The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL) broke ground over the weekend for the construction of a multi-purpose complex valued at over US$50,000 in Vahun, Lofa County.
Rev. Bishop Amos Bolay, speaking at the ceremony, said the complex will comprise a guest house, mini college, a clinic and other essential components that will meet the needs of Liberians as well as Sierra Leoneans in the region.
“Many pastors continue to receive training in the United States, South Africa and other parts of the world that will return and offer their services at the complex,” Rev. Bolay said
He further indicated that the Wayormi District Pastoral Training is expected to resume in September this year.
Early next year, Rev. Bolay said, there will also be an exclusive training for fifty pastors and their wives that will help them understand the significance of being a fruitful steward.
He explained that a group of individuals who broke away from the church cannot be described as a congregation, as speculated.
The church cannot allow a 12-man political group to hold the church of Jesus Christ hostage, he contended.
Rev. Bolay pointed out that there was no single document which recognized a congregation’s name, and if it were so, the Evangelical Lutheran Church would have submitted to it.
“The Evangelical Lutheran Church remains open to all, because it is purely a Bible believing faith of which everyone is welcome to worship,’’ he stressed.
Rev. Bolay appealed to the church to work together with a single focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile, Rev. Bolay urged those who broke away to return. The church remains open to work with everyone to promote God’s Kingdom, he emphasized.
“Let us ever live in the spirit of repentance and forgiveness as we await his gracious return,” Rev. Bolay added.
During his recent visit to Germany, Rev. Bolay said the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia was accredited as a full member of the Internal Confessional Lutherans and a representative from Liberia will be traveling to join other Lutherans from around the world in Italy next year. A process has begun for church members to benefit from higher educational opportunities at LCMS Universities in the United States.
At the end of the conference Rev. Bolay and the clergy were praised for selecting Lofa County as the venue of the conference.
Rev. Arthur Zokar expressed delight over the manner in which the conference was conducted. Over 1000 Evangelicals and others attended the five-day conference.