Fire destruction across the country continues to claim lives and the damaging of properties worth thousands of dollars evidenced by the recent burning down of the New Hope Missionary Church and Global Mission School located on Lynch Street in Monrovia.
The Global Mission School is an auxiliary of the New Hope Missionary Church and an elementary institution that provides academic learning for over 200 kids in the community and adjacent places.
Siafa Wright, a member of the church and security at the school confirmed that the fire started at about 2 a.m. on Monday.
“I came outside that morning and saw the fire blazing; it was very terrible; we tried our best to salvage some of our materials out; we even called the Fire Service and they responded but never came with water,”
Siafa explained. He praised community dwellers for their swift response. “If it had not been for them, everything was going to burn,Siafa added.
Rev. David G. Roberts, Senior Pastor and General Overseer of the New Hope Missionary Church appealed to the Christian community, national government, non-government organizations and well meaning Liberians to assist them.
“The school’s entire library including computers with church instruments were damaged as a result of the fire hazard,” Rev Roberts asserted.
Even though, members, pastors, deans and students are downhearted following the fire incident, Pastor Roberts indicated that they have not lost hope in God.
“The devil cannot fight God’s people. We are currently doing the assessment to know the cost of damage the fire had on both the church and school,” Rev. Roberts indicated.
According to him, the school caters to community children at an affordable fee, adding “the cause of the fire is yet to be established”.
Some students of the institution spoken to sadly said the library which once helped them for reading and doing their assignments no longer exists.
They said all of their school’s documents burnt in the fire.
ArmahSaydee of the 4th grade class explained that students of the institution are now having their classes in the burnt church edifice.
“We really want the government to come to our rescue as we need all the help to get us back in school,”Armah said.
Julius Richards, another student appealed for assistance to ensure their school and church be renovated to allow them once more have access to learning since schools are about to close.