Feeding the Mind, Body and Soul

Partners-In-Ministry-In-Liberia (PIMIL) celebrates tenth anniversary at July 11 event

When PIMIL ‘rolls out the mat’ of hospitality on July 11, attendees at our sixth annual fundraising event will be treated to an array of stimulating activities that will be satisfying and fulfilling! The event will be held at St. John’s, Worthington, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The annual event is a fundraiser and silent auction for scholarship assistance toward the support of indigent families. Liberia is still recovering from a long Civil War (1989-2003). The 2015 fundraising will augment the generous donations of sponsors, as well as extend support to some of the over 2,000 Ebola orphans. Our goal for the event is $7,000, to supplement the total donation of sponsors of $11,000. PIMIL’s yearly need of $18,000 will likely increase to nearly $20,000 to accommodate Ebola orphans.

Nurse Maima Konneh works treating Ebola patients at the Chinese Health Unit in Monrovia. Konneh was sponsored by PIMIL through her studies at Cuttington University. Supporters can catch up with Konneh’s work as well as other PIMIL achievements at the fundraising event July 11.
Nurse Maima Konneh works treating Ebola patients at the Chinese Health Unit in Monrovia. Konneh was sponsored by PIMIL through her studies at Cuttington University. Supporters can catch up with Konneh’s work as well as other PIMIL achievements at the fundraising event July 11.

Activities will include an overview of PIMIL’s achievements, such as a visual review of 2012 PIMIL-sponsored nursing school graduate, Maima Konneh from Cuttington University. Konneh has been on the front lines, serving with the Chinese Ebola health providers in the Chinese Health Unit in Monrovia. We will also hear challenging and empathetic Ebola stories from some of our students. While perhaps it might be a miracle that our PIMIL-sponsored students, their parents and guardians thankfully did not experience fatality from the virus, the same cannot be said of their close relatives. (We are gratified to report that on March 5, Liberia released the last Ebola patient from an Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, the capital. Liberia is on the pathway to be declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC)! We wish the same for the neighboring countries of the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Guinea, soon.)

Other activities at the fundraiser will include an excellent speaker, commemorative T-shirts, a narrative of the “talking drum” by a professional Liberian drummer and children’s activities. And don’t forget the delicious food! Tickets are $15 for adults, children and youth are $5 each. The theme is Feeding the Mind, Body and Soul (John 21:15).

The annual event offers numerous opportunities to everyone, including sharing in an intercultural and educational experience of Liberia and the US; demonstrating intercongregational collaboration in promoting a project of common concern and interest; renewing old friendships and making new friends; renewing sponsorships and encouraging new sponsorships; and, finally enhancing fellowship and having fun! The event is held under the sponsorships of the Priest-in-Charge of St. Matthew’s, the Rev. Dr. Joseph G. Kovitch and the Rev. Philip A. College rector of St. John’s, Worthington.

If you would like to contribute to the success of the event, help is needed in the following ways:

•Commit the event to prayer
•Send congratulations greetings to PIMIL
•Purchase an advertisement for the program book
•Donate an item for the silent auction
•Make a donation to the event •Invite family and friends to attend
•Commit to the sponsoring of an orphan. See the website for information: www.pimil.org

Event contacts: Vicky Turner at St. John’s (614.846.5180) and Bernice Gruel at St. Matthew’s, (614.882.2706). The deadline for submission of items and donations is June 26.

PIMIL was officially established at St. Matthew’s in 2005. PIMIL operates under St. Matthew’s 501c 3. Currently, PIMIL’s sponsors total 41; we need to double that number with the orphans included. We appreciate your prayerful, thoughtful consideration and generous response.

Abeoseh (Abby) Flemister is a member of St. Matthew’s, Westerville and serves as PIMIL director. Contact her at aflemister@insight.rr.com.