The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Remembering those who came before

During the 150th anniversary celebration of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, ELCA missionary Bette McCrandall (left) and Moses Gobah, pastor of Day Memorial Lutheran Church, took a moment to remember the many Lutheran missionaries and their children buried in a Millsburg, Liberia, graveyard.

Viking  Dietrich<BR><BR>During a prayer service that followed, LCL Bishop Sumoward Harris laid a wreath at the graves of the children of Emma V. and David Day, who lost all three of their young children while serving in Liberia in the late 1800s.


Bruce Ruccius

Bruce Ruccius

Posted at 4:45 am (U.S. Eastern) 8/3/2010

In what year was the cornerstone of Day Memorial Lutheran Church laid?  I was baptised in Day Memorial during the latter months of 1950 by my father, Rev. Martin G. Ruccius.  Dad was the prinicipal of the Lutheran Training Institute in Muhlenburg and later Salayea from 1946 - 1967 when he turned it over to a Liberian national.  My parents left Liberia in 1972 after Dad served as the hospital administrator of Phebe Hospital 1968 - 1972.

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