Fair Shake Village Story

WHO WE ARE:

Ken and Carolyn Vogel began serving in Liberia in 1976. From the start, the focus of the Vogel family has been about partnering with Liberians in the spiritual, educational and medical development of Liberia. They have done this through various ministries, including: re-opening a weekly interior clinic, teaching a weekly ministers training class (TEE – Theological Education by Extension), teaching at Liberia Christian High School (LCHS), doing Village Health Worker training and encouraging churches and pastors at various church gatherings.

Then there was civil war. The Vogels then ministered with Hillsboro Christian Church for the next 27 years. Throughout those years, they have remained in touch with and in support of various ministries in Liberia. Short-term trips began in 2007 and in 2014 Liberia became the focus of their ministry under the oversight of Hillsboro Christian Church leadership.

Now, Liberia is rebuilding. Even though progress has been slow, the opportunity and timing to help make a difference are right. Having the experience of past decades, Ken and Carolyn look to work alongside Liberians who have a vision of living a life honoring God and helping their fellowman. Fair Shake Village is located in one of the population centers of Grand Bassa County, Liberia. The first of the projects include building a gathering center for community gatherings and training, establishing a sustainable school for K-12, encouraging local pastors and developing micro-enterprises; all within a discipleship context.

“One of the biggest mistakes that North American churches make—by far—is in applying relief in situations in which rehabilitation or development is the appropriate intervention.” – Corbett, S. et al., 2012. When helping hurts: how to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor . . . and yourself, Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

OUR VISION:

We see Liberian churches, families and communities strengthened
through Christ-honoring relationships and pursuits.

OUR MISSION:

Provide Christ-centered training and care that will bring about
spiritual transformation and community involvement through education,
vocation, relationship and health initiatives.