Lifts J. J. Roberts’ legacy & U.S. partners in Education
By George Sarwah Stewart
Liberia’s Vice President, Jewel Howard Taylor broke ground on J. J. Roberts’s Birthday, March 15, for the construction of a six classroom school building to be erected by Go Ye Ministries Liberia USA, Inc., Rev. Dr. Tar-U-way R. A. Bright, Sr., Chair of Board of Directors and Rev. Dr. Lincoln S. Brownell, Jr., Executive Director.
The First Female Vice President of Liberia, Madam Howard Taylor, and entourage politely drove through Sarpawean Village, 2 miles from the Roberts International Airport (RIA) Highway on Tower Hill, to perform the groundbreaking ceremony, which coincided with the 212th Birth Anniversary of Liberia’s First President Joseph Jenkins Roberts, originally from Lynchburg, VA.
The Vice President underscored and paid homage to Liberia’s First President J. J. Roberts for his contributions to education including the Liberia College (now the University of Liberia) and the ever-potent J. J. Roberts Educational Foundation entrusted to The United Methodist Church. VP Taylor believes the United Methodist Church in Liberia has successfully used the oldest foundation, the J. J. Roberts Foundation, to build schools across the nation because of the legacy President Roberts laid before his demise.
The Vice President used the occasion to encourage Liberian citizens to contribute to the development of the country in whatever means at their disposal. She commended the founder of Go Ye Ministries Liberia USA, Inc., Dr. Lincoln S. Brownell, Jr., former president of the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary. She praised Dr. Brownell for his vision intended to benefit the children of Sarpawean and encouraged the parents to send their children, especially the girls, to school. The Vice President also acknowledged and appreciated the support of all Go Ye coworkers and partners, including US partners.
As for her contribution to the construction project, Vice President Taylor committed herself to help the school get constructed in a considerable time and committed to working out a partnership to launch a public library ahead of the construction.
USA-based partners and officials of Go Ye Ministries Liberia USA, Inc. participated virtually (via Zoom). Coverage included Chair, Rev. Dr. Tar-U-way R. A. Bright, Sr., Dr. Earl Trent, Atty. LaDonne Lankster, Dr. Marshalita Sims Peterson, Rev. & Mrs. Mark Croston, Dr. Shirley Hunter, Dr. Ruby Cottle, Rev. Lynda Brown-Hall, Rev. & Mrs. Keith Savage, Rev. Darryl Burgan, Rev. Earl Pearl Witherspoon, Rev. Cal Spratley, Rev. Dr. Hoffman Brown, Mr. Marcellus Pitts, Rev. Randolph Croson, Miss Raisa Mathies, Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuels, Ms. Victoria Diop, Ms. Shirley N. Brownell, among others. Local Sarpawean Chief, Elders and Go Ye’s Liberia Board Members included: Elder Joseph Bryant, Mr. Gideon Moses; Dr. Augurie E. Stevens, Bishop Sam Oroge, Mr. Mulbah Gbozee, Bro. Samuel V. Reeves, Rev. Dr. Adam Kyne, Ms. Allison Brown, Mr. Benjamin Tulay, Sr., and Mr. Alhaj A. Reeves. Cultural drums and performers by Sir Duke Fahnborde Troupe created a festive Liberian environment.
Partners virtually spoke excitement of their involvement in the village school project that will educate children, providing them a bright future and Liberia’s development and growth. The estimated US$150K School building project is expected by faith to commence when a third of the required construction cost is raised. The completion date is set for November, 2022.