Partners-In-Ministry-In-Liberia, or PIMIL an acronym known by many, was officially established in 2005 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Westerville, Ohio. But the seeds were planted much earlier, about 1998. This is when parish member, The Rev. Abeoseh (Abby) Flemister, answered God’s call to return to her native country and minister to the people. She did so with the blessings of her husband, Clifton and their 3 sons. The family had moved back to the U.S., Clifton’s native home, to escape the increasingly difficult conditions during the civil war. That war lasted 14 long years (1989-2003). Mother Abby faithfully served The Episcopal Church of Liberia from 1997 to 2004 when she retired from “active” ministry. It was through her ministry, and the efforts of her family here in Ohio, that the plight of the Liberian people, most especially the children, became known to their parish family. During her visits home she would speak of the need to help the children to return to school. The desperately poor economic conditions left by the civil war has, and continues to prevent the most disadvantage children to begin or continue their educational needs.
The mission through education in Liberia:
- Restore Hope
- Build Lives
- Enable Dreams
- Rebuild a Nation