Friends of Tabou (FoT), an association of of over 150 Liberians, who once lived in Tabou, La Cote d’ Ivoire, on Sunday, November 11, held a Thanksgiving Service at the First Assembly of God (AG) Church on Buchanan Street, Monrovia, as part of activities that re-enforce unity among its members.
FoT’s Thanksgiving Service, which marks its 18th founding anniversary, was characterized by the donation of 13 bags of rice, and two containers of vegetable oil to the congregation which, in return, expressed gratitude to the members.
Sunday’s Thanksgiving Service, according to George F. Newton, one of the founding members of the association, was to appreciate the church for its ‘longstanding’ support to individual members of FoT.
“When we started this association, we had no place to hold our meeting, but the church voluntarily provided a place for us to regularly meet at no cost to any of the members.
The help has, to this day, had a profound impact on the existence of the FoT and, therefore, Mr. Newton expressed gratitude for all of the help “this church has, and continues to give to us,” he said.
FoT is an association founded to help institutions, and individuals in society. Since its establishment, its members have individually or collectively touched the lives of many vulnerable people, including orphans.
“While in displaced camps in neighboring countries, many of us were sponsored by other people, a situation that motivated each of our members to reach out to others in need, because some of us, who were sponsored by others while in exile, continue to be blessed through the Almighty God. So, we think it is important to also share with others, the little we have acquired since we returned to the country,” Mr. Newton added.
Dr. Edwin A. Gbelly, Senior Pastor of the church, described FoT’s good gesture as a timely invention that will go a long way, “because we as a church, we were never expecting this donation, but thank God it came as a blessing.”
Gbelly said the donated items will help the church, specifically, the department of children and old folks.