A program marking the honoring ceremony of 25 carefully selected mothers and fathers, as well as special fathers, was on Sunday held at the City of Light Church International Incorporated (CLCI).
According to the CLCI officials, the intent of the program was to raise funds for the ongoing construction work on the church edifice in Bassa Town, Paynesville.
In her sermon, Rev. Mother Oral M. Jackson urged the honorees to let their wisdom shine before men, women and children in their communities so their deeds would portray their good works.
“You were chosen to be honored by the CLCI leadership and members as mothers and fathers because of your incredible integrity over the years,” Rev. Jackson indicated.
Turning to the congregation, Rev. Jackson warned that they should not get involved in acts that would reflect negatively on themselves in the community.
She also reminded the women that in today’s Liberia, men are looking for women that have enviable substance to help build their various homes in their communities.
Rev. Jackson further pointed out that men of integrity are looking for women that would serve as helpmates in the transformation and advancement of their general wellbeing; not women that are teaching young girls about prostitution and other bad habits.
In her caution to men of faith of the CLCI and special fathers, Rev. Jackson warned them to stop spending their money at the various entertainment and liquor stores and shops in and around Monrovia.
She further stressed the need for the men to stop with immediate effect any sexual relationships with under-aged girls; as such activities could place their wives at public disgrace in their communities around the country.
Men as a whole, Rev. Jackson noted, should consider themselves as masters and heads of their homes at all times and in every interaction of their lives.
In separate responses, the honorees expressed thanks and appreciation to the CLCI members and leadership for their selection as mothers and fathers of the year.
Father of Year 2016-2017 Deacon Jerome H. Tarnue told the CLCI congregation that he was delighted that the church has bestowed on him an honor that had exemplified his contribution to the church, state and humanity.
“I want to thank you all for the honor and my wife children will ever remain grateful, as we accept the honor in good faith,” Deacon Tarnue assured.
For her part, Mother of the Year 2016-2017 Esther Kiemue extended thanks and appreciation to the CLCI leadership and members and prayed for God’s blessings in the provision of resources for the development of the church.
In a statement, Special Father Daniel Saah Varney urged the leadership and members of the CLCI not to award persons based on financial contributions, but based on service to God, humanity and the country.
Saah Varney also admonished the CLCI members and leadership to do away with the age-old practice of sectionalism and tribalism in honoring people of affluence in the state.
He also extended thanks and appreciation to the CLCI members for his selection and prayed for God’s providence over the church.
In brief remarks, the founder and general overseer of the CLCI and El-Shaddai WorshiCenter, Joseph G. Mento Jr., extended thanks to all members and financial and material contributors to the ongoing construction work on the church edifice.