SPCK/USA received the following letter from The Rev James Yarsiah, rector of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. SPCK has worked with Fr James since early 2004 in providing theological books, children’s Christian education materials, and vestments to the Episcopal Church in Liberia. Now another container is being prepared for shipment. The new bishop of Liberia has asked athan B. B. Hart. He was consecrated on February 2, 2008. He has made this request for 1940 Hymnals. Check your parish, your diocese, your own library – if you have any to donate to this shipment, please call SPCK/USA or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I’m writing to inform you that the Church Pension Fund of TEC has planned to pay for the shipping of a 20 foot freight container to Liberia. They are sending some 1982 Hymnals, Prayer Books, Lift Every Voice and Sing II (African American Hymnals), and theological books to Cuttington University College. They have asked our organization, the Liberian Episcopal Clergy in the USA (LECUSA) to collaborate with them and solicit used 1979 BCPs, 1940 & 1982 Hymnals, Bibles, commentaries, Interpreters Bibles, theological books, used vestments, altar linens, etc., for the Episcopal Church of Liberia.
In view of the above, I am kindly asking SPCK/USA, through your office to donate some of these items to be shipped to Liberia in late October 2008. Liberia currently has a new Bishop, Jonathan B.B. Hart. He was consecrated on February 2, 2008. He has made this request to us to assist him and the church in Liberia during this period of rebuilding and empowerment, after 14 years of civil war.
I am prepared to work out the means of transporting the donated items from Cowan, Tennessee to Charleston, South Carolina. If the items are packed ahead of time, then we can arrange transportation. I hope that we can work on this project in September or early October.