materials, support staff, youth camp rental costs, sports equipment and my transportation, housing, meals and other living expenses.
The Three and Five Year Plans
The first three years of the ministry in Liberia is twofold. Initially, I will personally coordinate and teach the discipleship/mentoring programs. Then, as the programs are being conducted, I plan to train and mentor future/potential youth leaders that will work alongside me.
Towards the fifth year, the goal for the ministry is to have Liberian youth leaders and mentors who will assume the lead role for discipleship in their communities. My focus then will be on development of new discipleship programs, training new leaders and continued leadership training of mentors. The hope and prayer during the fifth year is to begin branching outside of ELWA into the surrounding communities through the local churches. The goal is to work with inner-city schools implementing the discipleship programs with the emphasis on leadership.
The first youth discipleship programs will begin in mid-to-late 2018 at ELWA in Liberia. Before that happens, I plan to return to Liberia in January to meet again with Dave Writebol and Benedict Nagbe. Plans will be finalized for the ministry to move forward including exact dates, location, ground support and other needs.
About the Kayea Family
My family has worshiped at Central Church of God in Charlotte for the past 12 years. My wife, Heni, is a school teacher at the Jewish Community Center and my two girls (Mickela,16 and Natalie,14) are very much a part of this discipleship ministry. Plans are for them to accompany me and help during the summer months when school schedules permit. We are very excited about this calling and look forward to returning to Liberia to serve.
Your help is needed!!! This is a team project and I would be blessed if you would be a partner on my team. First, I need your prayers for the spiritual battles ahead. Second, your financial support is needed to cover the costs of implementing this program. You can make your support check payable to: ELWA Ministries Association USA, P.O. Box 1, Warrenville, IL 60555
Or you can donate online. Select "ELWA Youth Camp" in the donation drop down box and type “Youth Discipleship Ministry” in the “other” box. Your support is tax deductible.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration in supporting this ministry which will bring Spiritual Hope to the youth of Liberia.
Meanu, Heni, Mickela and Natalie Kayea