The Sierra Leone Initiative
On September 12, 2006, Bishop Middleton, of the Central Pennsylvania Conference and Bishop Humper of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference, West Africa formally signed the dual conference approved contract beginning the work of the Sierra Leone Initiative.
Sierra Leone’s infrastructure was destroyed by a ten-year long civil war which also devastated many of the churches. As a result of this war, congregations find it difficult to support pastors and their families.
As part of the Susquehanna Conference, the Sierra Leone Initiative (SLI) provides a unique opportunity for Susquehanna Conference churches to keep pastors in full-time ministry in Sierra Leone. This provides the necessary support for pastors to devote themselves to making disciples for Jesus Christ.
Our Partnership with SLI
On March 21, 2013, First UMC, through action of the church council, became a part of the Sierra Leone Initiative by becoming a Covenant Church. As a part of this covenant, our church will provide $1200 annually with a commitment term of 10 years. $1,000 of this amount will supply the pastoral support and $200 will offset the disbursement of these funds and help pay for the delegates to travel once a year to the respective countries. SLI partners with the General Board of Global Ministries to ensure full accountability and quick delivery of all funds.
Our partner church is located in Kossoh Town, within the Hastings District of western Sierra Leone. Rev. Osman Koroma is the pastor at Kossoh Town UMC. You are invited to begin praying today for the pastor and congregation. We will correspond with each other and hopefully be able to video chat with him in the future. The Annual Conference sends a mission team each year to Sierra Leone. The next trip is scheduled for January 12 – 25, 2014, at a cost of $4,000. You can apply now here.
|Front of the Church in Kossoh Town
Back of the Church in Kossoh Town