BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland—Rev. David DiCanio, a missionary-at-large under the FPCNA, and Miss Joanne Greer, a Liberian missionary under the FPCNA, are set to return to Liberia in the early part of May after being evacuated from the country on August 5, 2014 because of the Ebola virus that ravaged parts of West Africa.
The Free Presbyterian Church of North America (FPCNA) mission board voted on February 26 to allow Greer and DiCanio to return at the time of their choosing, but because of deputation and other ministry commitments, they were unable to do so.
DiCanio recently finished deputation meetings in approximately 40 of the over 60 Free Presbyterian Churches in Northern Ireland (FPCU) to raise support for the building project in Dwazon, where the mission board purchased land for missionary housing.
During some of those meetings, Mr. DiCanio mentioned the importance of young people knowing the Lord’s will regarding a vocation. “We have made appeals for more missionaries to come to Liberia”, DiCanio said, “and we are praying that the Lord will speak to our young people in Ulster especially during this time.”
On April 3, DiCanio preached at the FPCU’s annual Easter Convention in Belfast, held at the Martyr’s Memorial Free Presbyterian Church, the congregation of the late Ian Paisley, a key figure in the founding of the denomination.
In that same meeting, Greer gave a report on her recent trip to Uganda to a crowd of 1000, mostly young people. She later spoke about Liberia on the Monday afternoon meeting before a similar crowd.
Greer also did deputation and children’s meetings in 20 churches showing a video that she put together on her work in Liberia.
During DiCanio’s three month stay in Northern Ireland, he was actively involved in producing five videos— four for the FPCU mission board and one for Let the Bible Speak (LTBS), the radio ministry of the FPCU. Three of those videos were shown at the Easter Convention meetings. DiCanio hopes to continue video production for the FPCU mission board upon his return to Liberia.
DiCanio and Greer are scheduled to have a “send-off” meeting in Northern Ireland on May 2, at the Ballymena Free Presbyterian Church where Greer’s father pastors.