Vice President Boakai Lauds Liberian Church for its Role in Governance

Saturday, 7th April 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President N. Boakai has lauded the historical role the Church has played in the governance of the state, and assured the Unity Party-led  Government’s commitment to work with the Church as the country goes through its post-war renewal process.

He noted that the Church is an integral part of the state, and that it has stood by the Government through thick and thin.

“I can say that the Church is one institution that has stood day and night interceding for the welfare of the country, adding, “We are proud to say that we will work along with the Church, because the church is the custodian of our people ” .

Vice President Boakai made the remarks Saturday at ceremonies marking the Episcopal consecration of Rev. George D. Harris as Bishop of the Philadelphia Church Ministries International in Congo Town.

The Liberian Vice President proposed the involvement of the Church more in the activities of the government, including attending budget hearings, so that they will relay to their congregations what is actually happening so that undue criticisms can stop.

He said he has worked with the newly inducted Bishop on many boards, and assured the Congregation of Philadelphia Church that their choice of him is not a mistake because he noted, “he is a man of peace, a man of wisdom and a man duly committed to the calling of the Lord Jesus Christ”.

In their testimonial, the Liberia Fellowship of Full Gospel Ministers, Prophetic Call to Ministers and the Global Outreach Power also spoke highly of Bishop Harris.

The Prophetic Call to Ministers described him as a man of “integrity” who deserves his ascension, while the Liberia Fellowship of Full Gospel Minister said is a “man with strength of character and a pillar in the Church of Christ”.

The Global Power Outreach said he is worthy of the honor bestowed on him.

In his sermon, the Presiding Bishop of the World Revival Temple in the United States of America, Apostle Bishop Dr. Joel Laurore who also performed the consecration rites, prophesied that the Church in Liberia would thrive, while Liberia will serve as the torch-bearer of democracy in West African.