Monrovia, Liberia — Employees of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs have presented assorted food and non-food items, as New Year gifts, to patients at the James N. Davies Memorial Hospital, in Paynesville, Montserrado County. The donations were made by members of the Ministry's Employees Bus Prayer Ministries on behalf of themselves and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
According to an Executive Mansion release, making the presentation on Monday, December 31st, in the Neezoe Community of Paynesville City, Pastor Divine Shammah told hospital authorities that the donation was the Ministry employees' own small way of reaching out to the needy during the festive season.
Explaining the choice of the James N. Davies Memorial Hospital, Pastor Shammah said that the members of the Bus Prayer Ministries had considered a list of area hospitals, and had voted unanimously for this one to receive the donation, and to put smiles on the faces of its patients and share God's testimony.
"Give and it shall be given unto thee," Pastor Shammah said, quoting from the Gospel of St. Luke, 6:38, and added, "We have come to fulfill that part of the Scripture, reaching out to people, preaching the good news. Executive Mansion staff have come to identify with you, and to tell you that we care for you, we love you, that the President cares for you; and that Jesus cares for you the best."
Receiving the items on behalf of the James N. Davies Memorial Hospital, its General Administrator, James K. Kaikai, thanked the organizers and the Bus Ministries for the selection. He added, "I know that it was no mistake, because we worked extremely hard throughout the year and we have continued to do our utmost best in saving lives. The Bible says that blessed is the hand that gives and the one that receives; so we want to say a big thank you for your thoughtfulness and for the recognition."
Mr. Kaikai said that such recognition of the medical facility would serve as a catalyst to motivate and inspire its staff to devote themselves in meeting the health needs of people in the Neezoe Community and its environs. He pledged to ensure that the items, which included biscuits and candies for the children, as well as bath soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, are evenly distributed among the patients.
Following the presentation, the items were taken on the hospital's 2nd floor where distribution began in the 33-bed Children's Ward, consisting of patients suffering from various degrees of fire and hot water burns.
The James N. Davies Memorial Hospital was constructed and rehabilitated by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (Spain). After 20 years of providing services to the Liberian people, in 2010 MSF turned over the facility to the Government, through the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, as a public facility where services are 100 percent free of charge.
Among Ministry of State employees and members of the Bus Prayer Ministries on hand for the presentation were: Pastor Shammah, A. Diggs Tokpah, Madam Jenneh Saliah, Madam Marina Clarke and Mother Fatu T. Morris.
The Bus Prayer Ministries was organized following President Sirleaf's inauguration in January 2006. Its members offer songs and prayers to God on their respective buses to and from work. Offerings collected from services conducted on the Ministry's three buses are used to help the needy.Some L$9,700 was used to purchase the items donated to the James N. Davies Memorial Hospital.