As Liberia gradually recovers from the Ebola nightmare, which has devastated all of its sectors, particularly its economy, and as an increasing number of people face food insecurity, the Providence Baptist church, in partnership with the Ikoyi Baptist Church of Nigeria, identified with the needy in several shattered communities in and around Monrovia.
The Ikoyi Baptist Church provided US$7,000 to the Providence Baptist Church of Monrovia to identifying with affected Ebola communities in Liberia.
The Church (Ikoyi) was touched by the spirit of humanity after coming in contact with the community-driven work being carried out by its sister church, Providence, in Liberia.
The Church, through its Community Development arm, the Providence Foundation, recently distributed assorted food items to several communities that were in one way or the other affected by the virus.
The distribution targeted several suburbs of Monrovia which the church considered one of its largest humanitarian outreach in the country since the outbreak of the virus.
Spearheading the exercise was the Director of Congregational Life at the Providence Baptist Church, Rev. Joseph J. Roberts, Sr.
Rev. Roberts told the beneficiaries that the church was blessed to have received financial assistance from its sister church in Nigeria (Ikoyi) to help boost its humanitarian activities in the country.
"Identifying with you through the distribution of food is a big challenge. Our presence here today is to help provide you with food stuff that will help you recover from the Ebola outbreak,” Rev. Roberts told the waiting beneficiaries.
"We are working closely with our brothers and sisters in Nigeria (IKoyi) to ensure the timely delivery of food assistance to all Ebola-affected people,” he added.
Some of the Communities that benefited from the distribution included the Garden of Prayers in New Georgia-Caldwell, Amadu Town in Bomi County, the Old Folks Home on the old Road and ‘Sick and Shut-ins in various communities in and around Monrovia. Materials distributed included rice, oil, beans, milk, ovaltine, soap and sugar.
For his part, the Senior Pastor of the Church, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr, lauded the effort of the Ikoyi Baptist family for seeing the good work of Providence assisting in carry out its Ministry on the other side of the world.
He praised the Church (Ikoyi) for the partnership and expressed the hope that a more comprehensive framework is structured between the two congregations with the intent to save humanity in both countries.
The loss of productivity and household income due to Ebola-related deaths and illness as well as people staying away from work for fear of infection, are all compounding the economic problems in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.