PASTOR WILLIAM B.G.K. HARRIS OF ICF CHURCH, ATLANTA  UNDERGOES KIDNEY TRANSPLANT THURSDAY

PASTOR WILLIAM B.G.K. HARRIS OF ICF CHURCH, ATLANTA UNDERGOES KIDNEY TRANSPLANT THURSDAY

A Liberian Prelate and Pastor of the International Christian Fellowship Church (ICF) the Rev. William B.G.K. Harris is urging West Africans, including Liberians and African Americans to improve their diet and eating habits and avoid major health conditions afflicting their communities.
In an exclusive telephone interview with RunningAfrica/AfricaTV & Radio 1 on Tuesday from his office in Atlanta, Georgia, the much loved but ailing Pastor Harris cautioned that unless there was an intentional change in eating habits and diet, many would see their health deteriorate, as in his case
Pastor Harris was diagnosed with renal (kidney) failure on March 13, 2010. Since then he has been undergoing dialysis three times a week at 4.5 hours per day. Back in March 2011, at an Intercessory and Fund Raising Service held in Atlanta, funds totaling over $22,00 in cash and pledges were raised to defray the cost of a kidney transplant for the ailing prelate.

Rev. Harris disclosed at the time that there are over ten other Liberians in the Atlanta metro area who have also been diagnosed with renal failure and will need assistance. He proposed that any excess funds from the monies raised on his behalf be directed to assist others.

Scores of Liberian and community organizations at that program paid tribute and accolades to the Rev. Harris for his selfless and valuable work as a prelate, teacher, community activist, counselor, humanitarian and personal friend to the many in his community.

The kidney match and donor is also a member of his Church and he has expressed appreciation to the donor and her family for coming forward to “ give me a new lease on life”, Pastor Harris said.He referred to himself as “a faithful and living miracle.”
The Pastor is expected to undergo the kidney transplant on this Thursday at a major hospital in Atlanta.
The ICF Church senior Pastor disclosed that during his months of dialysis treatment he authored a book entitled “Health Resource Guide for West Africans and African Americans” which, he hopes, can be used as an education tool to assist with developing proper dietary habits and care and avoiding diabetes.
Pastor Harris conveyed his love to his congregation for their support and prayers over the many months he has been ill. A Thanksgiving Service was held over the last weekend at the ICF Church where the pastor prayed for God’s guidance over his medical staff.
He also says he urging support and prayers for other Liberians in the Atlanta Metro area who are undergoing dialysis.
By Emmanuel Abalo
Philadelphia, PA USA