The current spiritual situation in Sierra Leone is one of great need, with the growth of Islam (almost 70% of the population); ‘health & wealth prosperity’ false teaching,African Tribal religions,and the prevalence of occult practices and secret societies. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world, and continues to recover from the scars of its civil war (1991-2002). The recent spread of the devastating ebola virus has only worsened the situation in this country.
One aspect of ministry in Sierra Leone is working with under 18s. It is both exhausting and refreshing. In any given week we are parent-figures, teachers, role-models, advocates, and facilitators-of-fun.
On 1 February 2013 Freetown became my home. The place is an attack on the senses - the 4am Muslim call to prayer blasting out; sweat running down me with the heat/humidity; the vibrant colours of African clothing; crazy drivers; traders calling out their wares; poverty everywhere; the smell of African cooking; shouts of ‘white man’ everywhere I move (I’m a white woman!); celebrations when electricity comes on; and the buzzing of that one mosquito that masters my defences!