LIBERIA EDUCATION UPDATE FEBRUARY 2012
Bishop Bennie D. Warner was born and spent his childhood years in Nyamahn Town, a rural Bassa community in the Mambah-Kabah District of Margibi County, Liberia. As a youth, he made his way to the Gbarnga Methodist Mission Station in Bong County and asked to go to school. Bishop Warner did not just attend the Methodist school on the mission; he continued his education and became the school principal and eventually Bishop of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and Vice President of the Republic of Liberia. Bishop Warner knows from experience the importance of education and Christian discipleship.
Today Bishop Warner is part of the Oklahoma Conference, but has a dream to build a beautiful United Methodist school in Mambah-Kabah where his life’s journey began. He is excited about bringing quality Christian education to this rural community and unlocking the potential of the boys and girls there. Bishop Warner’s vision is to build a school that will not only be in a beautiful building with spacious classrooms, a library and indoor toilets; it will also be a place where children will receive excellent education.
On February 14, 2011, Bishop Warner, his daughter Mardea and a team from the Oklahoma Conference were in Mambah-Kabah for the ground breaking ceremony to officially begin the construction of the New Hope Academy. In February 2012, he was back with a ten person team from the Victory Memorial UMC in Guymon, Oklahoma, The team met with the townspeople in the palaver hut and Bishop Warner (pictured above in the green t-shirt) talked about the school building project. He encouraged the community members to be involved in the school construction and to send their children to school.
The volunteers were warmly welcomed and spent a week laying cement blocks for the walls of the school.
It is hoped that the walls will be up before the rains come in June, but we still need 3,125 blocks as well as cement, sand, steel rods and beams. A total of $25,465 is needed to purchase these building materials.
You can contribute to the New Hope Academy building project by sending your gift to OKVIM, 1501 NW 24th Street, OKC, OK 73106.
United Methodist School construction and renovation projects are going on as we move forward in getting our Liberian children to school. Contributions can also be made through The Advance for Construction of New School Buildings #3020670. Please note that your gift is for New Hope Academy.
Send checks to: Advance GCFA
P.O. Box 9068, GPO
New York, NY 10087-9068
Please include the Advance # in the memo of the check. You can also give directly online at www.advancinghope.org.
Thank for your prayers and support.
Advance # 3021129