regional task force
THE WEST AFRICA REGIONAL CENTER FOR PARTNERSHIP IN DEVELOPMENT
The UMC Liberia and The UMC Sierra Leone signed a partnership agreement with the United Methodist Church of Norway on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at The United Methodist Church Central Office in Monrovia, Liberia. The intent of the partnership is to establish a United Methodist Church Regional Center (UMCRCC) in West Africa (now known as The West Africa Regional Center (WARC) for Partnership in Development). The three institutions were represented by Bishop John G. Innis, UMC Liberia; Bishop John K. Yambasu, UMC Sierra Leone; and Rev. Tove Odland, UMC Norway and General Secretary of the Board of Global Ministry in Norway (Metodistkirkens Misjonsselskap). The three church leaders are charged with the responsibility to provide steering leadership for the center.
This Regional Center (WARC) serves as the core entity which connects the parties and provides practical diaconal assistance to needy communities. It also engages in academic research, training, and the promotion of best practices among partners, as well as others who are interested in the services provided by the West Africa Regional Center (WARC) for Partnership in Development). As part of its mandate, the West Africa Regional Center for Partnership in Development shall also establish relationships with academic institutions such as the United Methodist University in Monrovia, The United Methodist University in Freetown, and with relevant academic institutions in Norway as well as institutions in other parts of the world...
The United Methodist Church in Norway has been in partnership with The United Methodist Church in Africa through several Annual Conferences since 2004. Through its mission program called “Partnership in Development,” UMC Norway’s cooperation with LAC/UMC started in 2006, and the progress of the work has been successful with the construction of several schools, clinics, latrines, teachers’ housings, and hand pumps, among others.
A joint discussion among LAC/UMC, SLAC/UMC, and MM dates back to 2011 to look into the possibility of expanding the work to include SLAC/UMC. A successful feasibility study in Sierra Leone took place early 2012, followed by training both in Norway and Liberia.