Sierra Leone

Volunteers Load Three Containers for Sierra Leone

Last week, volunteers and COTN staff worked on a sunny day in Silverdale, Washington to load a 40-foot shipping container full of supplies for Sierra Leone. The container is the first of three that will be sent to the country.

Phoebe Clark (2001 – 2008)

On Wednesday, February 27, 2008, Phoebe Clark, one of our precious children in Sierra Leone, went to be with her Savior at the age of six. Phoebe’s six years on this earth were not easy. She was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that causes physical disability, permanently affecting body movement and muscle coordination. Phoebe’s full mental capacity was never known.

Chris Clark visits with the president of Sierra Leone

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.

In Memory of Pastor Sorie Morrah

[date unknown] 1976 – October 3, 2007

ECHO Seed Project: Interns Get Science and Technology Involved to Help End Hunger

Some say that the Moringa tree could end poverty. Its leaves are loaded with protein, calcium, most vitamins, and when used medicinally can treat many illnesses. The Moringa also produces pods which can be used to purify water and detoxify the body. Moreover, the Moringa is extremely resilient and grows in various parts of the world including India, the Phillipines, Brazil, Haiti, and West Africa. The funny thing is you’ve probably never heard of this amazing tree.

The Soigner Fistula Project

Soigner (pronounced “swan-yay”) is a French word meaning “to heal.” The goal of the Soigner Fistula Project, a pilot-program under the direction of Children of the Nations, is to bring healing and transformation to young women suffering from a debilitating condition known as obstetric fistula in Sierra Leone, Africa. As a doula (a certified childbirth assistant) for the past twelve years, I help women and their partners prepare for birth with their heart, mind, and spirit. I believe that birth is one of the most powerful miracles that God has graced us with.

Malnutrition Claims the Life of Another Baby in Sierra Leone

In Dec. 2006 – Jan. 2007, I was able to be part of a short-term mission team to Sierra Leone, West Africa. While there we spent time at our ministry site in the rural chiefdom of Banta Mokelleh (an eight-hour drive up-country from the capital city of Freetown). Banta Mokelleh is the poorest chiefdom in all of Sierra Leone (which is the poorest country in the world). In Banta, we truly minister to the poorest of the poor.

Interns’ Summer in Banta Mokelleh

Our last few weeks in Banta Mokelleh in Sierra Leone have been bittersweet. Sweet because every day we feel more and more a part of this community and the color distinctions seem to fade away as we share laughs and inside jokes with our friends. Bitter because even as I write this, it’s still hard to believe that it’s our last day here. This is the day we have all been dreading. Some of us are running around doing some last-minute cleaning and packing.

Rescuing an Orphan in Sierra Leone

Since leaving my home in the UK and joining my husband Ian in Sierra Leone, I have been working at the Shepherd’s Hospice in the capital city of Freetown. The hospice is situated on the east side of the city, a poverty-stricken area which was badly affected by the terrible civil war of the late 1990s. The hospice was established to try and provide palliative care services for people dying from life-threatening illnesses, such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and cancer.

New Land in Sierra Leone

Approximately 100 acres of land in the Mosenessi area of Lower Banta was recently gifted to COTN! Sierra Leone Country Director Angie Myles and her husband Joe were looking to buy a small piece of land on which to build a church, as there was none in the area—but the chief refused their money. He would not take money from COTN, “who has done so much for us!” Angie and Joe are using their money to erect a temporary church. Pray for provision of funds to erect a permanent structure.

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