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Since 1989, two civil wars have torn apart Liberia, and while the wars ended in 2003, the country is still undergoing reconstruction. Many of the Liberians returning home are poor, under-educated, and confronted with debilitating inflation. The majority of youth are unemployed and disillusioned; some took part in war crimes but are being integrated back into society.

The Liberian United Methodist Church has taken a major role in addressing many of the postwar issues. In addition to operating the well-known and well-respected Ganta Hospital, which is a major source of medical and training facilities in the country, the Liberian UM church has long addressed the need for vocational training and education. Skills training in industrial, agriculture, artistic, and home arts is vital to promoting and encouraging economic growth and development in urban and rural communities.

This training has become essential in providing opportunities to the “lost” generation of Liberian youth, whose childhood was shadowed by the atrocities of war. Providing them with vocational training through the Liberian UM’s Vocational Education Department’s work creates a skilled pool of citizens who can assist the country’s long-term revitalization of the nation’s infrastructure and programs. It also helps provide disenfranchised youth with opportunities that continue to promote the stabilization of the country.

The church also operates nearly 100 elementary and secondary schools, several colleges, and the University of West Africa.

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Missionaries in Liberia

Carew, Nancy
#13911Z - Nancy Carew is a teacher with the food and nutrition program of the Women's Training Center in Liberia, West Africa.
Franck, Allabah
Allabah Iboukoun Franck is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. He was commissioned in August 2017.
Guinkpa, David Paye
#15089Z - David Guinkpa is serving as the mission finance auditor for Central Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Jaiah, Priscilla Legay
#13035Z - Priscilla Jaiah is the principal of the United Methodist School in Ganta, Liberia, West Africa.
Jusu, Princess
#13037Z - Princess Jusu is serving in Monrovia, Liberia, as an instructor at the United Methodist Women's Leadership Training Center.
Roberts-Evans, Helen
#3021129 - Helen Roberts-Evans is serving as Director of the Department of General Education of the United Methodist Church in Liberia.
Willicor, Albert
#15151Z - Dr. Albert Willicor is the Chief Medical Officer at Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Ganta, Liberia, Liberia Annual Conference.
Zigbuo, Mary Randall
#10721Z - Mary Randall Zigbuo is a missionary serving as a fundraising and communications coach for other missionaries.