WHAT WAS THE CONDITION OF ST. JOHN AFTER THE CIVIL WAR

St. John UMC after the civil war

ST. JOHN UMC AFTER THE WAR

A very famous popular saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are a few pictures of St. John United Methodist Church in Harrisburg before Celebration and Henrietta United Methodist through the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church established a partnership.

INTERIOR OF ST. JOHN UMC BEFORE RENOVATION BEGAN

INTERIOR OF ST. JOHN UMC BEFORE RENOVATION BEGAN

WORK HAS BEGUN AFTER THE WAR

WORK HAS BEGUN AFTER THE WAR

 

 

 

Here faithful worshipers in Sunday morning service. Pastor Modesco Siaker is an energetic and motivated leader of his flock; he was raised in this Harrisburg Community but due to marriage, he  lives in a nearby community two and a half hours away which he walks every Sunday morning for service and back home after church. The real story here is that no Liberian pastor was eager to take on the task of leading a congregation where most of the members lived and worshiped in the Capital City Monrovia because of the bad roads when it rained. And they only came to church during the dry season, or Decoration Day (when family graves are cleaned of weeds and decorated with flowers).

Pastor Saiker told me that when it rained during service, he had to dodge rain drops as he tried to preach from the pulpit due to holes in the roof; yet he was faithful and committed to the call of God to lead this small flock. Thanks be to God and partners in East Ohio, Farmer-to-Farmer bought pastor Siaker a motor bike in 2012, which eliminated his walking. He said, “I’m very thankful to God, East Ohio and our partners for their prayers and support; if you wait on the Lord, He promised to renew our strength- I am more committed now than ever. The Ministry of Farmer-to-Farmer has opened our eyes to new and greater possibilities for our people both physically and spiritually”.

 

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