Church to Resume Calling Missionaries to Liberia
Missionaries are once again being called to serve in the African nation of Liberia.
The deadliest outbreak of Ebola in recorded history prompted the Church to remove its 274 missionaries from the African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone in August 2014. The World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission on May 9, 2015.
Non-native missionaries (those from outside Liberia) will serve in surrounding areas until it is determined that it is safe for them to enter Liberia.
“We are touched by the faithfulness of the members in this region as they have continued missionary work in the absence of full-time missionaries. We know they will welcome the return of elders and sisters to their country,” Church spokesperson Eric Hawkins said.
Liberia has more than 8,000 Church members in 22 congregations, while Sierra Leone is home to more than 13,000 Latter-day Saints in 30 congregations.
In early May, Brother Hawkins said the Church was making plans to return missionaries to both countries. “New mission presidents have been called and will begin on or about July 1 to supervise the process to reestablish full-time missionary work in Sierra Leone and Liberia,” he said.