We, the staff of Change Agent Network, would like to take a few minutes to thank each and every one of you for your participation, prayers, support and partnership for our premier event here in Dallas last Thursday.
The electrifying jubilation of dancing by the survivors of Ebola, the widow of Thomas Eric Duncan (victim of Ebola), Louise Troh & Family, Ms. Amber Vinson, friends and Liberians in Dallas, Texas was characteristic of the evening of September 10 (first anniversary when the Ebola Epidemic rocked Dallas).
Liberian Ambassador to the United States, Canada & Mexico, Hon. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, spoke passionately, thanking God that it was necessary for Liberians to meet and express gratitude to the people of Dallas and the United States for their tremendous help in combating and overcoming Ebola in Liberia. In speaking, Ambassador Sulunteh said: "A year ago, I was called the 'Ebola Ambassador' wherever I went in the United States, Canada or Mexico. My passport and documents were thoroughly scrutinized. Last year we could not shake hands and embrace each other, but thank God we can do so today!"
The Ambassador then thanked the Change Agent Network (CAN) for hosting such a dinner in honor of those severely affected by Ebola and he expressed his belief that the model of CAN is making a huge impact on the children of Liberia in the educational sector. He stated that the Change Agent Network represents nearly 60% of the children in Liberia who have no educational opportunities. He indicated that although Ebola may be gone, the horrific effects of a destroyed health system, broken economy, a paralyzed educational system, and the lack of infrastructures such as good roads, safe drinking water and electricity still remain a real challenge.
Dr. Todd Phillips of the Last Well gave an inspiring presentation of the incredible work they are doing in Liberia. The vision of The Last Well is to have a functioning well in EVERY village in Liberia by the year 2020. He was appreciated for all his work in bringing safe drinking water to Liberia and encouraged to stay the course. The Andrews family was honored for their role in building the Triple A. School in Bong County, Liberia. Alexandria Andrews was granted Honorary Citizenship to Liberia by the Ambassador. A beautiful animated video presenting the life of Eric Wowoh was unveiled during the event put together by Quintin Anderson of The Seagull Company. A very special thanks for all the behind the scenes support we received from Bill Rogers and the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation. We are so grateful to these people who have stepped out in faith to help the children and families of Liberia.
The Ambassador was presented Honorary Citizenship of the City of Dallas by Mayor Pro Tem, Erik Wilson as well as a Congressional Letter of Welcome from Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, presented by Regina Onyeibe, Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas. Although Dr. Kent Brantly of Samaritan's Purse could not be there in person, he spoke to the approximately 250 gathered via video cast, thanking them for their support of Change Agent Network and assuring us that Liberia will always have a very special place in his heart. Eric Wowoh, Executive Director of Change Agent Network was presented with a special pin and commemorative plate from the City of Dallas in appreciation for his work both here and in Liberia.
Photo Library of the Event
The occasion was graced by the Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, Erik Wilson, Ms. Regina Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas, Zachary Thompson, Director of Health and Human Services of Dallas County, Mr. Stanley Gaye, President of the Liberian Community Association (DFW), Miss United Nations who plans to travel to Liberia shortly. Entertainment was provided by the following:
Taylor Marie-Artist from Dallas,Texas
Nejay Johnson-Liberian Cultural Dancers
Mamai Karneh-Atlanta, Georgia- Contemporary Dance Performance
Gospel Singer: Ambassador. Kanvee Adams-Dallas, Texas
Pastor. Paul Berry-Destiny Heights Church Dallas, Texas
Liberian Worship song(in the Kru dialect) led by Julianna Johnson, Minister to the DFW Liberian Community at large
The event was also attended by several Liberian pastors from the DFW area. We are very grateful to them for their support and partnership.
Theo Bessman – Arlington Christian Bible Fellowship, Arlington, TX
Jacob Kortu – New Life Fellowship, Euless, TX
James Kollie – Better Life Church, Garland, TX
Wilfred M. Manyango, Covenant Community Fellowship, Garland, TX
Paul Berry – Destiny Heights Church, Dallas, TX