I am very happy to inform you that the JOG 4 JESUS is a success and a blessing to Sierra Leone.This is a program that the churches, sports clubs and organizations are looking forward to. We got far more attendance than was expected. So the Sierra Leone commercial Bank divided to join the Jogging . We approached them to help us with more T Shirt. First time to get an institution to help. We see jog 4 Jesus as a way of celebrating the death burial and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We Jog singing and praising God. At the closing ceremony we prayed for Sierra Leone and the various Sporting Disciplines. I am still in pain. [From Yatta via WhatsApp]
Pastor Yatta and his team organised a meal in Freetown and one in Kono. He wrote:
I am sending you this Report to say thank you, thank you and thank you again for putting SMILES in the faces of the children. This is the 2nd. Year we have under take this wonderful project of Feeding the Children within this Christmas holiday in our community. We ask them to come at 2 pm they started coming at 9 am. You can see the excitement on their faces. We planned for 100 kids we had 123. Many more where standing at the gate wanting to come. We have to close the gate, they stood outside crying and begging.
Too much hunger in this country – parent cannot afford to feed their children. We also bought some training equipment and gave them gifts. Watch the photos..
David Sandi organised a meal in Kono for about 300 Ahkom pupils and poor local children.
We thought it’d be over in an hour or so but they kept on coming. Fortunately there was ample food for even those remaining poor kids who gingerly made their entrance over three hours later.
See the anguish on the faces of the senior secondary pupils when we asked them to please wait for the younger ones and guest children to receive first service. They were assured there was food and drink aplenty for all accompanied by relevant Xmas bible story. Don’t know if I managed to calm their salivating nerves. Tell me if you think I did.
Except the Lord build we labour in vain that tries to build ….
For 20 years the Lord has been using us to build the Christian community church Mission SL. In Freetown and Kono.
We celebrated 20 years of existence last September – By the grace of God we have been able to established 9 churches. 5 with there own erected buildings. A National Youth Ministry with many in the university and a formidable National Women Fellowship. WOMEN OF GRACE.
We had a meeting as a senior council which is the highest decision making body of the mission and came up with the following resolution as a way forward for the mission…..
1. That the General Overseer Rev. Yatta Samura should do more regular visit to the kono ministry.
2. That we buy a bike for the National Evangelist and Church Planter. (Rev Yatta Samura, Rev. James Marcarthy and the Freetown Church provides the bike by April.
3. That we put together a Training School to train our Pastors in house. On the 14th December we are traveling to Kono for a week to kick start the training of about 35 pastors and Leaders.
4. That we celebrate big time next year to bring together all of our churches and our International partners for the celebration. We hope we Will have representative from you guys.
5. That the Freetown Church building project kick start as that will be the blessing for the rest of the ministry
6. That a National Youth Camp and a National Women Retreat start by 2019.
7.That a National Convention be held every 2 years. For fellowship, Reports and posting.
We reflect back to 2004 when we first meet you and how far the Lord has use you guys to give us a big push us to where we are today.
Somebody says – Life’s most Important question is: “What are you doing for others”?
But you have done so much for us and for that we are grateful.
There is so much opportunity and open doors for ministry in this country which I believed we must take advantage of now while it last.
You are not only blessing us but you are also appreciating God for his Goodness to you.
We are now in the schools to help teach and develop sports. We have had open doors and cooperation with the teachers and administration. We are also working in opening sports clubs in the schools for recreation, Evangelism and Discipleship.
In November 16th -17th we are bringing 8 primary schools in the Godrich community for competition. For the past 3 years government has stop all sporting activities in schools because of violence. But they have trusted us to do it. We have started meeting with the schools. We pray and hope that all goes well.
Last year we had a Youth Camp. It was a real blessing to many of the kids especially those who came from the mudslide and that was badly effected. Registration has started . planing for 300 children.
Since after the Election Sierra Leone has never been the same, things are very difficult and cost of living has gone way up. In December we are planing a Feeding program for the children we are working with. 6 – 15 yrs. About one hundred. (100)
1. The Pastors Training in December. To be a blessing to the Pastor of our mission.
2. Sports Life School program for open doors with the administered.
3.Primary schools competition in November for 8 schools for fellowship and recreation and also to exhibit their talents.
4.Feeding program, to give the children a Christmas treat.
5. The Church building project in Freetown. As we work in securing the Land. To make the right decision. Stay Blessed
Isaiah 43: 1-4. The Lord promise that he will be with us in whatever situation we go through. And thanks to you all in Oxford that are praying for us we feel encouraged. Sierra Leone has not been easy after the election things are really going down but our God remained faithful.
After the Election a lot of atrocity and killing are taking place. Political revenged. This is not good for Sierra Leone. The cost of basic commodities has gone up.
The Sierra Leone ministry is gradually growing. We are still supervising the school in Koidu. We try to keep our influence in the school to keep the Christian influence.
The Churches are doing very well. The churches in Kono has a combined service every other month to serve as encouragement into the smaller churches and to bring the churches together as one.
C3 Mssion is 20 years this year. A lot to thank God for. The God Lord has taken us this far. We are grateful to come across you on the journey and the assistance you have rendered us. Pastor Marcarthy and myself are grateful
We want to celebrate next year but in September this year we are planing a Thanksgiving together in Kono. Freetown will go to Kono. If any one of you can come it will be good to be part of it. We would value your support for transportation and feeding. Waiting for pastor Marcarthy to put the details together.
The mission is also planning to organize trainings for our pastors and Elders.
Sports Life. The work is schools is growing. We are training coaches to work with the school and establishing clubs in the school. We have gone to Kabala to start a new work Ibrahim Koroma is overseeing the work. Kabala is in the North of Sierra Leone. To start in August.
The mission is undertaking a big project which the mission is praying that it come to reality. The church project in Freetown which we see as strategic for the growth and stability of our mission.
Every week coaching in schools and communities are on going. The community coaching is growing as more and more children keep coming. More need for sporting equipments, balls and footwear.
We are grateful to God for many children in our churches were able to make it to university. Three graduated also from university this year and have got jobs.
Victoria Kadie Kamara. One child I started looking after since she was 1 yr old enter the Medical school this year to do medicine. I am very grateful to God. It is expensive but God is faithful. Thank you for your prayer support and assistance. We are grateful
1. Thank God for my daughter Kadie Kamara to be able to make it to the medical school.
2. Thank God for the new work starting in KABALA. For the feasibility study that is going now.
3. Thank God with us for 20 years of existence. And how far God has taken us.
4. Pray for for the thanks giving in September.
5. Pray for the church building project in Freetown on the way.
6. Pray for our on going coaching program in schools and communities.
7. Pray for the training of our pastors and elders as it commences in September for success.
Sierra Leone is going through a very difficult phase at this moments after the National Election (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43653098). The country is still not steady. There has been a very serious problem in the Parliament where the majority party in Parliament where dragged out of Parliament by the Police. Negotiations are going on. Please pray for stability
20th Year Anniversary
As you know this year is our 20th. Celebration of the Sierra Leone Ministry. We are putting our mind together for celebration of how the good Lord has brought us thus far.
After 20 years we hope and pray the good Lord will provide us with a big lift in Freetown by providing us a building for school, Church, community Hall and offices. This is going to be a blessing for both the Ministry and the country.
- Please pray for sierra Leone and for the negotiations in Parliament to go through.
- For the Sierra Leone ministry to continue to make progress. To have a wonderful 20th year celebration.
Congratulations to Pastor Yatta on the Award of Outstanding Alumnus from the Evangelical College of Theology – April 2018
In the UK we are pleased to congratulate Pastor Yatta on his award from the Evangelical College of Theology which organizes a National Leadership Conference. Pastor Yatta was given the award from the 800 Pastors and Church Leaders who attended the conference. The award was given because of the progress of his ministry and his service to the Nation. In the UK we remember Pastor Yatta looking after Orphans back in 2001 during the Civil War, when the country was deemed unsafe. He set a high level of service at that time and it continues to the present day. This prestigious award is truly deserved by Pastor Yatta.
Richard Bayfield 11th May 2018
Another load of freight has just arrived in Freetown. It included the usual school supplies and this time we sent a load of cricket equipment. All of which was donated. This is what Yatta has to say: “Thank you very much. We really appreciate the effort. We received them and have distributed. We donated some things to a nurse who is a member of our church. She took them to the hospital. The big one is the Cricket equipments. Abdulia is part of Sports Life and a national Cricket player. The equipments is expensive and difficult to get. We distributed the sports items to him to take it to his club. As I am talking to you now the team has gone to Nigeria for a tournament. Those equipments are a blessing to them. The other things are shared to church members. On behalf of our team we say a big thank you”. Abdulia is in the brown shirt!
Pastor Yatta sharing a smile with Joni and Paddy, both of whom have visited him in Sierra Leone, where Paddy ended up coaching the Sierra Leone National Cricket team!