Five members of the Shellharbour City Community Church from Australia will help make dreams come true in one of the world’s poorest countries when they visit Liberia in March.
Pastor Shane Cook and four of the church’s congregation will be visiting the capital of Monrovia on a 20-day pilgrimage building a new primary school which will house between 350 and 400 children.
They will also be hosting two three-day free medical clinics, one in Monrovia and one in the “up” country outside the town and will also hopefully provide two wells in the “up” country.
“Our congregation has been working hard for several years raising money for the project and we have been working in conjunction with a non-government agency, the Liberian Indigenous Ministries, who will be working with us when we arrive,” Pastor Cook said.
“We have a registered nurse, stonemason, steel worker and council worker as well as myself going to Monrovia and we have raised around $28,000, some of which has already been used there, to make sure the project happens.”
Pastor Cook said Liberia was the second-poorest country in the world behind the Congo and had been racked by a civil war lasting 14 years, although things seemed to be improving.
“During the civil war between 200,000 and 250,000 people of their three million residents were killed and Monrovia was extremely hard hit,” he said.
“By assisting with the building of the new school, we feel that we are making a major contribution to the rebuilding of the country.
“We will also be taking laptop computers and school supplies and would also like to hear from anyone in the community who has old reading glasses they no longer use as there is a desperate shortage of glasses in the country.”
The foundations of the school are already in place and the Shellharbour church delegation will be working hard to ensure the school is as close to finished as possible while they are there.
Source:The Kiama Independent