Freetown, Sierra Leone Festival
Peter Youngren was in Freetown, Sierra Leone sharing the good news of the gospel with our Muslim friends. He hosted a Friendship Festival that was open to all and a Gospel Seminar for the Christian and Muslim leaders.
About Sierra Leone
The Republic of Sierra Leone is located in West Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Guinea and Liberia to the North, East, and South. Sierra Leone has a population of approximately 6.5 million. It’s ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world (181 out of 187) but the Human Development Index with more than 50% of the population living on less than $1.25 US a day.
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Mat 28:19 (NIV)
They’ve had a tough history (see below), and the people are hungry for hope. Over the years, Sierra Leone saw a rapid rise in the adoption of Islam. But you know our hope is found in Jesus. Would you like them to receive the love of Christ?
Your support is still needed to help the gospel reach the lives of millions of Muslims in the nation of Sierra Leone. Through World Impact Ministries, your donation will distribute gospel tracks to the the people and put support materials in the hands of Christian leaders across Sierra Leone to continue to preach and teach the uncompromised message of Jesus Christ.
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Luke 10:2 (NIV)
The harvest is winning souls over to the kingdom, and there is a great harvest to be had in Sierra Leone. You can help ensure that these as many people as possible who have never heard the good news of Christ have the opportunity to hear and to accept this February and beyond.
History of Sierra Leone
Watch our Head of Operations, Nathan Thurber provide some history of the Canadian connection to Freetown, Sierra Leone.
You may remember Sierra Leone for the 10-year Civil War that ravaged the country from 1991 to 2002. It started when a group of rebels formed the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and began a violent campaign against President Momoh.
At the time, the country’s politics were plagued with corruption, mismanagement of diamond and mineral resources, and the collapse of the education system. Have you heard of the movie Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio? It is based on this civil war in Sierra Leone.
The RUF gained popularity with a generation of dissatisfied youth who saw no future under the current president. The RUF gained a notorious reputation for brutality and using drugged child soldiers who were particularly savage.
Over the 10-year war, the country saw two different presidents ousted in military coups, travel bans, hostage situations, failed peace deals and the imposition of several UN sanctions.
Freetown was hit hard during the civil war. The RUF seized the city and slaughtered families, committed mass rape, burned buildings with people inside and worst of all, amputated the hands of hundreds of children including infants.
By the end of the war, it was estimated that over 50,000 people had lost their lives and countless more were victim to the atrocities of the rebels.
In more recent history, the country was hit with an Ebola outbreak in 2014, which killed hundreds.
These people have endured a lot – poverty, war, and disease – and need the hope and peace that can only be found in life with Christ.