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EMAUSA would like to introduce you to Moses Gwole, pastor of the International Church of Monrovia located on the ELWA campus.
Pastor Moses’s personal story is one of sinfulness, remorse, sorrow, and finally an awakening to God’s call on his life. Moses was born in Maryland County, in Liberia, West Africa, in September 1956. Because his father served as a pastor, Moses was exposed to the gospel at an early age. His father’s death at age 14 affected Moses deeply. He strayed from his Christian teachings. He started to hang out with a bad set of friends. He got deeply involved in drugs and alcohol and resorted to crime to support his drug habits. Moses’s older brother tried to help Moses by getting him a job in the Bong Mines in Bong County. But Moses left the mines and headed to Monrovia in search of “freedom.”
In Monrovia Moses was blessed by his marriage to Ida in 1983. Sadly he continued his bad habits. Moses has said that his wife would have been justified to leave him, but she chose to pray for him every day. Clearly the Lord was at work in both Ida’s and Moses’s lives.
About 4 years after his marriage Moses was working at a rice and cement depot. Missionary Daniel Scott came to the depot and asked Moses if he was saved. Moses said yes because he had grown up in a Christian home. Daniel explained to Moses that it is important to read the Bible and follow its teachings. For the next two days Daniel came to the depot to speak to Moses more about biblical teachings. These conversations with Daniel Scott became a turning point in Daniel’s life, for he felt guilty, filthy, and ashamed. He broke down in tears and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior on November 16, 1987.
Daniel continued to guide Moses in his Christian walk. Despite the interruptions in his ministerial training caused by the Liberian civil war, Moses persevered. During the ceasefire in 1992, he began attending the International Church of Monrovia (ICM). He attended the Evangelical Bible Training Center and got a diploma in biblical studies in 1996. However, the civil war resumed in April of that same year, and most people left Monrovia and went upcountry into the bush.
Later that same year Moses and his family returned to the Monrovia area. In 2008 ICM called Moses to serve as the Senior Pastor. Moses enrolled in the Monrovia Bible College and graduated years later with a BTh. Degree. Today Moses continues to serve as the Senior Pastor at ICM. He and his wife are blessed with 5 children all of whom are serving the Lord. He also provides counseling and prays for patients at the ELWA Hospital.