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A Responsive Heart

by Mary Zigbuo, GBGM Missionary

About a month after Ganta United Methodist Hospital reopened its doors following Liberia's civil war, an elderly lady requested to see the Hospital Administrator. Her name is Yei Gborr, and she is an 82-year-old subsistence farmer. She makes her living selling potato greens in the Ganta market. She is affectionately called "Ma Gborr" in the community.

Ma Gborr explained to hospital staff that she met Jesus at a young age and that Jesus has always been her "all in all." She never had the opportunity to go to school. Her average income is about $600 Liberian Dollars a year. She is a widow and she lives as part of the extended family in her sister's household. She told us about her memory of Dr. George Way Harley, who came to her people back in the 1920s, and requested land to build a hospital and grade school. The people embraced the request and offered Dr. Harley 1,000 acres of land on which he established what is now known as Ganta United Methodist Mission Station. She reflected on the decision of her father, and others, in giving the land to Dr. Harley to build the hospital and school "for us".

Moved to Give Her Best

Ma Gborr came on this day to inform the hospital administration that she claimed ownership of this mission station. She explained how devastated she was when the hospital and school were destroyed during the 2003 civil crisis. She spoke of how encouraged she is that they are now reopened. Ma Gborr said she was spiritually "touched" to give her own donation to this place that has taken care of her and her people since she was a little girl. She explained that she was moved to give her best to the hospital. She then pulled out a bundle of money and presented the hospital administrator with $1,000.00 Liberian Dollars-a lot of money for an humble potato green seller!!

One can imagine how humbled we were by the expression of faithful obedience from this woman of God. This generous act of giving serves as a challenge and encouragement to everyone here at Ganta Mission Station and the Ganta community.

How You Can Help

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