Liberians need to turn to God

Nov 18, 2004 05:15 PM EST

"Fellow Liberians, it is about time that we put aside our wicked ways and turn to God, so that he will heal our land," were the words of Deacon Joseph H. Simpson of the United Christian Assembly Church (UCAC) based in the USA.

Speaking at the St. Teresa Convent homes, Deacon Simpson said upon his arrival in the United States of America, he and other Liberians joined hand to found the UCAC Church that help keep them up spiritually.

But Deacon Simpson observed that Liberians need to turn to God and pray because there is no amount of money or relief organization can save this nation, except God.

He noted that the UCAC, with its branch in the Liberia, has found its necessary to arrange spiritual activities every three years to give the Liberian people some spiritual impartation.

Though Deacon Simpson said he was happy his Church could brought down some wheelchairs for his disabled Liberian brethren, he however expressed regret that there were expressions of frustration still on the faces of his compatriots.

Meanwhile, the visiting UCAC-USA team has ended its five-day crusade at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, with the head of delegation, Rev. Emerson Deline preaching on love drawn on the text: Genesis 17:1.

"We must go back to the agape love because this is the only way this nation will be healed," Rev. Emerson said.

He noted that Liberians are going through difficult times because they have forgotten the history of their country. He said "Liberia was founded on Christian principles.' He urged Liberia to pray to God for a spiritual leader who will show love for the grass rooters.

Conteh's Planned Induction Stirs Protest Amidst deepening leadership crisis, preparations are afoot for the induction of Dr. Alhassan Conteh as president of the University of Liberia on November 1.

But early indications point to some hiccups as faculty members continue their campaign to disrupt normal activities at the university campus if authorities insist on carrying out the inauguration ceremony.

Conteh's appointment, which would have been a replacement of Dr. James Kollie, continues to cause uproar within the university circles with members of the faculty association opposing him.

They have vouched for Kollie, the current president of UL to maintain the post, but since they could not succeed, they proposed that both Conteh and Kollie should be excluded as a way of finding amicable solution to the crisis.

But the board of trustees of the University of Liberia - which appointed Conteh - has confirmed that Conteh's induction would go on as scheduled come what may.

The chairlady of the board, Mrs. Theresa Lee Sherman said power sharing transitional Chairman Gyude Bryant, Visitor to UL, has approved the convocation ceremonies.

She said Bryant and the board would go ahead with the induction exercise which comes at a time when faculty members continue to harden their positions the university leadership crisis.

But the board Sherman says as far as the board is concerned, the crisis at the university has been resolved.

She said the UL faculty senate has agreed for the induction to go ahead as both Bryant and the board have done their utmost to resolve the protracted leadership crisis at the university. Meanwhile, following appeals from university students and administration, the faculty members have resolved to resume normal classes to administer the semester exams.

They arrived at this decision during a weekend meeting on condition that the semester grades would be withheld until the leadership crisis was resolved.