UMC Dedicates Skills Training Center for Hope for the Deaf School
The Hope for the Deaf Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Liberia has dedicated a modern skills training center for deaf students in Liberia. The dedication of the three classroom building was done by the Resident Bishop of the Liberia Area, United Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis along with the Director of the Department David T. Wolobah on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.
Performing the official dedicatory ceremony of the US$14,000 skill training center, Bishop Innis thanked the director of the department for the level of work done in impacting the lives of the children over the years. “You have added value to the human resource capacity of the students and the church”, the Bishop added.
“These are our children and we must care and love for them; that’s what makes us the voice of the voiceless,” the United Methodist Bishop told the gathering at the dedicatory ceremony of the training center.
Also speaking during the dedication ceremony, the Director of the Hard Hearing Department Bro. David K. Wolobah said, the skill center is intended to train students of the institute in the areas of shoe manufacturing, sewing, and pastry baking. Bro. Wolobah noted that it was very important for the construction of the center which he said will add value to the academic knowledge being acquired by students of the institution.
He disclosed that the construction of the Modern Skills Training Center was made possible through donations from the Middletown United Methodist Church in Middletown, Maryland USA.
The skills training center, which is located on the same compound that hosts the United Methodist Church central office, is expected to teach the hearing impaired children various skills areas in addition to their academic knowledge. The Hard Hearing School now has fifty eight registered students.
The Hard Hearing School of the United Methodist Church in Liberia was established eleven years ago by the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Meanwhile, plans are underway to establish an additional deaf school in Kakata, Margibi County.
Attendees join in prayer for God’s blessing on the ministries of Hope for the Deaf in Monrovia, Liberia.
Bishop Innis standing before the sign on the new school:
Deborah L. Hall
Deaf Skills Training Center
Funded by the
Middletown United Methodist Church
Middletown, Maryland, USA.