Emmanuel TJ Kollie ( Intern)
A Liberian pastor based in Minnesota, USA Rev. Alexander B. Collins, has donated 75 bags of 25kg rice and a thousand Liberian dollars each to 75 senior religious leaders in Margibi County.
Rev. Collins, the lead pastor and General Overseer of Redeemed Life Church International in Minnesota said, the donation is his family way of standing alongside the Margibi County religious community during this unusually challenging COVID-19 July 26th observance.
The Liberian US-based clergyman said, as the price of the country’s staple food-rice- continues to increase on the Liberian Market, he is hopeful that the donation-targeting 55 senior pastors and 20 imams across Margibi County, will help in a great way to encourage and put a smile on the faces of religious leaders.
The rice and money, according to the Liberian Clergyman are some of the many ways he continues to support the county since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Liberia.
As the immediate past Executive Director of the Liberian Ministers Association- a network of over 50 Churches and over 180 Pastors in the state of Minnesota, Rev. Collins believes that there are daunting challenges facing religious leaders, especially during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Rev. Collins further intimated that since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Liberia, he had made several interventions to different groupings in the county.
In early June of this year, he presented a little over one hundred fifty thousand Liberian Dollars ($150,000) to ten media institutions in Margibi County to beef up its awareness campaign in the fight against coronavirus.
Recently, Rev. Alexander Collins also donated one hundred forty-seven thousand Liberian Dollars($147,000) to several private and public school teachers in Margibi County.
The donation by then was meant to address some of the difficulties private and public school teachers are faced within the county.
In the last 10 years, Rev. Collins has done tremendous work in Liberia in general and Margibi County in particular.
He is credited for establishing the Kakata, Liberia—Brooklyn Park, USA Sister City Relationship; the Unification City, Liberia—Isanti City, USA Sister City Relationship; the Unification City, Liberia—Waterloo, USA Sister City Relationship and the Brooklyn Center, USA—Voinjama—Liberia Sister City Relationship.
He is the recipient of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton 2018 Outstanding Leadership Award, the 2012 recipient of Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeffrey Lunde Good Citizenship Award, and has been featured in several international newspapers including the Wall Street Journal.