Chris Clark visits with the president of Sierra Leone

12/16/07

International President Chris Clark traveled to Sierra Leone last month with delegates from the US and was greeted by Paramount Chief Tommy Jombla in Banta Mokelleh. They proceeded to dedicate our new preschool and primary schools in Banta with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. A traditional African celebration was held in commemoration of this event. In addition, Chris Clark was able to lead an evangelical crusade, “Banta for Jesus,” that reached out to the surrounding villages.

The team, made up of COTN–USA staff and others, included our newest international staff member, Education Director Wendy Brown. During the visit, Ms. Brown was able to meet with our COTN–SL education staff to work on development of our education program in Sierra Leone. She also led in-service training sessions for our teachers and education staff.

While in Banta, the visiting team, along with elders of the community, COTN–SL staff, and children dedicated our 100-acre ministry site for the sole purpose of proving God’s greatness. Stone monuments, complete with wooden crosses, were erected at each of the property’s four corners. Elders enthusiastically declared this land belongs to God. Chris Clark and team were also able to participate in a Thanksgiving service in honor of our new schools in Banta. The celebration, attended by 1,000+ locals from surrounding villages, included traditional African song and dance and the presentation of new school uniforms to students enrolled in our schools. Parents and children, outfitted in their Sunday best and adorned with newly plaited hairdos, came from as far away as twenty miles to attend the event.

Following the Banta festivities, Chris Clark and the delegates traveled to Freetown, the capital city, and held strategic meetings with business leaders and government officials, including a visit with newly elected president, the honorable Ernest Bai Koroma. Chris Clark was also given a special invitation to attend the president’s inaugural ceremony, which was attended by leaders of many African countries and beyond. “It was a joy to pray for and with President Koroma,” said Clark. Join us in praying for God’s continued blessing on this community, its people, and our ministry in Sierra Leone.