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A call to national healing

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As a result of the prevailing life-threatening situation in Liberia, the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) in collaboration with the Liberian Fellowship of Full Gospel Ministers, Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, and the Christian Community has declared a weeklong fast and prayer for the nation. In view of the foregoing, the Church is urging all citizens and residents to observe this period of national Fast and Prayer throughout the Country which already began here Sunday, April 6 under the auspices of the Liberia Council of Churches.

“All Liberians and residents within our borders are kindly encouraged to JOIN THE PRAYER WAGON WHEREVER YOU ARE TO HELP SAVE LIBERIA, GOD BLESS,” an official statement issued by the LCC in Monrovia last week said, further noting that the decision to call for a fast and prayer was consummated as a consequence of an Executive Committee meeting of the Council on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 affirming a resolution of the 29th General Assembly of the august body to observe the 2nd Friday in April as a Day of Prayer against Hunger and Poverty.

The fast and prayer is being held under the theme “HEAL OUR LAND, LORD!” with text from the book of Chronicles, and will be climaxed this Friday, April 11, 2014, with a National Fast and Prayer Special Intercessory and Thanksgiving service at the Providence Baptist Church,  involving all churches, intercessors, evangelists, pastors and national stakeholders. A special meditation will be delivered by Catholic Archbishop Lewis J. Zeigler, of Diocese of Monrovia.

Branches of the Liberian Council of Churches, with other collaborating ecumenical partners Churches in rural Liberia are also encouraged to lead such efforts toward healing our land. While we welcome the move by the Liberia Council of Churches, especially not to only fast and pray this Friday – the officially declared date, but throughout the week beginning Sunday, April 6, it is also incumbent upon us Liberians across the nation to heed to this clarion call. Nothing more or less did we expect from the leaders of the Liberian Christian Community than such life-saving divine intervention at the time our country is threatened by the deadly Ebola virus amid abject poverty.

It is no doubt that  with the highest degree of commitment and sincerity, our daily fast and prayers in our homes, at work and other places against these odds will attract  the divine intervention  that we so desire as a way out. The Liberia Council of Churches and its membership must be hailed for leading such a national drive toward seeking God’s intervention in our current situation. As we commend the LCC for this exercise, it is also our hope that the National Muslim Council of Liberia is also involved in similar religious exercise in the interest of us all.

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