Christmas in Liberia: Missionaries request love gift for teachers

Christmas in Liberia: Missionaries request love gift for teachers

The threat of Ebola caused schools to be closed in June.


MONROVIA, Liberia (Dec. 17, 2014) -- United Methodist missionaries in Liberia are requesting financial donations so local schoolteachers can buy food for their families at Christmas.

The teachers have not been paid since June "because all schools were closed in an effort to contain and stop the spread of Ebola," a letter from Rev. Priscilla Jaiah, Helen Roberts-Evans, and Mary Zigbuo states. "It is difficult for us to contemplate our teachers entering the Christmas season without the means to buy food for their families."

The missionaries requested immediate donations through The Advance. The goal is to raise $35,000 so at least 700 teachers may have a $50 Christmas gift.

"We ask you to remember our teachers as you prepare to celebrate Christmas," the letter says. "It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope."

To give, visit The Advance website and give to Project #15125B for "Scholarships for Elementary, Secondary, College & Seminary Education." Send an email to designating your donation as a "Christmas gift for grade school teachers."

You may also donate by phone at 1-888-252-6174.

Read the complete letter.

See also:

"Liberian church hit hard even as Ebola pace slows." (UMNS, 11/25/14