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Please Pray for our Mission to Sierra Leone


Partnering with EduNations, our Presbytery has adopted the nation of Sierra Leone as our mission to people who remain unreached for Jesus Christ. Our ministry network of churches has focused on the village of Fintonia in northern Sierra Leone (red dot on the map below).

 

 

 

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We have received a report on the “Feast for Fintonia” that was held on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017, at the CUP Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, to help raise funds for our mission to Sierra Leone. Rev. Scott Graham has filed the following report:

 What a fantastic evening! We had 13 churches represented, including one for the first time: East Main in Grove City. The response, joy, and enjoyment in the room was a lot of fun. I was greatly blessed by hearing about the ways our congregations are creatively reaching out in our communities.

Here are the results of the giving:

 Checks/Cash received....$3,550

Pledges made for
Sierra Leone mission.....$1,495

Total:.........................$5,045

 This amount will definitely cover the cost of the church furniture. And, if all the pledges are honored, could cover the cost of the lab equipment for the school.

 Praise God! Small churches can do really amazing things when we pull together like this. I’m thankful for all who made it and thankful for our “Cluster.”

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Monday, May 1, 2017, we received the following update from Samuel Sesay, President of EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa, and the In-Country Director of the efforts of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Sierra Leone.

 Amazing how God answers prayers. Standing here in our guest house in Fintonia and actually writing a Facebook post, checking my emails and making phone calls. Who would have imagined this will happen in a land we often call “the ends of the earth”?

I remember when the EduNations/Evangelical Presbyteian Church leaders started coming here through tough roads and long hours of driving and finding a people with too many needs! All we wanted to help with is bringing free quality education and the gospel of Christ. Before we got the chance to state the mission of EduNations to them the needs started coming.

So many needs and one of them was, “Please help us have a cellphone tower so we can be able to communicate via phone to the outside world.”

Well we have learned to say to requests like these that, “We will pray to Papa God to provide that need.” Pray we did and He who is faithful has answered those prayers.

Today the Minister of Communications, Resident Minister North, Secretary General of the ruling party and hundreds of others converged in Fintonia to formally commission the brand new Africel Towers, which now provide cellphone services for the people of Fintonia to “the outside world.”

With 50 free cellphones distributed and a free cellphone service for the whole of May 2017, the Susu people of Fintonia are continuing to experience the promise of Christ who is calling them to “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all other things will be added to them.” (Matthew 6:33)

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

 
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A new health outbreak has occurred in West Africa. It has been diagnosed as monkey pox. While not as contagious as ebola, this still poses a potential threat to the people. So far, only one case has been diagnosed in Sierra Leone. Please pray for the protection and safety of the people.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Thursday, April 27, 2017, we received the following update from Samuel Sesay, President of EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa, and the In-Country Director of the efforts of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Sierra Leone.

 We have an update on the medical condition of 13-year-old Musa Kamara of Fintonia’s Junior Secondary School. He is a complete orphan and part of our Ebola response project.

Please keep up the prayers!

MUSA GOES BACK TO SCHOOL!

Thanks to the prayer and support of all our partners and friends Musa has been feeling well, healthy and strong and today passed the school assessment which led to his admission into the JSS 1 grade.

EduNations has paid all his fees and secured his uniforms and books together with everything else he needs to start school on May 8th.

“During my severe illness I never even thought about being alive today, talk less about holding a book and going to school. All I thought about was when I would die and what will happen to my little sister, Sallay. I thank God that he has saved my life and given me hope. I thank you all for loving me too much!” —Musa

On behalf of Musa and all the children of Sierra Leone, I would like to thank you all for making the sacrifice of prayer, giving and encouragement that led to Musa's physical and spiritual salvation as we see it today!

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Saturday, April 8, 2017, we received the following update on from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 We have an update on the medical condition of 13-year-old Musa Kamara of Fintonia’s Junior Secondary School. He is a complete orphan and part of our Ebola response project.

Please keep up the prayers!

Due to the complexity of Musa’s medical condition and the many challenges of living in the remote rural community of Fintonia where Musa used to live, we are delighted to report that Musa has been relocated to Freetown where he will stay with the family of our Psychosocial worker. Musa has been living with this family since he returned from his surgery three weeks ago and he loves it there!

Musa will have his first in-country post surgery medical examination on Monday, April 10th with a private doctor to help us make an assessment of his next step, which we hope is to go back to school.

Schools will reopen on May 8th after the Easter break and our prayer is that Musa will be passed fit to go back to school at that time.

In order to serve the most needy and vulnerable children of Sierra Leone located in remote, rural areas, EduNations does not operate schools in the cities and towns. Because of this, Musa would have to be enrolled in a private school here in Freetown! Private school education is understandably expensive in Sierra Leone. But, we are thankful that through so many of you, all of Musa’s needs are being met day by day.

Thank you ever so much!

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, we received the following report from the team traveling from the United States throughout Sierra Leone, representing both the Evangelical Prebyterian Church and also EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 In Fintonia, the first ever church (and new building) among the Susu people in the Tombaka Chiefdom is impressive. The work there is hard but flourishing. It was 104 degrees in the shade for a very long meeting with the Paramount Chief and 500 others in a pavilion designed for 200.

It was HOT, but God is good.

Pastor Scott Graham was made an honorary Susu Chief and given the name “Pa Alimamy Ussman Kamara.” Pray that he remembers his name.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Monday, March 13, 2017, we received the following notice from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 This is what you gave to when you sent a gift to support the ministry of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and EduNations for their partnership work in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

EduNations Board Member Dr. Jeff Gingrich made the connection with Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. EPC and EduNations Director, Samuel Sesay, did all the logistics. EduNations Social Worker, Fatu Koroma, has traveled with him.

This is the story of 13-year-old Musa Kamara of Fintonia’s Junior Secondary School. He is a complete orphan and part of our Ebola response project.

The following video is with Cardiologist Dr. Russ White and Musa before, during, and after his surgery. We praise God for this miracle of His mercy, grace, and love. And, we thank you for the part you played in this miracle.

Please click here to view the video.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, we received the following notice from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 Praise God! Our little man Musa is improving every day! Yesterday he was talking and taking water and today—two days after major heart surgery—he is up and walking.

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Monday, March 6, 2017, we received the following notice from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 Praise God! Musa just came out of 5 hours of surgery and Fatu asked us to thank everyone for their prayers as the surgery has been successful. Ongoing prayers as our little man recovers!

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Friday, March 3, 2017, we received the following notice from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 Praise God! Musa is responding well to the treatment for Malaria and will tentatively be able to have surgery on Monday, March 6th.

Please continue to pray for Musa and his doctors! He is happy and thankful for the amazing support from around the world!

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, we received the following notice from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 We have an update on the medical condition of 13-year-old Musa Kamara of Fintonia’s Junior Secondary School. He is a complete orphan and part of our Ebola response project.

Please keep up the prayers!

Musa arrived at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya and was examined. He was a bit ill upon arrival and tested positive for malaria. He is being treated and we will update soon with plans for his surgery!

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, we received the following notice from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 We have an update on the medical condition of 13-year-old Musa Kamara of Fintonia’s Junior Secondary School. He is a complete orphan and part of our Ebola response project.

For the past three months Musa has been having health issues with his heart and needs a heart surgery which cannot be done in Sierra Leone. Through the generosity of EduNations’ supporters, Musa and our social worker will fly on Friday, February 24, 2017, to Kenya for Musa’s Mitral Value Replacement Heart Surgery.

Please pray with us for God’s comforting and healing arms around him to give him strength. Please also pray for the doctors and nurses who will minister to Musa, asking God to give these medical professionals wisdom beyond their training.

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Friday, February 10, 2017, we received the following notice from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 We have an update on the medical condition of, and an urgent financial need for, 13-year-old Musa Kamara of Fintonia’s Junior Secondary School.

Please read more by clicking here.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Friday, January 13, 2017, we received the following notice from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 We have an urgent prayer request for 13-year-old Musa Kamara of Fintonia’s Junior Secondary School who has been admitted to the Kamakwei Hospital because of liver problems. Musa is a complete orphan and is a beneficiary of our “Ebola Orphan Response Project.”

Please say a prayer for him as he lies in the hospital today fighting for his life!

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Sunday, December 18, 2016, we received the following Newsletter from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa. You may read this Newsletter by clicking here.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Monday, November 14, 2016, we received the following email from Rev. Betsy Rumer, Executive Pastor of Ministry at Memorial Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, writing on behalf of EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 To all the Pastors and Mission Committees in the Churches in the Presbytery of the Alleghenies,

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Thank you for the support, encouragement, prayers, and resources you’ve generously given to the work in Sierra Leone. Because of you, our churches are growing and the Kingdom of God is flourishing!

As evidence of this, you will find attached a one-page sheet that lists each of our villages and work being done there. I hope this summary encourages you and gives you a sense of what you are a part of!…

We treasure our partnership with you and would not be able to do the work with out you! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Please click here to read this one-page summary report.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, we received the following information from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 You are cordially invited to attend a Dessert Reception on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at:
The Chapel at Crosspoint
East Worship Center
500 CrossPoint Parkway
Getzville, NY 14068

We would love to treat you to a bounty of handmade desserts while sharing with you our Plans, Progress, and Partnerships in Sierra Leone, West Africa.


 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, we received the following report from Rev. Scott Graham, Senior Pastor at CUP Evangelical Presbyteian Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Rev. Graham has graciously shared a recent correspondence he has received from Samuel Sesay, the In-country Director, who represents both the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and EduNations ministry in the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 Dear Pastor Scott,

Thank you for your patience and prayers. My visits to the field and the worship services all went on well. I safely returned to Freetown last night and I am back at the office this morning.

I tried to look through my emails because I felt I may have sent an email detailing the remaining expenses for the construction of the Fintonia church. But, I couldn’t find it.

However, based on the document the contractor gave me, which I have here, this is the outstanding balance: $10,378.38 including steel work, steel doors and windows, electrical work and installations, painting internally and externally, tiling of the floor, VIP latrine installations, drainages, and labor cost from start to finish. Now that we have paid him today this $4,000 which Pastor Betsy Rumer recently wired to us (from Memorial Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Allison Park, PA), we would only owe him a balance of $6,387.38.

That said, this balance does not include the cost for any chairs or pews that may be used in the church. We will have to decide whether we prefer the pews to the chairs and whether we can ship some chairs over here from the United States or buy them here in Sierra Leone.

The pastors have decided to hold our next “Pastors and Wives Retreat” in Fintonia. So, I have agreed with the contractor to use some of this $4,000 from Pastor Betsy to do the doors and windows and pave a section of the church. This will allow us to use it for our meetings, giving that the classroom (which we normally use for the church meetings) will be in use by the students.

Also, it is our hope that we would have completed the church building work by December 2017, as we are hoping to host our next Youth Camp there aiming for 500 youths to attend.

Thank you again for all your prayers and faithful support.

Kind regards,

Samuel

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, we received the following report from Samuel Sesay, the In-country Director, who represents both the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and EduNations.

 The new school year begins. Through our several schools, we offer free, quality education for the poorest of the poor because some with means have given generously. No matter how much you can give to this vital ministry, you can make a difference!

In order to sponsor a child, or to make a donation for school start-up costs, please send an email requesting more information to info@rpcerie.org.

Note: Clicking on this email link will launch your computer’s default email application. However, if you normally connect to your emailbox over the web by webmail—such as AOL or gmail—and do not use a dedicated email application on your computer, you will need to launch your webmail and send your email to “info@rpcerie.org”

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Wednessday, August 24, 2016, we received the following report from Rev. Scott Graham, Senior Pastor at CUP Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

 We wanted to share these exciting pictures of the current progress of the church building in Fintonia. We are at this stage of construction due to the monies raised at last year’s Fore Fintonia Golf Outing and this year’s Sierra Leone Missions Dinner. We hope to have some information soon from Samuel Sesay, our In-country Director, about how much more money he thinks we would need to complete the building.

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Thursday, June 16, 2016, we received the following report from Samuel Sesay, the In-country Director, who represents both the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and EduNations.

 June 16th is the “Day of the African Child.” Our EduNations students took some time to talk today about the impact of the Ebola crisis on the African child and to dress in traditional African attire to celebrate the day.

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On May 8, 2016, we received the following report from EduNations with a link to a newspaper article: “The impact of Ebola on education in Sierra Leone” Please click here to read this report.

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On April 25, 2016, we received the following report from EduNations with a link to a newspaper article: “Donated Surgical Tools Help Preserve Life in Sierra Leone.” Please click here to read this report.

[Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, we received the following report from Samuel Sesay, the In-country Director, who represents both the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and EduNations.

 
Week of Prayer and Fasting at EduNations Inc.

Here in Sierra Leone, it is our joy to bring constantly all our precious friends to the Lord in prayer. This is why we have specifically set apart May 1-7, 2016. as “EduNations Week of Prayer and Fasting.”

We will be meeting regularly and in different places across the country to thank God for your wonderful lives and your sacrificial giving that is making a tremendous impact in the transformation of many lives and communities here. More than these regular and general prayer sessions throughout the week, we will love to pray specifically for you in whatsoever ways you would love to be prayed for.

You have been such a blessing to us and this is the least we can do to serve you in return. So, feel free to share your specific prayer requests with me on samuel.edunations@gmail.com. We are in this together!

Please click here to send me an email.
Note: Clicking on this link will launch your computer’s default email application. However, if you normally connect to your emailbox over the web by webmail—such as AOL or gmail—and do not use a dedicated email application on your computer, you will need to launch your webmail and send your email to “samuel.edunations@gmail.com”

 “So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God
would take care of us, and he heard our prayer.”
 —Ezra 8:23

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Thursday, February 25, 2016, at the Northern Area Network Meeting of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies, our Laurie LeSuer received the following drawings from Pastor Scott Graham of CUP Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls, PA, who brought them back from his recent trip to Fintonia, Sierra Leone. These drawings were created by children at the school we help sponsor in Fintonia.

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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In a communication dated February 17, 2016, the people from the Presbytery of the Alleghenies, who recently traveled to Sierra Leone, have sent the following photos of the new clinic inn Rokassa and other events from their trip:

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 In the photos below, students receive letters from their sponsors in the Presbytery of the Alleghenies.

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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The people from the Presbytery of the Alleghenies, currently traveling in Sierra Leone, have sent the following updates, dated February 11 and February 13, 2016:

 Updates from our trip to Sierra Leone!

February 11th: Great day in the village of Makump! A small and very poor village doing big things for the Kingdom! One of our newer schools is thriving and church is growing. We love the heart of this community!

Spent the rest of the day in meetings. Seriously, even in Africa you can't get away from meetings.

We met with the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church of Sierra Leone about building partnerships and relationships with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church-Sierra Leone. We also met with one of our former partners for dinner along with a good friend from Makeni.

We are now packing for the final leg of our journey. Tomorrow we are off to the village of Rokassa in the Massimra Chiefdom. This is the home village of Our family (where Isaac and Isatu are from). We will meet with family there and get caught up.

Then we will have the BIG conversation with our friends from Jericho Road Medical Ministry and five other doctors/medical professionals to evaluate and recommend how we can move forward with the operation of the new clinic we have built in Rokassa.

Prayers very much appreciated for this meeting. This could be a very strategic step in the well being of not only our school, but the whole Chiefdom! Tenki for the prayers. Please don’t stop now that the finish line for this trip is within site!

February 13th: We just finished our final ministry day in Sierra Leone. We traveled from Makeni to Rokassa with our partners from Jericho Road Medical Ministry and had a big day in our “home village.”

The kids sang with the most robust enthusiasm and the meetings all went well. We were especially impressed to see our new clinic. It was overwhelming.

The crowd in Rokassa was huge (and loud), as there is a real buzz in the Massimra Chiefdom about all the development. The village is growing!

Of course got to spend time with family there and the giving an receiving of gifts.

Then we began the long drive after a long and very hot day to Lungi to our hotel by the airport. Tomorrow is a day of repacking, some final shopping for the team to bring gifts home, and a final team meeting.

Then, off to the airport for the 28-hour trip to a very cold Pittsburgh. We will experience about a 100 degree shift in temperature—Yikes!

If there is a wireless internet signal at the airport, I will try to send one last entry tomorrow. We are scheduled to depart at 8:40 p.m. our time, which is 3:40 p.m. EST.

Tenki for all the prayers. We will be riding them home very soon!

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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The people from the Presbytery of the Alleghenies, currently traveling in Sierra Leone, have sent the following update, dated February 10, 2016:

 Update from our trip to Sierra Leone!

Day 6 almost in the books. We drove north from Makeni to Kabala the only city in the Koinadugu District, famous for being the center of Witchcraft for both Sierra Leone and all of West Africa. But, in the four years since we first visited much has changed. As the (Muslim) Chief in the village of Gbenekoro told us, “With you, the light has come.” But there is still a long, long way to go.

After lunch with Pastor Abraham Kargbo, our Evangelical Presbyterian Church Pastor in Gbenekoro and his wife, we went to the village. With the improved roads, a trip that once took us 1.5 hours now takes about 30 minutes. We visited with the village Elders. We stopped to see the clinic where Memorial Park Church helped to build the birthing center and found that every room was full.

The Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) groups at Memorial Park Church provided a series of gifts for each new mother and baby. We learned that it is because of these gifts that women are now coming to the center and, as a result, saving lives! We will now call this the “Na Duweh Project” (pronounced: nah-do-way’). In the Koranko language (classified as an “unreached people group”) this means “A Mothers Blessing.”

After the visit to the clinic, we toured the land that has been given and cleared for the new EduNations Junior Secondary School we hope to build soon!

Tonight, we had dinner with Pastor Abraham and three Evangelical Presbyterian Church-Sierra Leone short term missionaries living in Gbenekoro! These folks will serve for six months.

I love the Koranko people. But, our new followers of Jesus are beginning to face some early persecution here. More to come on that, but please, please pray! “The Light has overcome the darkness but the darkness has not understood it.” (John 1:5).

Three days of ministry to go—four in country before heading home! Glady glady em tenki you dem pray for we!

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received the following update from Samuel Sesay, our In-country Director, who represents both the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and EduNations, our partner in ministry to Sierra Leone. This report is dated January 14, 2016:

 Thank you to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church for supporting us in our most recent youth camp and thank you to all of you for praying for us. There were 371 campers and 42 volunteers. The Lord spoke to all of our hearts in many different ways through His Word, which was faithfully taught. There was a lot of opportunity for growing our faith, making new friends, and having fun. To God be all the glory!

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received the following update from Samuel Sesay, our In-country Director, who represents both the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and EduNations, our partner in ministry to Sierra Leone. This report is dated December 23, 2015:

 Our children at Hope Academy have recently received their “Sports House” colors. You will see their joy in the following photos. We are so grateful for the support you provide for the education of these lovely children.

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received the following two updates from EduNations, our partner in ministry to Sierra Leone, dated December 14, 2015:

 First of all, over 400 youth are now in Rokassa from the six villages and the surrounding communities that we serve through EduNations and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church-Sierra Leone. These young people are attending their first ever Youth Camp!

In the words of Samuel Sesay, our In-country Director, “I wish you were here. It is a beautiful sight!”



 Secondly, the following feature article appeared on The Buffalo News website. Please click here to read this article entitled: “The Ebola story is not over: Sierra Leone needs the world’s help to rebuild lives shattered by deadly virus.”

 [Photo of Sierra Leone woman]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received two updates from EduNations, dated November 11, 2015:

 First of all, Haley Ellen Day visited Sierra Leone recently and out of nothing made this fantastic photoshow of EduNations’ work in the communities of Rokassa and Mayatta. What a blessing you are Haley!

Please click here to view these photos.‪



 Secondly, from Samuel Sesay, the faithful servant of Christ who works as the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, we have received word that for all of you who were praying for the Fintonia mission, these photos will tell some of the stories. Thank you very much. Thank you too to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and EduNations for supporting this mission. May all praise go to God!‪

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have also received an update from EduNations, dated November 8, 2015:

 Sierra Leone is officially declared Ebola Free! Thank you to our EduNations’ supporters, and our partners in ministry from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, you have made a difference!

The following feature article appeared in the BBC World News website. Please click here to read this article.‪

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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Our partner in Sierra Leone, EduNations has reported an astounding update on October 13, 2015, from a trip from Buffalo, NY, currently ongoing in Sierra Leone. Please take the time to read!

“The tears of a child are almost too much to bear…”

Today was a long but infinitely rewarding day and a great reminder of how we can together make a real difference. Our team spent the day from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. with Samuel Sesay who is the country director of EduNations, a wonderful organization founded by several families from Western New York ten years ago. Today they run nine schools serving over 2,000 children and they have planted six churches. They are even building a medical center in one village, which we had the privilege of touring today and we hope will soon be operational.

They are part of the Buffalo-based Sierra Leone Alliance and for the past year have partnered with Jericho Road and the Alliance to do two Ebola related projects here. The first was a food distribution program to the quarantined family members of Ebola victims. This program helped feed over 1,000 quarantined families during the crisis.The second program helped nearly 500 Ebola orphans get into school this summer.

So today, Samuel took us on a long journey to visit two remote villages (Rokassa and Mayatta) that had suffered during the Ebola crisis in order to show us the impact of the Ebola relief programs and to help us evaluate the need for more help. In each village there was a ceremony with many speeches and expressions of gratitude. The children gave me letters of appreciation and we were given the opportunity to speak. We were constantly being swarmed by children who wanted their pictures taken and we were fed well.

But, in the midst of all the speeches and celebration, our team, including Samuel, were brought to tears by the testimony of two little girls. One by one they got in front of the crowd and told us their story-how their parents got sick from Ebola, they were abandoned by the nurses at the hospital and they never even saw their parents bodies or their burial site. And now, they live with relatives, every day wake up hungry, and struggle just to survive.

As they were relating this story, they both started crying. It was pretty emotional. All I could do was walk up to them on the stage and hug them and thank them for their courage and tell them it will be alright. It was tough.

At the ceremony in Mayatta there were 50 Ebola orphans present. It is almost too much to bear. Children should not have to suffer in this way.

As we were leaving the last village this evening we were invited to the Pastor’s home. There he presented us with a huge amount of fruit including pineapples, hangars of bananas, oranges, coconuts, papayas, and cucumbers. Though we will not be nearly able to eat all of this before we leave Freetown, we accepted this heartfelt gift. The generosity and gratefulness of the people who have suffered so much was humbling to our team. Though we are tired tonight, our hearts are full.

Today was very meaningful to me. Many times this past year during the Ebola crisis I could hardly stand to remain in Buffalo when there was so much to do in this country that I have fallen in love with. But, today assured me that Alliance Ebola Relief programs made a real difference in the lives of many people here and actually had impact in the fight against Ebola.

To those of you who so generously gave over $250,000 to these programs, I wish each of you could have seen and heard what I was privileged to witness today. Your generosity mattered! I especially wished that Pastor Daryl Largis of the Chapel could have been here today. As the longtime leader of the Alliance, it would have been encouraging to him to see the impact the Alliance has made during the past year.

Thankfully, Ebola is passing. If there are no new cases in the next 27 days Sierra Leone will be declared Ebola free. May that day come soon! But today also showed me that the suffering and trauma will last much longer. In witnessing the tears of those two little girls who have lost so much, I feel a new resolve that we need to continue to stand with the Ebola orphans and provide them with hope.

So tonight, hug your children tight and be so grateful for the blessings you enjoy in America. And, say a prayer for the thousands of children across West Africa who tonight are without mother or father because of Ebola and are struggling every day just to survive.

May “Papa God” be especially close to each one tonight!

—Myron Glick
Jericho Road Community Health Center
a partner of EduNations.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the faithful servant of Christ who works as the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated September 20, 2015:

 EduNations Hope Academy Junior Secondary School in Mapainda recorded 98% pass in the last Basic Education Certificate Examinations.

Yesterday we celebrated all the students including Abu S. Sesay who came to the school because he was too weak to farm. Having eaten a bar of soda soap and being continually ill, his father decided to take him off the family enterprise of farming and asked the school to help raise him.

Abu passed 8 out of 8 subjects with the best aggregate of 16. We are still looking for anyone with a better aggregate than Abu in the whole OBombali district. We hear that there are a few but we haven’t met them.

EduNations has committed to continue to support Abu throughout his Senior Secondary School education.

For the other 35 students with clear passes in this school, EduNations would support them in the first year of Senior Secondary School Education.

Praise for the Presence of God!

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received the following update from EduNations, our partner in ministry to Sierra Leone, dated September 17, 2015:

 The following article gives details of the latest tragedy to face Sierra Leone. Please click here to read this article.

 [Photo of Sierra Leone woman]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received the following update from EduNations, our partner in ministry to Sierra Leone, dated August 31, 2015:

 The following feature article appeared in the BBC News website. Please click here to read this article.

 [Photo of Sierra Leone woman]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Dr. Robert Stauffer from the Presbytery of the Alleghenies of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church dated August 18, 2015, regarding our mission to Fintonia in Sierra Leone, West Africa:

 Pastor Dominic’s wife, Ruth, came down with malaria a number of weeks ago and was pretty sick. She is doing much better now, but is still recovering as this is the rainy season there.

Our In-country Director, Samuel Sesay, would like to find $1,000 somewhere for a time for Pastor Dominic and Ruth and their girls to have a get away to rest from the work in Fintonia. Of this amount, $550 has already been raised and sent in to the Presbytery treasurer. We are asking the churches in our local network portion of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies to consider a special gift to defray the cost of this well-deserved get away.

All the money raised by the Fore Fintonia Golf Tournament on August 22nd will go to the church in Fintonia, as Samuel believes the building of a church is the most pressing need.

Samuel also asked us to pray for him, as he attends the International Reformed Fellowship Conference in Uganda next week. He will represent both the EPC and the nation of Sierra Leone.

School in Fintonia starts in two weeks. Pastor Dominic and Ruth will be playing a major role in the life of the school. We need to pray for the opening of the school, as they feel they are making a lot of progress there.

In October, Pastor Dominic and Ruth, with help from Samuel Sesay, will be showing the Jesus film for three consecutive days in Fintonia. Folks there are already talking about it and they are very excited.

All of our Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) churches in Sierra Leone are coming together to do a youth camp in December. So far 160 kids have registered and 42 of those are from Fintonia! The Fintonian children are very excited about the potential of that camp.

God is truly at work through our mission to Fintonia and throughout Sierra Leone. Let us agree, as the people of God, to pray fervently for this important Kingdom stronghold that God will protect our missionaries and glorify His Name through the work there.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from EduNations, our partner in ministry to Sierra Leone, dated August 17, 2015:

 We praise God for this report from the World Health Organization:

 [Graphic of World Health Organization Alert]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update dated July 29th from EduNations, our partner in ministry to Sierra Leone. They have posted the following informative article on their Facebook page. Please click here to read this article.


[Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the faithful servant of Christ who works as the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated June 26, 2015:

 Here is a special prayer request for the students and their families in our school in Rokassa.

Three days ago a man ran away from an Ebola hotspot in the Western Area and went to stay in the village of Mabankra, one mile from Rokassa. When the Ebola response contact tracing team traced him to that village, he was taken to an isolation center. But, the whole village of Mabankra was quarantined yesterday with no food supplies. For those of you who have been to Rokassa, Mabankra is the last village you go through before entering Rokassa village.

This means over 25 of our students in the Rokassa school are not allowed to go to school. Moreover some 12 students in another village, Rochendecom, who have to pass through Mabankra to go to our Rokassa school, have been stopped from going to school.

Although it is a good thing that these students are not allowed to go to school now, they will be missing the revision and possibly examinations which have already be slated for the coming weeks in the already truncated academic year.

Please pray for the safety of the people of Mabankra and Rochendecom and for God’s protection on all our students in these two villages. Thank you very much for your prayers.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the faithful servant of Christ who works as the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated June 6, 2015:

 At our EduNations’s schools we take the Ebola prevention advice seriously. We take learning seriously. And, most importantly, we also take our daily devotional life quite seriously.

As the Scripture says in 2 Timothy 3:15: “…and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from EduNations, our partner in ministry in Sierra Leone, dated April 19, 2015:

 Students in Mayatta won’t have to walk for miles to get to our Junior Secondary School in Mapainda because EduNations has provided them a School bus. Gloria Dieu!!

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the faithful servant of Christ who works as the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated April 14, 2015:

 Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has dealt graciously with us in hearing the prayers of the saints on our behalf and in healing our land of the Ebola virus disease.

Through such healing the government announced the reopening of all schools and colleges. Today I can confirm that all of EduNations schools have been officially opened and teaching and learning materials have been duly supplied to all our staff and students with the exception of a few students who would receive their supplies tomorrow morning.

Thank you all our friends for standing strongly with us through this crisis. Every blessing in Christ!

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the faithful servant of Christ who works the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated March 26, 2015:

 On Wednesday 25th March, EduNations completed the “Basic Psycho-Social Support and the Teachers Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy” training for our teachers, as well as supplying essential Ebola related materials for all schools in readiness for the reopening of schools on April 13th.

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The day before, we received an update from Samuel Sesay dated March 25, 2015:

 We had a great service last Sunday March 22nd in Rokassa with Thomas gearing up for ongoing ministry there. The Pastor’s house is well under construction with a lot of support from the community people. Thanks to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church for ongoing support to this hitherto unreached community.

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The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update dated March 19th from EduNations, our partner in ministry to Sierra Leone. They have posted the following informative article on their Facebook page. Please click here to read this article.


[Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update dated March 14th from EduNations, our partner in ministry to Sierra Leone. They have posted the following informative article on their Facebook page. Please click here to read this article.


[Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the faithful servant of Christ who works as the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated February 21, 2015:

 At Gbenekoro, EduNations is providing repeated opportunities to the people to know the love of God. Recently, 38 widows registered for a weekly supply of food items and toiletries to continue for the foreseeable future. We also supplied a new wheelchair for someone who needs it and who wants to go to church for the first time and all essential items for women giving birth at the Birth Waiting Home.

For the first time ever, the people agreed that we are allowed to give Christian names to any child born in the Birth Waiting Home. In response, we will provide all the essential items needed for mother and child. We will also prepare a birth certificate for each child, something that has never happened there before now.

Please continue to pray for us, as we reach out in the blessed name of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the faithful servant of Christ who works as the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated February 6, 2015:

 Bringing help where it is most needed and finding more needs on the ground. One needs a school for his community, another needs some medical assistance with a protruded naval, and another just needs a wheel chair to be able to move around.

Lord, look upon these ones and have mercy!

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 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received the following update from EduNations dated January 22, 2015:

(Reuters) — Schools in Sierra Leone will reopen in March, the West African nation’s government said on Wednesday, eight months after students were sent home and classes shuttered following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

The reopening of schools is another sign the tide may be turning against the outbreak, the worst on record, as infections and the spread of the virus is gradually brought under control.

The outbreak has killed about 8,626 people in the three worst-hit West African nations—Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia—and infected nearly 21,700 people, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday (January 21st).

Sierra Leone’s government said in a statement that the decision to reopen schools, one area of life badly hit by the outbreak, was made after a consultative meeting chaired by President Ernest Bai Koroma.

It added that facilities would be provided to ensure that students and teachers were safe.

This is very good news for the schools operated by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in cooperation with EduNations.We praise God for His loving hand on this terrible situation. And, we must continue to pray that the disease will become fully erradicated.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received the following update on the spread of the Ebola virus from the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, dated January 16, 2015:

New Confirmed Cases: 6

Cumulative Confirmed Cases: 7,861

Cumulative Confirmed Deaths: 2,742

Cumulative Confirmed Discharged: 2,127

Number of Beds Available: 1,637

Number of Treatment Centers: 22

Percentage of Burials within 24 hours: 96%

This report is the first time since the Ebola virus epidemic took hold in Sierra Leone that reported new cases have dropped to a single digit number. We praise God for His loving hand on this terrible situation. And, we must continue to pray that the disease will become fully erradicated.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received the following update from Samuel Sesay, the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated January 10, 2015:

A recent news article outlines some of the activities with which we have been engaged in recent days, as Sierra Leone struggles to bring the Ebola epidemic under control.


EduNations Provides Food and Non-Food
Items to Rokasa in the Masimera Chiefdom

By Hassan Bruz, Northern Bureau Chief

The restriction of the movements of People, Vehicles and Commercial Motor Bikes for a given period of time whiles all those engaged in the fight against Ebola proceed on a house to house search, is now been developed as one of the sure ways through which the virus can be eradicated. In the Northern District of Port Loko, the decision was reached at a special Taskforce meeting in which the Information and Communications Minister, Hon. Alhajie Alpha Kanu, was prevailed upon to serve as Chairman of “Operation Surge.”

This Operation was segmented into three phases with the principal objective of ensuring that the spread of the virus is stopped and to as well make sure that all Ebola related cases are brought out of the various communities to either Holding or Treatment Centres. As what I believe to be your right guess, such a decision is bound to affect the bulk of people in diverse ways. Apart from the Vulnerable Groups where you have the categories of the Disable and Poor, the impact is far more reaching in distant and deprived Communities.

It will therefore interest you to know that about six out of the eleven Chiefdoms in the Port Loko District are comprised of deprived Communities. The bulk of the people in most of these areas are in no gainful form of employment. They either eke their living through subsistence farming or Petty trading. At the moment, what is supposed to be their Community Fare Trade Days have been put to a prolonged hold and they could no longer attend their weekly “Luma” Markets. Things have since become too tough and rough with most People in these rural settings in terms of seeking out a living.

At Rosaka and Mabankra in Kombuya Section in the Masimera Chiefdom, the situation has been salvaged by EduNations—a Non-Government Organisation that is operating in that part of the District. The People of these Communities have benefited from a Consignment of Food and None Food items that comprised of bags of rice, containers of cooking oil, fish and every other ingredient together with a barrage of other edibles and utensils. It was a provision estimated at over Forty Million Leones.

Bro. Samuel Sesay is the Country Director for EduNations and he doubled as Chairman of the Distribution of the Consignment. Addressing Beneficiaries at the Conference Hall of the Primary School constructed by EduNations, he said the donation was a humble contribution of his Organisation to help the People of Masimera, cope with the rules and regulations of the ongoing Surge in the Port Loko District. He said even though the decision to restrict the movement of people is not a bad idea, yet a lot of people were exposed to a series of sufferings as their normal ways of survival have been tampered with. Bro. Samuel Sesay said he was therefore very highly moved by the plight of the People of Rokasa, Mabankra and the neighbouring towns and villages whose situation he noted, would have become unbearable.

The Country Director used the occasion to brief his audience about the activities of EduNations dating way back in 2006 when they commenced operations in Sierra Leone. He said they have since been operating in Bombali, Tonkolili, Koinadugu, and Port Loko Districts with the cardinal objective of promoting Education in these operational areas. Apart from Koinadugu where they had cause to construct a Maternity Ward for the Gbenekoro Community after it was surfaced as a community felt need, Bro. Samuel Sesay said, his Organisation has constructed both a Pre and Primary School at Rokasa in the Masimera Chiefdom which was in fact the venue for the distribution in question.

Bro. Samuel Sesay in an interview with the Sierra Leone News Agency [SLENA], said they recruit their Teachers and pay attractive salaries to their Employees, and also provide teaching and learning materials to Pupils in the aforementioned Schools. He said the Organisation also provides uniform, and even pays the fees of each and every Pupil with support from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. He explained how the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Country has compelled a lot of development Projects to an indefinite stop including his plan to construct additional Structures for both a Junior and Senior Secondary Schools at Rokasa in the Masimera Chiefdom, where the Organisation has already constructed the Pre and Primary Schools.

The Country Director said he was quick to realise the impact of the virus and therefore wasted no time in enhancing the intervention of his Organisation. Speaking on some of the interventions so far made in the fight against Ebola, he said they had earlier actively participated in the sensitisation campaign to drum awareness on the potential of the virus to wreck havoc on the entire Nation if appropriate measures were not implemented. He said his Organisation conducted meetings and offered video clips on Ebola with emphasis on the mode of transmission and measures to prevent the spread of the disease. Bro. Sesay said they had also distributed Hand Sanitizers, Infrared Thermometers and Veronica Buckets together with Food supplies to the entire Rokasa Village when it was quarantined some months ago.

He used the opportunity to express thanks and appreciation to the President of EduNations, Rev. Dr. Dean Weaver, and Rev. Betsy Rumer of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Meanwhile the Section Chief of Rokasa, Pa Santigie, the Town Elder, Pa Alhajie Kamara, and a handful of others who spoke on behalf of their respective Localities, expressed delight over what they said to be a remarkable and timely gesture. They made a special mention of Albert Baatilo Sam, the Administrative Officer and also of Mohamed Billy Fofanah, one of the Teachers of this Christian Organisation.

The ceremony was climaxed by special prayers for the immediate eradication of the virus and the ultimate resumption of normal activities in the Country.

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

 [Photo from Sierra Leone][Photo from Sierra Leone]

 [Photo from Sierra Leone][Photo from Sierra Leone]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received the following update from Samuel Sesay, the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated December 12, 2014:

 A sad day today in Rokassa as Unisa Koroma, a 35 year old dad of three of our students in Rokassa, was bitten by a snake in his farm. He was alone, but he managed to walked to the village where Pastor Thomas Kargobai picked him up on his motorcycle and took him to the nearest health center.

On arrival, the health center was closed because there was a meeting of all health care workers in the district headquarter town.

Mr. Unisa sadly died a few hours afterwards. Although he died of snake poison, he would only be buried by the Ebola burial team and we have to wait for another day before they can get to him.

Please pray for his wife and kids. Please also pray for the safety of all the people of Rokassa. We greatly appreciate your love and support. Thank you.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received word that the Michael Card Concert held last Thursday at Memorial Park EPC has raised $44,000 for our mission work in Sierra Leone. A special thanks to all who made this Concert a successful fund-raising event.

[Photo of Michael Car in concert]

 

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The crisis posed in Western Africa by the Ebola virus is far from over. We encourage you to read a chilling article filed on December 2, 2014, by reporter Julia Belluz by clicking here. Then, please watch this video:

 

 

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We have received the following update from Samuel Sesay, the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated December 2, 2014:

 Thank you all for continuing to pray for us and especially for Fatmata. Here is an update on her.

Fatmata’s condition was getting worse and she was taken to a treatment center in Kailahun district, far away from her home district of Tonkolili, since there is no treatment center in her district. By taking her to an Ebola treatment center, we conclude that the lovely two-year-old Fatmata has, sadly, tested positive for the Ebola virus.

From this point we have lost touch with her. We can only wait for the news of either her recovery or of her passing away.

If she recovers, she will not be brought to her dad or community very soon, as the Ebola virus is still wrecking havoc there. Instead, her dad would be traced in the future if he also survives and they will be reunited at that later time.

If Fatmata passes away, her corpse will not be brought back home and no relative will witness her burial. Perhaps no relative will ever know where she was buried.

Her dad meanwhile continues in lamentations. The EduNations food monitors visited his quarantined home yesterday. But, as he puts it, he only eats now to survive, as everything entering his mouth is quite bitter.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received three updates from Samuel Sesay, the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated November 28 and 29, 2014:

 On Thursday, November 27, 2014, an article appeared in the major on-line news source for Sierra Leone. Please click here to read this informative article.

  Please pray for Fatmata Jalloh, a two-year-old girl whose mother died of Ebola in Magbass, Tonkolili district, last week and who is now seriously sick and has been taken to the holding center in Magburaka this evening. Please also pray for her dad, Mr. Alie Jalloh, who is so shaken not only by the loss of his wife but by the withdrawal of his daughter from their quarantined home to a holding center. Thank you!

 In Sierra Leone, the Ebola virus hit hardest this November. Here are the daily records of confirmed cases. Keep praying for us.
  Nov 1st = 95 cases
Nov 2nd = 60 cases
Nov 3rd = 61 cases
Nov 4th = 56 cases
Nov 5th = 36 cases
Nov 6th = 42 cases
Nov 7th = 41 cases
Nov 8th = 45 cases
Nov 9th = 111 cases
Nov 10th = 90 cases
Nov 11th = 94 cases
Nov 12th = 66 cases
Nov 13th = 61 cases
Nov 14th = 84 cases
Nov 15th = 85 cases
Nov 16th = 54 cases
Nov 17th = 89 cases
Nov 18th = 53 cases
Nov 19th = 43 cases
Nov 20th = 53 cases
Nov 21st = 94 cases
Nov 22nd = 54 cases
Nov 23rd = 47 cases
Nov 24th = 39 cases
Nov 25th = 83 cases
Nov 26th = 71 cases
Nov 27th = 88 cases
Nov 28th = 84 cases

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated November 26, 2014:

 After the 21 days of an Ebola virus quarantine period, I went back to visit our EduNations’ students who had safely come through the period in Rokassa—the Kadiatu and Mahawa and families—and Mayatta. They looked healthier and stronger. I thank God for saving their lives.

 [Photo from Sierra Leone][Photo from Sierra Leone]


  Thanks to EduNations and to the generous donations from the MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) groups at Memorial Park Church (EPC), the workers have completed the construction and furnishing of the Gbenekoro Maternity House.

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

 [Photo from Sierra Leone][Photo from Sierra Leone]

 [Photo from Sierra Leone][Photo from Sierra Leone]

 A special “Thank you!” to all who have so generously cared for the women of Sierra Leone!

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated November 19, 2014:

Pray for Dominic Margai and his family. Cominic is the EPC Pastor in Fintonia. His last brother in Freetown was sick last week and was picked up by an ambulance. This week, a death certificate was presented to his mother listing the cause of death as Ebola. Family members did not know the treatment center he was taken to or where his remains have been buried. They are devastated.

Pray for our landowners in Mayatta where, after an hour long meeting yesterday, one of the landowners asked to be excused. He went into his room and feel sick. He was rushed to the nearest clinic at Tambiama. The nurse saw he was vomiting and called for an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Makeni and this morning it was reported that he had died. His family are shocked.

Pray for Nurse Ada in Tambiama who received this man last night and looked after him until the ambulance picked him up. She is very ill and has been taken in an ambulance to a hospital in Makeni.

Pray for me, as I receive calls nearly every hour of the day from all our ministry areas for prayer, encouragement, and counseling.

I hold fast to the belief that “His eyes are on the sparrow and i know He watches me…”

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated November 13, 2014:

Just when we thought we have broken the chain of transmission in Gbuguima/Mayatta and Tambiama, two people have died separately there with Ebola-like symptoms this week. They have been buried by the Ebola burial teams and we are waiting for the test results to know if they died from Ebola or not.

Over 45 people have been traced to the dead people and, if the results are Ebola positive, all 45 and maybe more will be quarantined.

On November 9th alone, 111 people died of the Ebola virus in the country. This week also, another Sierra Leonean medical doctor tested positive for Ebola. The previous five doctors who had tested positive have died. The numbers are increasing as the Health Specialists warn that it will continue to get worse before it gets better. Last week, there were 392 confirmed cases country wide.

Thankfully in Rokassa, the chain of transmission has been broken, as there are no new Ebola related cases there. Let us pray for a similar situation in Gbuguima/Mayatta and Tambiama.

Meanwhile, in partnership with the Sierra Leone Alliance, we have secured new motorcycles. Over the weekend, we will be training Food Monitors who will make swift responses to bring the much needed food supplies to any quarantined people in the four districts we are operating: Bombali, Tonkolili, Port Loko, and Koinadugu.

 [Photo from Sierra Leone]

 [Photo from Sierra Leone][Photo from Sierra Leone]

 We thank you all for the continued prayers and support.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Rev. Dr. D. Dean Weaver, Senior Pastor at Memorial Park Church (EPC) in Allison Park, PA, joined Clay Morgan (guest hosting in place of the vacationing John Hall) and Kathy Emmons on WORD-fm to discuss the crisis with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

Please click on the icon below to listen to this 17-minute-long interview.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, dated November 1, 2014:

 Acts 10:4: “…your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God…”

 With great joy in our hearts we are delighted to report that the 21-day quarantine period in Rokassa has ended and all those quarantined, including our dear dear Kadiatu and Mahawa— having shown no signs of the Ebola virus. [Photo from Sierra Leone]

 And, having presented consistently normal temperature test results—have been reintegrated into the Rokassa community. Also, with only 4 days left, all those quarantined in Mayatta and Tambiama are in better health conditions than before.[Photo from Sierra Leone]

  Our pupils in Mayatta and teacher in Mapainda are in the photos adjacent. Thank you Lord and thank you friends for helping us in our time of need.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an update from Samuel Sesay, the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, regarding his October 25th trip to the villages of Tambiama and Gbuguima/Mayatta for the distribution of food, supplies, and encouragement:

 At Tambiama we held a brief open meeting with the section chief and the community health officer and we presented to the quarantined people all the food supplies and materials designated for them. Those quarantined include one of our teachers. Thankfully those quarantined are not sick or showing any signs of the Ebola virus. Prayers are continually coveted as we fight to break the chain of transmission in these communities.[Photo from Tambiama]

 Visiting over 25 quarantined people in Gbuguima/Mayatta to bring much needed food supplies, thermometers, and Test Record sheets, hand sanitizers, personal protective equipment, encouragement and prayers. Thankfully it’s ten days since they were quarantined and none of them is sick or showing symptoms of the Ebola virus. This act of kindness on the part of those who support our mission to Sierra Leone was greeted with thankfulness. Sola de Gloria.[Photo from Gbuguima/Mayatta]

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies is making a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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We have received an urgent update from Samuel Sesay, the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, regarding his October 14th trip to the village of Rokassa for distribution of food, supplies, and encouragement, following the death of one of the villagers from the Ebola virus.

Rokassa is located about five travel hours away from our target Village of Fintonia:

“So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.” Acts 12:5

We are overwhelmed by the multitude of prayers from all of God's people for us in our trip to Rokassa and would like to thank you all.

Our trip was very timely, very profitable, very impactful, and very safe. We had only one regret: we were not able to touch or hold hands with any of the precious people of Rokassa including our Pastor Thomas S. Kargobai.

Thankfully we were able to bring encouragement, prayers, essential food stuff, and our presence. The people felt the love of Christ by our visit.

The quarantined people, 35 now in all, had not received any food supplies from anyone in the last five days. We brought them what would last for more than 21 days.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies is making a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On October 1, 2014, Samuel Sesay, the in-country director of our mission to Sierra Leone, reported the following.

Dominic reported today that two houses in Kamakwei have been quarantined for 21 days due to the Ebola. A woman who was infected in Makeni was carried in a motorcycle to Kamakwei and she later died there this week. So her house and the rider's house have been quarantined for 21 days. This is the closest Ebola has gone near Fintonia.

Dominic and family are all safe. Dominic says some church members largely depend on him for their daily meals. This is putting his family under financial difficulties.

Other than that, his family and the congregation are well.

Prayers, as always, are much appreciated

Please continue to keep Dominic and Ruth, the Fintonia Church, Samuel, and all of West Africa in your prayers. The Ebola challenge presents many difficulties outside of the disease itself that we may not have considered. The Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 8:8-9 are certainly fitting for this situation:

I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies is making a concerted effort to gather funds to send at this critical time to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this critical need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On August 27, 2014, our own Laurie LeSuer, who attends the monthly EPC Network of Churches meeting in Grove City, provided this report on recent activities regarding our mission to Sierra Leone.

In June, the “Fore Fintonia” golf tournament run by our network of churches from the Presbytery of the Alleghenies raised funds for use in our mission project in Sierra Leone and gave us the opportunity to hear from Samuel Sesay, our in-country coordinator for the project. The event raised $10,000 that evening, designated to build a house for Pastor Dominic and his family, who have been living in one of the classrooms of the school.

This housing project still needs additional funds, specifically $2,500 for a generator and house furnishings. Acquisition of furniture for the schools is also currently underway.

Dominic and his wife, Ruth, plan to attend the General Assembly next year, as the Sierra Leone EPC churches seek approval to become a Presbytery.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies sent an additional $10,000 to Sierra Leone this summer, earmarked for the fight against the Ebola virus. Samuel Sesay and others have been traveling to far-flung villages in order to educate them about avoiding the virus, although this is becoming more difficult as travel restrictions increase.

The need in Sierra Leone has shifted to food and supplies, as the transport pipelines have been cut off and the “bush hospitals” have been closed. Please keep this situation in your prayers.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this critical need may simply make the check out as usual to Redeemer Pres. and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”

 

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On Friday, August 8, 2014, Rev. Dr. Robert A. Stauffer provided this report regarding our missionaries in Sierra Leone, in the face of the growing threat of the ebola virus:

Samuel Sesay and his family are fine. He is sending his family to the U.S. to stay with Catherine’s sister in Virginia for a while. But, Samuel is staying and working to help with the needs that arise from the spread of the disease.

Dominic and Ruth in Fintonia are fine for now. But, of course, they are in a danger zone and we are watching that all carefully.

For anyone who wants to donate to help with the fight against the virus, we have been sending money to help Samuel with his work.

You may use the form provided by the Presbytery and simply mark on it for the money to be used to help Samuel and what he is doing in fighting the virus.

 

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We recently received 77 photos sent by the representatives from the Presbytery of the Alleghenies who made a mission trip to Sierra Leone this spring. You may view these photos by clicking here.

 

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On May 1, 2014, we received word from Rev. Christopher Mathewson concerning a mission project created by an eight-year-old boy, Nolan Cowan, from Slippery Rock, PA, to raise enough money to buy a motorcycle for our missionaries to Fintonia, Sierra Leone. You may read about this exciting effort at the following link:

Nolan’s Bracelets

 

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On March 19, 2014, Pastor Mark Tippin from Bethel Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Enon Valley, PA, sent out this update on our mission to Fintonia:

Financial Update:

From recent correspondence with Rev Betsey Rumer and Samuel Sesay, several imminent needs have surfaced. If your congregation has monies earmarked for Fintonia, and have yet to release those funds, please consider doing so sooner rather than later.

2nd Quarter expenses/needs that are due very soon include the following:

Dominic Salary for April-June: ($350 month) $1,050
Compensation of Land Owners: $500
Land Survey and Documentation: $1,250
Samuel Travel for April-June: ($250 month) $750
20 additional Chairs: $220
20 Additional Bibles: $100

Additional needs that should take priority:

Motorcycle for Dominic: $6,000
   
Total: $9,870



Golf Tournament Update:

Earmark June 30 in your church calendars for the FORE FINTONIA Golf Tournament.

Pricing—

Golf will be $70 per player and will include 18 holes with cart, lunch, and other door prizes such as balls and gift cards.

Dinner will be $25 per person and will include Mixed Green Salad, Fresh Fruit Salad, Oven Roasted Herb Marinated Chicken, Hot Sausage with Peppers, Onions and Light Tomato Sauce, all served with Italian rolls, Baked Ziti topped with melted cheese, Fresh Broccoli & Carrot Medley, Whipped Smashed Red Potatoes, White & Dark Chocolate Mousse, Sheet Cake topped with a golf ball, Dinner Rolls, Fresh brewed Coffee, Iced Tea, and Lemonade.

Note: You will be receiving a trifold handout with advertising/registration information via e-mail within the next few weeks. Please distribute to your congregations!!!

Sponsorship & Raffle Prizes—

We are in need of businesses that may want to sponsor various aspects of this event. This will provide such businesses the opportunity to gain advertising for their services and products as well as a charitable tax deduction.

In addition, we need interesting and attractive gifts/tickets to events/vacation homes, etc., to raffle off throughout the tournament. Please approach people in your congregations that could possibly help with such sponsorship and services.

Sierra Leone General Assembly

Delegates from all six congregations in Sierra Leone (including 40 delegates from Fintonia) will gather to hold the first ever General Assembly in Sierra Leone. The trip will be lead by Rev Weaver and Rev Rumer. Our very own Rev Graham will also be part of the team.



Prayer Requests:

Update from Samuel Sesay—

I am excited that two strong Muslim men (one of them summons people to the Muslim prayers on Friday) have been coming to church for two consecutive Sundays. Please pray that they will truly discover the truth about God's saving grace through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Also, a Muslim convert named Umaro, aged 43 whose wife died six years ago, said nobody wants to marry him because he has become a Christian. He has a 16-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter. He said he really is feeling lonely and would like for us to pray for him so that he can find a Christian woman to marry.

Recently, Dominic said they have had many more people coming to church and they need more chairs and Bibles. He also talked about the difficulty he has in moving around and is really in need of a motorcycle. As we continue to pray, I will pass those needs to Pastor Betsy as she is the one managing the budget for the work there.

Finally, we are holding a series of discipleship and leadership training programs next month in Rokassa and we are bringing 35 people from Fintonia alone! Please pray that the eyes of their understanding will be opened to the gospel of grace as they spend time with other Christians from the 27th through the 30th of March. Plans include the baptism of 30 of those 35 people attending on the 30th of March.

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We have also received the following prayer requests from Rev. Scott Graham, Pastor of CUP Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls, PA, on behalf of those traveling to Sierra Leone on March 20th through April 1st.

The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica in 2 Thessalonians 3:1:

“…pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.”

I am asking for your prayers in much the same way. From March 20th through April 1st, I will be in the West African country of Sierra Leone. This will be my third trip in the past two years, and my responsibilities have increased significantly on this mission. I am with a team of seven others from the Presbytery of the Alleghenies (Evangelical Presbyterian Church).

The presbytery has been partnering with an educational non-profit called EduNations to plant schools in the central and northern portions of the country. These areas are almost entirely Animist and Muslim, yet the desire for education is so great that this ministry has been welcomed with open arms. Churches are being planted in these villages along with the schools, and we are seeing a tremendous response to the gospel.

As with many evangelistic ministries in Africa, however, the long-term gains will be in doubt without careful discipleship and training of indigenous (native) pastoral leadership. The EPC has been training and ordaining pastors for the last few years; this trip is a combination of exploration, evangelism, and training of in-country leaders.

The opportunities are tremendous; however, the need for prayer is great. Sierra Leone is notorious for secret societies that involve the use of sorcery, rituals that have, for lack of a better term, blasphemous echoes of Christian sacraments, and curses that can cause severe disruption to Christian witness.

Christ’s power is far greater, of course, than these demonic forces, but prayer is absolutely essential to the work that we will be doing. I am sharing this letter with you because I am asking you to faithfully lift me up and the work of the team while we’re away.

Here is a short daily description of what I’ll be doing, with some suggested Scripture passages that you may want to use to assist your prayers.

Thursday 3/20-Friday 3/21 — Travel from Pittsburgh to Newark to Brussells to Freetown. Please pray for good health and good attitudes; the trip with layovers can be grueling. Also, please pray our luggage will arrive on time and with nothing missing. Genesis 28:15:

“‘I the Lord am with you and will keep you wherever you go.”

Saturday 3/22 — Visit to Reformed Theological Seminary in Freetown; travel to Makeni. Presbyterians from Korea started this school back in the 1980s. Our Presbytery of the Alleghenies has been working on developing a relationship with them and their student body; it is likely that I and some other members of our team will be teaching at least one class. 2 Timothy 2:15:

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

Sunday 3/23 — Preaching in villages around Makeni (Mayetta and Makump). This will be the first time I will preach in Sierra Leone, or with an interpreter, so I’m a little nervous. Nevertheless, African congregations are very enthusiastic – so pray that I’m understandable, and that many who are there will come to put their trust in Christ as Savior. Ephesians 6:19-20:

“Pray also for me, that words may be given to me to boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel…”

Monday 3/24 — Exploring Mission opportunities in Gbenekoro. We will be traveling into Northeast Sierra Leone to scout the possibility of planting a church and beginning a school in this extremely remote area among the Kuranko tribe. The EPC has a missionary pastor and a promise of land to build a church and school, but not much else. We will be meeting with tribal chiefs and other politicians. We will also be actively praying over the people and the land; I’m told Gbenekoro is a center for training sorcerers across the African continent; witchcraft and offerings to ‘bush spirits’ are extremely commonplace. I’ll be teaching the team some basics on facing spiritual warfare and curses. Singing a verse or two of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” would be appropriate today. Luke 10:17-20:

17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’ 18 He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’”

And, also, Ephesians 6:10-18:

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Tuesday 3/25 — Continue tour and prayer of Kabala and Gbenekoro. We hope to have some good interaction and game time with the children of the villages in this area today. Mark 10:13-15:

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’”

Wednesday 3/26 — Travel to Makeni – Rest and meet with Pastors Dominic and Ruth from Fintonia. I hope to have time to meet one-on-one with Pastors Ruth and Dominic from Fintonia to pass on any letters, pictures, and messages our congregational members will be sending to the children we are sponsoring to go to school, as well as give them the Communion trays and plates that CUP used as a church plant 50 years ago. What a blessing to see God’s work furthered and how he is using a small church like ours to bring good news into locations that have never heard it before! 1 Corinthians 11:23-26:

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

Thursday 3/27 — Travel to Rokassa – show Jesus film and teach on salvation. Campus Crusade for Christ developed a film on the life of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke that has been shown around the world in hundreds of different languages since the 1980s. Today we will be showing the film in the village of Rokassa in the Temne language. Most of these villagers will have never seen a movie before. It will likely be their introduction to Jesus’ life, message, and ministry, as well. I will be teaching with a team of three others to villagers in the afternoon. My topic will be salvation – I need to teach this primarily through visuals, since illiteracy is likely to be over 50%. This is where the genius of the parable teachings of Jesus really shines. Please click to read these Scripture passages: Luke 15 and Mark 4:1-9, 14-20.

Friday 3/28-Saturday 3/29 — EPC Pastors’ General Assembly in Rokassa. This will be the first time all of our commissioned pastors will be together in one place since they have gone out into the villages. There will be intensive teaching from several of our team members; I will be teaching on how to read the Bible, using Mark’s Gospel as my primary source, and how to pray for people using inner healing techniques and release from demonic oppression. For a country that has gone through warfare, famine, and generations of ‘spell’ casting, this is critically important. Many new Christians and even pastors are tempted to go back to old ways in the face of peer pressure or discouragement. Other topics to be covered will be marriage and family life, ways to grow in prayer, and basic roles for elders. Please click to read these Scripture passages: 1 John 4 and 2 Timothy 3:16.

Sunday 3/30 — Closing Worship in Rokassa, travel to Freetown

Monday 3/31 – Tuesday 4/1 — – Travel to Brussells, New York and Pittsburgh.

Friends, this work is helping to lay the groundwork for what we pray and hope will be a strong Christian presence in northern Sierra Leone and beyond for generations to come. Your prayers will make a powerful difference in the outcome of our mission. Please click to read this Scripture passage: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11.

Thank you in advance for your faithfulness in prayer and support!

 

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On February 20, 2014, Pastor Mark Tippin from Bethel Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Enon Valley, PA, sent out this update on our mission to Fintonia:

Sponsorship Update:

Beth Weaver from EduNations has informed us that we are up to 80 sponsorships, which leaves us just 13 shy of our goal of 50%. Fantastic work folks! Let’s keep up the good work and get those last 13 sponsorships.


Golf Tournament:

After contacting 17 different Golf Courses and Country Clubs, we will be returning to Seven Oaks Country Club for the 2014 Fore Fintonia Golf Tournament and Dinner. We are still working on final pricing and menu details and will have a flyer for you to distribute at our next meeting. In the meantime, Please mark Monday, June 30th, on your calendars and plan to attend, whether or not you golf. The dinner alone will be well worth your attendance.

Also we received word that it is likely our dear Brother Samuel Sesay will be in attendance to speak at the dinner. This is not a certainty yet, but it is very likely and will hopefully be confirmed within the next few weeks.


Prayer Requests:

In e-mail correspondence with Samuel Sesay in Sierra Leone, he has offered the following as prayer requests that we may share with our Presbytery of the Alleghenies’ congregations.

  • Please pray that the Lord will continue to bless the gospel work going on in Fintonia

  • For the Lord to continue to open the hearts of the people in Fintonia towards the faith

  • For the blessing of continued good health, joy and peace for Dominic's family
  • For provision of the needs listed previously

  • For safe travels for me as i travel always not only to Fintonia but to other mission fields

  • For my continued godliness and leadership and I seek to honor God in my work

Bios for Pastor Dominic and Ruth:

Samuel Sesay in Sierra Leone has sent us the following biographies of Pastor Dominic and Ruth, who represent the Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s Mission to Fintonia.

Dominic Margai was born on June 6, 1968 and was a Roman Catholic until he heard the gospel preached by Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke in a crusade here in Freetown in 1994. He was discipled in a Pentecostal church where he served as a Deacon. Later he served in another Pentecostal church as an Elder and then as a Pastor. He holds a Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering and worked as the Lab Assistant at the Physics Lab at the University of Sierra Leone until he joined the EPC in July 2013.

His wife Ruth Margai was from a Muslim family, but heard the gospel from two women who went on a house-to-house evangelism work in 1989 and she gave her heart to the Lord. Ruth has a Diploma in Vocational Skills (tailoring, catering, gara tie dying, soap making, etc.). They have four children, three of whom are older and the fourth is (I'm not sure about this, but I guess 11 years old). They also have Ruth’s sister’s daughter (who I guess is also 11 years old) who has been given to them “for fostering.” Dominic and Ruth live in Fintonia (with these two girls) serving with the EPC as Missionary Evangelists.

 

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On January 16, 2014, we received a January Update from Rev. Christopher Mathewson, who coordinates the mission effort in Fintonia, Sierra Leone, on behalf of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies.

He writes: “A critical part of the ‘missional culture’ we are seeking to foster between our ministry network and our friends in Fintonia centers on the commitment to follow the leadership and guidance of Dominic, Ruth, and Samuel.

“In a recent e-mail from Samuel Sesay, he named the top FIVE needs/priorities that we can support. Here is an excerpt from that e-mail:

“...In the light of that, your presbytery may want to use the funds raised to meet these needs in Fintonia. In order of preference, I would say the needs are:

  1. Land surveying and registration.

  2. The motorcycle for Pastor Dominic.

  3. Laptop computer for Dominic. Last weekend, I met a man who works for an NGO in Fintonia and they are focusing on Agriculture. They have an office in Fintonia and internet facility through V-SAT. They won’t let Dominic use their computers but they said if he had one, they could give him the passcode. This way we all can communicate with Dominic and Ruth directly when we need to do so.

  4. The church building. The congregation in Fintonia is growing and the people still generally look at the place of meeting as just a ‘school building.’ As the Lord provides, building a church would greatly enhance the commitment to evangelizing that community. Please talk to Dr. Dean who has a church building plan and budget for a standard EP church here.

  5. Housing for Dominic and Ruth. Dominic and Ruth moved to the Nursery school building where they currently stay in one classroom. It’s just a room and a parlor and I thought getting a house for them was a priority due to the current inconvenience with their children. But Dominic’s selflessness is shown as he prioritizes the building of the church to that of their home!

“I think the above remain the short- to mid-term needs in Fintonia. Once again, thank you very much for this partnership in the gospel.”

 

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During the week of December 9, 2013, we received two critically important e-mail messages from Samuel Sesay in Sierra Leone. Here is Samuel’s first e-mail message:

Greetings in The Lord.

I have just returned from a weekend trip to Fintonia where I visited the Margais, preached at the growing EPC there, met elders of Fintonia and brought back with me to Freetown Ruth Margai, her two daughters and a boy the Margais are caring for now as requested by his parents. They have all come to spend the Christmas holidays in Freetown.

My family will host them for a couple of days to have fun and I will drive them back to Makeni on January 5th when I will be hosting a teachers’s training while they journey on their own from there to Fintonia.

As always there are evidence of The Lord doing a marvelous work of grace in the lives of the people there. Notably one of the three Muslim teachers who have been coming to church has publicly confessed his faith in Christ. He is one of those attending Dominic’s Wednesday class where he teaches the Shorter Catechism. The whole community continue to support Dominic and his family and yes, The Lord's church is being abuilt!

But aside from all this glorious news, the whole Thambaka chiefdom is on the verge of a serious political crisis and this is why I am calling for prayers for the peace and safety of the whole chiefdom and Fintonia in particular.

To summarize, Thambaka chiefdom has five large sections, one of them being Fintonia. The paramount chief has always been elected from the 13 ruling houses in the five sections. A total of 547 elders from the five sections vote. The last two paramount chiefs were from Fintonia section and they ruled for a total of 47 years. The next paramount chief elections will be held this Wednesday 11th.

Now this is complex but let me try to explain it.

In 2009 the government passed a Law in which it stated that paramount chief elections will not be contested by all sections of a chiefdom but only by members of a ruling family within one section. Thus the elections will be rotated section after section.

However the elders in Fintonia said this was never explained to them. In fact the Provincial Secretary who is mandated by the government to oversee the conduct of the elections personally went to Fintonia to validate the 13 candidates that were contesting these elections. They are from all five sections. All have paid their candidate fees and all have been issued with symbols.

Only last week did the Provincial Secretary sent a letter explaining the 2009 Act. In that letter he also stated that candidates from four of the five sections are not qualified to contest the elections.

Obviously people from those sections including Fintonia are very bitter. They have been holding secret meetings and I was told by the Section chief of Fintonia some of the plans. They include a boycott of the elections by the voting delegates from the disqualified four sections. They constitute over 80% of voters. They vowed that any one of them who eventually is found to have voted on Wednesday will have his house burnt down. Their vow was solemn used by the reading of the “alfatija.” In fact I was told that the Provincial Secretary will return to his home as a living corpse because they will kill him through witchcraft. That is the plan of the elders.

The young people on the other hand plan to post banners saying “No Participation and No Voting” tomorrow at the ferry. They fear that if the elections are allowed to go on and a paramount chief is elected, that decision will not be overturned. So they plan to barricade the road leading to Fintonia where the elections are supposed to take place.

It’s very volatile and we need to pray and pray for this chiefdom this week.

Obviously I have gone through with Dominic what he can do and what he cannot under the circumstances and how he can safely leave the town or chiefdom if a crisis threatens his life. I have also spoken to the Section chief requesting for his protection should anything terrible happens and I have his word on that.

In view of all this, I am again calling on all of us to pray for Fintonia and Thambaka chiefdom this week.

This is the end of the first e-mail from Samuel Sesay in Sierra Leone. Here is Samuel’s second e-mail message:

The prayers of every one of us for Fintonia have been answered, praise The Lord.

To summarize the last report I have received: Dominic is safe. The elections did not hold because the youths did not allow that. There were only about 20 armed police men as against about 400 youths. The Provincial Secretary (PS) blamed the Regent Chief for the failure to hold the elections. The PS said he would report the whole chiefdom elders to the government and a serious action would be taken against them.

Meanwhile, at midday while the PS and other government representatives were meeting to talk about the way forward, elders from the four sections met and decided that no witch craft activities should be carried out unless if any one is attacked first by the police or visiting personnel. Since no violence took place, I was told that no witch craft activities occurred.

Finally, the candidates from the one section who were qualified said they would request the government to divide the chiefdom and allow them elect their paramount chief.

I am so convinced that all this is answer to our prayers! It's such an encouragement to see God work unimaginable wonders when his people call on him in utter trust and dependence on Him.

Thank you so much for praying for us.

This is the end of Samuel Sesay’s second most recent e-mail message. Please do continue to pray for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church mission efforts in Sierra Leone and our Presbytery of the Alleghenies’ efforts in Fintonia.

 

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Along with the update reports from Samuel Sesay (immediately below), we have received a series of photos from the construction project in Fintonia: Please click here.

 

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Here is the latest update from Samuel Sesay, received on Wednesday, October 16, 2013:

Dominic was delighted to hear of your love and care for him and the people of Fintonia. He sends you, and all the servants of God in your Presbytery, warm greetings.

Two weeks ago, he moved his family to the single room and parlor in the Nursery school building. It's quieter there but also tight for the family. His primary prayer request therefore is for the construction of the parsonage and the church. I have told him that these are big expenditures, but that we will all be praying for The Lord to provide.

He also talked about the fact that a few older people are coming to Church, as well as many, many kids, but he is not sure of their understanding of the Christian faith yet. He said he is trying his best to teach and largely depends on the Holy Spirit to bring understanding to the people. He asks for prayers for this to happen each time he teaches/preaches.

His daughter Veronica was having a fever this week, but he said she is showing signs of recovery. Prayers for her are also appreciated.

We agreed that my next visit to him and the church will be on November 2-3. He and Ruth will also be coming to our proposed first Presbytery meeting in Mile 91 on November 13-14.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for us.

Kind regards,

Samuel

 

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An update from Samuel Sesay, received on Monday, October 14, 2013:

Thank you for the continued care for me and family and your incessant prayers for us and the work of the gospel here. I don't always have much time as my work involves sometimes spending weekends in the mission fields. But you can be sure that I have been authorized to take time off and get the needed rest whenever.

For example, this weekend I was home and today i am completing my day's goal by 2:00 p.m. when I leave to pick Samuella at school. From there, I will head home. Tomorrow is a public holiday (Muslim) and I get the luxury of staying home with the whole family again. So yes, I am getting some good enough time to spend with family.

Certainly, your churches’ commitment to supporting the work in Fintonia is a huge blessings that we remain forever thankful for. We intend to do our best as the Lord strengthens us to make this partnership a fruitful one.

You may want to know that Dominic and his family are doing well. I spoke to Andrew the contractor in Fintonia who said they are fine and that Dominic plans to call me on Wednesday.

Thank you very much for the continued prayers and support and do give my warm regards to everyone.

Kind regards

Samuel

 

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An update from Sierra Leone comes from Samuel Sesay by way of his “September Update Report”—please click here to read this report.

 

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Samuel Sesay offered this report via e-mail on July 29, 2013:

I write to confirm that Dominic has safely arrived in Fintonia. I haven’t heard from him since he arrived on Friday but I met the driver who took him there today. The driver said Dominic was warmly welcomed by the elders. We will pray that such warm heartedness continues in their heart for Dominic and the gospel.

He left this letter for you which I have scanned here.

Thanking you for your continued prayers and support.

Here’s the handwritten letter from Dominic and Ruth written to Dr. Bob Stauffer and his wife:

 

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We received the following update that Samuel Sesay sent to the Presbytery on July 22, 2013:

Thank you very much for sending the funds with Dr. Dean for the Fintonia Missionary Evangelist, Dominic’s relocation.

I wish to acknowledge receipt of the $2,420 you sent and report that on Friday, the 19th of July, I disbursed the funds for Dominic's July pay, his relocation funds, and house rent to him and Ruth. They said a BIG THANK YOU for all of that.

Today, I helped Dominic buy 24 new NIV Bibles, 30 new plastic chairs, and some torches (flashlights) and batteries, all as budgeted.

I am keeping his pay for August and September and will bring his August pay when I visit him around mid August.

I also helped him arrange with Mr. Kanu for the World Hope vehicle that will take him and his household materials on Friday the 26th. Ruth and the girls will join him around 2nd week in September.

Please pray for Dominic as he finally makes the move and for the Lord to bless him with a fruitful ministry in Fintonia. Also please pray for Ruth and the girls as they make the preparation for the final relocation.

On another development, we found the 3 bedroom house which had been built for the Headmaster of the Fintonia school as the most ideal housing for Dominic and his family. It is not yet occupied and it needs to be rehabilitated and has the disadvantage of being isolated from the village. But it is as ideal as anything else in the village.

We did ask the Section Chief if we could rehabilitate it for Dominic and his family and got a positive answer to that. The Section Chief thought that if we fixed the house, we can only focus on building the church which he advised to be prioritized. We did ask for a budget from the local contractor in Fintonia (the man who built the house of the Section chief’s brother—the nicest house in Fintonia) but I thought his budget is too much. Its $4,764. He also gave us a budget for the rehabilitation of the two school buildings that are as well too high and I plan to send another contractor for a second estimate.

I just wanted to bring you up to speed on these plans and to ask for your continued prayers and counsel.

 

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A team from our Presbytery headed to Sierra Leone in early July. In preparing for this trip, Rev. Dr. Bob Stauffer sent out a report with the following information on Monday, June 24, 2013:

I had the opportunity to be with Samuel Sesay from Sierra Leone at General Assembly and he spoke at Gateway and Center churches this past Sunday, June 23rd.

I want to update you as to where we are in regard to the funding for Fintonia.

We now have the accounting process in place that we can send our money to Fintonia. You simply write the check to the “Presbytery of the Alleghenies”—as you would any regular check. Then, either include a note, or write in the memo line of the check, that it is to go to “Fintonia.”

You can specify if you want it to go to the church side of things or the school and it will be designated however you like. But right now, the pressing need is on the church side.

We have been sending the sponsorships to help with the school side but the pressing need is getting Dominic and Ruth to Fintonia as soon as possible—they are just waiting to go.

Some of you have said you have funds waiting to be sent. So, now you may do so.

Samuel gave me the following priorities for funding as soon as possible:

  • Salary for May June and July: $1,400

  • Chairs for meeting: $330

  • Lectern for church: $20

  • Bibles: $180

  • Lighting: $100

  • Pre missionary training: $100

  • Relocation funds needed now: $500

  • Money for Samuel's visits: $375

  • Motorcycle, license and fuel for 3 months: $6,500

  • House rent for 1 year: $100

  • Total: $9,605

This list obviously states the main priorities. But, all items are needed soon as Dominic is just waiting to go.

So please send in whatever available funds to the Presbytery of the Alleghenies and we can get him started.

 

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In addition to the above, Betsy Rumer has offered these pertinent follow-up comments on July 2, 2013:

First, I’d like to thank all of you who’ve already given to the E2025 project in Fintonia, Sierra Leone. We appreciate your generosity and your missionary hearts.

So far 62 children have been sponsored. That’s a huge praise! Our ultimate goal is for 85 students to be sponsored in Fintonia, which would ultimately cover the whole cost of running the school. We are only 23 short of that goal. That’s amazing! Praise God!

For those of you who are still considering your giving, I thought it might be helpful to let you know where our greatest needs are. As we head, rather quickly I might add, towards the start of the school year this September, our greatest needs are on the school side.

While the child sponsorships are going great guns, there are start up costs that are needed immediately.

The full start up costs for the school are $9,500.

But what’s most immediate is $3,800 for uniforms and school supplies. We will also need additional funds (about another $6,000) for black boards, desks/benches, and school building repair before September. The urgency behind the need of money for the uniforms is that it takes a good bit of time to make them, which needs to start ASAP.

If you are still considering giving to Fintonia, we could really use your help with this amount.

Would you and your churches prayerfully consider designating your money to Sierra Leone School Fintonia?

As a side note, (in response to Bob Stauffer’s report in June posted above) we are doing well on the “church side” of giving toward Fintonia (not as costly as starting up and running schools). We currently have about six months of EPC church funds needed to fund the church/pastor in Fintonia already!

 

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Previously this year, from April 4th through 14th, a team of leaders from the Presbytery of the Alleghenies of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church traveled to Sierra Leone, West Africa, to continue mission work that began several years ago. Please click here to read a report of their trip.

Please join with your fellow members and friends of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church congregation to pray for our mission work in this needy area.