Population: 4.2 million (2012)
Official language: English
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Liberia Fellowship of Evangelical Students (LIFES)
Liberia has recently been involved in a terrible civil war. The results of this war are still being felt, along with widespread poverty and crime. However, the country and its people are determined to put the past behind them. The country’s economy is growing and the government is modernising infrastructure.
A major challenge in being a Christian in Liberia is the lack of sound teaching. In times of difficulty many churchgoers long to hear the prosperity gospel which promises wealth as a reward for a good life.
- 21 tertiary institutions in Monrovia, 11 LIFES groups
- 2 full-time staff and 1 volunteer
- a national students leadership team of 7 people
- graduate fellowship recently started
- largest group has 1200 students (University of Liberia); smallest group has 25 (Dujar Technical college)
LIFES has seen a re-pioneering of the movement in the last two years, with a restructuring of their board, their graduate ministry and their student general committee leadership. Despite limited staff, students have taken the initiative to reach their peers on campuses, even though they commute to study. Recently a student travelled to a university in central Liberia and mobilised students there to form a new LIFES group. A strength of the movement is HIV/AIDS awareness work with high school and university students.
View from the inside
Moses Cooper is the General Secretary of LIFES. He says, ‘I am involved with student ministry because students are the light in our nation. If students are transformed by the word of God, I believe the nation will be transformed. What keeps me excited is the fact that I have a God-given passion that drives me to see students and young people come to know the Lord.’
One of the verses in Scripture that has always inspired Moses is 2 Corinthians 9:8: ‘And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.’
- for students in Liberia to long to know Jesus Christ on a day-to-day basis;
- for more graduates to take on their responsibility to support the movement with their time, resources and expertise;
- for the provision of a vehicle, additional staff and the funds to support them;
- for the HIV/AIDS awareness programs to bear fruit.