Mourning the Death of a Soldier: Missionary Field Report, Liberia, West Africa, July, 22, 2012

“for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.” Acts 11:24

Rev. Herbert Sei Lami Zigbuo was born on January 28, 1940 to the union of Saye Gonunundolo Zigbuo and Kou Fehn in Nengbehn Town, Nimba County, Liberia. Rev. Zigbuo felt called to ministry in 1985. He felt the Lord calling him to return to Ganta United Methodist Mission to serve his people. In 1986, he resigned his lucrative job at LAMCO and used his severance pay funds to enter Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC, USA, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Religious Education in August 1988.

In the same August of 1988, he was approved for missionary service through the General Board of Global Ministries and assigned as Principal of his beloved Ganta United Methodist Mission School.

From 1994-96, Rev. Zigbuo served as Coordinator of Operation Classroom in Liberia. During this period he also served as assistant pastor of Seventy Second UMC in Monrovia and as pastor of Amelia Ross UMC in Johnsonville. From 1996-98, while on furlough and study leave, he served as supply pastor of the St. John-Smith Chapel UMC Churches in the Wilmington District, North Carolina, USA. From 1998-2001, Rev. Zigbuo served as Director of the Department of General Education for the Liberia Annual Conference.

From 2003 through 2009, Rev. Zigbuo served part of this time in Guinea administering Liberian refugee relief programs. He was then assigned as Administrator of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in 2004; as Superintendent of the Ganta United Methodist Mission Station from 2005-2007; and as Coordinator for the church’s Vocational Training Unit from part of 2007 to 2009. After 21 years of faithful and distinguished service, Rev. Zigbuo retired from missionary service in January 2010. He and his loving wife, Mary, moved to North Carolina where they lived until his death. His body was shipped back to Liberia for his homegoing service.

We knew him as Pa, Reverend, Uncle, Father, Grand Pa and Buddy. “Buddy” stole away from us on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 8:10 a.m. at his residence in Creedmoor, North Carolina, surrounded by his family. He leaves with us a living testimony of a truly Christ-focused, purpose-filled life. To mourn his loss are his wife, Mary Randall Zigbuo; his children: Agnes Kou Zigbuo-Raynes, Justin Paye Zigbuo, Yei Lablah Zigbuo-Williams, Kou Dale Zigbuo-Moore and Yah Mehnlah Zigbuo-Eshun; his siblings; members of his extended family; and a host of other relatives, friends, and well-wishers. May his soul rest in everlasting peace.