Sierra Leone Mission Trip Update from Freetown – March 7, 2009

Bowa! (Greetings in Mende, the local language in the Mokanji Hills area of Sierra Leone)!

Thanks be to God for His amazing provision on this trip! I have a few minutes for a quick update from Freetown. Our team worked very well together, often late into the night preparing drawings of the existing hospital building and plans for the renovation. Upon our arrival at the hospital site, we were greeted by most of the surrounding villages with a brief meeting, song, and dance. I am amazed by the eagerness of the nationals to begin work on the hospital, as they are desperate for work and a functioning hospital. Several babies were born during our stay, but one infant died due to complications after the mother was sent to the nearest hospital in Moyamba. Please pray about how you might be involved in the continuation of this hospital restoration project in Mokanji, Sierra Leone.

I included a picture from after yesterday’s community meeting to present preliminary plans. The meeting went well, and the community remains very supportive and is eager for the project to start. Please be praying that God would raise up an experienced doctor to serve in the hospital and that donors would be generous toward the construction project. Praise God that funds for a deep, bored well have already been raised by a church in Buffalo, NY! Pray that Global Outreach Mission would have wisdom in sorting through well drilling proposals and select the best one for the community.

eMi Sierra Leone Team with kids at Mokanji Hospital
eMi Sierra Leone Team with kids at Mokanji Hospital

Please also lift up our team as we return to the U.S. after our time away. We each have responsibilities and obligations when we return, but pray that we would spend time in reflection, rest, and prayer before getting back to our busy lives. Pray especially that God would provide direction in my life, as I feel called to return and assist with construction management when the project gets started. I am not sure how all of the details will work out or how long I would be back here, but I praise God that He knows and He is faithful to direct my steps.

I look forward to sharing more about the trip with all of you in the coming days and weeks! Kay an Goma! (Thanks be to God!)

By God’s grace and for His glory,

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