What really changed? Our Chief of Secretariat writes after attending the UMC Young Leader Summit in Kenya-2018.
Emmanuel Kpon Saye writes what happened after attending UMC YLS in Kenya- 2018
I grew up in villages running from rebels who flogged, and rapped girls and women. This psychological wound deepened especially when I witnessed my aunt perforated with hot steel rode for what her boyfriend called “cheating” in 2014. We couldn’t get justice from this case because of monetary implications attached to justice system which my family was unable to afford. We were only informed by the police that the man escaped from police custody, and up to present, he’s yet to be found. From 2014 to my time at Camp Checemi in Kenya, I was full of vengeance to pay back this evil anytime I see this fellow who killed my aunt. My initial step to change the story “societal ills towards susceptible and extremely poor people” was the establishment of Sehzoor Life Organization- a not-for-profit institution in Liberia. And even during this, nothing could change my plan to pay back the death of my aunt until I understood the meaning of discipleship and leadership from the UMC context in Kenya during the 2018 Young Leadership Summit. Beyond the healing of my psychological wounds, the knowledge and skills acquired have helped me to accelerate my leadership endeavors in church and at community levels. In 2018 at church level, I have led and organized several leadership training, trained and disbursed small business empowerment funds to 30 teenage mothers, and raised local funds to support scholarship for two young ladies in Guinea and Liberia. In this same year at community level, I have led Sehzoor Life Organization to have the following achievements:
Five disables trained in art and crafts which is keeping them engaged, involved, and compensated from their own skillful jobs which bring sense of self-confidence and worthiness.
Restructured our Financial Susu to strength members capacity to obtain small business loan for dues payment.