UMC Dedicates Mission Station in Liberia

4/1/2016

Members of leadership of The United Methodist Church in Liberia stand with students of the Eric Scott Memorial United Methodist School in Bopolu City, Gbarpolu, Liberia.

Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Members of leadership of The United Methodist Church in Liberia stand with students of the Eric Scott Memorial United Methodist School in Bopolu City, Gbarpolu, Liberia.


By E. Julu Swen, United Methodist News Service

The United Methodist Church in Liberia dedicated a mission station in Gbarpolu County in northwestern Liberia on March 27.

With three churches and three preaching points, the Bopolu Mission Station is the denomination’s fifth mission station in Liberia. The other four are Gbarnga in Bong County, Ganta in Nimba County, Weala in Margibi County, and Diecke in the Republic of Guinea, a provisional conference of Liberia.

United Methodist Bishop John Innis said the mission station was the church’s way of showing love for the people of Gbarpolu County and all those who will benefit from the facilities.

“We are now demonstrating our love for the people of Gbarpolu, especially the children who are now attending the school and will become future leaders of Liberia,” Innis said.

“This mission station is now providing jobs for residents of Bopolu City and individuals from other parts of the county,” lay pastor Shaffa Seward said, noting more than 80 percent of the mission station staff are indigenous people from Gbarpolu County.

The 3.6 acre station includes a school, clinic, church and parsonage. The $150,000 station was funded by several overseas partners, including churches in the United Methodist Virginia Conference.