Vice President Boakai Hails The Late Mother Stephens

Monday, 14th March 2011

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., has hailed the memory of the late Mother Vera A. Stephens, founder of the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CE) of Liberia and the Bethesda Christian Mission School.
He described Mother Stephens who, he said; he met while he was still in high school at the College of West Africa (CWA), as the greatest missionary he ever came across.

Speaking at the launch of the Vera A. Stephens Scholarship Fund on Sunday, March 13  on the Bethesda Christian Mission School Campus located on the Robertsfield highway, Vice President Boakai observed that “Mother Stephens has done a lot for Liberia. I have hardly met any missionary with the commitment and love she demonstrated.”

He said he was happy that a scholarship fund was being launched in her memory, which, he noted, would further remind posterity about her good works.

The Liberian Vice President said he was also grateful that the Bethesda Christian Mission School has continued to instill Christian values into Liberian youth, despite the demise of Madam Stephens, and commended Sister Rebecca Banks Zeyoe, Child Evangelism Fellowship Liberia Trainer and Principal of the Bethesda Mission School and Rev. Leaid S. Zeyoe, Child Evangelism Fellowship National Director, for their good work.

Vice President Boakai pledged to always associate with the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Liberia and Bethesda Christian Mission, and appealed to all well-meaning Liberians to contribute towards the fund which, he noted, is geared towards not only providing academic education for Liberian children, but also imbuing Christian values in them.

Vice President Boakai made an initial contribution of 50,000 Liberian Dollars towards the fund. An estimated US$1,580 and LD$56,000 was raised at the program.

Mother Vera A. Stephens was born in 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. She migrated to Liberia  and started the Child Evangelism Fellowship and later the Bethesda Christian Mission School in 1983.

According to testimonies provided at the program, Mother Stephens impacted the lives of many Liberians, including the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, the current principal of Bethesda Christian Mission, Madam Rebecca Banks Zeyoe and Rev. Charlotte Kaicora, Chairman of the Board of the CEF and Bethesda Christian Mission.

Mother Stephens She died in 1995 and was buried on the grounds of the Bethesda Christian Mission.

Earlier, Vice President Boakai dedicated two 25KVA Generators provide by the College Park Church in Indianapolis, U.S.A. Mr. Pete Erickson, one of the missionaries who contributed towards the purchase of the generators and construction of the generator house, put the cost of the generators and construction of the generator house at US$50,000.

Mr. Erickson and six other members of his team, who departed the country Sunday for the United States, pledged their continued support to the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Liberia and the Bethesda Christian Mission.