The Liberia Farmer to Farmer Ministry seed was planted years ago when Pryde Bass, born and reared in Harrisburg, Liberia, West Africa, emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, the USA, in 1965. Pryde had been burdened for 40-plus years about returning to his native Liberia to give many Liberians hope and a new way of life. He reasoned that farming was the perfect opportunity.
Little did he know that a divinely inspired encounter in 2010 with Rev. Ray Ake, a pastor in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, would be the fodder for planting the seed and starting the first fruits of this ever-evolving ministry. The ministry has expanded from farming to include a variety of projects that help improve the lives of the people of Harrisburg.
A Liberia Farmer to Farmer Ministry Committee emerged as part of the East Ohio Conference 3Cs Initiative that supported Churches, Classrooms, and Clinics. The committee has expanded and is now part of the East Ohio Volunteers in Mission. Several mission teams have traveled to Harrisburg to engage in a range of mission activities.