The Chairman of the International Mission Department (IMD) of the Pentecostal Assemblies of World (PAW), Incorporated, Bishop Mona F. Reide, has challenged members of the Liberian West African Council (LWAC) of the PAW, to rise up in holiness and allow God in their lives.
The female Bishop, ahead of a 4-person high power PAW delegation, arrived in Liberia last week, as guests of the LWAC, 35th Episcopal District of the PAW. Other members of the delegation include: First Vice Chairman of International Mission Department (IMD), Bishop Robert Baker, his wife Evangelist Patricia Baker and a member of the Finance Sub-committee/IMD, Trustee Martin Hardy.
Delivering a sermon at the worship service and welcoming ceremonies held in their honor on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Sarah E. Barclay First Pentecostal Church/PAW, Front Street in Monrovia, Bishop Reide reminded the congregation that the Almighty God is a Man of positive change, shift and transformation, and so members should begin to change since they were called by God.
Bishop Reide propounded on the text: I Samuel 3:2-9, where God called Samuel and he (Samuel) saw transformation in his life. “When God spoke to Samuel, there was a shift,” she indicated. According to her, “when God calls people, he has put vision them; but you need to accept Him into your life for the vision to come true.”
She said when God puts vision in someone; He always gives the provision, adding, “Allow Him to come into your life.”
At the same time, Bishop Reide has disclosed that women can hold any positions including Bishop in PAW the world over. “In the PAW, it has become a law for women to hold any positions, but with requirements,” she noted.
Already motivated by the presence of the female Bishop in Liberia, the pronouncement sparked enthusiasm in the LWAC women on Sunday; and it was repeatedly emphasized by Sis. Aletha Manneh who served as master of ceremony (MC).
Sis. Manneh said women were being barred from becoming Bishops in the PAW, but with visitation of the delegation and pronouncement, women are encouraged to work towards holding the religious higher position.
However, the question is whether any of the LWAC women is qualified for the position. It was against this backdrop that Sis. Manneh challenged women of the congregation to go to school. “It is not only the youth, the big people too, should continue with their education. This is the only way we can become Bishops,” she averred.
Also at Sunday’s occasion, members of the visiting delegation were honored for showing concerns to not only the PAW in Liberia, but also Liberia as a whole.
Resident Bishop/Diocesan of the LWAC, 35th Episcopal District of the PAW, Leo M. Simpson, praised Bishop Reide and her entourage for traveling far distance for the sake of Liberia. Bishop Simpson told the gathering that the delegation was on Friday taken on an assessment tour to PAW-run institutions in Kakata and Weala, Margibi County as well as other PAW local churches in Monrovia and its suburbs.
The delegation, in turn, gowned Bishop Simpson and his wife, Dr. Myra E. Simpson for their tireless efforts to the works of PAW in Liberia.
In an interview with reporters following Sunday’s event, Bishop Reide expressed happiness over the level of development in Liberia. According to her, there has been a great change in Liberia, as compared to her visit to the country in 1997.
The female Bishop told journalists that upon her return to the United States, the reconstruction of PAW damaged structures and strengthening the Church will be high on agenda.
The delegation met with LWAC Board following Sunday’s occasion. Content of the meeting was not disclosed, but some Church members said it might have centered around identifying challenges and to explain to the delegation the needed assistance.
The PAW’s international delegation is expected to return to the United States on Monday, February 18, 2013.