Meet the Welches
Drew and Jessica Welch and their family are answering the call to rebuild Liberia. They are working alongside the national leadership to oversee churches, schools, conferences, and projects that will help the ministry in Liberia to thrive again instead of just surviving.
In 1981, the last of the former Open Bible missionaries left Liberia as the church there had become nationalized. Unfortunately, for the next 24 years the people in Liberia suffered through many coups and two civil wars. It is estimated that over 200,000 Liberians were killed and 1.5 million were forced to flee their homes. The infrastructure in Liberia was virtually destroyed, leaving many of our churches and school buildings burned to the ground. Because of the many years of civil war, the church is still struggling to achieve its pre-war status.
For 14 years Liberia lacked any kind of educational system, which has created an entire generation of illiterate people. The Welches have established the Legacy Learning Center to address this need, which will help people of all ages learn to read and write. A church is being planted at the Center to bring the Good News of Jesus to the local community.
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