19 February 2007

Liberia: Village Ministries to Empower Rural Dwellers

In an effort to buttress government's reintegration process, a Church-related non-governmental organization in the country, the Village Ministries has unveiled plans to empower rural Liberian women and youths who are said to be the vulnerable in the society.

In order to augment its efforts, the Village Ministries has received some international guests who are in the country to provide free vocational skills training for Liberian youth as well as war-affected women and also preach the message of hope to hopeless Liberians. The international guests over the weekend ended a three-day Spirit-filled seminar in Monrovia, which brought together hundreds of citizens.

In an exclusive interview with The INQUIRER, Mr. Eric Sumo, founder and National Director of the Village Ministries pointed disclosed that his organization was founded in 2003 with the aim of working with community leaders especially those in rural parts of Liberia and empower other Liberians by providing free skills training for them so that they can be beneficial to themselves and families.

Mr. Sumo said since the establishment of his organization, they have trained over 800 pastors who are actively involved in various ministries while, the newly established skills training of Village Ministries is rendering humanitarian services to several war-affected Liberians.

The youthful director pointed out presently, Village Ministries has established schools in several Displaced Centers around the country and some tailoring schools where women will go to improve their lives. He said his organization is anticipating new things to be added to what is in existing. He said Bishop Llarena during his second visit, will bring some medical doctors and other professionals to help in the rebuilding the lives of Liberians.

For his part, Bishop Ray Llarena, one of the guests who is in the country said his presence in Liberia is to inspire the people and to give hope to those who were devastated by the decades of civil crisis in Liberia.

Bishop Llarena reminded Liberians that whatsoever happened in the past must be forgotten and move toward the future saying, "forget about the past and think about the future because is bright, we need to keep the hope for the heart of the people to believe that there is a bright future for Liberia.

"Our hope of coming here is to help the people to look beyond the what had happened and put the bright future ahead in God, my hope is that the people will be delivered from ill, from anxiety, from worry, from the spirit of poverty, from the spirit of disease and rise up into a new hope of life," Bishop among other things, concluded.

Earlier, Madam Helen Fietcher who hailed from Canada and is in the country for two months as guest of Village ministry noted that education is one of the mean ways to foster the recovery program of war-torn Liberia.

Madam Fietcher said there are so many youth od Liberia who are not in school while women on the other hand, are cannot work because of lack of education and as such, she is here to teach the women some skills so as to enable them start small businesses to sustain themselves.

She said whatsoever affects a woman, affects the home, the communities, their children noting that her job is to empower Liberian women through education, which, is a bedrock of any nation.

The three international guests include Bishop Ray Llarena, founder and Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Center in Chicago, Illinois; Madam Helen Fietcher of Victoria, Canada and Pastor Donald Nathaniel Mayes Jr. a Church Planter.

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