CrossPoint’s missionary commitment to Sierra Leone began in 2007, as a part of what was then the Central Pennsylvania Conference’s covenant relationship with the United Methodist Church in that country. Initially, churches in our Conference were paired with individual churches in Sierra Leone; our commitment was to provide $100/month toward salary assistance for the UMC pastors there. While this has been a blessing to them, it did not take us long to realize that we needed to do more.
Our pairing with a church in the tiny village of Maboleh, in the north-central part of the country, was God’s handiwork. Although we had been faithfully fulfilling our monthly financial obligation, our strong feeling was that we should/could do more. In 2009, CrossPoint began sending its own missionary teams to Sierra Leone, thus beginning a relationship that joins our hearts with those of our brothers and sisters in the church, and the village as well.
During our first few visits, we built relationships with the leadership of the church, the tribal chiefs and leaders in the village, the UMC’s local District Superintendent, and the Bishop of Sierra Leone. Since then, we’ve expanded our outreach to include educational, medical and economic initiatives; we’ve built several latrines, a home for the family of the former pastor’s widow, a new church and quarters for the village’s Primary School teachers. We’ve built an additional 3 classroom building, and provided scholarships for nearly 3 dozen children- 3 boys & 3 girls each year who could otherwise not afford to continue their education beyond 6th grade.
We support the village’s medical clinic with medicine and supplies, and partner with the women of the village in a cooperative agricultural project. During the Ebola crisis, we provided funding to purchase and deliver rice and cooking supplies to the church and village for over a year, because the villagers were not able to gather in groups to farm, or travel to a nearby population center to purchase food. It is no stretch to say that CrossPoint church is saving both lives and souls in Sierra Leone.
Click here to give to the Sierra Leone Fund at CrossPoint and be sure to mention Sierra Leone in the special instructions.