The resident bishop of the United Methodist Church (UMC), John G. Innis, has lauded Mission Alliance for its continued support to the UMC through the Mission’s Department of Community Services.
At the dedication of the Mission’s offices in Monrovia held over the weekend, Bishop Innis said the organization’s commitment to UMC and Liberia revealed it has the heart and mind of Jesus Christ.
The newly dedicated office is situated on 24th Street in Sinkor, Cheeseman Avenue.
“Great and wonderful things will happen when we develop and have the heart of the Lord. Mission Alliance has the heart and mind of the Lord Jesus and continues to show their love to the people of Liberia,” he said.
Bishop Innis added that the organization is doing as the Lord Jesus Christ was doing: “Wherever he went, he was doing good.”
“The UMC is excited to continue having a working relationship with you,” he added.
The Country Director of Mission Alliance Liberia, Rune Oygard, explained that his organization is soliciting more partnerships with other organizations to improve the living standards of Liberians through the Giving Life a Chance initiative.
“We are looking for long term partners, core partners to continue empowering our sisters and brothers in Liberia,” he said.
He said the Alliance has been instrumental in community development projects in six Liberian counties mainly focusing on education, building of schools, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions in rural communities.
Oygard said in order to expand operations in Liberia, the organization recently established its presence in Monrovia after it was registered and accredited as a not-for-profit international organization.
He then disclosed that the institution was operating in two areas, namely community development projects through local partners and micro-financing to reduce poverty and improve livelihood through financial inclusion.
He said since 2008, with their support, the Department of Community Services constructed 13 schools, 11 teachers’ quarters, five bridges leading to clinics, hand pumps, among other projects.
Also speaking during the ceremony, Norwegian representative, Haakon Aandstad, said, “We are very proud of having physical installations in Liberia, in making people in Liberia have a second chance in life.”
Aandstad said the Lord requires us to act justly, have mercy and walk humbly with God.
“The life we live, the work we do, the fruit of our acts, we put in the hands of the Lord,” he added.
“The people working in this office we put them in the hands of the Lord. Let this office be blessed with people wanting to act justly and are ready to work humbly for God. Be courageous and capable to help give life a chance in Liberia.”
Aandstad lauded Country Director Rune Oygard for his commitment in delivering to the people of Liberia what is deserved in accordance to the mission and vision of the organization.
“This organization was established in 1901, and first started operations in Taiwan. We work in [some of] the poorest countries in the world. We are represented in Philippines, Cambodia, China, Vietnam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil and Liberia,” said Aandstad in closing.
Alliance is an evangelical, diaconal (of deacons) mission organization engaged in extensive works to support the poor, the disabled and the marginalized peoples of Asia, South America and Africa.