Mahn and Laytay Krua

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

The war in Liberia began in 1989 and killed 250,000 people, forcing 1.2 million of the country's 2.5 million abroad as refugees. God brought Rev. Mahn Krua and his family with the first wave of Liberian refugees to settle in the U.S. God gave him and his family a vision for reaching the refugees and immigrants who are seeking freedom in the U.S. Rev. Krua is a powerful preacher who exemplifies the power of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to transcend language, culture and ethnicity when he preaches with his assistant, interpreter and son, Torli. According to Rev. Krua, his message from the Word of God is not for refugees alone. America really needs a wake-up call! Rev. Krua is a seasoned church planter and missions specialist, who has successfully established new ethnic churches in the U.S., assisted American churches to adapt to the changing demographics of cities, and is raising new refugee leaders to return to their native countries as missionaries.

Faith Story

Rev. Krua was born in Gbesseh Town, Grand Bassa County, Liberia, when his parents, who were healers from the Dan group, were on a healing journey across Liberia. As Mahn was growing up, Baptist missionaries traveled to rural Liberia with the Good News of God's saving grace. Gardua Gbayou was among the first converts led to Christ by the American missionaries. Later turned a Liberian missionary, Gbayou led young Mahn to Christ. A relationship between the two developed and soon Mahn began learning the Word of God under Rev. Gbayou's tutelage. There were no Bibles at the time and young students of the Word relied on only two Gospel Tracts: "Arbi Yar Wai, The Lord Has Spoken" and "Lar Zian, The Way of Salvation." Mahn's only desire was to preach like Rev. Gbayou. Later Mahn married Esther Mawiah. The newlyweds wanted to build their home, but yielded to God's call to build the first church in their village, Graie Baptist Church. The Kruas went on after its completion to Tappita Bible Institute to prepare for full-time ministry. After graduation, the Kruas were sent to Ziah town to help build a church and the first Christian school in that region. Mahn, a radio preacher, Bible translator, evangelist and church planter, saw his ministry grow and then get swept away by the storms of civil war and critical illness.




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In a beautiful patchwork of cultures, indigenous tribes welcomed African American settlers

Situated on the west coast of Africa, Liberia’s equatorial climate makes for hot temperatures year-round and heavy rainfall during the rainy season. Cool blue waters lap against golden beaches lined with coconut palms. Forests and minerals endow the country's rolling hills.

Liberia became a republic in 1847 with the help of the American Colonization Society, which encouraged African Americans to resettle there among indigenous tribes.

The emigrants, particularly the women, brought with them their quilting and embroidery skills. Seven women were commissioned to stitch Liberia's first national flag. African American emigrants also brought Christianity to Liberia.

Prior to the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak, Liberia showed encouraging signs of emerging from several decades of civil strife and generational poverty. Now the tragic human toll of Ebola has fractured families and communities, and caused significant economic setbacks.

Your participation with Missions Door supports music ministry, refugee ministry, evangelism and church planting in Liberia.

Cultural Snapshot

Liberians eat rice, a staple of their daily meals, with a variety of spicy vegetables and meats.

Faith Fact

Alongside their Christian or Muslim faith, many Liberians believe in a mysterious world of ancestral and bush spirits that influence their lives.

Country Profile

Population: 4 million, 43% ages 0–14

Major Religions: 86% Christian, 12% Muslim

Languages: 20% English (official), several ethnic languages

Literacy: 61%

Poverty: 80%



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