V.P Boakai Stresses Change of Mindset for Sucessful Reconstruction

Wednesday, 6th February 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia's Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has stressed change of mindset as a priority for successful renewal and reconstruction.

Vice President Boakai observed that due to the massive destruction inflicted on the country  during 14 years of senseless civil conflict, Liberians need to rediscover themselves before they can reconstruct their nation.

ďLiberians will be able to reconstruct their nation only if they reconstruct their mind,Ē Vice President Boakai emphasized.

He was speaking Wednesday, when a five-man delegation from the U.S based Globa Ministries, accompanied by Reverend Moses Wheigar of the Servants of God Outreach Ministries, paid a courtesy call on him at his temporary office in Sinkor.  

Vice President Boakai stressed the importance of the work of the church in Liberia's renewal, but said at the end of the day, Liberians themselves have to put the past behind and forge ahead with their development agenda.

He pledged the Unity Party-led government's commitment to bring the needed change in Liberia, but stressed that the need for Liberians to put the past behind them.
 
He said due to the magnitude of the challenges facing post-war Liberia, capacity building was of paramount importance to the reconstruction process.

Briefing the Vice President earlier, the Director of the Chicago based Global Ministries, Kirk Vanmaanen said they were in the country to partner with some local pastors to equip businesmen in the church and conduct training in discipleship and church leadership.

He said their mission was holistically focused not only on the spiritual well-being of the person, but also his emotional, educational and social wellbeing.

Mr. Vanwannen said for the last 14 years, his mission has been providing medical and other services  to Beninois churches.

The Global Ministries, he disclosed has 32 churches and 26,000 members in the United States, and added that the mision is beginning to spread to Eastern Europe and South America.

He commended Vice President Boakai for recognizing the power of God in post-war Liberia's  renewal and healing process.