Since 1983, Garfield Memorial has had a sister church in Liberia, The James A. Garfield Memorial UM Church. Relationships were severed during the two times of Liberian Civil War, and the church facility was utterly destroyed and many church members lost their lives. The first war lasted from 1989-1997 and claimed over 200,000 lives. The second war erupted from 1999-2003. Some historians say that no other 21st Century conflict made use of child soldiers more than the Liberian Civil Ware. In 2004, mission teams were assembled and relationship with our brothers and sisters their were restored. Since then, Garfield Memorial Pepper Pike / South Euclid have sent mission teams, completely rebuilt the church facility, underwritten all church salaries and operating expenses, as well as help support the entire Camphor Mission Station. The Camphor Mission Station is a school for students grade K-9, a clinic, an agriculture program and a church.
On Sunday, February 14, 2016, Lead Pastor Chip Freed preached at Garfield Memorial Liberia for the first time and several gifts were shared to take back to "Mother Garfield" as an expression of joy to be our Liberian campus. We are honored to have such a vibrant campus in this location!
The Garfield Memorial Church in Liberia is our 3rd Campus and our global missions focus.
We will be taking another trip to build relationships and serve with our third campus in Liberia, Africa at the end of January 2017 and will cost approximately $3,000.00. No previous mission experience is necessary - only a desire to serve. This trip will be small - up to 8 people. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)
To see Pastor Chip Freed talking about the February 2016 mission trip to Liberia click here.
To see a slideshow of pictures from the trip click here.