Sierra Leone, though listed as one of the poorest countries in the world, is a resource-rich country in West Africa. A devastating civil war, the Ebola outbreak that took over 4000 lives, and an oppressive government have overshadowed the beauty and resources of Sierra Leone. More than 60% of Sierra Leoneans live below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. As a result of the gripping poverty, there is widespread hunger, malnutrition, and disease.
Despite the devastation that Sierra Leone has endured, the hope of Christ is being made known. The 25 Project ministry provides a place for orphaned and vulnerable children to hear the hope of the Gospel. Through sponsorships, children are given a place to belong, necessary nutrition, medical care, educational tools, and discipleship to provide a better future for themselves, their families, and ultimately their communities.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
There are many people in Sierra Leone who have never heard about Jesus. The fastest growing religion is Islam, with 60% of the population identifying as Muslim. In contrast, only 13% of the population identifies as Christian. IIn addition to the profound poverty and instability, few Christian churches exist to meet needs. Church leaders are often overwhelmed and ill-equipped to fully tend to the needs of so many orphaned and vulnerable children. One-third of the nation’s population cannot read, highlighting a need for spoken evangelism and Christian radio broadcasting.
Pray for true stability, sustained peace, and a decisive end to government corruption.
Pray for restoration and wholeness for children who have suffered the loss of their families.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower believers and church leaders to share the good news of Jesus.