LAC 2014 Camphor Mission Station

This report covers the Camphor Mission Station activities from March 2013 to February 2014. It focuses on the three components (school, clinic and agriculture) that make up the Mission Station.

Academic Program: We commenced the academic activities for the 2012/2013 school year on September 10, 2012 with the total enrollment of three hundred and eleven (311) students – one hundred and sixty-eight (168) boys and one hundred forty-three (143) girls. We ended the school year with two hundred and forty-five (245) students.

Classes for the commencement of the 2013/2014 academic year officially started on September 9, 2013 with the total registered students of two hundred and sixty-nine (149 boys and 120 girls).

The George Z. Dean Memorial Clinic: The clinic has five (5) staff members, with Mrs. Mary K. Gargar Swee serving as Officer-in-Charge (OIC). The clinic continues to provide good health care services to the residents of the Camphor Mission Station and surrounding communities’ dwellers. The clinic conducted a day refresher training workshop for forty-eight Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) May 9-11, 2013, facilitated by Mrs. Victoria M. Tomah, the Health Coordinator.

The Agriculture Program Of The Mission Station: The agriculture program of the mission station is gradually picking up. We are engaged with the production of vegetable in small quantity to buttress the feeding of the boarding students. We are also involved with cattle raising. BRAC-Liberia gave us a female cow that is now on the campus eating the green fertile glass around the campus.

The mission station is in the process of reactivating its poultry program that has been down for some years. The house to be used for the raising of the chicks or birds has been built. The order for some 600 chicks or birds has been made and few days from they will be brought on the campus.

Visits Of Missionary Friends:From January 2013 to January 2014 we were visited by several teams from the Detroit and East Ohio Annual Conferences. The most outstanding of these visits was the visit of Rev. Dr. John Hopkins, Bishop of the East Ohio Annual Conference along with three of his district superintendents and communication director in March 2013. The visit of the Bishop and his superintendents intensified the spirit of friendship that exists between the East Ohio Conference and Camphor Mission. Special thanks to Bishop John G. Innis and Mother Irene Innis and Danny and Kathy Dickriede and the entire East Ohio Annual Conference for the heart they have for Liberia and Camphor Mission Station. May God bless you all always for the tireless efforts and support.

Achievement/Progress: Rev. Don Richards and his group (the Pedaling Persons, bicycle riders) of the East Ohio Annual Conference provided US$24,913.63 that enabled us to renovate the teacher quarter(4 apartments), the clinic staff quarter(3 apartments) and James Darsaw and Mary Davis building(2 apartments). We say many thanks to Rev. Richards and members of the Pedaling Persons for improving the existing staff housing facilities of the Camphor Mission Station.

Gifts Received: Through the visit of Bishop Hopkins of the East Ohio Annual Conference that was reciprocated by our Bishop, the East Ohio Conference gave Camphor Mission Station a very beautiful van/car. This van is used for the commuting of our missionary friends who visit the mission station. Many thanks to the East Ohio Conference for such a magnificent gift.

Future Plans: Camphor Mission has been a junior high school for a very long period of time. There is no high school to address the high school need of the children or residents of the community in which it is located. Therefore, it is our plan to elevate the school to a full senior high school by 2016. To achieve this goal, we need additional ten staff housing units. Through the instrumentality of Janet Kleckner, her church, the First United Methodist Church of Beeville, Texas has started with the implementations of this worthy cause. They have made available US$15, 000 to start with the firs unit. We have begun the molding of cement blocks.

Conclusion: Our thanks and appreciation goes to Bishop Innis for the leadership he continues to provide the Liberia Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church. We bless God for our missionary friends, Danny and Kathy Dickriede who are doing extremely well in their fund raising initiatives for the school and mission. Many thanks go to the administrators, instructional and support staff members of the school and mission for being so cooperative with us. May God bless all of them.

Respectfully submitted, Madam Cecelia M. Cephas, Principal.Director