Bishop Samuel J. Quire calls on United Methodists in Liberia to remain supportive
“I am pleased to report to the 187th Session of the Liberia Annual Conference, that our Conference has completed its indebtedness to the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)”, Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr. told hundreds of United Methodist who are meeting in Ganta City, Nimba County for the 187th Annual Session of the church. Delivering his Episcopal Address on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Bishop Quire praised members of the Liberian church for remaining faithful, patience and supportive during these difficult times.
He pointed out that as a conference working toward the “Future with Hope” he prays and hopes that the Holy Spirit will continue to motivate them to strive to fulfill the mission of Christ, adding, “If this is not the time for us in the Liberia Annual Conference to redouble our efforts to seek the Almighty God in our daily lives, when will the time be?”
Bishop Quire lamented the financial difficulties facing Liberians including United Methodists in sending their children to school. He said the United Methodist Church’s Educational System remains a major challenge despite pockets of successes. “Affordability remains a major problem by parents who can barely make it to survive”, he emphasized. Bishop Quire indicated that the economic challenges facing the Liberian people makes fee collection in United Methodist school system difficult thus undermining the provision of quality education.
On healthcare, Bishop Quire said that he is optimistic that the church will reach out to all Districts in the establishment of clinics and/or health care delivery system before the end of his tenure. “The Department of Health will continue working with partners to support the work of the Church in this endeavor”, he stressed. He acknowledged the challenges the United Methodist Church health facilities are facing given the enormous the demand on their services.
Earlier, Rev. Rose Elizabeth Cummings, opening speaker of the 187th Annual Session called on the United Methodist Church in Liberia to get active in the practical life situations of their members and other Liberians. “Do not preach and sing these beautiful songs and allow the people in need to suffer”, Rev. Cummings emphasized. She pointed out that the church must rise up and speak out against the evils and ills of society.
Rev. Cummings told the gathered United Methodist that the conference must come together to help the needy by sharing the glory of God with them, adding, “We must not be silent in the face of oppression and those suppressing the poor.” Rev. Cummings, now 85 years, challenged United Methodist throughout Liberia to utilize the natural resources that God gives to the church, especially land, to do its ministry to the people.
“We must turn over a new leaf and begin to behave more as a caring church than a begging one”, Rev. Cummings warned. Though physically challenged with blindness, Rev. Cummings encouraged fellow United Methodists attending the 187th Annual Session of the Conference to be satisfied and content with that which God has given them and the church.
The Liberia Annual Conference is meeting in Ganta City, Nimba County northern Liberia for its 187th Annual Session. This year gathering started from February 10, 2020 and will end on February 16, 2020 with a closing sermon from Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr. It is expected that about hundreds of United Methodists and other guests from Liberia and around the world will attend this year’s gathering.