Ahead of their annual gathering in 2017, the United Methodist Women in Liberia dedicated a girls’ dormitory aimed at providing housing for girls in need. “This building is intended to help the girls acquire education without the complication of paying for lodging,” Rev. Rose Farhat said. The Directress of Women Works said the dormitory will house forty girls when it becomes operational in September 2017. She stressed that helping girls in the Liberian society is the women way of promoting some of the Quadrennial goals of global United Methodist Women. The girls’ dormitory will be the first of its kind since the last two also operated by the United Methodist Women in Liberia were shut down in the 1980s.
Asked how the girls will pay for their lodging, Rev. Farhat said they will pay for their lodging by caring for the building themselves. “At least that will be one way the church can teach the girls how to care for their environment,” she added.
Operating under the general theme, “Women Arise”, the leader of women works in Liberia said young women throughout Liberia especially those who are United Methodists will be the target for empowerment, education, and spiritual growth activities, adding, “the single act of helping them with housing will make lot of them focus on their education which they would otherwise be distracted from if they must look for rent money.” Rev. Farhat said the Conference United Methodist Women will also seek ways of improving the living conditions of young women by training them in various marketable skills. “We will further use our global theme in addition to this rooming project to encourage women participation in the ministerial life of the Church,” she asserted.
Now serving in her second year as directress of women works in Liberia, Rev. Farhat indicated that it is about time that women increase their presence in the spiritual life of the church as clergy. She named the Women Day Care Center (WDCC) and the Women Training Center (WTC) as the two major projects through which the UMC Women in Liberia will transform the church by making disciples for Jesus Christ. “When Women Arise, there will be a new church with a new heart in Liberia,” she concluded.
The dormitory now in its final stages of completion and the acquisition of furniture was funded by several United Methodist Churches in the United States of America either directly or through the UMC Advance Asking program as part of the existing partnership between those churches and the church in Liberia. The Church of the Master UMC, Gobin UMC, and the Detroit Annual Conference contributed to the construction of the thousands of dollars’ worth of dormitory.
Reporting and photography by E. Julu Swen for the LAC