UMC Liberia Embarks on 2Million Dollar Commercial Building Project
The United Methodist Church in Liberia through the Liberia United Methodist Empowerment Foundation ((LUMEF) on Saturday, December 5, 2015 broke ground for the construction of a three story commercial building.
The US$2million commercial building project which is expected to be completed in two years time is the first capital investment by the United Methodist Church of Liberia in the last two decades. Launched in 2001 by the Rev. Dr. John G. Innis as his dream project to ease the financial burdens of the UMC Liberia, LUMEF was expected to raise 10 million United States dollars during the entire episcopacy of Bishop Innis. With just one more year to Bishop Innis’ retirement, the Foundation has been able to raise over US$300,000 and 2 million Liberia dollars to date.
In a special statement to the hundreds of United Methodists who gathered for the ground breaking ceremony, Bishop Innis said the Foundation was in fulfillment of his love for UMC Liberia. “Because of my love for this church, I want to make sure it can sustain itself when I am long gone,” Bishop Innis emphasized. He indicated that upon completion the commercial building will help enhance the sustainability and viability of the various ministries of the church and services to the nation. The UMC Liberia Bishop called on all United Methodists in Liberia and abroad to demonstrate their love for the church by contributing to the project. “Every Methodist should have love for the church and support the ministries by doing good continuously,” he noted.
Bishop Innis said this project will help to double our effort to doing good to all of the people of Liberia who will be in need, adding through this project the church will be in a better position to fund the education of the youth of this nation and individuals who will want to study theology. “For too long, the United Methodist Church of Liberia has been depending on support from overseas, this is one way we can stop or lower our expectation for outside help,” Bishop Innis concluded.
The commercial building will be constructed on a plot of land situated on the 12th street at Cheeseman Avenue and will consist of eighty parking spaces, stores, a conference hall and office space.
Moni Captan, the board chairman of LUMEF, has called on every member of UMC Liberia to make a long term contribution toward the growth of the church. “We will generate income throughout the years so that we can have something to turn to during the upcoming years” Captan said.
Captan cautioned members to make a commitment to promote God’s word by making sure this project is completed so that funds generated from it will sustain and the care for Christ children.
Reporting and Photos by: E Julu Swen