A five member delegation representing the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is expected to leave Liberia tomorrow, February, 25, 2014 to participate in the annual gathering of the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone. According to sources from the UMC Liberia Central Office, the delegation will be headed by the District Superintendent of the St. John River District, Rev. Roosevelt Goah. Including in the delegation is the leadership of the various auxiliaries of the UMC Liberia. They include the presidents of the Men, Women, Young Adult, and Youth. The delegation includes Catherine Nyenawo, Associate Director, Young People Ministries, LAC/UMC, Bacon Borbor, representing the Conference Secretariat, Ben Korkpelleh, Former District Superintendent, and Angeline Kollie, Conference Usher among others.
The Sierra Leone Annual Conference (SLAC) is being held under the theme “Blessed to be a Blessing” using as their text Genesis 12:1-2 and will be hosted by the King Memorial United Methodist Church on Regent Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The conference is expected to bring together various districts within the SLAC, representatives from religious institutions, the government, and other partners from overseas including the United States of America. The SLAC Annual Gathering will run from Wednesday, February 26, to Monday, March 3, 2014.
The Rev. Dr. Charles S. G. Boayue, who is traveling with the UMC Liberia delegation, will serve as the Bible Study
Leader at the SLAC gathering. Rev. Boayue also participated in the just ended 181st Annual Session of the LAC/UMC where he and other clergy presided over the elections of the UMC Liberia Laity delegates to the West Africa Central Conference and the General Conference scheduled for 2016. Rev. Boayue is Pastor of the Second Grace United Methodist Church in Detroit, USA.
Earlier this month the Sierra Leone Annual Conference sent a delegation of eight persons to the 181st Annual Session of the Liberia Annual Conference held in Gbarnga City,Bong County, Liberia. The SLAC delegation included Rev. James B. Caulker, Acting District Superintendent, West and Head of Delegation, Smart K. Senesie, Director of Mission and Development and Associate Head of Delegation, Philip Kpakima, National Men’s President among others.
The tradition of visiting and participating in each other conferences is a long standing friendly practice among the Liberia Annual Conference and the Sierra Leone Annual Conference. Both conferences are members of the global United Methodist Church.