God Continues Connecting Stories in Sierra Leone
Our prayers for our Ministry in Sierra Leone have always included the desire for God to use us as we connect people from diverse cultures, countries, interests, and specialties. And for God’s Love to flow through us. Not surprisingly, God continues to answer these prayers in ways we could never imagine. We praise God for all of the following connections which have been such blessings to us
- A Sierra Leonean missionary in a remote chiefdom who helped protect Carrie Jo’s team during a tense Ebola situation is now a dear friend that we have been able to encourage and support since her husband died suddenly.
- A “random” meeting with an American missionary 3 years ago, who recently was feeling overwhelmed and reached out to us whom we were able to plug into a support network.
- Chance encounters at the supermarket with medical personnel, one of which has resulted in a cervical cancer screen and treat program through World Hope International.
- Email introductions with workers and groups that have become collaborative relationships and friendships.
- Workers with various organizations who grew up as Third Culture Kids, and the unique bond that is evident, and the subsequent opportunity to share.
- We thrill to see the delight in strangers faces when they discover that Carrie Jo’s parents were Pa and Ya Kinde and the stories they tell of the ways Don and Joan ministered to them.
- We recently had a former Global Partners MK who “stopped by” and helped us diagnose our solar system and freezer.
- World Hope’s CHAMPS (Child Health and Mortality Surveillance) team, through training, mentorship, and example now compassionately connect with families that have just lost a child and are then able to follow up with them concerning why their child died. Often, superstition attributes death to curses, sins, or diet.
Our prayer is that God will continue to use these connections and that we allow Him to be evident in our lives to those we connect with.