Rev. Dr. Todd Phillips, Founder and CEO of The Last Well has added a key player to his senior team, Liberian-born former United States professional soccer player and Olympian, Doc Lawson. Since 2013, Lawson has been working diligently in the US with Rev. Dr. Phillips to raise funds for the water crisis in Liberia.
Lawson will now serve as Global Goodwill Ambassador for The Last Well, returning to Liberia after 40 years in the US. The native son will be in Liberia from March 16 to August 3rd reviewing the clean water projects that have been completed since late 2008 by The Last Well. He will visit several counties during his stay including Montserrado, Margibi, Bong and Bomi with possible visits to both Grand Kru and Maryland where much of the current work is being done.
Since 2008, Rev. Dr. Todd Phillips has been committed to working alongside both government agencies and non-governmental organizations to ensure that every Liberian has access to clean water by 2020. As a Christian organization, The Last Well partners with Liberian ministries and other Christian groups to bring the good news of Jesus to the communities they serve.
Since 2008, The Last Well has completed over 1,500 clean water projects all across Liberia, including projects in Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Nimba, Bomi, Lofa, Grand Kru, Grand Gedah and River Gee.
By the end of 2016, three counties will enjoy 100% access to clean water – Bong, Bomi, and Grand Kru, with the other 12 counties to be completed between January 2017 and December 2020.
The Last Well has proven to be consistent and committed to Liberia. This commitment was expressed most during the Ebola crisis in 2014. While other NGO’s and agencies were fleeing the country, The Last Well worked tirelessly to bring clean water and the Gospel to over 250,000 Liberians while the Ebola crisis was in full swing. Rev. Dr. Phillips chooses to board a plane to Liberia and was in Liberia in late July 2014 when President Sirleaf ordered no public gatherings.
Rev. Dr. Phillips has met with senior leaders of several non-governmental organizations that are in partnership with The Last Well, including Water of Life, Living Water International, World Hope International, Samaritan’s Purse, Life Water, Equip Liberia, Christian Revival Church Association, Vision Collaborators, Water 4, Teamwork Africa and Wordsower Liberia.
He has also met with senior officials in the Liberian government including Minister George Yarngo with Ministry of Public Works (MPW), Senator Yallah of Bong County, Speaker of the House Taylor, Ambassador Julie Endee, Chief Zan Zan Karwah, Vice President Boakai, and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during his visit. Ambassador Lawson will now be following up with these same leaders during his time in Liberia.
As a former professional soccer player in the US, Doc also wants to bring sports ministry to the communities served with water and the Gospel through an ongoing partnership with the Liberia YMCA.