Moving to Liberia: A Volunteer's Reflection

Claire is a volunteer on Liberia Mission who joined the team last summer. Enjoy this reflection she wrote about her time in Liberia so far:

Claire helping prepare our grounds for our 15th anniversary celebration in November.

Claire helping prepare our grounds for our 15th anniversary celebration in November.

During my sophomore year of high school, the Caudle family who I knew from church, moved to Liberia Mission for 2 years (Greg Caudle was Liberia Mission’s former Director). They packed up their family of 6, left their jobs, and came to Liberia. They were so excited about coming to Liberia Mission, that they made the whole process seem easy.

I think that was the same time that God started working on me. By the time all of my peers were deciding where they were going to attend college, I had decided to take a year off. I graduated in May 2018 and left for Liberia in August. I have been in Liberia for 5 months now, and I’ll be here for one more month. My time here has been so exhilarating that it feels like I’ve only been here a month, and the sadness of my coming departure is slowly growing.

I’m often asked about what I like best about living here, but I never have an answer. There’s simply too much here to love.  If Liberia Mission had a marketing brochure, I’m sure it would provide the details of the residential program for the poorest of the poor, the school for 435 students, and the Catholic values that inform all that we do. But what’s far more difficult to describe is the excitement that fills this place, the community culture that cultivates personal growth, the energy of the students, and the unconditional love we have for one another.

Claire picking fruit on Liberia Mission’s farm.

Claire picking fruit on Liberia Mission’s farm.

My days here on the mission are spent in a wide variety of ways. I don’t have a specific job but I help kids with homework during study hall time, work on short term projects, and assist in the office. I sometimes “help” in the kitchen, where I’ve learned a lot about African cooking.

Then there are all the things that would have worried me if I had known about them before I came. From being awakened by a rooster or a donkey, to the persistent ant bites and the constant heat, I see that it’s these differences that make living here so special. When you add in Saturday water fights, volleyball, working in the community outside our walls, and quiet evening conversations, living here feels like paradise.

There were some routines I was not prepared for, like waking up at 5:00 for Morning Prayer, but the longer I am here, the more I love them. When our voices break the morning silence, God is present. Coming half way around the world has not been easy every step of the way, but it has given me the opportunity to see how people outside of where I have grown up live. I have seen a single motorbike carrying an entire family, gas stands selling fuel from old mayonnaise jars, and people living in houses made from corrugated zinc. I’ve also seen people filled with a joy so uncontrolled that they break into song and dance.

When our voices break the morning silence, God is present.
— Claire
Claire (on right) with Grace, our Financial Manager, celebrating graduation at Booker Washington Institute.

Claire (on right) with Grace, our Financial Manager, celebrating graduation at Booker Washington Institute.

There is so much more I could say about Liberia Mission and my experience here. I’ve learned to love all the pigs, cows, dogs and everything in between. I’ve felt God’s ever-present love through prayer and in worship. So when my day ends with three new ant bites and I’m longing to eat something other than rice, I think about how lucky I am to have had a day full of laughter, smiles, friends and unforgettable memories.

I don’t know of any place else like Liberia Mission; it’s truly special and will forever hold a special place in my heart.

How Our Students Spend the Afternoon

New Ideas for a New Year

We have lots of new and exciting activities going on in our afternoon program at Liberia Mission! Students attend school in the morning, eat lunch and have a few minutes of rest and then join our afternoon program. The students first work for one hour on our farm each weekday. In addition to learning how to plant and maintain crops, students also learn how to raise and take care of animals, such as cows, pigs, goats, donkeys, and sheep.  

Students start each afternoon with an hour of work on Liberia Mission’s 13 acre farm.

Students start each afternoon with an hour of work on Liberia Mission’s 13 acre farm.

While gaining appreciation of a job well done, students develop the work ethic required to be successful, particularly in the area of agriculture—a very important sector of Liberia’s growing economy. We also supplement this physical labor with various activities introduced below that serve to enrich our students’ appreciation of faith and education.   

Here is what are students are up to each afternoon:

Students studying the Bible at their Monday Faith Talk.

Students studying the Bible at their Monday Faith Talk.

Monday

On Monday we start the week off right with our Faith Talk, led by our lay missioners Grace Miller and John Young.  It is a moment that the students can ask questions and get to know more about the Catholic faith. We will soon be heading into the season of Lent, so we really want our students to have a clear understanding of its importance to the faith.  

Students work on a science experiments together on Tuesdays.

Students work on a science experiments together on Tuesdays.

Tuesday

On Tuesdays we utilize our science lab for our Science Activity.  So far we have all learned about electromagnetism by making an electromagnet from batteries, electrical wires, and nails.  We also learned the science behind spiciness as we investigated which substance—water, milk, soda, or bread—has been proven to cool the effects of hot pepper…milk won!  Right now we are still waiting for our “depression flower garden” to grow from our salt, bluing, water, and charcoal mixture. So every Tuesday we try to have a little fun learning about simple scientific concepts that we can demonstrate with materials we can find around the mission.

Students enjoy reading novels on Wednesday.

Students enjoy reading novels on Wednesday.

Wednesday

On Wednesdays we go into our mission’s library to read novels for one hour.  The students have all selected a book appropriate to their respective reading levels, and they read them in silence during our Reading Hour.  At the beginning of the activity, we usually review some tips on how to become better readers. When someone finishes his/her book, they will give a book report and receive a special prize!  So we thank God for the opportunity to have a library with so many books!

Thursday

We strengthen our spelling on Thursdays during our Spelling Bee.  The students form teams and go head-to-head in a competition that, in addition to making us all better spellers, is also a lot of raucous fun!

Students taking their quizzes on Friday.

Students taking their quizzes on Friday.

Friday

On Friday the students take a quiz on all the material covered during the week’s activities.  If they score well enough, then they receive a sweet reward (candy!). So far the vast majority of all the students have always received candy, and this is definitely encouraging!

It Is Not All Work…

The spirit of the new year and new beginnings is alive and well here at Liberian Mission, and our afternoon program really reflects a collected effort to strengthen our core values.  But, we have a lot of fun, too! We play volleyball, soccer, kickball, and even basketball sometimes! There are many ways for us to enhance the quality of our lives; and for that opportunity, we give all thanks and glory to God!

2018 Impact Report

2018 was a year of celebration in honor of our 15th year serving the poorest of the poor in Liberia, West Africa. In addition to our anniversary festivities the year was marked by many accomplishments.

Thank you for making all this possible:

God

  • St. Michael’s, our chapel, was open 24/7 for prayer and quiet time with Jesus.

  • Weekly Mass attendance has grown to 85.

  • Liberia Mission students volunteered over 1200 service hours to the Blacktom Town community, visiting the sick, bereaved and elderly.

  • We welcomed our new parish priest, Fr. Yao, from the Missionary order of St. Paul.

Education

  • Our school had an enrollment of 470 students with 53% girls and 47% boys.

  • 100% of our students received some type of financial aid.

  • We broke ground and completed a new school bathroom, in a country where, according to UNICEF, only 56% of schools have functional sanitation facilities.

  • Liberia Mission provided 41 full ride high school scholarships, with 6 students graduating in October.

  • We have 9 students in our university scholarship program, with the 6 who just graduated high school preparing for college entrance exams.

Work

  • 18 of our high school seniors did their internships at various companies and government departments around Liberia. The students were placed in jobs according to their area of study including Plumbing, Electrical, Drafting, Accounting, Agriculture, and Construction trades. They were placed in Bomi, Bong, Lofa, Margibi, Nimba and Montserrado counties. Six of our BWI seniors did their internships on the Mission.

  • Our student managed agriculture program brought in over $12,700. The program includes both animal and plant agriculture.

  • Our Student Work Program provided our students with hands-on training while improving the mission. The 2018 Student Work program projects included: building a new septic tank for the girl's dorm, replacing the water storage tanks, building the school bathroom, renovating the piggery and replacing ½ the roof, painting the school, fixing the church roof, welding the school fence, fixing all the dorm bathrooms, repairing and replacing all nonfunctioning electrical sockets, outlets and switches, and building a new garden fence.

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Thank you for another incredible year of service and growth. In the words of St. Francis, "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." Thank you for helping us accomplish the impossible during 2018!

Looking Back: 15 Years with Liberia Mission

On November 3rd, we are celebrating our 15th anniversary! We are so grateful to God and to each member of our generous community who made our work possible all these years.

As a part of our anniversary celebration, we want to share four stories from our community members who have been a part of Liberia Mission since the start:

Meet Handful

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Handful is twenty two years old, Kpelle by tribe, and from Bong County, Liberia. He came to the mission with his sister, Sianneh, in 2003. They were orphans and among the first group of children to come to the mission. He attended St. Anthony of Padua and St. Kizito Catholic High School. He currently studies agriculture at the University of Liberia and works as a houseparent at the mission. Here is what he shared in an interview about his time at Liberia Mission:

How has Liberia Mission impacted your life? 
Liberia Mission has greatly impacted my life by providing me with a good education, knowledge of God, and the importance of hard work. When I was living with my auntie, she was unable to send me to school; so what Liberia Mission has done for me in terms of educations is really important.  Now I am an educated person—I know how to read, and I know about God. I also pride myself as a hard-working beneficiary of this great institution. 
What is your favorite part about being in the Liberia Mission community? 
I love the unity among everyone in the Liberia Mission community.  We achieve our goals together. Also, I love the structure and order of the day; Liberia Mission has really taught me how to be on time for scheduled activities and work.  Lastly, I love the great rules that are set in place, like Policy for the Protection of the Beneficiaries, that provide protection to all at the mission. 
Why do you think Liberia Mission is special? 
Amongst the many orphanages and mission homes in Liberia, it has one of the best schools in the country. Also, they are always protecting their beneficiaries, providing meals on time, and caring for everyone’s needs. If you take a look at most missions in Liberia, they are not working as well as Liberia Mission. 
What do you want to share with our supporters?
I want to take this time to express my gratitude to the donors of Liberia Mission.  They have been the ones who have been taking care of everyone here. I want to encourage them to continue and persevere because they are helping the youth of Liberia to get a good education. That education helps them to become important in society. 
What is a favorite memory you have at Liberia Mission?
During the Ebola crisis in 2015, I had the opportunity to speak on the BBC radio station about the measures we were taking at the time to prevent Ebola from coming onto the mission.  I really loved representing Liberia Mission to an international audience. 

Meet Uncle Nufea

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Augustine Nufea—known on the mission as “Uncle Nufea” first came on the mission as a security guard in 2003. He is Kpelle by tribe and from Lofa County. In 2008 he became employed a houseparent, a position he still holds today. He has been part of the Liberia Mission family as an employee since shortly after the mission began; we are grateful for his service! Here is what he shared in an interview about his time at Liberia Mission:

How has Liberia Mission impacted your life?
Liberia Mission has been providing me with a good job for many years. Through my earnings, I am able to support my family well. Before I had this job, it was hard for me to support my wife and children; and we had nothing. But with the job, I could send my children to school, and I could provide a place for my family to live. 
What is your favorite part about being in the Liberia Mission community? 
I really love how Liberia Mission pushes agricultural training here. Even though we may not fully provide all the necessary food that we eat, the children learn how provide for themselves little by little. I also really enjoy the workshops on child protection because I feel they help me to be a better houseparent. 
Why do you think Liberia Mission is special? 
During the war a lot of children lost their families. Liberia Mission came in and addressed this situation. Now a lot of children that were once at a disadvantage have really succeeded. They are going to high school and college. They are even traveling beyond Liberia to chase after their dreams. 
What do you want to share with our supporters?
I say “thank you” for bringing this program into our country. You have your own families in your country, but you always send something to take care of our children. These children would have gone nowhere without your help; some of them lost their families in the war, and there was no one else to take care of them. Our government is not able to fully address this issue. Thank you for helping our country. 

Meet Sianneh

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Sianneh is twenty-one years old, Kpelle by tribe, and from Bong County, Liberia. She came to the mission with her brother, Handful, in 2003. They were orphans and among the first group of children to come to the mission. She attended St. Anthony of Padua and is now studying plumbing at the Booker Washington Institute, Liberia’s premiere vocational high school. Here is what she shared in an interview about her time at Liberia Mission:

How has Liberia Mission impacted your life? 
Liberia Mission has given me so much: a spiritual life, an education, and a family. All of this that I have received from Liberia Mission has helped me to feel important in society. Honestly, Liberia Mission has impacted my life in more ways than I can count. 
What is your favorite part about being in the Liberia Mission community? 
I enjoy everything we do; but most especially, I enjoy the spirituality and the faith. I see that Jesus exists, and I see that there is true charity in a Christian faith. I feel that Liberia Mission has helped me understand this. 
Why do you think Liberia Mission is special? 
Liberia Mission is special because of its charity. It recognizes the burden that poor families are unable to bear, and it takes it up freely.
 Would you like to say anything to our supporters? 
I would like to thank the donors of Liberia Mission because without them, Liberia Mission wouldn’t be what it is today. It is through their support, help, love and care that we are all here—the children AND the workers. They are the cause of this unity, the cause of this Liberia Mission family. 
 What is a favorite memory you have at Liberia Mission? 
I cannot forget Ma Helena. She is one of the best people that I have ever met. She was a housemother that taught me, my brother, and most of the kids, about the faith. She truly made us understand it. Because of her I can proudly say that I am a woman today. May her soul rest in peace. 

Meet "Grandma"

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Martha Quoi—known on the mission as “Grandma”—has been a cook for Liberia Mission since 2005. She is Mano by tribe and from Nimba County, Liberia. The students affectionately call her Grandma because of her kindness, generosity, and good cooking! Here is what she shared in an interview about her time at Liberia Mission:

How has Liberia Mission impacted your life? 
As I always say, Liberia Mission is helping me. If I am sad and having difficulties in my own life, Liberia Mission helps me to resolve my problems with its support. Even when I am happy, Liberia Mission is still willing to help. I also am deeply impacted and touched by the help they are giving to our Liberian youth. 
What is your favorite part about being in the Liberia Mission community? 
As an employee, I really appreciate having a ward I can send to school. Liberia Mission allows me to send one of my children, or a child in my extended family, to St. Anthony School—free of charge. I am grateful for this because Liberia Mission not only helps me, but also my family. 
Why do you think Liberia Mission is special?
I don’t have much experience with other missions in this country, but I do know that Liberia Mission is doing an exceptional job. The children are eating three healthy meals a day—almost unheard of in this country. We also have a nurse on the mission. When the children get sick, they receive treatment immediately, not common in Liberia. 
What would you like to share with our supporters?
I just want to say thank you very much. Anything that is done on the mission is because of your effort and your donations. You are doing an extremely good job for our people!  
What is a favorite memory you have at Liberia Mission? 
I don’t have a specific memory in mind, but I always love the times when we have special events.  When that type of day comes around, the mission does a really good job to make sure we have a good time. We get to eat good food, listen to music, and relax. I really love those big days!

We would not be here without you! We say prayers of gratitude for God’s faithfulness and your generous support that make stories like these possible. To continue supporting our work, please give to our 15 Kids for 15 Years campaign Go Fund Me campaign. Thank you for making Liberia Mission the safe, loving community it is today.

Back to School At Liberia Mission

St. Anthony Students Lining Up for Their First Lesson

St. Anthony Students Lining Up for Their First Lesson

A new school year has begun at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School! 

We are also welcoming back our residential students to Liberia Mission. They returned on Sunday, September 2, accompanied by their parents or guardians. With them, they brought various items, such as clothes, bowls, and soap. Bringing these items teaches them responsibility and appreciation for what they receive while also helping to contribute to Liberia Mission's communal life. Although these students may lament the end of their summer break, everybody was happy to be back--in their “super suits” no less! ("Super suit" is the nickname the students gave to the hospital scrub uniform that they wear while at the mission.)  

The first days of the week were filled with orientations and handbook reviews. Our Director, John Raymond Alpha, informed the residential students student that they will participate in activities such as Bible dramas and spelling bees this year, in addition to their agriculture time when they work on our farm and in our piggery. This will teach them a diverse set of valuable life skills. 

Two St. Anthony students ready for their first day!

Two St. Anthony students ready for their first day!

Our New Bathroom!

Our New Bathroom!

As all the students return, we tell God thank you for all the improvements our high school students made to the Mission over the summer. They built our new school bathroom, improved our piggery and farm, and even painted the school! The new bathroom is especially exciting for everyone. This will mean we have the necessary sanitation and wash rooms needed for our 450+ student body.  It is a wonderful facility that was envisioned by one of our B.W.I. students, Jacob. Jacob studied drafting and used those skills to design the bathrooms. Thanks to the hard work of many--and generosity of our donors--our students will now have clean, new bathrooms on campus.  Thank you!

We are grateful for our teachers who work very hard to provide excellent curriculum throughout the school year. 

We are grateful for our teachers who work very hard to provide excellent curriculum throughout the school year. 

Our teachers and school administration are also back in action, working harder than ever to help St. Anthony of Padua remain one of the best schools in the country.  Through weeks of training sessions and curriculum preparations, they too are working hard to break the cycle of poverty for youth in Liberia by being agents of quality, Catholic education.

On Friday, September 7, Fr. Yao, pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, came to celebrate Holy Mass for the first school Mass of the year.  There was a vibrant moment of Liberian style praise and worship singing before Fr. Yao arrived. The atmosphere was electric! In his homily, Fr. Yao preached to the students about the importance of doing well in school by looking ahead toward the future and leaving behind the shortcomings of our past actions. We are very grateful to Fr. Yao and Fr. Charles for the Spiritual Providence they bring us, despite their busy schedules!

Student bringing offerings during St. Anthony's first Mass of the year.

Student bringing offerings during St. Anthony's first Mass of the year.

It is yet another new beginning at Liberia Mission.  We are celebrating our 15th anniversary in November; as we contemplate the joys, sufferings, accomplishments, and setbacks of the past fifteen years, we can only give thanks to God.  Secondly, we thank our benefactors who have faithfully contributed to the prosperity of Liberia and its youth. If we all continue together with Jesus, there is no doubt we will celebrate countless anniversaries to come.  Thank you and God bless!

Liberia Mission's Summer Work Program

Students digging for irrigation on LMI grounds. 

Students digging for irrigation on LMI grounds. 

The Summer Work Program at Liberia Mission is an annual employment opportunity for some of our sponsored high school students.  We have different projects every summer which we hire students to do, giving them income and job experience while helping us beautify the campus. The money that the students earn helps them to purchase books and school supplies for the upcoming academic year.  They also learn valuable, practical work skills in the process. All of the funding for the projects comes from the generosity of our sponsors.

Students working on our cucumber crop. 

Students working on our cucumber crop. 

The students began the program this year with a general clean-up of the property.  They organized piles of old tin roofing and did a LOT of brushing (Liberian term for cutting the grass).  From there, some of the students began to clear and cultivate the land for planting new crops. Our goal is to drastically reduce money spent on produce at the local market by supplying our own fruits and vegetables through the agriculture program.  By God's grace, we will cut costs while also teaching the students valuable farming skills.

The St. Isidore Piggery, another vocational training program that teaches the students how to raise pigs and bring them to market, has also received some major renovations. The roof has been repaired and extended, giving better, much-needed protection to the pigs during the heavy downpours experienced in the Liberian rainy season. The walls have also been repaired with cement, scrubbed, and painted, so that the piggery upholds the standard of cleanliness that it is well known for.

This is St. Isadore's Piggery before its rennovations. 

This is St. Isadore's Piggery before its rennovations. 

Our capital work project this summer is the construction of new bathrooms for St. Anthony of Padua School.  We have 450 students, 20 school workers and only 4 toilets. The current bathroom was built when we only had an elementary school. It has 2 toilets for the girls, 1 for the boys, and 1 for the teachers.  

One of our students at Booker Washington Institute drafted the plans for the new facility. The girls’ bathroom will have 7 toilets and 5 sinks; the boys’ bathroom will have 4 urinals, 3 toilets, and 5 sinks.  There will also be running water throughout! The teachers will remain in the old bathroom, allowing the students to take full advantage of the new facilities.

Our student Jacob is seen here drawing up blueprints for our bathroom construction project. He is studying drafting at Booker Washington Institute and gains practical experience through our summer work program. 

Our student Jacob is seen here drawing up blueprints for our bathroom construction project. He is studying drafting at Booker Washington Institute and gains practical experience through our summer work program. 

We are still in the foundation-digging phase, but we are moving along at a swift pace. The rain has been constant and heavy this July, and we have not been able to receive truckloads of river sand to mix with cement because the rivers are too high. We have not let this stop us, though! The students have been digging sand from our very own soccer field just so the work can go forward. Please pray that the rain lets up enough for us to receive the materials we need and to be able to work at a pace that will get the job done in time.

Students working on the bathroom foundation.

Students working on the bathroom foundation.

All of these projects and renovations would not be possible without the gifts of our donors. YOU make our vocational program possible and are directly impacting the lives of our student workers. We are so grateful. If you would like to support our summer work program, you can make a gift and note that it is for our work program in the "Gift Note" box. Thank you to each person who shares in our lives and makes the work of LMI a reality everyday.

2018 Graduation

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Graduation ceremonies in Liberia are joyous, celebratory occasions.  Those at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School are no exception. Whether it be the graduation of kindergarteners or ninth-graders, the day is highlighted by inspirational speeches, special awards, and well-rehearsed songs that give thanks to God. The day is bright from the attendees colorful African lapas, the traditional clothes worn for celebrations.

Families and staff came together wearing colorful lapas, tradition African celebration wear, to honor the work os St. Anthony's students.

Families and staff came together wearing colorful lapas, tradition African celebration wear, to honor the work os St. Anthony's students.

Use the tools and knowledge you have acquired for a better future for Liberia.
— Father Charles Boyce

It was standing-room-only in a packed St. Michael the Archangel Chapel as many happy parents and family members came out in support of their children.  Staying true to our motto—“GOD-EDUCATION-WORK”—we began the day with Holy Mass, celebrated by our friend and spiritual benefactor, Father Charles Boyce, from Immaculate Conception Parish (the parish that we belong to).  Father inspired us during his homily as he urged the graduates to use the tools and knowledge they have acquired for a better future for Liberia.

Father Charles Boyce giving an inspiring homily to the graduates.

Father Charles Boyce giving an inspiring homily to the graduates.

After Mass we began the graduation program.  The principal, Mr. Joseph Kulah, welcomed all to the occasion before introducing Mr. Kweh Menyen, Vice Principal for Instruction.  Mr. Menyen gave a detailed report of the students’ academic performance at St. Anthony showing that our school performs at the highest level.  

Following Mr. Menyen was a solo vocal performance by one of the female students. All present were touched by her effort and the song’s lyrics, sung to God: “You are too good to us.” After the song came Mr. Mark Karley, Vice Principal for Student Affairs, who gave a behavioral assessment of the student body.  Various awards were given out for good behavior, and the top achiever was even given a one-year, full scholarship to St. Anthony’s! Following the awards was a skit performed by students from the eight-grade class. The overall message of the skit preached the values of honesty and transparency when interacting with friends and colleagues—an important message for Liberia!  

Discern exactly what kind of Liberia you want and work for it.
— Josephine Francise, Liberian Senatorial Candidate

Former Representative and current Senatorial Candidate, Mrs. Josephine Francise, was this year’s guest speaker.  During her time in the Liberian House of Representatives, she worked alongside President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and was an advocate for, among other things, education, agricultural development, and women’s rights.  Her speech focused on urging the students to discern exactly what kind of Liberia they wanted and were willing to work for. She was a very charismatic speaker and surely left a lasting impression on the student body.  

After the guest speaker, it was finally time to hand out the graduation certificates!  Mr. Kulah, Fr. Charles, and our beloved director, Mr. John Raymond Alpha, all took turns in shaking the hands of both the kindergarteners and ninth-graders alike.  Many happy parents looked on as their children received acknowledgment for an academic job well done!

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St. Anthony students pose with their certificate and flower bouquets in our chapel.

St. Anthony students pose with their certificate and flower bouquets in our chapel.

The teachers themselves then proceeded out from the back of the chapel while singing jubilantly.  Although they received a hearty round of applause from all in attendance, they did this more as a show of their own thanks to the school and of their passion for teaching- we have awesome teachers!

Nothing that just took place would have been possible without the generosity and hard work of Franciscan Works and its donors and sponsors.
— Alpha Raymond, Director of Liberia Mission

Finally, in closing, Mr. Alpha addressed all those in attendance. He began by sincerely thanking Franciscan Works, noting that nothing that just took place would have been possible without the generosity and hard work of the organization and its donors and sponsors. He then went on to encourage the students, saying it would be extremely regrettable if the students did not share with their countrymen (and humanity in general) the knowledge and values they had acquired while attending St. Anthony’s.  He noted that we give the greatest glory to God when serving our fellow brothers and sisters.

Students pose with family outside the chapel following the service.

Students pose with family outside the chapel following the service.

All in all, it was a day that marked success: success for the students, for Liberia Mission, and, most especially, for the Gospel message.  As the students and their families departed for various graduation parties, the teachers and school administration convened one more time to shake each other’s hands and congratulate each other on a job well done.  They would then leave for their one month vacation, a well-deserved break that would re-energize and prepare them for the upcoming school year, when the hard work would begin again!