E. Julu Swen
Photos by Joseph Zoegar
In continuation of the United Methodist Church in Liberia Anti Ebola Campaign, the United Methodist Women started distributing food items in addition to preventive messages and sanitizing materials. The food package includes rice which is Liberia’s staple, vegetable oil, and other consumable items. The UMW also conducts a quick impact training session on preventive methods of the Ebola virus with the women of the receiving districts before making the presentation.
“Please extend the work of the church beyond the church and its doors to all Liberians that you will encounter as you go on with your version of the anti-Ebola campaign,” said Rudolph Merab, Conference Lay Leader of the Liberia Annual Conference. In a send off statement, the Lay Leader cautioned the women not to limit their campaign to only United Methodists, but rather include the people of the communities in which the local churches are located. Referring to the women as the most powerful entity in the church, Father Merab said the church hopes that the women will cover the grounds that the church did not cover. “We trust that you will touch lives where we did not make any impact and lift the name of the UMC Liberia to higher heights,” he emphasized.
Speaking on behalf of the Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, the Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Samuel Quire hailed the women for joining the church in its anti-Ebola campaign. Rev. Quire who is also member of the UMC Liberia Anti-Ebola Task Force said the Bishop was very much appreciative of the women work and the other agencies of the church in this critical time of the nation’s history. “The Bishop wants you to know that he is with you and your families in prayer as you fight for the containment of this deadly Ebola virus,” Rev. Quire said.
According to the President of the UMC, Mother Sarah Q. Nah, the women of UMC Liberia are conducting its Anti-Ebola Campaign with added incentives such as food package that will give hope for our people who are afflicted by the Ebola virus, especially quarantined family members. The UMW president pointed out that their role in the anti-Ebola campaign is funded by the International Ministries Staff of the United Methodist Women’s Division, the United Methodist Church. “Our sisters overseas want you to know that they stand with you as you fight the Ebola virus,” she said. The UMW president lamented the situation of the Kakata-Farmington District Women indicating that the situation of Dolo Town which is located in the district and was quarantined by the Liberia Government some time was heartbreaking. “Your district is a special case and we will consider a robust psychosocial involvement working with your leadership,” the Mother Nah promised.
The UMW anti-Ebola campaign trips are presided over by the President, Sarah Nah; Vice President, Taryonnoh N. Doe; the Directress of Women Work, Alfreda Anderson among others.
The Conference United Methodist Women Organization brings to five the number of UMC Liberia agencies that have been participating in the anti-Ebola campaign since it was launched by the Department of Connectional Ministries on August 22, 2014 with funding from the United Methodist Communications (UMCom). Several Districts of the UMC Liberia are also involved in the anti-Ebola campaign with funding from their partners.