Liberia’s Providence Baptist Church suspends services

Liberia’s oldest church, the Providence Baptist Church, has become the first in the country to suspend prayer services in the wake of coronavirus.

The church in the capital, Monrovia, was established in 1821 by freed black slaves from the US.

It was at the church 26 years later that Liberia was formed becoming Africa’s first republic.

Liberia’s Front Page Africa newspaper quotes a pastoral letter informing the church’s congregation that services may resume on 24 March, depending on the situation.

The country, which dealt with a deadly Ebola outbreak several years ago, has two recorded cases of Covid-19.

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