There are some very exciting developments in our work with our friends in the Liberian Annual Conference of the UMC. Here are some projects that we are currently engaged in. We would love more churches and individuals to be involved, so please respond as identified in each story!
Named for Bishop Bennie and Mrs. Anna Warner's late daughter, this school was dedicated in an wonderful ceremony after the Annual Conference meetings last month. It is far from completed, however, and still needs about $60,000 of work to get the building ready to receive students, which we expect to happen in September, 2017. We need teams to help get it finished, and also support for school equipment. Classrooms can be "adopted for $1,300. Wesley UMC, Oklahoma City, is also putting together a small team of educators who will work with our Liberian partners to establish a list of classroom supplies (charts, maps, books, etc). They will then go to Liberia next year to work alongside the teachers to set everything up. If you church would like to participate in this, please call or e-mail Rev. Jeremy Basset for more details JBasset@okumc.org, (405) 530-2028.
This is a ministry working among the special needs community of Liberia. A team from Church of the Servant has been to Liberia and has developed a business plan to get this group on solid footing for the future. While a lot of the ministry was suspended because of the recent Ebola crisis in Liberia, it is now getting ready to move forward. If you or your church feels a calling to work with people, children and adults, with special needs, contact Dr. Arthur Richardson at email@example.com, or the founder of this work, Lovetie Major at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is based here in the USA but the ministry operates out of her in Monrovia. Rev. Basset visited this ministry during his recent visit to Liberia and can provide some information as well.
Dr. Christina Hena, who served as a GBGM medical missionary for many years, is now back home in her home town, Kakata, Liberia, building a wonderful clinic for a much underserved population. Kakata has over 40,000 people with few medical services available. Chris is changing that with a dynamic work that involves a clinic presence and also traveling community health works around the city and surrounding areas. The new building will be finished soon and she will be able to expand to seeing about 200 patients a day. She needs the support of individual volunteers who will come and work alongside her staff, helping them grow in their knowledge and understanding of their work. She also is looking for the donation of a dental suite for her clinic. Contact Rev. Basset for more details.
Under the very capable leadership of Allen Zomonway, the Liberian United Methodist Church is committed to the health and wholeness of the Liberian people as they continue to recover from the effects of the civil wars in their country.
Allen needs immediate help for his work: a volunteer to help build their website so that they can communicate their ministry and its needs. Jeremy Basset has all the details, so please contact him if you can help, or know of someone who might volunteer their expertise here. No travel is required; this can all be done from home!