Local Missionaries in Sierra Leone
On the southwest corner of West Africa, Sierra Leone has a population that is more than 77 percent Muslim, while the Christian minority of 22 percent is influential. The country is known as religiously tolerant, with both Christian and Muslim holidays celebrated.
English is the official language, but Krio – derived from English and other indigenous African languages – is the most widely spoken language in nearly all parts of the country. It unites most of the 29 ethnic groups as they trade and interact in Krio, while English predominates in schools, government and media.
Local ministries focus on pioneer missionary work among unreached peoples. Workers who learned that there was no church in one rural community, for example, went to the area and shared the gospel in four villages. Within weeks, churches were planted in two villages, with 164 people and the village chief putting their faith in Christ in one of them. There are many such unreached villages in districts where the gospel arrived more than 100 years before.
Assistance to buy Bibles, discipleship materials, erect church buildings and train church leaders is sought along with missionary support for evangelists’ modest monthly expenses. They also need donations to train church leaders and church-planters sent to unreached areas. One local ministry also shares the gospel with children in four schools.
About 60 percent of the people in Sierra Leone live below the national poverty line, and native ministries are in prime position to extend compassionate aid such as food and clothing and community engagement services to help meet basic living and educational needs.
Sources: Joshua Project, Ministry Portfolio, Wikipedia, Mission Network News
How to Pray for
- Pray for health and hope for poor people trapped in poverty.
- Pray that God will lead local missionaries to areas where no witness for Christ is present, and that they will find receptive hearts.
- Pray for unity in and among churches, and that they would bring honor and glory to God’s name in their communities.
More stories from Sierra Leone
A Muslim couple who attended a local ministry’s church service afterward said they had heard that Jesus can still heal people, and they asked the pastor if he could help them, as the wife was suffering stomach pains. The pastor replied that only Christ could heal her if He chose to; he prayed for her, and she was cured. “The woman is now in the church serving God,” the ministry leader said.