Short-term mission to Liberia during the lead-up to the outbreak of the notorious Liberian civil war. The most formative experience so far for me.
Project: To help with and accelerate the building of a school for Charlietown Mission Station, River Cess, Grand Bassa. Living in a mud house on what was then ‘the most isolated mission station known to the World Evangelisation Crusade’.
Reality: President of the day Samuel Doe was reaching all-time low in popularity, and infrastructure was in meltdown.
Result: We managed, with the help of Teen Missions International, to build most of the school. Project Management and involvement with community outreach was coupled with technical projects to saw timber and get a water supply to the compound.