Liberia YMCA Development Secretary Honored
The Eugene H. Cooper, Sr. Conference Hall of the Liberia YMCA was the scene of cheers and praises on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 for its Development Secretary, E. Timotheus Kamaboakai, who is going on a yearlong educational leave.
Nearly one hundred staff, Interns and well-wishers gathered in the Eugene H. Cooper, Sr. Conference hall to bid Mr. Kamaboakai farewell.
Offering prayers for Mr. Kamaboakai, the President of the Board of the Monrovia YMCA, Pastor Gabriel Briamah praised the honoree for his humility.
“This Development Secretary is here today because of his humility and diligence. He has been willing to learn and even in the face of learning he has been humble.” Pastor Briamah told the gathering.
Citing Proverb chapter 15: verse 33: The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom and therefore honoris humility. He then led prayer for the departing YMCA Development Secretary.
The Chairman of the National Board of the Liberia YMCA, Mr. Jonathan A. Mason in remarks said the occasion was a solemn one in that he will be leaving for some time, but for academic improvement adding, “Success is not from where you started, but from where you are.”
I am assured of Tim’s ability wherever he is going.” Mr. Mason said. He admonished Mr. Kamaboakai to go and do what he does best.
The National General Secretary of the Liberia YMCA, Mr E. Edward Gboe congratulated the Development Secretary and wished him well during his studies.
He said the Liberia YMCA will do all it can to build the capacity of staff and noted the return of one of its staff, the Gbarnga YMCA Branch Coordinator, Mitchell Sekpeh who recently returned from India on a capacity development training.
Mr. Gboe said the YMCA decided to introduce a tertiary level education for the Development Secretary and negotiations had been ongoing for support in this direction. He said the cost is being covered as part of institutional support to the Liberia YMCA from the twin Cities YMCA in the United States.
He thanked the Twin Cities YMCA for the support and urged all staff to be ready to build their capacities either through self-development where in the case the institution is unable to do so, but the YMCA will try to seek support for some staff capacity development.
The Departing Development Secretary and honoree, E. Timotheus Kamaboakai thanked the YMCA and all who he has worked with including the national board and the YMCA CEO for the leadership.
“I will be in touch with all of you to give my support where necessary. He cautioned the staff to keep focused.
“Keep your eyes on the journey, remain faithful in God and maintain integrity.” Tim said.