UMC Liberia Women Starts Mother’s Day Month at Orphanage
Reporting: Julu Swen
In commemoration of the Mother’s Day month, the United Methodist Women of the Monrovia District Conference on April 30, 2016 visited several vulnerable homes in and around Monrovia distributing rice and assorted items to orphans and senior citizens. At the head of the delegation representing various local churches, Ophelia Kennedy, president of the UMC Monrovia District women organization donated several bags of rice to the Judith Craig Children’s Village and the Charles Edward Britt Old Folks Home owned and operated by United Methodist Church in Liberia.
“As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day, we thought to start our outreach activities with the needy from our own institutions by bringing you these items so you can join the celebration,” Mother Kennedy said. She indicated that the visits to the two homes were the initial visitations to several orphanages, homes, and prisons within the Monrovia District and its environs. “Our focus for outreach will be to address the concerns of the needy in our various communities starting with the most vulnerable,” she affirmed.
As part of her statements to the various homes, the Monrovia District Conference Women’s leader said her leadership will partner with the administrators of the two UMC Liberia run homes to ensure that needed resources were made available at all times to enhance the lives of the children and the old folks. “As our parents who can no longer care for yourselves and as children orphaned by various circumstances including Ebola, taking care of you is our responsibility,” she said. The Monrovia District Conference UMC Women’s organization is now soliciting resources such as food, oil, canned meat and beef, and other assorted items for onward distribution to the needy during the month of May which is the Mother’s Day month.
In appreciation, Rev. Robert Sieh, Director of the Judith Craig Children’s Village said the gesture of the women was timely and welcome by the children of the home. “You have responded to our search for the next meal for today and the days ahead,” Rev. Sieh told the women. The UMC Liberia clergyman also said the children of the village needed all the help they could get from other partners of the United Methodist Church in Liberia. “Food, clothes, and shoes are our major challenge as we manage these children,” he concluded. For her part the Matron of the Charles Edward Britt Old Folks Home, Eva Attoh thanked the women and said the items were on time. “Your gift of food items will safe lives around here,” she said.
The Women Organization is one of the ministries of UMC Monrovia District and is reaching out to vulnerable individuals and homes, while the Bishop Judith Craig Children Village and the Charles Edward Britt Old Folks Home are owned and operated by the United Methodist Church in Liberia.
Photos by Julu Swen.