The United Liberia Inland Church (ULIC) family last Saturday laid to rest the church’s long serving, first president, the late Reverend Dahn Donald Wuanti, at the missionary cemetery in Bahn City, Nimba County.
The late Rev. Wuanti served the congregation from 1970 to 2000.
He died on Saturday, April 1, at the Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America after a period of illness. He was 89, according to a Liberia Official Gazette.
“Wuanti served the church with dedication and honesty to the extent that the Inland denomination was greatly transformed,” some of the members said.
The late Rev. Wuanti was a Bible translator in the Dahn language. He worked with the missionary Tom Jackson on the Dahn New Testament Bible.
His commitment, said members of the church, was not only to the Lord’s work, but also to manual work, training and disciplining the youth.
“He was a man of extraordinary grace, patience, humility and contrition,” said one of the sympathizers.
Those who paid individual tributes said the late Wuanti was vigorous in implementing the church’s policy, and stood by his word. It was through his instrumentality that the ULIC protected most of its land from encroachers.
“He was so caring and constantly advised the young people to avoid falling prey to vices the devil sets before them,” said Rep. Worlea Saywah Dunah.
The late Rev. Wuanti was among the first group of pastors that graduated from the African Bible College, now African Bible College University in Yekepa, in the year 1983.
He started his education at the Bahn Inland Mission, Nimba County in the ‘40s, where he remained and obtained his junior high school education.
He later moved to Monrovia and completed his high school education and matriculated to the Zorzor Rural Teachers Training Institute (ZRTTI) where he graduated.
From the ZRTTI, Wuanti attended the Bahn Indigenous Bible School, where he gained vast knowledge in the translation of the New Testament to the Dahn language.
Wuanti returned to Bahn and served as Principal of Bahn Catawba Mission until he was elected president of ULIC in 1971.
On July 10, 1972, Wuanti was decorated by the late President William R. Tolbert with the distinction of Grand Band in the Humane Order of African Redemption for his ‘dedication to God and the Nation.’
Wuanti was first married to Martha Nuahn Gbor in 1956, and the relationship was blessed with seven children, two girls and five boys, with one of the boys predeceasing him during the civil war.
He leaves to mourn his loss his widow, Evangelist Joana Wuanti of Bahn, six children, 19 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
He is survived by his sister Mary Karlea Wuanti of Karnplay, four nephews and other relatives and friends.