As the 181st Annual Session of the Liberia Annual Conference continues, most of the District Superintendents are reporting huge growth in membership and the implementation of several of their infrastructural development projects. According to the district superintendents that have reported so far membership has jumped from 2,000 to 9,000 and above. Most of the district leaders stressed the role of their partners in the United States including Cache River and Saginaw Bay District of the Illinois Great River Conference and Knox Dale UMC among others for their contributions in helping the districts in their ministries to the people of Liberia.
In his comment after the reports, The Resident Bishop, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, indicated that among the key contributions that our USA based partners is the process of taking care of some pastors’ salaries within the Liberia Annual Conference. He said, during the conference year, districts pastors have been receiving their salaries from the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference and the Detroit Annual Conference through the Pastors Salary Support Initiative. “UMC Liberia has received about US$68,000.000 during this year,” Bishop Innis added.
As a result of the partnership, over fifty church and schools were either rebuilt or refurbished throughout the Liberia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church.
Besides the overseas contributions, all most all of the reporting districts indicated that they are receiving massive support from the government officials in the implementation of
the various projects including infrastructures and scholarships. Other United Methodists were also mentioned as key sponsors of the ministries of the District Superintendents. The S. T. Nagbe UMC donated 120 clerical shirts valued at US$1,200.00 to four districts including Tappeh, Morweh, Sinoe, and Kokoyah. Gompa District also donated LD$30,000.00 to the Nana Kru District for the refurbishing of some of their local churches.
Also reporting was the Departments of Christian Education, Human Rights Monitor, Board of Trustees, Board of Health, and Evangelism. The Christian Education Bible Teachers was facilitated by the General Board Discipleship (GBOD) based in the Nashville, Tennessee. Like the GBOD, the Detroit Annual Conference sends a letter to the Liberia Annual Conference pledging their support to the Evangelism Department of the LAC/UMC.
Helen Roberts was presented a Citation of Honor for her faithful service and contribution to the educational process of the Liberia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church and the state of Liberia.
The reporting session continues.