US-Based Liberians Gather In Washington
-For “National Day of Prayer”
Liberians in the United States gathered last Sunday near Washington DC for a “National Day of Prayer” event for Liberia in the wake of growing concerns regarding conditions back home.
A joint statement from the President of the Liberian Association of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area (LCA), Madam Lucy Wilson Kear, and the Chairman of the Association Liberian Christian Ministers in the United States (ALCM), Rev. J. Orlando Flahn indicated that the special event would bring together noted leaders of the Liberian clergy, along with diplomats from the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, and recognized leaders of the Liberian Diaspora. They joined hundreds of Liberians and their various congregations from all over the U.S. to pray for what they described as needed improvement in current conditions in Liberia at the onset of the New Year. The prayer service also included a dedicatory ceremony of the re-elected leaders of the LCA in Washington DC.
The leaders asserted that the decision to convene the special event was triggered by growing concerns by Liberians in the Diaspora regarding the deteriorating conditions in their homeland in the midst of growing calls for unity in purpose to seek solutions to an “unending spiral of backwardness” which has gripped Liberia in recent decades.
LCA President Wilson-Kear, also mentioned that the National Prayer Day event will launch the beginning of a united front combining the leadership of the Liberians in the Diaspora and the clergy to tackle the plight of economic hardship and socio-political conditions affecting Liberia. She said, the new united approach will also address issues affecting Liberians in the Diaspora, including the looming threat of an imminent expiration of the immigration status of thousands of Liberians in the U.S. who are currently on the temporary status of Deferred Enforced Departure as well as those whose status of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) have already expired.
The “National Day of Prayer” and Dedicatory Service which was earlier planned for January 13, 2019 was rescheduled for Sunday, January 27, 2019 due to inclement weather conditions.
According to a dispatch, the event was held at the Bethel World Outreach Church (City of Hope) located at 16227 Batchellors Forest Road, Olney, MD 20832 on Sunday January 27, 2019 beginning at 3:30PM.
It was hosted by the Liberian Association of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area (LCA) in collaboration with the Liberian Christian Ministers in the U.S.