New Year's Team Brings New Starts to Sierra Leone

01/26/07

A team of eight from Washington State recently returned from serving the needs of our ministry in Sierra Leone. They brought New Year’s gifts for our children and staff and helped with the updating of our children’s profiles for the sponsorship program. Team members participated in a variety of ministry activities including teaching English to our older children, leading arts and craft classes, working on minor electrical problems and carpentry repairs, and completing physicals on our children in Freetown. One team member had the vision last year to re-seed the oil palm industry in Sierra Leone, which had flourished before the civil war. The pilot project is now underway with 6,000 hybrid oil-palm starts. There is much interest by the local community hoping this type of a project will help generate sustainable revenue for local farmers. Local mining companies are also very interested in the prospect of being able to purchase harvested palm oil for the production of bio-diesel.