Held from Thursday, 17th January to Sunday, 20TH January, the conference brought together hundreds of conferees in Brewerville with the Rt. Bishop Seth O. Lartey preaching on the theme “Building Legacy for God in Such a Time as This”.
Encouraging Christians worldwide, with specific reference to Africa, the AME Zion Church Bishop called on Christians to make positive contributions to the world as ways of winning people on to the Lord.
The AME Zion Church Bishop specifically urged Liberians to strengthen their educational ambitions if the Church of Liberia, particularly the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, should make an impact in society. He challenged the Church to use the hosting of the 103rd Annual Conference to muster the courage for educational growth since education is the key to sustainable future.
Adding further, the Western West African Bishop said the AME Zion University will lead the efforts aimed at taking education to the highest peak for building the capacity of people based on God's legacy in the world. “Africa needs a new approach to education; we need to put our minds to work to do better”.
Bishop Lartey promised that under his administration there will be total unity and peace among the Western West African congregations including Togo, Ivory Coast and Liberia, stressing that if the Church is to achieve its plans for total transformation through capacity building, the hallmark of the Church and its members should rely on love, peace and unity—the power for spiritual and physical growth.
Bishop Lartey stressed that “ we need to get sound education not only to sign our names; we need to have scientists, engineers and environmentalist like Japan and other countries in the world; we are rich when it comes to natural resources, let make ourselves productive”.
In his sermon, Bishop Lartey frowned on the act of drunkenness among Liberians. The vice, he observed, was on the increase on the Liberian society, which he pointed out was stalling the vision and will-power for many persons to make meaningful contributions to national development in Liberia. “My dear people,” he pleaded, “I urged you to stop drinking and focus on God for direction; we need the direction for God in our country.”
In a related development, at an unveiling ceremony that was held at the Browne Memorial AME Zion Church on Benson Street in Monrovia, Mrs. Nadu Cooper, Administrative Assistant to Bishop Lartey, encouraged Liberians to believe in God's work as He never make mistakes in His doing that is for the fulfillment of humankind.
Madam Cooper said the Word of God is the life to the success of everyone created by God; therefore, people who are part of God's works should not relax in quest to spread the Gospel in winning lost souls unto God.