The Resident Bishop of the Liberia Area of the United Methodist Church Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, commended the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Liberian Government for recognizing the role the churches have played during the height of the Ebola crisis. Bishop Innis said the commitment of the churches to health, education, and good governance in Liberia are the pillars that hold the churches together in the nation. The UMC Liberia leader commendation to the Liberian leader, President Sirleaf was contained in a letter to the leadership of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
“President Sirleaf and those in leadership with her deserve my heartfelt appreciation for looking up to the LCC as a sincere partner of Liberian Government,” Bishop Innis said. He also pointed out the the LCC and her auxiliaries will remain in perpetual partnership with the driving all of its development initiatives. “I am very pleased, as a former President of the LCC, that the Goverment of Liberia, under the leaderhip of President Sirleaf, saw the need to honor the Liberia Council of Churches for a job well done in the healthy interest of Mother Liberia” the UMC Liberia Bishop concluded.
For her part, President Sirleaf, also a United Methodist, described the LCC as “Champions of Peace”, as a consequence of the Churches struggle toward containing and eradicating Ebola from the country and awarded the LCC “GRAND COMMANDER, ORDER OF THE STAR OF AFRICA” title. ‘This award is meritorious and distinguished for your commendable acts of patriotism which immensely strengthened the mutual cooperation between the Church and the State,” the President said. In the Citation, the President of the Republic of Liberia also described the Liberia Council of Churches as Dedicated Servants and Humanitarians. “Following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in March 2014 and relying on His Divine Guidance for the survival of the Nation, the Liberian Council of Churches organized two major programs of intercessions to help rally the country and invoke the intervention of our Great Benefactor, the Lord Almighty, to end the health catastrophe,” the Liberian leader affirmed.
The honoring program was part of the Liberian Government annual Investiture Ceremonies for the conferral of Distinctions upon Citizens of the Republic of Liberia and Distinguished Personalities and Institutions by Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction who is also a United Methodist. The Liberia Council of Churches was among 42 honorees representing distinguished individuals and institutions, both national and international who were honored on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Monrovia City Hall.
Bishop Innis who could not attend the program because of health reason and other church duties in the United States of America, was represented by his Special Assistant, Rev. Samuel Quire. Other church leaders attending the ceremonies included Former President of the LCC, Lutheran Bishop Emeritus Sumowood E. Harris, Presbyterian Moderator, Sando E. Townsend; General Chairman of the Apostolic World Christian Fellowship, Bishop James B. Cuffee; President of the Pentecostal Fellowship Union of Liberia, Rev. Dr. Jasper S. Ndaborlor; Episcopal Church Canon Father A-Too Williams; National Chairman of Concerned Christian Community, Rev. Mother Mariama Z. Brown; President of the Christian Community in Liberia, Bishop Jerome Klibo; newly appointed Liberia Peace Ambassador and Baptist pastor, Rev. William R. Tolbert, III; President of the Grassroots Pastors Association of Liberia, Rev. Dr. George Zubah; Providence Baptist Church Administrator, Rev. Charles A. Diggs, Rev. Mother Betty Clark Morris of United Church of God In Christ, among others.
Reporting by E. Julu Swen.