Vice President Boakai Challenges Liberian Students

Monday, 30th April 2007

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has challenged Liberian students to strive to excel in their fields of specialization so as to make themselves marketable.

“It is no secret that our country is becoming more and more competitive. Many people with advanced education are returning home from the Diaspora,” he noted.

Vice President Boakai made the remarks Sunday during celebrations marking the climax of the 24th Gala anniversary of the Bethesda Christian Mission, which coincided with the induction of officers of the Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Mission.

He paid homage to the Late American Missionary Mother Vera A. Stephens who founded the Bethesda Christian Mission in 1983, describing her as one of the “greatest missionaries”  ever to step foot on Liberian soil.

The Liberian Vice President expressed gratitude to the administration of the that Bethesda Christian Mission for upholding the principles that gave rise to its founding.

Vice President Boakai hoped institutions like Bethesda that cater to both the academic and spiritual needs of children, are established throughout Liberia, saying “if we had school like Bethesda all over the country, our war would not have been so brutal and bloody”.

He added that an institution like Bethesda which also caters to the educational needs of children from poor and indigent family backgrounds, is very important in a country like Liberia where the illiteracy and poverty rates are very high.

Those inducted as officers of the Child Evangelism Fellowship are: Rev.Charlotte P. Kaicora, Chairperson, Deacon Edward David, Vice Chairman and Sis. Wola Harris, Secretary, among others.

Speaking at the program, the Director of the Mission, Rev. Leaid S. Zeyoe, Sr. said the institution needs help more than ever before because it no longer enjoys foreign support.

The Bethesda Christian Mission founded in 1983, runs from kindergarten to high school and operates both boarding and day schools.