Bishops, Pastors Converge to Strategize, Formulate ‘Spiritual Response’ to Ebola

first_imgThe president of the Liberia Council of Churches has cited all pastors, bishops, general overseers, prophets, evangelists and other ministers of the Gospel to an important emergency meeting.According to a communication signed by Archbishop Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, LCC president, the meeting will, among other things, decide on a strategy to fight the Ebola epidemic.    The first vice president of the LCC, Rt. Reverend Dr. Kortu Brown, speaking to this newspaper Monday evening, said the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30, at 11 a.m. at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on 10th Street in Sinkor, Monrovia.The LCC is working in collaboration with the Pentecostal Fellowship Union of Liberia, Liberia Fellowship of Full Gospel Ministers, Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, Prophetic Call to Ministers, Christian Community in Liberia, Apostolic World Christian Fellowship, amongst others to organize the meeting.He further stated that the LCC leadership, during the meeting, will discuss and consider an enhanced spiritual response by the church in Liberia to the prevailing EBOLA virus.The LCC vice president then expressed, on behalf of the Church in Liberia, profound sympathy to the bereaved families of those Liberian and foreign health workers and doctors who have become victims of the Ebola in performing their duty to save lives.Rev. Brown said the Inter-Religion Council, which comprises the LCC and the Muslim Council of Liberia, has already issued statements of encouragement to the health workers as well as radio commentaries advising citizens and residents to adhere to preventive measures to help sustain the virus.At such a crucial stage of the nation, Rev. Kortu said, the Christian Church is required to perform spiritual and humanitarian duties as enshrined in the Holy Bible.In a related development, Rt. Rev. Brown, on behalf of the LCC has expressed prayerful thanks for Muslims in Liberia for the sacrifice they continue to make, especially during the period of Ramadan, which was concluded Monday with the prayer of Eid Mubarak.Despite the difficulty the country is going through amidst the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, Rev. Brown said the Muslims did not give up, and continued to fast and pray for the country.  He expressed the hoped that the religious bodies will continue to work together in harmony.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more



first_imgIn a speech in 1973 President William R. Tolbert, Jr. proposed to the nation that the country’s symbols (Flag, Coat of Arms, National Anthem and Motto) be reviewed to reflect – more accurately – Liberia’s ethnic, social, religious and political diversity. Tolbert’s efforts were stymied by a congressionally constituted Commission which, four years later, returned a near unanimous opinion that there was NO NEED to change and/or modify these symbols.  Today, in the aftermath of Coups and Civil Wars, a National Symbols Review Committee has taken up President Tolbert’s challenge to find the words and images which accurately represent ALL of the people. Is there a need for this? Yes, I wager that there is!  Urgent even…  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Maya Angelou, Poet and Activist passed away a few days ago.  I have been told (unverified) that her great masterpiece, ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ was written in Liberia.  But more poignantly, her death is a reminder of her great Crusade on the Power of Words… the power of words to both create and destroy.  But Maya’s life and crusade was centered around the intrinsic spiritual ability of words to unite and uplift, to heal and to reconcile.  And that is why the decisions which are ultimately reached by the Review Committee will mean absolutely nothing to the extent that we, as Liberians, do not NOW begin to eliminate from our thinking and banish from our vocabulary the words and descriptions we use to denigrate, to deny, to humiliate, to isolate and to impugn our brothers and sisters as ‘OTHER’ or ‘NOT A PART OF…’.  This is a hugely destructive and dangerously effective exercise which cuts in every direction and defeats us all! Have we not already and too much endured the bitter consequences of this behavior?It is only we, Liberians, who singularly determine the success of the Review Committee. The Committee in its revisionist wisdom might opt to change everything! But the effects of distrust, hatred, ignorance, envy, disunity and suspicion will only be exacerbated if we continue to use the spiritual and verbal tools which shackle, suppress and imprison our happiness, success and development as ONE NATION AND PEOPLE indivisible under GOD.   Remember Maya Angelou’s caution on the Power of Words! How we use (or do not use) language or descriptions between, with, for or against each other underpins any and all efforts to find the common mystic bonds of nationhood.  There can be no more option for failure in this exercise because it will ultimately augur the dissolution of the place we all know and love.What is the meaning of ‘indigenous’ if it is not someone or something native to a specific or legal geography?  Is there anyone born today in Liberia who can claim that they are not indigenous to Liberia, or who do not love the country because they were born there?  Can ‘Americo-Liberians or Congau’ demonstrate love or prove an affinity for places in the Congo, the Bight of Benin, the Carribean Islands or in any of the Dixie States?  If ‘Country’ people are inherently inferior or undeserving of consideration and humanity simply because they were born in Liberia THEN SO ARE WE ALL.  Let US now turn OUR minds and hearts towards creating and using the new vocabulary and descriptions which will bind and unite US, which will heal OUR wounds and enshrine OUR special and sacred humanity as Liberians.  This exercise will not instantly solve all of our problems, but it will give us the strength, the patience and compassion, the vision, mercy and love to succeed and create those things and entities which we have so far failed to do. Let us ALL and TOGETHER face the world as indefatigable and triumphant Liberians in a forward march of Greatness and Destiny.  WE ARE ALL INDIGENOUS!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Lutherans to Build US$50K Multi Complex in Vahun

first_imgThe Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL) broke ground over the weekend for the construction of a multi-purpose complex valued at over US$50,000 in Vahun, Lofa County. Rev. Bishop Amos Bolay, speaking at the ceremony, said the complex will comprise a guest house, mini college, a clinic and other essential components that will meet the needs of Liberians as well as Sierra Leoneans in the region.“Many pastors continue to receive training in the United States, South Africa and other parts of the world that will return and offer their services at the complex,” Rev. Bolay said He further indicated that the Wayormi District Pastoral Training is expected to resume in September this year.Early next year, Rev. Bolay said, there will also be an exclusive training for fifty pastors and their wives that will help them understand the significance of being a fruitful steward.He explained that a group of individuals who broke away from the church cannot be described as a congregation, as speculated.The church cannot allow a 12-man political group to hold the church of Jesus Christ hostage, he contended.Rev. Bolay pointed out that there was no single document which recognized a congregation’s name, and if it were so, the Evangelical Lutheran Church would have submitted to it.“The Evangelical Lutheran Church remains open to all, because it is purely a Bible believing faith of which everyone is welcome to worship,’’ he stressed.Rev. Bolay appealed to the church to work together with a single focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.Meanwhile, Rev. Bolay urged those who broke away to return. The church remains open to work with everyone to promote God’s Kingdom, he emphasized. “Let us ever live in the spirit of repentance and forgiveness as we await his gracious return,” Rev. Bolay added.During his recent visit to Germany, Rev. Bolay said the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia was accredited as a full member of the Internal Confessional Lutherans and a representative from Liberia will be traveling to join other Lutherans from around the world in Italy next year. A process has begun for church members to benefit from higher educational opportunities at LCMS Universities in the United States.At the end of the conference Rev. Bolay and the clergy were praised for selecting Lofa County as the venue of the conference.Rev. Arthur Zokar expressed delight over the manner in which the conference was conducted. Over 1000 Evangelicals and others attended the five-day conference.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Tappita City Council Duped of US$25,000?

first_imgConstruction work on the multi-purpose Tappita City Hall in Lower Nimba County has reportedly stalled due to the alleged failure of an individual to deliver US$25,000 entrusted to her by project sponsors in Australia to the Tappita City Council for the building project.Project initiators residing in Australia had requested one Amanda Gbarmo Ndorbor who was returning to Liberia to convey the amount of US$25,000 to the Tappita City Council to fast track the building project.The money, according to Tappita City Mayor, Sarah Z. Mendoabor, was sent by three officials of the Nimba Union in Australia through Ms. Ndorbor also from Nimba County.  But the funds did not reach the Tappita City Council.  It is alleged that Ms. Ndorbor squandered the money intended for the development project in her own county.According to Mayor Mendoabor, Ms. Ndorbor converted the funds to her personal use upon her arrival in Liberia.  This has infuriated the Tappita City Mayor to the extent that she is threatening legal action against Ms. Ndorbor. Meanwhile, Amanda has since made part payment of the money through Ecobank-Liberia, in the amount of US$9,400 leaving a balance of US$15,600 owed to the Tappita City Council. “Following the initial refund on cash deposit slips from Ecobank-Liberia, Ndorbor has pledged to make available the balance of US$15, 000,” says Mayor Mendoabor. However, Ndorbor in her hand written promissory note dated January 31, 2015 to representatives of the Nimba Association of Australia, has requested for time to make the balance payment. She has at the same time promised to make final payment whenever she retrieves her luggage which she claims the airline she traveled on took to another destination. She reportedly received the amount of US$25,000 (now in question) from vice president for Administration of the Nimba Citizens Union in Australia, Amos W. Dogolea and two other officials on December 31, 2014, while en-route to Liberia. Ms. Ndorbor was returning to Liberia after completing   her studies in Australia where she obtained her Master’s degree in health-related courses.When the Daily Observer contacted the accused yesterday by mobile phone, she told our reporter that she was busy and at the time attending a meeting. “Right now, I am busy at work and in a meeting so I am not able to respond because I am busy. I will give you a call within an hour,” she promised at 1:14 P.M yesterday.But when she called back at 3:38 P.M. she explained that she arrived in the country on January 4, 2015, but her luggage, which she claimed contained a portion of the US$25,000 did not arrive and has not been traced by the airline. She did not name the airline in question, but said she was going through a lot of problems since she arrived in the country from Australia. The foundation for the two-storey building, which was started in March this year, has been completed, but there is no money now to continue the project since Amanda, who reportedly brought the second installment of the money, US$25,000, for the project, has allegedly failed to produce the full amount to continue the project.Madam Mendoabor told the Daily Observer that she will pursue Ms. Ndorbor “until the money is produced out of her, even if this will mean going the extra mile.”It was based on that agreement that the US$25,000 was sent by Amanda without the group least expecting that the money would end up in her personal account. “At the moment, the project has stalled due to lack of funding, but we are hoping that very soon our foreign-based counterparts will make some money available to take us to the final stage of completion,” Madam Mendoabor confidently told this newspaper few months ago at her office in Tappita. For his part, the manager of the Millennium Construction Firm, Isaac G. Kabakollie, told the Daily Observer recently that the architectural design of the hall is meant to host comfortably several different events simultaneously, without inconvenience to the users.Since completing the foundation the issue of funding has hampered the work, exposing most of the planted steel rods to extreme sun light thus posing some danger to them.”If we had the money, I can assure you that this project would be finished the first part of this year,” Mr. Kabakollie asserted.A similar construction of a city hall under the auspices of the Nimba Citizens Union in Australia, in collaboration with the Ganta City Council, is also expected to kick off shortly, an official of the Association has assured. However, with this latest development, residents are now uneasy since one of their own Nimba daughters, who had the opportunity to come home with the needed funds from Australia, could not account for the money up to the present.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Electric Shock Put 2 Lives in Danger

first_imgThe heroic attempt by nineteen year old Edward Grimes, popularly known as Trokon, to remove live electric wires from his unconscious boss, Charles Swaray, yesterday ended in tragedy, when both men were rushed to the JFK Medical Center.Grimes, a former student of the Newport Junior High School, was also unconscious when neighbors rushed him to the JFK, eye-witnesses told the Daily Observer.Charles Swaray, 28, of Warren Street, a father of two girls and a boy, is the owner of a power generator for his cold water business, neighbor Robert Garway told the Daily Observer. Garway said “Swaray was busy in the room and was apparently trying to make an electric connection. “I was in the yard, along with several others when we heard Swaray shout, ‘my people your come ooh!’ So we made attempts to enter the room where he was, to see what was going on. “When we got to the door, it was locked and we realized that he had fallen against the door and so we could not easily open it.”Garway said with the help of two other residents, “We managed to break into the room and found Swaray jerking and unconscious with electric wires on him.” While Garway ran back for a stick to remove the live wires from Swaray’s body, Trokon rushed into the room and upon seeing “his boss jerking, he attempted to remove the wires with his bare hands. “But Trokon also received an electric shock and went down,” said Garway.  Meanwhile, not suspecting that Trokon’s life was also in danger, Swaray was whisked away to the JFK Medical Center before they realized that Trokon, who was also jerking, was dying.As fear for Trokon’s life increased, and everybody present was confused about what to do, someone suggested that pouring water on Trokon could help.  “Somebody brought water and wasted it on Trokon,” narrated Garway, “and suddenly the boy began to stretch as if life was leaving his body.” He said neighbors, including Trokon’s mother began to cry, pleading for help to revive him. As the situation seemed helpless, another suggestion was that the unconscious Trokon would need fresh milk to revive him, but after forcing a tin of milk into his mouth, he did not regain consciousness. The Daily Observer could not confirm the conditions of the two men up to press time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Poetry May 28, 2015

first_imgMy DaughterBy Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarMy Beautiful ChildAt birth you glitteredAs passerby hastenedAt the sound of creationFor a gem so lustrousSeeing you grow upWoos every imageryThe calmness about youFriendly swag definedEyes of a white doveImmaculate iris beyondThis twisted cacophonyTwigs of gold rainbowCurves warmly to youBlossom as the cheerySnow filled luster puffLike a palm by streamsRich green fine womanCreamy like the moonYour rarity enchantsEmerald and grandioseFanning for mostly joyThirty years a delightMy Beautiful Child I Am That Man!By Varney L.S. GeanI am that brown-eyed gentlemanEarly bird on the sprint to workBe it the hospital or that tall edificeThe plumbing shop or some factoryThe pint-sized market stall or the bankGovernment building or on the farmI am that somebodyI am that fatherI am that husbandThat uncle that brotherWho throughout the day I must acutely toilEndeavoring for the finest to make happyIn the blazing sun or horrendous floodUnflinching as one aim bears to mindI am that fellow that will never pauseStrong in my deeds my concepts my wordsTruthful and tender to all who meander my pathEbola! Where did you come from?By Varney L.S. GeanOn a surprising dawn you sprang forth upon usOn the daily news your strange name rang forthOur hearts bleed since your unforeseen arrivalOur time spent just to bid you a swift bon voyageOnly the wittiest of us perceived you beforehandEbola! Where did you come from?Our lives no longer those pleasant stories nowadaysOur happiness sink as sorrow dwells around us dailyOur state no longer gain once great friends we hadOur moments lost in utter frustration and suspenseOnly the smartest of us knew everything beforehandEbola! Where did you come from?Ode to my jailerBy Lekpele M. NyamalonCheer up! Son of a monsterI love you though-Your specialty is tortureSchooled to beat and bruiseYou made me a gladiatorI feel the pains curving on my backFrom the whips of your cartridgeYou made me a warriorI hear the barking of your voiceRoaring like a strangled lionHungry for my bloodYou jeered at my tearsThey made me a soldierYou tried to dump my soulBut, you shot my ego in the skyI can walk on broken glassCuz my heart is stiff like the back of steelI’m no more a crying prisonerMocked by his captorDriven to deathI’m now a storytellerMolded by youJust call me SackieBy Lekpele M. NyamalonWhen I say my nameDon’t ask me where I come fromTake it and goIt’s my nameMy grandmother said soShe raised me in the airOn the day of the ceremonyAnd whispered it-smilingI’m not from spaceOr mars, or the ArcticI’m a warm blooded mammalMy name is my tagCall it or move onI’m SackieToo hard for you?Get an ice and chillCuz, I’m SackieJust call me thatNeed a shorter form?Just call me SackieShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Sen. Lawrence Wants Full Report on NASSCORP

first_imgGrand Bassa County Ranking Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence is requesting the Senate to invite the head of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) for an open hearing to address some pertinent issues regarding the future well-being of that corporation’s tax payers.Senator Lawrence in a letter to plenary yesterday noted that her request was prompted by reports of complaints and concerns of Liberians who pay Social Security fees to “secure their future well-being and the welfare of their family members in the case of disability or death.”Sen. Lawrence, who chairs the committee on Post and Telecommunications, said the complaints indicate that there are little or no educational programs to inform the public and would be beneficiaries about the social security scheme and its entire process.The Senator informed her colleagues that the appearance of the head of the corporation before the Senate plenary will help throw light on several issues such as “educational programs or plans for educating employees who pay social security fees, what the fees are intended for, how are they used and when and how do people benefit.”Sen. Lawrence is requesting that the NASSCORP Managing Director appear before the plenary with records showing the number of Social Security tax payers who lost their lives while providing services during the Ebola crisis and what is the status of benefit payments to their families.“We would also like to see a comprehensive report on the effectiveness and efficiency of beneficiary programs,” Senator Lawrence stated in her letter dated May 27, 2015.Because of the seriousness attached to the letter, the Senate voted to adopt it and send it to the Committees on Social Security, Pension and Insurance; Judiciary and Rules, Order and Administration and they are to report back to plenary within three weeks. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Coalition an Alternative for 2017 UP Defeat

first_imgSenator George Weah has proposed the coalition of political parties as the best alternative to retire the Unity Party led government at the 2017 polls.Presidential elections will be held in two years with an expected full field of candidates in the quest for national leadership. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is serving her second and final term.Speaking over the weekend in Ganta City, Nimba County, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political leader, Senator Weah, noted that capturing state power in 2017 requires a “shared vision” that will bring together the best minds from the Liberian political arena to successfully counter the Unity Party’s quest for an uninterrupted 12 years of governance.Said Weah, “We are very mindful that the unfolding political equation towards 2017 speaks about cooperation and collaboration among political parties and politicians with shared vision.“When we speak of political collaboration we speak not solely of increased numerical strength but essentially of consensus building on key national issues. The CDC is therefore open to dialogue and will in fact encourage cooperation and collaboration with other political parties and politicians. However, we will certainly not sacrifice our values and shared vision on the altar of numerical strength.” The Montserrado County lawmaker’s comments contradict previous assertions by some of his party officials, including National Chairman Nathaniel McGill, that “Weah will not be second to any candidate come 2017.”It can be recalled that prior to the 2011 elections, similar comments about Weah being the best choice to lead the CDC as a frontrunner were heard many times from party stalwarts, but it turned out that Weah eventually yielded his status to UN trained diplomat Cllr. Winston Tubman.The former FIFA world best soccer legend again defended the assertions of his dominance by saying, “If we have to do it alone, we can and we will.”Again, knowing that in two previous elections CDC has failed to collect the majority of votes required to govern the state, Weah noted, “We rather not, because, political cooperation and collaboration will strengthen our national vision and build consensus on national policy issues.”He described the planned political marriage as “essential in sustaining the peace and driving development.”To achieve this policy objective, he said, “The CDC will and must remain at the helm of any political collaboration to ensure that the confidence reposed in us by our mass followers is not betrayed.”According to him, “CDC believes that peace is cardinal to development and it can only be achieved through social justice, equal opportunity and equitable distribution of the national wealth.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Sylvester Cox of Crozierville Is Dead

first_imgThe death is announced of lifelong farmer, Mr. Sylvester S. Cox of Crozierville, Montserrado County, Liberia.This sad event occurred in Crozierville on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, following a brief illness.He was in his 68th year.Mr. Cox was born in the Township of Crozierville on March 15, 1948 to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Sackie Naford Cox of Crozierville.A product of the family of the late Liberian Ambassador John Cox, Sylvester was baptized and confirmed in Christ Episcopal Church of Crozierville and attended the church’s Parish Day School. One of his foster brothers was Mr. Thomas Cox, the late husband of dentist Dr. Ayele Ajavon Cox of Monrovia.A lifelong farmer, Mr. Cox grew cassava, fruits, vegetables and sugar cane, from which he produced rum.Mr. Cox faithfully served Christ Church for many years as a lay reader. He was in service performing that duty the Sunday before he died.He leaves to mourn is loss his wife, Mrs. Mabel T. S. Cox; four children: Ealine, J. Sylvester Jr., Comfort and Eva Leemu Cox; four grandchildren; a sister, Muria Cox; a brother, Winston Cox; and many other relatives.Funeral arrangements will be announced later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


GOL, FAO to Launch US$492k Aquaculture Project

first_imgThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and partners will on July 5, 2016 launch an Aquaculture Project valued at US$492,000. The initiative is an effort to address the challenges and constraints of youth unemployment – cited as the reason the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports requested technical support from the FAO. The Technical Cooperation Project, titled: “Creating Aquaculture Enterprise for Youth Employment, Poverty Reduction and Food Security,” is meant to build the capacity of 600 vulnerable youths in aquaculture development in Margibi, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties.The project is aligned with the FAO’s Strategy Objectives 2, 3, and 4, focusing on rural development. It is also aligned with the United Nations Development Framework (UNDF) Pillar II: (Sustainable Economic Transformation), while at the same time contributing to the FAO’s Country Program Framework (CPF) for sustainable agriculture development.Meanwhile, On June 27, 2016, 40 youths from across Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties will benefit from a ten-day aquaculture training seminar on the provision of economic development through youth employment, entrepreneurship, and improved nutrition and poverty reduction.The training seminar is an extension of the first seminar, which was conducted in Compound 2, Grand Bassa County, from June 13th to 23rd, 2016. The ten-day seminar will bring together officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Bureau of National Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture along with young Liberian entrepreneurs and other key stakeholders.The objective of the training session is to develop small business management skills, gender wealth creation opportunities, and develop the potentials of young people for sustainable aquaculture entrepreneurship. Participants of the seminar are expected to acquire improved methods of fish farming and hatchery management techniques, and better business development strategies. A training guide which was developed at the end of the first session will be used as a reference tool for youth aquaculture in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more