Dr. Maureen L. Davis, Presiding Prelate, Gates of Heaven Assembly of Churches, United States of America is on a mission visit to Liberia.
Dr. Davis last visited Liberia in the early 1980s. She had come along with her Grand Mother—Lena Thomas—then Presiding Bishop of the same Church, more than 30 years ago.
“I did not know then that I was going to be in Grandma’s position today,” she told the Daily Observer Wednesday, January 30, in an exclusive interview.
Bishop Davis further told the Observer that she was excited to be back in Liberia.
Dr. Davis, who presides over at least seven churches and church-related institutions in Liberia, visited churches and missions in Liberia, partnering with the Gates of Heaven Assembly of Churches.
Some of the Gates of Heaven Assembly of Churches’ partner churches in Liberia are Gates of Heaven Agape Ministry, Harbel; Gates of Heaven Agape Ministry, Thinker Village, Paynesville; Higher Grounds International Ministries, Duport Road, Paynesville;
Gates of Heaven Agape Ministry, Center Street, Monrovia and
Gates of Heaven Agape Ministries, Headquarters, Congo Town.
Others are Jesus Christ Children’s Ministry, White Plains and Agape International Outreach Ministries, Social Welfare Branch, Liberia.
Dr. Davis, who is set to depart on February 2, broke ground for the construction of Bishop Lena Thomas Academy in Bong County, Bishop Lena Thomas Children’s Village consisting of four dormitories in Robertsville, White Plains, Montserrado County and the construction of a multi-purpose Gates Agape church complex in Congo Town, Monrovia.
Touching on how the funds would be raised for these projects, the Gates of Heaven Presiding Prelate said the funds would be raised by members of her churches in Liberia and the US. She also stated that they are going to work along with Bong County Representative George S. Mulbah, who donated the land to them, to help raise some fund for the project in Bong.
She also stated that her Churches will do all they can to help in the rebuilding process of Liberia, which is recovering from a 14-year brutal and destructive civil conflict.
Bishop Davis intoned that her Grandmother, who came to Liberia in the 1970s, had a heart for Liberia and its children and so she (Bishop Davis) would do all she can to help mold the minds of Liberian children after the love of Jesus Christ.
“We want to use our schools and churches to evangelize the people,” she added.
The groundbreaking ceremony in Bong was graced by Education Minister Etmonia Tarpeh and Rep. George Mulbah, among others.