Dr. Buor has written two books. You will find an excerpt from each book below.
The first book, No More War: Rebuilding Liberia through Faith, Determination & Education, tells the story of how God reached into the lives of Sei and Yah, and guided them into ministry. Beginning from the time that Sei was a child living in a small village in Nimba County, Liberia, the book takes us through the time that Dr. Buor co-founded Liberia International Christian College. This book is available for purchase at Amazon.com by clicking on the link below.
The second book, Vision, Valleys and Victories: Growing Liberia International Christian College, details the struggles and the successes of starting a new college in Ganta, Nimba County, Liberia after the devastation of many years of civil war. This book is also available at Amazon.com by following the link below.
An excerpt from “No More War: Rebuilding Liberia through Faith, Determination & Education”
“Even though my father had so many children, I became very close to him. When I was very young, he only came to our house occasionally. He had many wives to oversee and it was quite difficult for me to see him and get a chance to talk to him. Once I grew up and was ‘initiated’ into our society, things began to change. In the traditional sense, as boys grew into adulthood, they spent more time with their fathers and less time with their mothers. Later, my father invested in my education. He also inspired me and made me feel that anything I committed myself to I could accomplish. In traditional African society the blessing comes from the father. This can be compared to the time in the Bible when Isaac blessed his two sons. Our tribal traditions hold the belief that a father can still bless his children from heaven.
“I will give one example of how my father expressed his love for me. As I grew up, sometimes I needed to earn money for school and other necessities. I would seek employment with farmers who grew cash crops like sugar cane. The work was very demanding. Sometimes my father would come by in the afternoon and help me do the job. He would do more than just help with the physical labor, which was a blessing by itself. He would talk to me and tell me the most interesting stories about his life. He also encouraged me not to give up on my dreams. He was a huge inspiration and encouragement in my life. He also taught me moral values, emphasizing that I was to never engage in adultery with another man’s wife.
“I can imagine that the polygamous part of my early family life would sound very strange to Westerners. However, back in those days, it was an accepted part of our culture. That is not to say that all West African men were polygamous or that polygamy doesn’t have its problems! But it is just to say that it was not unusual for someone of my generation to grow up, like I did, in a polygamous family.
“Some of my ancestors, like my grandmother, had experienced the threat of violence and civil war. However, in my early childhood in Riverview, I had no fear of violence. My childhood was materially poor by Western standards, but it was a relatively happy one. War and conflict were a long way from us. My world was our village, and our village lived in peace.”
An excerpt from “Vision, Valleys & Victories: Growing Liberia International Christian College”
“I’ve mentioned the jokes about Liberians not being able to field a soccer team in one east coast city. This divisiveness applies to more than just Liberian soccer players–this is a human condition. We [ULICAF] struggled with our need to be part of a group to accomplish a project for Liberia versus our desires to follow our own individual needs. We struggled to work together because we were not all alike. Some of us were poor and some were (relatively) rich. Some of us were adjusting to life in America; some of us were still struggling. Some of us were young, perhaps still in school; some of us were fairly far along in our careers. We had members from many, many different tribes, something that frequently was used to separate us into different factions in Liberia.
“To accomplish a big project, we needed to stick together in spite of our differences. Part of accomplishing this was building a clear picture of the vision and holding it up above anything else. However, I personally believe the key is our common faith. We need to make that the emphasis to unite us against all that could be used to pull us apart. We were all one in Christ. We were brothers regardless of what tribe we were from. We were not working as Mano or Kpelleé or Bassa or Gio or Kru or Grebo or Drahnn or Gola or Gbandi or Loma or Kissi or Vai or Bella or Mandingo or Fanti or any other tribe. Our faith made us brothers.
“One of the scriptures that helped us early on was:
The spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planning of the Lord for the display of his spender. Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)
“This scripture from Isaiah resonated with Liberians. We had experienced a horrific civil war. As a nation, we were rebuilding. As a community in America, we were striving to help those we had left behind. In our meetings, we focused on the Bible, on the teaching of Christ, on the things that brought us together and that matter most. At one powerful meeting in Chicago, we even followed the example of Jesus, by humbling ourselves to wash each other’s feet.”