Baptist President Pleads for Unity

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The president of the Liberia Baptist Missionary & Education Convention (LBMEC) has called on members who are still committed to the convention to denounce what he calls “unwanted” activities that would keep them from forging ahead with what will help to accomplish the mission of the Christian group.

“The Liberia Baptist Missionary & Education Convention has a mission to evangelize and provide education for people in whose midst it operates.”

 “However, this humanitarian mission seems to be impeded by some dissenting views from unnamed individuals for reasons yet to be disclosed.”

Making these statements during his annual message to the Christian body on March 28, at Washington Chapel on the Ricks Institute campus, Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay said that they have come too far on their journey to fail.

“The Convention must remain steadfast in denouncing those things that will hold us back; we have come too far to turn back,” Rev. Menjay exclaimed.

According to Rev. Menjay, who is the Liberian Baptist Convention president, some individuals associated with the Convention have on numerous occasions challenged the leadership and church in Court; but, through the instrumentality of Vice President Joseph Boakai, Judge Peter Gbeneweleh, Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull and others, the matter is being resolved.

He said despite the intervention of these high profile individuals, in helping to resolve the controversial issues emerging among the Christians, there are still some individuals who are determined to bring division. He identified one group as the “Nimba Baptist Union.”

“Give critics silence in return when they come out with criticism.  When criticism is challenged in argument it gives critics the ground to talk more.  Just leave them to say what they want as we collectively go ahead because we have come too far to turn back,” Rev. Menjay pointed out.

He told members of the convention that despite the challenge associated with the work he heads as president, progress is being made to meet the objective and goal of the Baptist Convention. He stressed that in spite of all the hurdles, Ricks Institute forms a part of the education component and remains one of the best schools in the republic.

He disclosed that US$3,000 is being allotted by the convention to facilitate scholarships for deserving Liberians associating with the Convention to seek higher education at the Baptist Seminary outside Monrovia.

The 100th annual celebration of the Liberia Baptist Missionary & Education Convention that began on March 9 and is expected to end on the 31st was characterized by a series of activities.

Some of the activities included the Special Pre-Convention service held at the Good Hope Baptist Church in Marshall, Margibi County, the Baptist Walk for Christ for 36 churches converged at the Baptist House near Congo Town and walked to their youth camp on Schefflin Highway, and the pre-convention service of the National Women’s Missionary Union held at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Virginia, Montserrado County.

The LBMEC group also held a special worship service at the First Baptist Church in Edina, Grand Bassa County where members paid respect to its founding father, former Liberian President Joseph J. Cheeseman.

There, at the special service in Edina, the preacher, Rev. Emmet L. Dunn challenged members to learn to keep history in order to learn their mistakes and know their past so as to know where they are at present and where they want to go in the future.

Rev. Dunn whose message was endorsed by a heavy sound of applause, told the Baptist Convention Christians that because of failure to keep history, they repeatedly make mistakes and it makes it difficult for them to decide where to go.

In other developments, the convention elected some officers to occupy various positions of trust. Those positions include national director, occupied by Comfort H. Weaver, national vice director taken over by Mariah Wisseh, and Executive Secretary controlled by Mydea E. White.

Meanwhile the convention was also able to extend gratitude to some hard working members including Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah, Rev. Jackson B.S. Karmo and Rev. E. Emmanuel Shaw, I, who performed various tasks in the church.

The Sunday worship on March 31 was also attended by some high profile government officials including Senators Jewel Howard Taylor of Bong County, Joseph Nagbe of Sinoe, Representatives Edwin Snowe of Montserrado, Josephine Francis of Montserrado, Matthew Zarzar of Sinoe, amongst others.

Also, Liberian diplomat Wesley M. Johnson, University of Liberia’s Vice President for Public Relations, Dr. S. Momolu Gataweh and Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull, formed part of the divine worship service.

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