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Severe flooding affects Ministries in West Africa: Sierra Leone
October 12 2009
Thousands of war refugees living in the slums of Kroo Bay suffered much destruction and death during recent flooding.
Africa Director Rae Burnett first visited Trinity Gospel Ministries in war-devastated Sierra Leone in 1996. She observed the ministry’s merciful outreach to those living in severe poverty, as well as to amputees maimed by rebel soldiers in Sierra Leone’s bloody 10-year civil war.
TGM missionaries planted the first church in Kroo Bay, supposedly a temporary refuge for thousands of displaced people who had fled from the rebels who were terrorizing their villages. Converts made bricks from local materials and built the walls. They were meeting together in the open and praying for roofing when Christian Aid entered the scene and provided the iron sheets needed.
TGM meets practical needs in the name of Christ, while offering health and hygiene classes to those living in extreme poverty. Its church has become a center of prayer and discipleship.
Bibles and equipment were destroyed and the building was badly damaged as Trinity Gospel Ministries church flooded during a worship service.
Kroo Bay sits on the ocean and below sea level. Recent flooding has devastated the community and caused the loss of lives. TGM’s worship service was interrupted when water began flowing into the church building.
Missionaries are visiting and encouraging those who have lost family members and property, but is financially limited in providing material aid to Kroo Bay residents.
An additional 15 West African nations have also been affected by floods, with the worst hit being Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, and Niger. Flooding in Burkina Faso is the worst in 90 years, with its central hospital, schools, bridges, and roads damaged. Many are now homeless and vulnerable to water-borne diseases. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.