The United Methodist Church in Liberia has received about US$20,000 from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) and UMC Germany in response to an earlier request submitted by the church in Liberia. Sharing the information in a special called meeting, the Chairperson of the UMC Liberia Anti Ebola Task Force, Rev. Rev George Wilson said the GBOD sent US$10,000 while the United Methodist Church in Germany sent 8,000 Euros. Rev. Wilson said the money was intended to address the acute food insecurity that was now facing every Liberian including members of the United Methodist Church. “This is part of the many interventions that our partners have made to our church since the outbreak of the Ebola virus,” the Connectional Table Chair added.
According to Rev Wilson since the anti-Ebola campaign was launched by UMC Liberia in
August 2014, several departments of UMC Liberia including the Publishing Team have responded to the needs of members of our church in different ways. “Some were able to give sanitizing implements, plastic buckets, flyers containing preventive messages about the Ebola virus, and food.” Rev. Wilson said. “We are aware of the enormous role our global partners are playing in Liberia as the Ebola virus continues to ravage our country,” he emphasized.
During the Anti-Ebola Task Force meeting several departments and agencies were able to brief the Task Force on their role in reaching out to different parts of Liberia on behalf of UMC Liberia. The Secretary of the Liberia Annual Conference, Rev. Dr. Isaac C. Padmore, thanked all the departments and agencies, especially the Publishing Team for addressing the food needs of the staff of the UMC Central Office. “You were the first group to put food on our tables amidst the threatening food insecurity that was haunting us and is still haunting us around here,” the Conference Secretary said referring to the Publishing Team.
The Chairperson of the Task Force was directed by members of the Task Force to give each district the amount of US$500 through its District Superintendent for them to buy food items for distribution among their members. The District Superintendents are expected to sign for their money as of Monday, November 10, 2014 while the rest of the beneficiaries including the UMC Liberia Central Office staff will receive their food items on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
The meeting was attended by five District Superintendents: Rev. Dr. Samuel Brown of Monrovia District, Rev. Benedict Greene of Kokoya District, Rev. Roosevelt Goah of St. John River District, among others. The Vice President of the UMC Liberia Women, Taryonnoh N. Doe also attended the meeting. The briefing notes at the meeting suggested that about US$100,000 has been spent on UMC Liberia by the global United Methodist Church through its various agencies including United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).