Missionary Spotlight

Rev. Priscilla Legay-(Jaiah) Gilayeneh is an ordained elder in the Liberia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries, and she is the superintendent of the Ganta Mission Station where she oversees the agricultural program, coordinates training and staff development, and cultivated a network of local and international partners to grow a sustainable agriculture program for the mission station.

The effort of the Ganta Mission Station include planting of rubber trees (18 acres) and oil palm (20 acres) and developing animal husbandry and beekeeping for honey production. These generate income to sustain the mission station’s operating budget. Through these enterprises, local farmers have learned how to diversify to move from subsistence to profitability to sustain their families.

“Besides the mission station,” Priscilla said, “we have extended our program into 66 villages outside of Ganta. Engaging in beekeeping, pig raising and vegetable production through a grant received from UMCOR” (United Methodist Committee on Relief). The program also supports Liberia Conference agricultural activities in beekeeping and poultry. The goals are to empower local farmers and strengthen overall agricultural sustainability efforts. These include creating food security and income generation.

Additional efforts include vocational education and skills training for young people and an elementary school for girls from 13 villages. “In my former assignment as principal of the Ganta United Methodist School,” Priscilla said, “I oversaw the daily operation of the school and helped to rebuild its facilities after the 2003 civil unrest in Liberia. We organized Volunteer in Mission hosting teams, building relationships and making disciples for God.”

A native of Liberia, Priscilla learned to share her faith as a child, working with her mother in villages as a Sunday school teacher, youth worker, and choir member. She believes that the global church can “share the gospel of Jesus Christ [and] bring freedom, justice and peace to God’s children here on earth.”

Priscilla holds three academic degrees: Bachelor degree in theology, a Master’s in social work, and a Master’s of Divinity. She is married to James N. Gilayeneh Sr., a circuit court retired judge. They have two adopted children and several grown children.

The Mission’s Breakfast on Sunday, June 23 benefits Rev. Priscilla Legay—(Jaiah) Gilayeneh from Liberia.