Vice President Boakai Urges Baptist Prelates to Pray for Liberian Children

Wednesday, 16th June 2010
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr. is calling on the Church to pray for the growth and development of the children of Liberia in the fear of God. He said to train a child without God is like training a clever devil.

Vice President Boakai said the Church should not only be concerned with the provision of the basic necessities of children, but to also assume the moral responsibility to see that they are prepared spiritually.

Vice President Boakai made the call on Wednesday, June 16, when a Baptist delegation headed by Rev. Jim Ross of the U.S based Vision Trust International, called on him at his Capitol Building Office to acquaint him with the purpose of their visit.

He thanked the Baptist Prelates for the visit which he described as timely, considering the urgent need to improve the lives of the children who experienced the worst during the civil crisis.

The Liberian Vice President said as Liberians try to rebuild their ruined nation, there is high demand for quality education and medical care as well as relief assistance in the form of food, clothing and shelter for the children, some of whom lost their parents during the war.

He assured the Baptist Prelates of Governmentís cooperation in accomplishing their mission in Liberia, and urged them not to limit their assistance to Monrovia but to travel to rural Liberia where, he noted, there are more needy children.

Vice President Boakai cautioned the delegation to liaise with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the government arm responsible for orphans and abandoned children, for proper coordination of their efforts in Liberia.

He said he was excited about the increased involvement of the Church in the upbringing of children.

Earlier, the head of the delegation Rev. Jim Ross said they were in Liberia to see how the Churches of America can in an effective way help Liberian children, especially orphaned and other vulnerable children, from the shackles of depression, hunger, disease and to share Godís love with them.

Rev. Ross said the delegation hopes to partner with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who have the fear of God and the heart to help children. He said as they walk the streets of Monrovia, they see beautiful children who need spiritual growth and development.

At the end of the meeting, the Baptist Prelates prayed for the Vice President and the leadership of this nation.