Bishop Innis sends Tribute

Bishop John G. Innis of the Liberia Area of The United Methodist Church sends a tribute to Ganta in memory of Rev. Herbert Zigbuo.

Unable to attend the Ganta services because he is assisting at the Virginia Annual Conference in the US, Bishop Innis sends his and Mother Irene’s tribute to Rev. Zigbuo. LAC Lay Leader Rudolf Merab read the tribute from Bishop Innis to the assembled crowd of mourners in Miller McAllister United Methodist Church.

Bishop Innis says of Rev. Zigbuo, “Nimba has lost a loving and caring son.” Recalling their friendship over the years, Bishop Innis mentions their prayer time as significant and profound.

Lay Leader Merab reads Tribute from Bishop Innis assisted by Rev. George Wilson

Bishop Innis spoke at the memorial service for Rev. Zigbuo held at Aldersgate UMC in Durham, North Carolina on June 16th, 2012.

The entire tribute can be found here.

Bishop Kulah Eulogizes Rev Zigbuo

Bishop Arthur F. Kulah, retired bishop of the Liberia Area of the United Methodist Church, brings the eulogy at the funeral service of Rev Herbert Zigbuo, around 12:00 noon at Ganta, Liberia.

Bishop Kulah assisted by Rev. Jerry Kulah and Rev. Samson Nyanti

Funeral Service for Rev Herbert Zigbuo Begins

Rev James Labala, District Superintendent, Gompa District

The funeral service for the Rev. Herbert Zigbuo has begun at Miller McAllister United Methodist Church in Ganta, Liberia.

Friends from all around the world have gathered here on Herbert’s beloved Ganta United Methodist Mission Station grounds to worship the Risen Jesus Christ and celebrate the life and ministry of this wonderful teacher, leader, mentor and minister.

Rev. James Labala, district superintendent of the Gompa District, welcomed the gathered mourners at the beginning of the service at 11:00AM Liberia time. Singing together “What a Friend We have in Jesus” the congregation worshiped together as the service began.

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Bishop Kulah arrives in Ganta

Bishop Arthur Kulah, retired, is greeted by LAC officials upon his arrival at Ganta United Methodist Mission Station. He is representing the current bishop of the Liberia Annual Conference, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis. Bishop Innis is currently assisting Bishop Kammerer at the Virginia Annual Conference in Roanoke, Virginia.

Bishop Kulah greeted by LAC leaders upon arriving in Ganta

More about the Services

Rev. Herbert Sei Lami Zigbuo

The Zigbuo family announces with deep regret, but with total submission to the will of the Almighty, the death of their Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather after a prolonged illness. Rev. Herbert Sei Lami Zigbuo was a pillar of strength and inspiration to his family, friends and all who he touched. His life was a reflection of his dedication to God. We are all deeply saddened by his passing, but take solace in the knowledge that he is now in God’s
bosom.

To mourn this loss are his wife Mary Randall Zigbuo, and his children: Agnes Kou Zigbuo-Raynes, Justin Paye Zigbuo, Yei Lablah Zigbuo-Williams, Kou Dale Zigbuo-Moore and Yah Mehnlah Zigbuo-Eshun. Rev. Zigbuo was a “father” to many, and he raised many relatives and other special children: Thomas Saye Zigbuo, Cynthia Zigbuo-Wonkeryor, Williette Yahmasee Zigbuo-Vaagby, Rebecca Kou Zigbuo-Gbaka, Edith Zigbuo-Yeaney, Nora Yah
Zigbuo, Mettie Brewer-Henry, Edith Dahn-Wuo, William Domah, and George Zigbuo.

Memorial Service
Saturday, June 16
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Resurrection United Methodist Church
4705 Old Chapel Hill Road
Durham, North Carolina 27707

Wake Keeping
Friday, June 22, 7:00 pm
Miller McAllister United Methodist Church
Ganta Mission Station, Liberia

Funeral
Saturday, June 23
11 am
Miller-McAllister United Methodist Church, Liberia

Interment
Ganta United Methodist Mission Station

CONDOLENCES CAN BE EXPRESSED BY MAIL TO:
Mary Zigbuo
327 Bridget Way
Creedmoor, NC  27522

OR BY CALLING:

USA

Agnes Zigbuo-Raynes:  919 358-0045
Kou Dale Zigbuo-Moore: 919 612 6642
Cynthia Zigbuo-Wonkeryor: 610-764-9503
Williette Zigbuo-Vaagbay: 617-852-9420
Wallace Zigbuo: 321-297-9104
Thomas Saye Zigbuo: 336-235-1529

LIBERIA
Justin Paye Zigbuo:  231-886574368
Alfred Nya Zigbuo:   231-886772004

HERBERT ZIGBUO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP CONTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITY:

Many are aware of and have supported Rev. Zigbuo’s dedication to a life of service to promote education in his beloved home, Liberia.  Throughout his life, Rev. Zigbuo supported scholarships for children, youth and young adults in Liberia.  In lieu of wreaths and other symbols of condolence, the family request contributions for scholarship funds to continue Rev. Zigbuo’s legacy.  Checks can be made out to Mary Zigbuo (please place “Zigbuo Scholarship Fund”) in the notation section and mailed to: Mary Zigbuo; 327 Bridget Way; Creedmoor, NC  27522

General Conference Prayer Summit

African Delegates Hold Pre-General Conference Prayer Summit in Liberia

Delegates representing several Annual Conferences in Africa met in Liberia for four days in a prayer meeting referred to as the “Prayer Summit.” The meeting, hosted by the Liberia Annual Conference, was intended for the African delegation to speak with one voice on most of the legislative issues that will come up on the General Conference floor in Tampa, Florida, USA. The fifty member delegation prayed and decided that as delegates from Africa they will stand together to protect the unity and connectional nature of the global United Methodist Church.

Though the delegates at the Prayer Summit did not name any specific legislation, the head of the organizing team in Liberia, Rev. Dr. Jerry P. Kulah said, “Africa has always been in God’s Messianic plan and timing to provide hope for the preservation of the purpose of the gospel.” Rev. Kulah, who is also member of the Liberian delegation to the GC said, when Jesus’ life was threatened as a baby by a wicked and idolatrous king Africa provided hope to rescue our Lord. (Matt. 2:13-18).There is no small biblical value attached to us, Rev Kulah added. “We are confident that in these end times, Africa can live up to the true ministry of up-holding and defending the purpose and virtues of the Church of Christ” he concluded.

Earlier, the Resident Bishop of the Liberia Area of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, welcome the delegates to Liberia and said he did so on behalf of Children, Youth, Young Adults, the Lay and Clergy leadership of the Liberia Area of The United Methodist Church, and his colleagues of the College of Bishops of the West Africa Central Conference. Bishop Innis urged delegates to pray for the sustained peace, unity and harmony of the global United Methodist Church. He also called on the Prayer Summit delegates to pray for the sovereign rule of God over the future of the Church and its programs, projects and ministries. “Do not forget to pray for the successful hosting of the events” of the 2012 General Conference, scheduled to take place in Tampa, Florida from 21st April to 4th May 2012, Bishop Innis concluded.

The Liberia “Prayer Summit” brought together three Central Conferences representing twenty six Annual Conferences in Africa. Delegates came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia, and host country Liberia. The delegation also met with the Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who is also a United Methodist.

LAC Ordains, Commissions and Consecrates

“You are sent out to confront evil,” Bishop Alsted challenges newly ordained Pastors

Ministers ordained at the 179th Annual Session of the Liberia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church have been called upon to go out in the world and confront the evils of the present age. The call was made by Rev. Dr. Christian Alsted when he preached the ordination message to hundreds of United Methodists meeting in Gbarnga City, Bong County. He said, “the Church needs to confront the evil of poverty by providing schools where there are no schools.” “Build hospitals, clinics, health posts, dig wells in communities, and make available those things that enhanced the life of the people,” Bishop Alsted added.

The Nordic Clergyman told the newly ordained clergy to go into the world depending on the power of Jesus Christ. Bishop Alsted warned that the problems of the world are not going away because they are responding to the call to ministry. Speaking from the text Luke 9:1-6, Bishop Alsted told the incoming Methodist Preachers to face the evil of the world with compassion, love, and unity. He also warned that the road of the ministry is not straight, neither is it smooth. There will be pot holes and check points that will slow you down. “When that happens, I want you to depend on Jesus Christ who has power and authority to protect you and keep you going in this ministry to which you are called, Bishop Alsted concluded.

As part of the service, the Rev. Dr. John G. Innis commissioned several persons to various ministries in the United Methodist Church. About 19 women were commissioned as Deaconesses, 13 persons were commissioned in the Deacon Order, while 9 other persons were commissioned as “Elders In Full Connection.” Additionally one person was commissioned as Permanent Deacon and one member of the UMC Clergy was voted into the “Elders in Full Connection” order.

Meanwhile, twenty-eight ministers were retired from active preaching service. The retirees were admonished by Rev. Dr. John G. Innis to remain serviceable to the Church where ever they find themselves even in retirement.

The Ordination Service was conducted under the supervision of the Board of Ordained Ministry on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

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