Torli uses his unique experience and training to facilitate church planting and development of new leadership among refugee populations, as well as connect American churches to the global mission field of war refugees in America. Refugees will ultimately return home when peace returns and become effective witnesses for Christ among their people in their own cultures and languages. Torli says, "In the 21st century, no one needs to go abroad to reach the world. The world has moved next door, and refugees hold the keys to unlock the doors of an unreached world as well as the testimonies to inspire and enrich the worship experience of saints."
A bloody civil war in Liberia that began in 1989 killed 250,000 people and forced 1.2 million of the country's 2.5 million population abroad as refugees. Torli Krua and his parents were among the 5,000 Liberian refugees to settle in the U.S.
Torli's enthusiasm for evangelism began at an early age when he accepted Christ and traveled with his father to Liberian villages on weekly soul-winning trips. His passion for missions blossomed at Christians in Action Church, Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he attended college.
Upon his return to Liberia, Torli was not only prepared for a career in computers and telecommunications, he returned equipped for youth mobilization in ministry.
A missionary with the Independent Gospel Mission, Torli was also a professional engineer, working for the Wang Computer Co. in Brussels, Belgium, serving U.S. embassies and other organizations in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Since his arrival in America, Torli has been an effective advocate for African refugees, gaining recognition from members of Congress, the cities of Boston and Baltimore, and an award during the 40th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps in Washington, DC.
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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast
Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.
The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.
The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.
Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.
Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.
Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.
Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.
In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.
Population: 320 million
Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other
Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others
Ministry service area:
Massachusetts, United States