Churches plan Liberia program 4.29.09

Written by David Green.

The United Methodist Women’s groups from Morenci and Weston are working together to present a program about Liberia at 7:30 p.m. May 6. The presentation will last about an hour.

Janis Shuster from Tecumseh will speak about her visit to Liberia in September 2008.

 “I became interested in Liberia in 2005, as Outreach Chair, when we received our Liberian Partner assignment from the Ann Arbor District,” Shuster said. “The Tecumseh church provided  food, tools and funds for a well, partial renovation of a school, scholarships and basic new church structure.”

The Tecumseh church members have maintained contact with the District Superintendent in Liberia throughout this time.

The United Methodist Volunteer in Mission team from Raleigh, N.C., visits Liberia regularly and Shuster was able to travel with them. For 20 years, that group has supported Liberians through a variety of programs aimed at establishing self sufficiency.

The trip was organized to evaluate the programs sponsored by the Americans.

“They provided an opportunity for me to visit the Tecumseh  partner church and I had the privilege to share visits and programs in several areas of Liberia,” Shuster said. “It was a great opportunity.”

As a woman observing  the varied roles of women in Liberia, Shuster said she felt the need to  share her experiences.

 The public is invited to attend the program.

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