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Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

31 January 2006

31 January 2006

Your Excellency,

On behalf of the constituency of the World Council of Churches and in my own name, I congratulate you on your inauguration as President of the Republic of Liberia. Indeed, this is a task of no small measure, but I am convinced you have the fortitude, the integrity, the love for God and your people and the ability to perform with grace and endurance.

Liberia has played major roles in Africa's democracy and development. From its birth, Liberia has been a beacon of hope and light for many African sisters and brothers. Its recent past spanning over 14 years of brutal civil war, however, move us to offer to you our unflinching support to rebuild not only the infrastructure of the nation, but for the total re-weaving of the fabric of the society which would bring about improvements in the lives of each and every Liberian.

The challenges are many; yet I know that, as you have stated, Liberians are a resilient people and able to survive and rise from the ashes of civil strife to make a new beginning, embracing the virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please know that the World Council of Churches stands with you and avails itself to work cooperatively with you and the Liberian people to create a culture of justice, the rule of law where the dignity and rights of every person are respected.

Your Excellency, the World Council of Churches, as the premier ecumenical organization in the world, is encouraged by your faith in God and your quiet strength to persevere. We offer to you and the people and churches of Liberia our profound prayers and support as you begin this onerous task of leading your people at this critical juncture.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
General secretary

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