Methodist church members support Liberia congregation 11.26

Written by David Green.

Methodist churches throughout the Ann Arbor district are placing a focus on aiding Christians in Liberia, and that effort includes Morenci United Methodist Church.

Morenci’s congregation was assigned the Howard Memorial United Methodist Church, about 20 miles from Buchanan City, Liberia.

The first goal for Morenci’s members, said Carol Van Havel, is to help establish a well.

“Their drinking water comes from the river, causing much sickness,” Van Havel said. “Next we will see what we can do to help build a church building for them.”

The church building was heavily damaged during the civil war that ended in 2003. The fighting left economic ruin and more than a quarter million people dead.

“The district was badly hit by the civil war,” Rev. Nelly Wright of Liberia. “Many of our outstanding supporters were killed while some fled the country. The majority are jobless.”

Most people in the area try to earn a living through agriculture.

A soup supper served as Morenci’s first fund-raiser for the well project and the annual Country Store and bake sale event Dec. 6 will bring in additional revenue.

Church members are planning a “talent auction” in January, in which the services of congregation members can be bought.

Letters have been written to members of the Howard Memorial congregation, Van Havel said, but replies have been slow in coming because mail delivery is restricted to the cities. So far, they have heard back from a pastor and from the district supervisor.

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