The NEWS (Monrovia)

2 February 2005

Liberia: Episcopal Church Begins 76th Convention Wednesday

Monrovia — Targets L$500,000 For Renovation Works

The Episcopal Church of Liberia begins its 76th Diocesan Convention tomorrow February 2-6 at the St. Barnabas-on-the Field Episcopal Church in Unification Town, Margibi County.

According to Episcopal Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward Neufville, the Convention will be held under the theme: "There Can Be Hope In The Desert," from the text: Isaiah 35:1-10.

Flanked by executives of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, Bishop Neufville told journalists that despite the difficulty the church and the people of Liberia have experienced over the years, the Lord will give them hope in the desert.

"The Church has been devastated by the civil crises, leaving us with nothing. It gives us the feeling as though we are in the desert where we can hardly find water to drink, but with Christ on our side, we know that He will make the way for us," Bishop Neufville sounded optimistically.

The Convention, he said, will focus on the renovation works of the Episcopal Church facilities that were extensively damaged during the civil upheaval in the country.

Additionally, Bishop Neufville told reporters that the homes of priests that were also damaged would be refurbished.

The Episcopal Bishop mentioned that the Bishop of the Diocese of Sierra Leone, the Rt. Rev. Julius O. P. Lynch will deliver the missionary address on the opening day.

Also commenting on the convention, the Treasurer of the Episcopal Church, Dr. Charles Clarke said the convention will target LD$500,000.00 to begin renovation works on its facilities that were extensively damaged during the civil wars.

He said that about 300 hundred delegates are expected to attend the Convention.

Former Planning Minister, Mrs. Amelia A. Ward who also spoke at the press conference, stressed the need for Episcopalians in the country to internally galvanize resources to commence the renovation work.

This year convention is also expected to review activities of the church as well as plan programs for the future.

Meanwhile, the Episcopal Churchmen of Liberia at its 8th Annual Convention in Margibi County has elected a new corps of officers for a two year term.

Those elected include Sandi A. Cooper, President, Anthony Deline first Vice president, Bola Ogunkoya Secretary General and A. Trokon Tarr, Assistant Secretary General amongst others.

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