First UMC Monrovia hosts Christmas Party for Homeless and Street People
The First United Methodist Church in Monrovia during the Christmas season provided gifts and food items to several needed people and other institutions including the Liberia National Police Depot at the Slipway Community in Monrovia. In addition to the education initiative launched in Grand Cape Mount County, western Liberia, the FUMC hosted Christmas party for the entire student population of the Siaffa-keh United Methodist School which is located in the Siaffa-keh community in Grand Cape Mount County, Western Liberia on December 21, 2015.
Established in 2010 and with a growing student population of 500 students, the school and the Siaffa-keh community preaching point are now the main centers of UMC Liberia evangelistic activities in western Liberia. “We are extending the work and mission of the United Methodist Church in Liberia by reaching out to other Liberians on this side of our country,” Rev. Erlene Thompson said. The UMC Liberia clergywoman indicated that the FUMC is concerned about the entire welfare of the Liberian people, both spiritual and social. “There are parents in this community that cannot afford to buy clothes and toys for their children this Christmas season and the best thing for the church to do is to step in and help those families so that they too can share in the joy of Christmas,” she emphasized.
According to Pastor Milton Dumbar, since the party and the distribution of the clothes and toys, parents have been calling to thank the FUMC and the entire UMC Liberia for the concern shown them during this Christmas. “More parents are now committing themselves to sending their children and other siblings to the school and church service at the preaching point,” Dumbar said. Pastor Dumbar is the principal and pastor of the Siaffa-keh community school and preaching point.
On December 24, 2015, the FUMC also provided Christmas lunch for the homeless in the streets of Monrovia and its environs. The church further served lunch for the police depot in the Slipway community including those held in detention at the facilities. Asked why the FUMC was providing lunch for “street people” and the homeless on the most busy day of the season, Rev Thompson said “not all the people you see in the street today have what it takes to celebrate this Christmas,” adding, “sharing with them will make them to understand the love of Jesus Christ through the work of the United Methodist Church in Liberia.”
Chanting “we like the church” and “the oldma is good” an apparent reference to Rev. Thompson who was directly involved in the distribution of the food packages, the homeless and “street people” streamed into the church compound to collect their food in the mist of the bustling Christmas Eve activities. “This church is good to us,” one of the recipients said. “The Christmas lunch and party are part of the church outreach ministry to the community in Liberia and this is done every holiday season including this Christmas,” Rev. Thomas concluded.