Bridge of Love 2015 offering helps Sierra Leone recover from Ebola

November 17, 2016
Story and photo submitted by Les Law
Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Global Ministries

The Bridge of Love Offering in 2015 sponsored by Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Global Ministries collected $16,201. The offering was taken to support the efforts of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church to help the country recover from the Ebola crisis.

The Sierra Leone Conference has two hospitals, numerous health clinics, and many primary and secondary schools. The Ebola crisis essentially closed them all. Since then, all the institutions have re-opened but the crisis exposed many weaknesses in the existing health system. The Sierra Leone Conference wants not only to recover but to improve all their efforts.
While a United Methodist work team was in Sierra Leone this year, members visited with Bishop John Yambasu, the UMC development director, and the UMC secretary of health. We learned that our offering was used to rehabilitate a recently acquired health clinic in the small village of Njalihun in the southern province.

There is nothing more pleasing to a United Methodist member who has traveled for hours on rutted dirt roads, only slightly better than a four-wheel drive trail, and arriving at a remote village to find a cross and flame there. The church and clinic may not be more than a structure of sticks and straw but there is a lay pastor there with a nurse (sometimes the same person) providing both physical and spiritual healing.
The members of the Rocky Mountain Conference are enabling God-acts (James 2:18, The Message) to take place in one of the poorest countries in the world. Bishop Yambasu sends his greetings and thanks. Email Hope or Les Law or call them at 303-642-3693 for more information.