Thanksgiving Service Held for Liberia YMCA New CEO
A prayer and thanksgiving service for the new CEO, E. Timotheus Kamaboakai and the leadership of the Liberia YMCA has been held in Monrovia.
Mr. Kamaboakai was recently appointed by the National Board of the Liberia YMCA as National General Secretary or Chief Executive Officer (CEO), replacing E. Edward Gboe.
Held at the Sinkor United Pentecostal Church in Monrovia, the service was attended by staff, Interns and volunteers of the Liberia YMCA from Monrovia and YMCA branches around the country.
Offering prayers for the New CEO and his staff, the Pastor of the Sinkor United Pentecostal Church in Monrovia, Dr. Stephen T.Y. Benda said he was pleased that Mr. Kamaboakai and his staff had sought God to begin their journey as they steer the affairs of the Liberia YMCA.
Rev. Dr. Benda prayed for God to give Mr. Kamaboakai and his staff the needed wisdom to steer the affairs of the institution.
“Leadership is a team work and I asked all of you in the leadership of the Liberia YMCA to work well around your new CEO.” Br. Benda told the YMCA gathering. He then offered prayers for God’s guidance and direction for Mr. Kamaboakai Kamaboakai.
Speaking before the offering of prayers, the YMCA new CEO gave recognition to his parents and family whom he said he was grateful to. Recounting his first encounter with the YMCA twenty years ago, Mr. Kamaboakai said he first stopped at the YMCA National Headquarters on Broad Street in Monrovia to speak to some friends.
“When I arrived I saw people packaging letters and immediately began volunteering. From that day, 20 years ago until today, I am the CEO.” Mr. Kamaboakai said.
“It has been a tough journey. There were moments of setback, there were times I decided to leave, but something kept me going.”
“I am proud of this story today, and I can say it a hundred times.” Mr. Kamaboakai added.
He said what he went through as a volunteer, going out to buy food, clean offices, and arrange chairs, and now CEO of the Liberia YMCA, he asked how many people are willing to go through what he went through to arrive at the position of CEO?
“People out there will tell you that you have to be part of a group, to do things and have certain beliefs and ways to be successful in life, but I want to let you know, that God has a plan for his children.” He said. Mr. Kamaboakai also challenged young people to believe in God, have a positive spirit, work hard, maintain their integrity and follow the golden rule then success will follow them.
The YMCA CEO said with all of the challenges, he comes to the position not because he is educated, talented, but because in God’s chronology of things. “This is the time God has set for me to lead the YMCA, Mr. Kamaboakai said.
“I asked all of you to join me in prayer because the road is tough, but one thing I know, I trust in God who never fails.” He then asked the leadership of the YMCA to join him before the altar to ask God for direction as they steer the affairs of the YMCA.
Earlier, the Vice President for Programs of the National Board of the Liberia YMCA, Pastor Gabriel Briamah gave thanks to God Almighty for the selection of Mr. Kamaboakai as the new CEO of the Liberia YMCA.
He said the request for prayers and thanksgiving to God as he leads the YMCA signals that the spirit of the Lord had descended upon the Liberia YMCA. Citing Psalm 124, Pastor Briamah said God is the platform upon which the new Liberia YMCA will operate.
Also speaking, the Administrator of the Liberia YMCA, Mr. John B. Arku thanked the leadership of the Sinkor United Pentecostal Church.
“We are humbled to worship at the Sinkor United Pentecostal Church.” He said.
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