Imagine moving to a small town in the hill country of Liberia. With a new baby. Let me introduce you to John Mark and Sara Sheppard.
The Sheppards visited our small group a couple weeks ago and told us their story and about their vision to work with the Manya people in Liberia. The Manya are an unreached people group in the northwest part of the country. While 99% of them self-identify as Muslims, their version of Islam is heavily influenced by folk religion. Fortunately, theirs is a culture where people are generally very open and receptive to spiritual conversation. They told us stories of how they have already seen God begin to move among them.
John Mark actually grew up in Liberia as the child of missionaries who worked with Liberians in that country and in refugee camps nearby. The two first met while Sara was on a short-term mission trip, so I suppose one could say that missionary work is in their DNA. But the work will be challenging, and obviously it won’t be easy moving a young family to a rural part of Liberia (they’re reasonably confident they’ll have electricity!). So the Sheppards need partners — they covet your prayers and, quite frankly, need more financial backers as well.
You can learn more about them on their blog.