UN 76th General Assembly – George Festus Blamoh

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George Festus Blamoh, a student at Gordon-Conwell presented at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, USA. As the global ambassador for Compassion Soul Winners Outreach International (CSWOI). CSWOI is a nonprofit that is focused on the sustainable community development throughout various regions in Africa. George highlited the issue’s tackled by CSWOI which included food insecurity, an issue amplified by the ongoing struggle with COVID19 and a future of question. He adds that “the number of people who are food insecure has increased by a staggering 4.5 million in the last year alone.”[1]

As a native of Liberia, George states that despite Africa being “very rich with great soil, climate, and human resources,” millions still suffer from severe food insecurity. His proposed solution is multi-faceted: governments should equip and train farmers for irrigation farming that would allow them to transition from farming for personal subsistence to farming as a livelihood (known as merchandise farming); develop leaders that will partner with the international community; prioritize agriculture in the national budget; and “intentionally fight against the corruption that has over the years undermined the development of Africa and our economy.”

George was also recently selected to participate in the UN’s Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) 2022 Partnership Forum, which will take place in February 2022. The goal of this forum is to “build back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

As an MDiv student, George approaches his work as part of the commission from God “to cultivate the earth and be fruitful.” He believes, as in Genesis 41 when Joseph help saved Egypt from famine, that these are times when people of discernment and wisdom need to step into leadership positions to provide food security for those in need. George commented that “the principles and values of theological education have helped [him] greatly to bring a holistic change within [his] nation of Liberia and across the globe.”

The president of Compassion Soul Winners Outreach International, Mr  Francis Asomaning, recommended George Festus Blamoh due to his subliminal leadership skills and outgoing personality. The Lord calls us to be ministers to the poor and leaders, and Mr. Francis knows that George Festus Blamoh is one such leader called to minister to the people of Africa.

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