In 2006, Seren Fryatt had a desire to learn more about Christ and to express her faith through action. She left the lakefront of Chicago for the shores of Liberia, West Africa, to live in a 10×10 room with 3 other girls for 6 months aboard the floating hospital ship, Mercy Ships.
While serving with Mercy Ships she was given the opportunity to step off the ship and onto land where her life was changed forever. While playing a pickup soccer game, Seren was recruited by Pro Anchor to play in Liberia’s Professional Women’s Soccer Division. Seren’s knowledge of Liberia started with statistics and stories of faraway children growing up in the midst of civil war. Those nameless faces are now gone, replaced by the faces of friends and former teammates. Reflecting back on this experience, Seren has realized that through soccer God planted seeds in her heart that did not stop when she left Liberia. Seren founded L.A.C.E.S. in August of 2007 and what was an inspired idea became a reality. She returned back to Liberia with a plan to use sports as a tool for developing youth.
Seren was named one of the ” 50 Most Inspirational People in Sport” by Beyond Sport. She shares this honor with First Lady Michelle Obama, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, and 46 others who are pushing the boundaries to change lives through sports. You will find Seren often saying “people talk about wanting to live out their passion and I am so blessed to be able to wake up every morning and do that by serving the people who have inspired my life.”
James is a native of Liberia who quickly grasped the L.A.C.E.S. mission and has been a passionate and integral part of the success of our programs. James has his Associates degree in Business, but unfortunately when civil war broke out in Liberia, he was forced to put his education on hold in order to survive the war. In the fall of 2008, James began pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Management at the University of Liberia. James has chosen to invest his time in raising up positive role models throughout Liberia and sees his work as an opportunity to raise up strong and moral leaders to help prevent future conflict in Liberia.
James lived through a 14 year civil war and in this podcast he shares with a church about what his life was like during a brutal 14 year civil war and why he is part of the L.A.C.E.S. movement in Liberia!
Pastor Roberts is a native of Liberia and felt called to ministry in 1995. Pastor Roberts is the founder of the Acts of the Apostles Ministries in Monrovia, Liberia. In August of 2008, Pastor Roberts graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology from Global University. Roberts believes in the L.A.C.E.S. program because he has experienced a nation of youth without morals and values and believes that the L.A.C.E.S. program can change children to prevent future turmoil.
Leah started working with L.A.C.E.S. in November 2018. Even though her title is “Senior Operations and Finance Coordinator,” she puts on many different hats when working for L.A.C.E.S. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in French and Psychology from Allegheny College and before joining the L.A.C.E.S team, she participated in numerous teaching assistant programs that took her around the world. In her travels, She learned that teaching wasn’t for her but her experiences allowed her to realize her love for children and her passion to make a positive impact in the world. She specifically chose to work with L.A.C.E.S. because of the community aspect that is ingrained in the organization’s culture. She believes that “any change you want to see in the world has to be from the community you want to see it in,” and L.A.C.E.S. incorporates just that!