Principal of the United Methodist School in Ganta, Liberia, West Africa
Location: Liberia, Africa
Home Country: Liberia, Africa
Rev. Priscilla Legay Jaiah, missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, is the principal of the United Methodist School in Ganta, Liberia, West Africa, a position she began in February 2009.
As principal Priscilla oversees the daily operation of the school as it continues to rebuild its facilities after the 2003 civil unrest in Liberia. Work teams, building and educational supplies and funds remain a priority not only for the school but also for the Ganta Mission Station where the school is located.
Prior to her assignment to Liberia, Rev. Jaiah was on study leave for one year in the United States. She previously served in Ghana, West Africa, for 8 years where she worked with the Refugee Ministry at the Buduburam, Liberia, Refugee Camp as well as with the Ghana Methodist Church.
“The difficult part of our mission was working with the refugees,” Priscilla shares. The Buduburam United Methodist Church is located at the Liberian Refugee Camp at Buduburam, “a community where life is a struggle. There is a high risk of substance abuse, poor sanitation, and no economic means. The people had no hope of returning to [the place] they once knew as home.” In the face of this, she says, “our ministry was directed towards women, children and youth as our highest priority – we fought to rebuild a community of trust, hope, love and empowerment.
What I have come to learn over the past 8 years, and admire, is the high level of spirituality, the joyous spirit, and the strong hope and trust in God that the refugees have. At the end of every skill graduation program, you see smiles on the faces of women and young men and girls and know that they have been empowered to be in control of their lives. From no skills to a career, from no job to self-employment, and from hopelessness to being hopeful."
A native of Liberia, Priscilla learned to share her faith as a child, working with her mother in villages as a Sunday school teacher, youth worker, and choir member. She shares, "during my seven years of pastoring, I always felt the responsibility of meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of children, women, and the less fortunate in society.” She believes that the global church can “share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people who are victims of structural sin [and] bring freedom, justice and peace to God's children here on earth.”
Ms. Jaiah holds a B.A. from Gbarnga School of Theology in Liberia, a Master’s degree in social work from Clark Atlanta University, and a M.Div. from the Interdenominational Theological Center, in Atlanta, GA.
Priscilla has three daughters, Bendu, Massa and Ziluo (Kiki).
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