Dr. J. Mills Jones, political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), has been honored, this time, by the newly formed Liberia Direct Baptist Missionary Conference (LDBMC), a church located in Margibi County. The ceremony was held during the church’s 78th annual session.
The program was held on Sunday at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Worhn Town.
Revered Galion George, president of the Missionary Conference, in a statement acknowledged the impact of Dr. Jones’ financial inclusion policy on ordinary Liberians, which include members of his denomination. Jones’ policy was implemented while serving as Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).
At present, Rev. George said, the LDBMC has 49 churches with a membership of over 10, 000 in Grand Bassa, River Cess, Montserrado, Margibi, Nimba and Grand Cape Mount counties.
In his remarks, Dr. Jones thanked the organizers of the program and the Mount Moriah Baptist Church for the honor, saying, “With God, all things are possible. God is with us and if He is with us, no one can be against us.”
He said in spite of the numerous lapses that Liberia has experienced, he remains confident of a bright future for the country, with everyone working together to ensure her prosperity.
Dr. Jones then cautioned Liberians against laziness, and preached hard work for the country to succeed.
“Liberia remains a land of possibilities,” Mills Jones declared, adding, “Together we can make a great nation when we get there.”
He nevertheless said such an achievement will only become a reality if Liberians begin to think and dream big.
“No big thing comes from small dreams. We must begin to dream and think big if we want to be a successful nation, because others have gone miles ahead of us while we are still counting in inches,” Dr. Jones told the gathering.
He also advised Liberians to emancipate themselves from “mental slavery,” reminiscent of an adage from the late legendary reggae star Bob Marley.
“Like the song writer said, moving forward, you must emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. You must begin to rethink and remake your minds. You must begin to look at things differently. This is the only way this country will change. The change we are talking about begins with you,” Dr. Jones advised.
Commenting on developments ongoing in the country, he said it is not a question of whether or not progress has been made, but Liberians must advance suggestions on how the country can move forward.
Dr. Jones described his CBL financial inclusion policy initiated during his regime at the bank as simply attending to the call of humanity. “We did not do it because we wanted to prove a point, rather we were simply responding to the call of duty. We saw it as a call to serve humanity.”