Gloria M*, Hensley’s wife is a nurse and has a clinic at the church where she has treated hundreds of patients and has delivered babies. Gloria offers this ministry when she is off work and on weekends. This is a free service she and the church offers to those who are unable to afford a doctor or hospital. She is always in need of funds for medicine and equipment.
THE WORK IN KENYA BEGAN IN 1994 UNDER THE DIRECTION OF SEVENTY RICHARD NEILL
In July 1994, at the South Chrysler Reunion, a prophecy was given to Pamela O*, through Patriarch Verle Cornish. Pamela was visiting from Kenya, as a guest of Viola Presler. The prophecy stated that thru her testimony, the gospel would go throughout Africa.
Correspondence ensued over the next several months, until January 1996, when Seventy Ron Smith and Elder Steve Ferguson went on the first missionary trip of the Restoration, to Kenya. In February 1997, Seventy Richard Neill, Elder Steve Smith and Priest Jared Hawley went on a second mission to Kenya, resulting in several baptisms, and the ordination of Sam A*, Pamela's father, to the office of Elder. Richard Neill was the spokesman and Steve Smith assissted. There was a very positive report of this field. Since that time Elder Sam A. has been very instrumental in helping to spread the work in Africa. It was through Sam at the University that Eric met Pamela, was converted to the church and then married Pamela. Eric also works tirelessly spreading the gospel, even now to Tanzania and Uganda.
IT WAS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE CENTER PLACE RESTORATION MISSIONARY CORPS
THAT THE A.R.M. BOARD WAS FORMED, BRINGING ALL OF THE AFRICAN MINISTRIES TOGETHER.
Prior to this date nearly all missionary endeavors were going through the Center Place Restoration Missionary Corp. At the April meeting in 1997, a motion was made to establish a missionary board to focus on ministry to Africa, and that this board would consist of people who had been to Africa. It passed unanimously, and Seventy Richard Neill and Elders Steve Smith, Steve Ferguson, George Mefferd and Skip Robison were placed on the board.Brothers Neill and Smith had been to Kenya in February 1997, Brother Ferguson was in Kenya in January 1996, and Brothers Mefferd and Robison had been to Nigeria in 1993.
This new missionary board met for the first time in May 1997. The first item on the agenda was deciding on a name for the organization. Bro. Neill shared an experience he had, and he felt directed the name should be African Restoration Ministries, to be known by the acronym, A.R.M. Bro Mefferd confirmed this idea, stating that he had had the same experience. There was unanimous agreement for the name of this new missionary board. Bro. Neill was elected Chairman by virtue of his office of Seventy and this being a new field and unorganized. Skip Robison was elected Vice-Chairman and Steve Smith Treasurer. Steve was commissioned to obtain a bank account and to get A.R.M. registered for a 501c3 tax exempt status. Richard Neill acted as chairman for several years. George Mefferd, Doug Smith and Dale Stafford have served as chairman since. The ARM Board consists of 9 members chosen from those who have brought ministry in Africa. <READ MORE>
Over the next several months plans were made for the next trip, which took place in August 1997. Seventy Ron Smith and his wife Di and Elder Doug Smith, were joined by Seventy Richard Neill and Elders Brian Mundy and Gary Hawley and Priest KJ Eichhorn on this third Mission.
At the April 2002 Conference of Elders, it was approved that the A.R.M. board would join the Restoration Conference of Elders. and work through the Evangelism Council, as a board under the Conference of Restoration Elders. [Tidings of Zions May-June 2002 Issue]
Liberia became a newly formed group in Africa in 2005 when Randy Vick was assigned there by the United Nations Mission to Liberia. He served as a UN Police Commander.