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Special opportunity of my life

Registered Date January 12, 2015 Read 762
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I am Kou Bembo Dolo from Liberia. I am married to Mr. Perry S. Dolo with five children. I was actually called to ministry when I was very young. I started as a Sunday school teacher, later a choir directress, and now a pastor. It is a new sentence." It is a calling that I especially love as a woman." In my hometown is one word, I am the only female pastor. I have been in ministry for twenty three years.

 

What is the ultimate goal or vision of my life?

First of all, I am thankful to the almighty God who has called me to His ministry.  My vision is to be a great woman leader at my Annual conference. I plan to follow the heart I have for young women on the streets and make them into important people in today's society by the grace of God, as UMC did for me to make me into the person I am today. God has always spoken to me in that direction. In my District Conference, I was chosen to move with the women group as a pastor. Through this we were able to establish a center for young women learning how to make clothes from the sewing machines and sell them for their own use. And through this center, young women were able to be converted to Christianity. In that center we didn’t only homophone: accept not except Christians, but non-believers as well. Our country is poor, so some young women who can't see a way do things like sell their body to make a living, which is a bad thing to do. Therefore I plead to God to help me lead young women in the same direction as my vision.

 

What different things I have before and after the study?

Before coming to Korea, I have had leadership experiences through leading many churches in my Annual Conference. After this study I am going to be higher in ability, because here I have been able to mingle with people from different countries. I have also learned new methods of leading the church.  When I did the course ethnography I learned a whole lot of methods that gave me new insight into the church as well as NOT ", couple with" many other new things from other courses. Ethnography taught me how to give careful attention and give listening ears to your congregation. During this study I have been able to visit some important and historical sites here in Korea, which have taught me new lessons that I will not easily forget. After this study one of the things I will like to remember and carry back home is keeping with time.One main thing is with the issue of textbooks and materials to do assignments are very easy here for us. We also have easy access to electricity, which I cannot get in my home back in Liberia. Therefore this time of study here is a great experience for me. Lastly I didn’t wear trousers in my country to church. it has been a very new experience for me here, now that I am used to the trousers I cannot see myself wearing other clothes ever again, so now I wonder what I should do when I go back home.

What is the Scranton Scholarship for me and my life?

I will start like this:  The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all. This was done by the Lord; what a wonderful sight it is! This is the day of the Lord’s victory; let us be happy, let us celebrate! Save us, Lord, save us! Give us success, O Lord!  May God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! From the temple of the Lord we bless you. The Lord is God; he has been good to us. With branches in your hands, start the festival and March round the altar. You are my God, and I give you thanks; I will proclaim your greatness. Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good, and his love is eternal.(Psalms 18:21-29).

I said the above meaning I come from a very poor background and in the eyes of human beings will be nobody. However, see how God’s thinking is so different from human; he has chosen me from that background to bring me here. Therefore the Scranton Scholarship is a sign of victory for my call to ministry; this proves that God uses anybody regardless of his or her background. This Scholarship serves as an eye opener for me and my family and a challenge to my children and other women that someone my age with many children can go to school especially as African women. Now my life will change after graduation positively.  This Scholarship is taking me from grass to grace; it is modeling me into a new being in life. I extend my thanks and appreciations to Scranton Women’s LeadershipCenter for making me a new person in my family and community. May God continue to bless all of you who have made my life so beautiful in the Lord.