Eric and Rose Barlea came on board with CanAmera Baptist Missions International in December of 2012. They have two daughters. Brother Eric trusted Christ as His personal Saviour in 1980 and was called to full-time service in 1997. He attended Ghana Baptist Theological Institute and graduated in June of 2001. Brother Eric loves the Lord and has a heart for his people in Liberia. He is currently working at Military Baptist Church with Brother Guanue Gbendah, who is also a CanAmera Missionary.
Brother Gbendah and his wife, both natives of Liberia, joined CanAmera in 2010 and it has been wonderful to see how the Lord has been using this family to reach the lost in Liberia. Brother Gbendah grew up in a Christian home and trusted Christ as his personal Saviour in 1978 at a youth camp. Growing up, he sensed the calling of God upon his life to serve Him as a missionary. In December of 1990, he fled the ravages of the deadly civil war in Liberia and moved to the Ivory Coast where he served as a pastor of an independent Baptist Church. In 1998, the Lord brought the Gbendah's to the United States where he attended and graduated from Crown College in Tennessee. Upon graduation, he returned to Liberia and has been faithfully in the ministry for sixteen years as a pastor and missionary. He currently pastors Temple Baptist Church in Liberia and was one of the key people in the establishment of the Independent Baptist Bible College where he teaches and trains nationals. He also established the Temple Baptist Church planting ministry where he focuses on recruiting Bible college students that are called into the ministry and assisting them in starting churches. The Gbendah’s have five children.
Benjamin and Jackie Reimer both trusted Christ as their Saviour in November of 2010 during a conference with Dr. Benny Beckum. Shortly thereafter, the Lord called them to the country of Liberia and confirmed that call while taking several trips to the needy country.
Benjamin and Jackie Reimer arrived in Liberia at the end of July of 2016 and are adjusting to their new home, learning the Liberian culture, as well as adapting to the climate and way of life. It has been a wonderful time of learning, growing, and walking with God. They have also started to be actively involved with the ministries of Temple Baptist Church. With Brother Guanue Gbendah currently being oversees, Benjamin has been asked to lead the services.
Their long-term goals are to reach the lost, plant churches, baptize and disciple new believers, as well as train national spiritual leadership.
Carolynn Sharp was raised in a Christian home and saved at the age of five. She attended a Christian school from grades five through twelve and then continued her studies at the Bible Institute where her father taught. The Lord called her to full-time missions during her high school junior year. The Lord also confirmed her childhood desire to become a nurse to be part of His plan for her. After Bible college, she received the training in the area of nursing, including studies in tropical diseases, operating room nursing, hospital work and traumatic events.
Carolynn spent the first twenty years of her missionary career in a medical ministry in Brazil. In 2002, the Lord allowed her to see a ministry in Liberia and not long thereafter, He confirmed a change of ministry. Carolynn was invovled in sharing the Gospel in Liberia, and also as the clinic training coordinator and consultant in the area of clinic organization, administration and resources for that ministry. She also wored with a pregnancy crisis center, which opened in July of 2008 after realizing that the generation that was raised during the civil war was brought up with confused morals and philosophies of life, and lacking biblical principles.
In 2015 Carolynn began to transistion her overseas missionary career of over thirty-five years and relocated to British Columbia, where she serves at Anchor Baptist Church in Burnaby. She is actively involved in discipleship studies with ladies and a ladies missionary fellowship. Carolynn continues to minister in Liberia by taking regular trips there to bring supplies and training materials, as well as spending time in counseling, training, and visiting various areas.