BICM (Bible Institute of Church Ministries) is a Bible training program which strives to take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the interior of the African country of Liberia where the name of Christ has not yet been proclaimed. Unlike many mission organizations with costly overhead, 100% of all donations to BICM go directly to the work of advancing the gospel among the indigenous people of Liberia.
The Escalera family, after years of preparation, moved to Liberia, West Africa to teach the Word of God among the native peoples, particularly with the Kpelle tribes. While there, they were able to establish two new village churches and BICM for the training of pastors and church leaders in the jungle interior.
Unfortunately, a series of events including a collapse due to medical conditions (malaria and typhoid – both twice in three months) brought them back to the USA. The work continues though under the direction of Pastor David Quinah, who was being trained by Mark Escalera.
The church-planting arm of BICM is headed by Pastor Cyrus Smith. Cyrus was trained for ministry by Mark and continues to receive training materials and mentorship. The two churches started by Mark and continued by Cyrus blossomed into a third church plant just a few months after the Escalera family left Liberia. Since then, the Lord has been gracious for BICM to see 3 new church plants that started in January of this year. To God be the glory!
Thank you for your prayers and support during the time they spent in West Africa. Please continue to pray for the work and prayerfully consider supporting these national church planters. For further information, you may email us at: MarkEscalera@gmail.com.