SIERRA LEONE

UPDATE:   February 25, 2016 – The Sierra Leone Team returned to Fredericksburg safe and sound. Overwhelmed by all they had seen, the team recounted the many ways God is making His presence known in Sierra Leone. For example – 200+ new believers were baptized Sunday morning February 7.

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January 2016 – It’s been 5 years since we began our partnership in ministry with the people of Kakamba. At that time, church member Ryan Brooks was serving as a short-term missionary teaching Biology and Chemistry at the Wesleyan school in Kamakwie. He worked with Drs. Tom and Karen Asher as well as our Outreach Team to provide funds for the construction of a church building in the village of Kakamba, 3 miles outside of Kamakwie. Since then, several hundred people have professed faith in Christ as Pastor Albert has planted four more churches in the neighboring villages of Kadaimba, Kamabain, Small Kamakwie and Kadembela. We have continued to support the work God is doing there by funding the construction of a parsonage for Pastor Albert and a water well for Kakamba. Pastor Albert’s centrally located parsonage has given him the capability to plant the churches in the other villages. He now has young pastors placed in each of these churches and is providing training for them every Saturday. More partners from the US are supporting the ministry as well. Through the Ashers, a Wesleyan church in Michigan is supplying funds to build a church building in Kadaimba. Through us, Pastor Albert has made contact with EduNations, a Presbyterian backed ministry in Sierra Leone. Their In-Country Director visited Albert and they showed the “Jesus Film” in several communities resulting in more professions of faith. Albert has requested more help from us in the form of oversight, pastoral training and doing baptisms. We are working with friends from Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh (the leaders of EduNations) to fulfill these requests. They have experience training pastors in Sierra Leone and providing oversight to the churches they plant there. A team from our church will be traveling to Sierra Leone during the first two weeks of February to deepen our partnership in ministry there. After 5 years, the ministry has developed to the point that we need to be able to see firsthand what’s happening there in order to make informed decisions about the best ways to continue supporting the Lord’s work. Our team members are: Pastor Jack, Angie & Andrea Chapman, Erika Schuch and Barry Henderson. They will be travelling with a team from Memorial Park Presbyterian. Please be in prayer for both teams, Pastor Albert and the churches in Sierra Leone.