Her Excellency Ingrid Wetterqvist, Ambassador of Sweden was invited to Lofa County by Former Vice President of Liberia, Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai to get a glimpse of the Swedish established Free Pentecostal Mission in Lofa, specifically in Voinjama and Foya districts since 1952.
As part of the visit, the delegation toured the Voinjama Multilateral High School; and the Free Pentecostal Mission which includes a Secondary school, Junior College of Business Administration and Nursing School named in honor of Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Discussions at both educational institutions focused on academic achievements and challenges.
The delegation next visited Foya District, where they were greeted with a traditional ceremony by authorities of Foya including Chiefs, elders and traditional leaders. They were later taken to the Free Pentecostal Church for a brief thanksgiving service for their safe arrival. Following the arrival thanksgiving service, the delegation was taken on a tour of the Foya general market and the Free Pentecostal Mission with a stopover at the school and hospital.
On Sunday of the visit, the Former Vice President and delegation attended a worship service at the Free Pentecostal Church where a gowning ceremony was held as a tradition of welcoming strangers. Ambassador Wetterqvist was gowned and named Sai Foya (meaning first girl child in the Kissi vernacular), Ambassador of Sweden in Liberia accredited to Foya District.
The delegation later visited Worsonga, birth place of Former Vice President, Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai and were greeted with a traditional welcome ceremony where Ambassador Sai Foya (Ingrid Wetterqvist) was, once again gowned.
A warm thank you to the people of Foya for their warm welcome and generosity.