The prelate, Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, Sunday, July 6, claimed for his new Ministry as Archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa, (IPWA) the same task God assigned Jeremiah when the Lord commissioned him (Jeremiah) a prophet to the nations.
“I chose you before I gave you life; and before you were born, I selected you to be a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
These words, the newly-enthroned Archbishop believes, carry for him no less instruction and challenge than those directed at Jeremiah by God, the Author of all things.
“Today, I can say with faith, in the midst of disbelief and anxiety, that the Lord, who has called me to His service, is saying these same words to me as I assume this new ministry,” declared the Archbishop.
“Our God is good. His doings are marvelous in our eyes and beyond our comprehension,” Dr. Hart testified in a message delivered shortly after he was enthroned as Archbishop of the Province of West Africa.
After thanking God for His choice of him (Hart) as Archbishop, the clergyman thanked his fellow Bishops, clergy, and Brethren of the IPWA, thanking them for entrusting him with the task ahead. He assured them of his commitment and dedication to the calling.
Archbishop Hart was addressing a cathedral full of fellow prelates and guests from most of the nations comprising the Internal Province of West Africa, as well as a few from England and the U.S.
Bishops and Archbishops comprised (made up) most of the guests that showed up for the gala. Quite a few brought their spouses along.
Speaking at the occasion, as a stand-in for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Boakai thanked God for Archbishop Hart’s elevation.
“Our nation is proud of a leader that can represent us beyond our borders. This development helps put us back on the map as a nation,” the Vice President pointed out.
In a communiqué to the Bishopric, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called Archbishop Hart’s new preferment a great tribute to him as well as a splendid credit to the Episcopal Church of Liberia and the Republic of Liberia at large.
"We and the Episcopal denomination in Liberia have not the slightest doubt that you will measure up to the task of your new assignment, considering the excellent Episcopal services you have rendered the flock here in the Diocese of Liberia, and your astute ecumenical standing within the communities of the Christian faith," the President told Bishop Hart.
Meanwhile, The Most Rev. Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, Primate and Metropolitan Archbishop of the Church of the Province of West Africa, has encouraged Archbishop Hart to push for the two internal provinces to eventually become autonomous in our time.