An interview with Helen Roberts-Evans appears in the Fall issue of New World Outlook.
CHRISTIE R. HOUSE
New World Outlook, Editor
For seven years, Helen Roberts-Evans worked as the director for the Department of General Education and Ministry with the Liberia Annual Conference in Monrovia. She oversaw the administration of some 59 United Methodist schools in Liberia—schools that had survived the civil unrest in that country. Not only did she see to repairs of the buildings and the acquisition of supplies, she also acted as a conduit for conferences and churches in the United States, Norway, and Sweden who sought to assist Liberians in their recovery.
In 2016, a Liberian educator, the Rev. Dr. Sampson Nyanti, was appointed as director of the Department of General Education and Ministry. Helen assumed the position of associate director for supervision. But this doesn’t mean that her missionary work has concluded—this step gave her time to reflect on her ministry and apply for a study leave.
“In Liberia, I immediately felt at home. I saw people and met people from my dreams … I did not fully understand what [connectional church] meant until I came to Liberia.” ~ Helen Roberts-Evans
“After serving as the education director for seven years, I know that teachers in many of our Liberian schools need more guidance in how to teach,” she wrote in a recent newsletter. “I feel called to teach teachers and I have taken a one-year study leave to focus on the art of teaching.” Helen returned to Boston to attend Emmanuel College for a Master of Arts in Teaching, which the college renamed as the Masters in Education while she was there.
Helen had studied at Boston University for a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Yet, returning to places and activities to close the circle of earlier life pursuits—across her lifetime, and across her parents’ lifetime—has become a theme in her missionary experience.
Helen Roberts-Evans is a missionary included in the Spotlight Church listing of The Detroit Conference. Her Advance Number is #3021129.