A renowned Methodist prelate, Rev. Dr. J Sarwolo Nelson, Jr. has called on the leadership of the Conference United Methodist Youth fellowship to guide against the misuse of power.
Speaking yesterday at the Julia Memorial United Methodist Church in Lower Fendell at the induction of the leaders of the organization, Rev. Nelsaon told the young people to always use power wisely for the good of the organization.
On the theme, “What is Going On?” Rev. Nelson, who once served in the organization for years, said the youths should exercise power in a way and manner for the betterment of an organization and the society. He then warned against arbitrariness.
He said as an organization, they should begin by examining themselves and be prepared for the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to correct those things that need to be corrected before talking about government.
He said, “It is unfortunate that people who advocate for justice and righteousness always fall short to exercise this when it comes to some, issues of the church.”
He urged the youths to stand up for justice and righteousness, and avoid seeking the downfall of others because if one tries such, such person would also be undermined.
Rev. Nelson, who is Dean for Students’ Affairs at the University of Liberia, called on the young people to be focused and avoid rush in life, something, he said that could undermine their goal in life.
Inducting the officers, the Managing Editor of the Inquirer Newspaper, Mr. Philip N. Wesseh, who is also a Methodist, urged the leadership to always ensure that there is transparency, accountability and teamwork.
He said leadership begins from the youthful age and that it is imperative that those who find themselves there exercise or exhibit those virtues that will prepare them for future leadership.
He cited the example of the preacher (Rev Nelson) who he said started his journey as a youth leader, and is today in a high position of trust. ‘If he did it, you too can do it,” Mr. Wesseh intimated.
He went on, “If you begin to steal now, you will steal in the future; if you begin to cheat now, you will cheat in the future.”
Those installed were Alfred K. Mensah, president; Isaac Entsuah, first vice president; Darlington Yeaney, second vice president; Joyce Barchue, general secretary; Georgetta Wilson, assistant secretary; Odysseus Nyenplue, financial secretary and Naomi Formgbeh, treasurer.