Sei Buor’s Vision. Dr. Sei Buor was born and raised in Nimba County, which is located in hilly northern Liberia. As he worked on his dissertation at Loyola University in the mid-1990s, Dr. Buor began to think more frequently about the civil war raging back home in Liberia and how it was impacting his people. He recalled how Liberian Christian leaders at a 1994 conference had prayed for a college to develop leadership training. Dr. Buor perceived this as his personal commission from God.
(L) Dr. Sei Buor; (R) Nimba County
ULICAF is Founded. Meanwhile, Liberians who had fled to the US formed small fellowship groups in various cities. On June 23, 2000, 22 representatives from these groups met at the University of Indianapolis for the first time under the name of Liberian Refugee Fellowship. Their goals were to help fellow ex-patriots to find each other, to learn what happened to people back home, to help people get settled in the US, to ensure that their basic needs for housing and clothing were being met, and to provide a place of prayer and fellowship. Although the organization's name would be changed later to the United Liberia Inland Church Associates and Friends (ULICAF), this meeting is remembered as ULICAF's birthday.
Liberian Refugee Fellowship (Later ULICAF)
Sharing the Vision. In 2001, ULICAF held the first annual Liberian Christian Conference. At this conference, Dr. Buor shared his vision for a college in Liberia.
Land Purchased in Liberia. Three years later, the vision would start to become a reality as ULICAF purchased 20 acres of undeveloped land on the southwest side of the city of Ganta in Nimba County for $13,500. Ganta was chosen because most of Liberia’s colleges and universities were clustered around Monrovia. Very few were located to conveniently educate the indigenous people of inland Liberia.
(L) 20 Acres of Bush; (R) Boundary Marker
LICC Opens its Doors. Ground was broken for the classroom building in 2006, and the first floor was dedicated in 2008. Shortly after, the first entrance examination was administered, and the Liberia International Christian opened its doors to 74 students on March 2, 2009. They could major in Pastoral Theology and Missions, Christian Education, and Business Management. During the first year of operation, 27 LICC students received full or partial scholarship assistance.
Academic Building at Dedication, March, 2009
Early Years. During its first five years, the LICC has achieved considerable success with the help of God and ULICAF’s partners: When the LICC opened its doors in March 2009, 74 students started classes. At the start of the Fall 2013 semester, student enrollment had grown to 220, a 66% increase. Similarly, the size of the faculty and staff increased by 79% from 8 faculty and staff in 2009 to 20 faculty and 18 staff in the autumn of 2013. On January 29, 2012, the LICC held its first graduation, and Associates Degrees were awarded to 52 students.
First LICC Graduation (2012)
First Partnership. On August 25, 2012, the LICC entered into a partnership with Hope in the Harvest Missions International (HITHMI) to develop the school’s agricultural program. Travis and Gina Sheets built the LICC Agricultural Education Curriculum around a proven approach known as “Farming God’s Way” as well as other sustainable farming approaches and small business management.
Teaching "Farming God's Way" in Agriculture Class
Serving the Community. On July 6, 2014, Dr. Sei Buor dedicated the Community Research Center, which houses a first floor library and bookstore and a second floor online learning center. During his dedication speech, Dr. Buor announced that the library would be open to all Nimba County residents.
Community Research Center
Ebola Crisis. The LICC was closed from July of 2014 to February 2015 as an Ebola epidemic raged through Liberia. The school used a compressed schedule to make up for the lost time.
Ebola Crisis (2014-2015)
Dr. Buor Transitions. On July 23, 2016, Dr. Sei Buor resigned as the LICC’s first president to lead Christian Leadership Training International (CLTI). Dr. Nuwoe-James Kiamu, is named as interim president.
Dr. Nuwoe-James Kiamu