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HEAVEN’S GATE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
VISION: Committed To Help People Find Heaven’s Gate (the Narrow Gate) and to Enter through it. Matt. 7:13, 14
MISSION: Worship, Fellowship, Evangelism and Discipleship
MOTTO: Preaching The Gospel and Healing Everywhere Lk 9:6
Sometimes in 2003 God called me to a village in the Bo District in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone. During this time I went for holiday to my grandfather. I discovered that there was no church in this village and even in the surrounding villages. It was a Muslim controlled area. This got me more interested in this village. I later identified about two Christian brothers in the village and spoke to them about starting a fellowship in the village. They said they will do something. I left the village after the holiday for the city as I had just gained admission into the University by then. But I was corresponding with these brothers through letters and during college breaks I will go to the village do some evangelism and also distribute some used clothing that I gathered from friends and relatives in the city.
The burden in my heart for this village continue to increase more and more and one day as I was praying for the village in 2005 God told me that He has called me to this village. I begin to think how would this be possible as I was now in the 3rd year in the University and our college is in Freetown over 150 miles away from the village. I became worried but still the burden continues to grow in my heart. I shared this with some pastors and they encouraged me and also continue to pray along side with me. Then after some praying and fasting I surrendered to God’s will and as God will have it in 2006 our college was transferred to Bo city which is about 30 miles from the village.
I went to Bo in August 2006 and without wasting time in September with the aid of the Great Commission Movement Sierra Leone was able to organize a mini-crusade in the village were also we showed the Jesus film. On the Sunday after the mini-crusade we started the fellowship with about ten adults and some children. We started meeting in one of our members home. And within six months the church has grown to about 20 people.
I left Bo in June 2007 and return to the city after I had finished my university education. And in July with the aid of some of my Christian brothers and friends we started a home cell in the city. The home cell is weekly and it is growing presently with most people who are not Christians.
On Sunday the 2nd September we celebrated the Ministry’s one year anniversary both in the village and the home cell in the city.
Presently we are putting up a temporary structure for worship in the village and allow in January 2008, we are planning to organize a mini-crusade in the city and also start a church here. Below is listed our Ministry’s goals:
SHORT TERM GOALS
Prayer Night vigils
Evangelisms, Outreaches and follow-ups
Construction of a temporal place of worship
LONG TERM GOALS
Working with street kids, orphans, less privileged and handicap children
Young People V.B.S.
Young People Resource Center
Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools, Vocational Institutes and College
Missionary Training School
Farming Projects in villages
Seminars, Conferences and Retreats
Crusades and Outreaches
Construction of a tabernacle for worship
Gospel musical band and Recording Studio
The mission of our ministry is divided into two parts:
We are here for God
We are here for other people
What does it means to be ‘here for God’?
As people belonging to God, we have a responsibility to declare His praises. 1st Peter 2:9. This is the WORSHIP component of our mission. Worshipping God becomes the greatest purpose of our existence out of which everything else flows. It is our first mission in life as Christians.
What does it means to be ‘here for other people’?
To be here for other people includes the way we relate with our fellow Christians and non-Christians. John 13: 34, 35. This is the FELLOWSHIP component of our mission.
Also, to be here for others includes our service to people- by taking the gospel to others and the uttermost parts of the world. This is the EVANGELISM component (which is described in Matt 28:19, 20 as The Great Commission).
In the Great Commission, Jesus asked us (his disciples) to do three things:
To go and make disciples off all nations
To Baptist them in His name
To teach them to obey everything He has commanded us.
Once people have become part of our local church, they are taught and trained to function as committed disciple of Christ. These three points in the Great Commission compose the DISCIPLESHIP component of our mission.
Following is a brief statements of our major doctrinal beliefs as taught by the Holy Scriptures (The Bible). All beliefs are upheld by our ministries as doctrinal standards for our exhortation, admonition, and correction.
We believe there is only one God and father of all, who is above all.
we believe that our Lord Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. That He was buried and rose again on the third day. 1st Cor 15:3-5.
We believe in the Holy Trinity: God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit. Matt 28:19.
We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith In Christ Jesus and not of works.
We believe in water baptism by immersion according to the scriptures for all true believers, being buried into the death of Christ for the remission of our sins and in the likeness of His resurrection being raised up into the newness of life. We also believe in the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
We believe and practice the partaking of the Holy Communion as one of the Holy and biblical sacraments of the church.
We believe the entire Bible (both Old and New Testaments) as originally inspired to be inerrant, supreme, infallible and revealed Word of God.
We believe that the believers in Christ have been called into one body and one spirit.
We believe that everyone is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Eph 4:4-7.
We believe in the power in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ and His healing power.
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ABOUT PASTOR ERNEST (GENERAL OVERSEER)
Pastor Ernest Sheku Kargbo was born on the 30th April, 1979, in Wellington, in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. To Christian parents, Mr. Stanley M. Kargbo and Mrs. Kadie Kargbo. He is the second child and second son of four children of his parents. Emmanuel, the eldest, Alice his younger sister and Ezekiel the youngest.
He grew up in the children Sunday school department of his family church but in his early youthful stage he became uncommitted in attending church and church activities and even to the service of God. In 1997, he rededicated his life to Christ when he found himself in the Assemblies of God Church in his area. There he became committed again to the service of God and in the following year he started playing keyboard in this church Sunday and weekly services.
In this same church he served in the youth ministry executive in different capacities as assistant music director, financial secretary, organizing secretary, and finally vice president. He also served in the choir as choir director for five years and later relocated to Grafton where he joined the Flaming Bible Church Grafton. There again he helped in the church as choir director and youth coordinator.
Pastor Ernest who completed his secondary (high) school in 2000 then proceeded to further his education in the university in 2003 and completed in 2007 where he studied Bsc Education in Mathematics/Physics. He also did his diploma in Christian ministry in a bible school in his country.
He begins to sense the call of God in his life in 2001 when he went for holiday in his grandfather’s village where there was no church. By then he was in second year in the university. He started a fellowship in the village and when the holiday ended he returned home. He had a confirmation of the call in his life in 2006 which lead to the start of the Heaven’s Gate Christian Ministry in the same village.
Pastor Ernest is a secondary (high) school teacher. He is still single but trusting God for a partner that will be a bone of his bone and a flesh of his flesh and also a helpmate.
He was involved in a severe car accident on the 8th January, 2008, two days after he started a home cell that gave birth to the church in the city. The car somersaulted into a tiny bridge and six people lost their lives in that incident. During this incident the only thing that saved God’s humble servant was the name of Jesus Christ. Even those that went to rescue his body in the bridge testified that in his unconscious state he was still calling on the name of Jesus. His left hand was broken in that incident and the devil was trying very hard to cause this hand to be deformed. But thanks be to God he is recovering gradually and he has even started using this hand.
ABOUT SIERRA LEONE
Sierra Leone was ruled in early times by traditional chiefs, kings and warriors whose systems of governance had been influenced by migrant populations and ethnic warlords during the successive ancient West African Empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhay.
The reigns of the West African empires in ancient times were characterized by trade and inter-ethnic wars. Tribes from the interior migrating westwards from the north and southern parts of Africa settled in the virgin forest between the Mano River and Futa mountains, where they sought to be protected by the high lands on one side and the sea or big rivers on the other.
They were later joined by other migrating populations who, at the time of contact with Europeans, culminated to 14 to 17 ethnic groups. The Temne-speaking people dominated the north and western parts of the country, while the Mende-speaking people dominated East and South.
European contacts with Sierra Leone first started in the economic sphere with the Portuguese who in 1495 built a fort in Freetown, the country’s capital city, for trade in gold, spices, ivory and slaves. Several decades later, the British came and set up a “crown colony” in Freetown and established indirect rule through traditional rulers in the hinterland called the “protectorate” until 1961 when the country gained independence.
· Real economic growth rebounded strongly after the war, 27% in 2002, 9% in 2003 and just over 7% for 2004-07.
· Country Performance and Institutional Assessment rating (2007) is 3.1 compared to 2.5 in 2001.
· Transparency International ranking (2008) is 158 out of 180 countries.
· Doing Business ranking (2009) is 156 out of 181 countries based on mid-2008 data.
· UNDP Human Development Index (2007) Sierra Leone is ranked 177 out of 177 countries based on 2005 data.
· Health and Nutrition outcomes were among the worst in the world: infant mortality (160 per 1,000 live births in 2006); maternal mortality (1,077 per 100,000 live births in 2005) and under five-mortality rate (271 per 1,000 in 2005). The incidence of tuberculosis is high (about 628 cases per 100,000 people versus 495 cases for the region). The reported incidence of malaria is high but declining, from morbidity rate of 37.5 (2003) to 35.2 (2005). Sierra Leone has made rapid progress in measles immunization with better than average results relative to the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa.
· The HIV/AIDS prevalence is low at 4.9 percent nationally. The reported incidence of malaria is high but declining, from a morbidity rate of 37.5 in 2003 and 2004 to 35.2 in 2005.
· Poverty is heavily concentrated in the rural and other urban areas outside Freetown. Revised estimates suggest that 66% of the population lived below the poverty line in 2004. The proportion below the poverty line in Freetown in 2003/04 was estimated at 22 percent, compared to 79 percent in the rural areas.
· Underemployment is a problem. In 2006, three of every ten young men, age 20-24, were neither formally employed nor in school. The problem is especially acute in urban areas.
· The distribution of public power in 2007 was limited mainly to Freetown and Bo with approximately 20MW of actual output in the two cities. This translates into 30 kwh/capita versus a regional average of 541 kwh/capita; paved (all weather) roads were only 8% of the total in 2004 versus a regional average of 17%.
Sierra Leone became independent of British colonial rule in 1961 under the regime of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) with Sir Milton Margai as Prime Minister. When Milton died in 1964, he was succeeded by his younger brother Sir Albert Margai.
Following multi-party elections in 1967, the SLPP lost power in a narrow victory to the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) party led by Siaka Stevens who became Prime Minister. In 1971 the country became a republic with Siaka Stevens as president for a five-year term. One-party rule was introduced in 1978 by Steven’s APC regime and local government administration was abolished.
In 1992, the APC was overthrown in the wake of a brutal rebel war. Towards the end of the war in 1996, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was elected President in multi-party elections which saw the return of the SLPP to power. Following the end of the war in 2002, Kabbah won a second final five-year term.
On September 17, 2007 Ernest Bai Koroma of the opposition All Peoples Congress Party (APC) won the elections and was sworn in as President of Sierra Leone. Local council elections took place in July 2008.
Since independence, the SLPP has ruled Sierra Leone for 16 years, consisting of about 34% of the country’s 46 years post-independence period spanning from1961-1967 and from 1996-2007. The APC has ruled for 26 years from 1967-1992 and from 2007-2008 consisting of about 56% of the country’s post-independence era. Various military regimes ruled in the remainder 11 years period, accounting for about 10% of the post-independence period. Civilian rule which has always been either under APC or SLPP accounts for about 90% of the country’s post-independence time-span.
Sierra Leone ’s strong recovery, which began in 2000, continued for an eighth unbroken year into 2007 when real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by an estimated 6.8 percent despite rising oil prices. Growth in recent years has been propelled by remittances and investments from the Sierra Leone expatriate community, selected mining investments, notably in rutile and bauxite, and by foreign aid. Much of this growth was concentrated in the informal agricultural, fishing, mining and services sectors that make up the bulk of the economy. Formal activity is confined primarily to large scale mining, construction, retail services, tourism, and government employment.
The initiation of exports from the newly refurbished rutile and bauxite mines in 2006 allowed total exports measured in US dollars to grow by 28 percent in 2006 followed by 4 percent in 2007. Imports in US dollars grew by 2 percent in 2006 and by 5 percent in 2007. The external current account deficit (including official transfers) increased to 3.8 percent of GDP in 2007 from 3.5 percent of GDP in 2006 after accounting for changes in factor services and net transfers.
The current account deficit was financed mainly by concessional external assistance and debt relief. Most fundamentally, in December 2006, Sierra Leone reached the Completion Point under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative and, in so doing, also gained additional relief under the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI). Taken together, the total relief will amount to roughly US$1.6 billion spread over 30 years.
Fiscal revenues in 2007 were estimated to be 10.8 percent of GDP, compared to a revised program target of 13.2 percent of GDP and down from 11.8 percent of GDP in 2006. Actual grants received in 2007 were 4.9 percentage points lower than the revised program target. The combined effect was a loss of 7.3 percentage points of GDP relative to the revised IMF program target for revenues and grants (excluding grants for MDRI debt reduction operations). Expenditures as a share of GDP were sharply reduced 7.6 percent of GDP below the revised program target. Thus, the fiscal deficit of 2.0 percent of GDP in 2007 was 0.5 percentage points lower than programmed.
Growth in reserve money in 2007 was estimated at 26 percent, compared to 11 percent for 2006. Consumer price inflation increased to 13.8 (end of period) percent in 2007, compared to 8.3 percent in 2006, with rising international commodity prices driving part of the acceleration. The nominal, end-of-period rate on treasury bills increased to 21 percent from 14 percent in 2006. The exchange rate remained almost constant in nominal terms.
In this regard, I am kindly requesting you to partner with our ministry in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our own part of God’s vineyard. Hope to get a respond from you.
I do hope you will allow me this brief interruption. I hope your year is off to a great start in the kingdom business you are engaged with.
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