Pastor MacCarthy memorial service

[From Pastor Yatta via WhatsApp]

Just coming from Kono where we did a memorial service for the late Pastor James MacCarthy who pass away on the 11 June 2020. He died during the height of the coronavirus and lockdown.


As a mission we decided to do a memorial service alongside the family.

The service was very well attended. We indeed lost a great man of God. Somebody who have served the mission and impacted lives. People were crying and wailing. I am grateful to God that we were able to do it.

Please pray for the Family, life is difficult for them. Every thing was Pastor MacCarthy. His wife was just a house wife. She has 4 children to look after. A girl the youngest and 3 boys all in the university.

As a mission we want to empower his wife to take care and support the family. If you guys can help us to set her up in a small business. After spending time talking to her she agree that 2 thousand pounds can do that for her. 2,000 . Her extended family and church family are looking for what we are doing for her. Pastor MacCarthy has been a key figure in this mission.

Ministry Update

[From Pastor Yatta via WhatsApp]

Greetings from Sierra Leone on our Independent day 27th. April which makes us 60 years. Where are we as a nation…. That’s what people are asking…. Some people cry for Sierra Leone.

I hope you guys and your family are doing well. Corona is gradually going down many of the Restrictions have been lifted. Infection cases are going down…. That call for celebration.

Yesterday 27th April was our 60th Independent day ….. There was no celebration because people thought that there is nothing much to celebrate. Problem after problem in this Nation. The government invited other heads of state in the sub Region. Ghana, Gambia, Liberia , Guinea and dignitaries……..

UPDATE………

  1. I have taken the coronvirus vaccine my second dose is on th 16th June. Happy to have had the opportunity others are afraid. But I am ok. Pastor Boima the assistant pastor in Meama Kono was very sick I brought him down to Freetown for medical treatment. He has improved and has gone back to Kono. We bought all the medicines to continue the treatment. I am grateful to God that we were able to help a brother and a teammate. May the good Lord continue to give him good health. Pastor Boima who is also the chief at Meama has given a large portion of Land to the MISSION for future development of the MISSION.
  2. The New church planting in MAMBO West of Freetown will be officially start on the 30th. May. We really look forward to it.
  3. I am Invited to attend a leadership conference in Dubai on the 13th – 18th. May. I need your help with my contribution of $500. They are working on my visa now.
  4. Memorial Service….. We are doing a memorial service for the the late pastor Marcarthy. We shall do it in collaboration with the family and the body of Christ in Kono on the 3th. June 2021. Putting our plans together.
  5. We have started working with the single leg Amputee. They do have a football team practising by the beach side. It is so good to hear their stories and to be able to share the love of Christ with them. They value your prayers.
  6. PRAYERS……
    • For Sierra Leone to make progress, to move forward , for peace and cohesiveness
    • For pastor Boima for his health to improve
    • For the planning going on for the new church planting to start
    • For the memorial service for pastor Marcarthy as we work with the body of Christ and the family for good working relationship. And God’s province
    • Single let Amputee for Grace and wisdom for us as we work with them.
    • For my travel to the training in Dubai for God’s province

Stay Blessed
YATTA Samura

Ahkom school farm classrooms

[From David Sandi]

The roof is finally coming up on the initial set of 6 classrooms at the school farm.
 I saved a lot by hiring a power sawer to cut down a few trees in our village and reap the boards. However the carpenter says I’m short by 43 boards. I shall try asap to overcome that hurdle.

Gifts for children

[From Pastor Yatta via WhatsApp]

I say thank you on behalf of our children for the gift you sent them.

I did 3 things……

We made a small breakfast for them which they enjoyed so much.

I sent some money in One of our village Church in kono to feed the children

We also help some children with their schooling. I gave them some money to take to their parents to help them get back to school. We received a lot of thank you from the family.

So I am sending the THANK YOU back to you for providing the funds. This is an excitement the children always look forward to.thank you thank you thank you.

Ministry Training in Kono

[From Pastor Yatta via WhatsApp]

As I told you I am in Kono since last Friday. I came to do ministry training for pastors and Elders. I targeted 15, it has turn out to be 45. Pastors came from other churches. It is a blessing. I am teaching 4 subjects a day. I am doing 6 days in the week. I am grateful to God for the turnout and interest.

These are the people who went through the training in Kono. They came from the various branches of the church.
We also had Leadership meeting…. We discuss a whole lot of things among them is about starting a development project for the mission that will be of benefit to raise funds to support the mission. Talk is on going. We also had FUN time, to keep the training interesting

My budget went way up because I have to serve lunch. People are excited to learn.
Sorry for the pictures my phone is not that good

Easter meal for Ahkom pupils

[From David Sandi]

Schools closed yesterday for Easter break. Second term report cards were also prepared for distribution to students. Staff therefore thought it ideal to have the meal on this day as at least 98% of students would be attending. The meal was prepared for nursery and primary divisions numbering 255.


Parents were in attendance to pick up their children and report cards. There wasnt time for games this time round as most parents had urgent Easter preparations at hand. Nonetheless the children enjoyed themselves with the popular food of their choice –  joloff rice and additional non-food incentives. 

St Andrews School Meama

St Andrew’s school was started by Pastor Yatta with support from LSL in 2004 and was taken over by the Govt in 2016. Yatta visited the school last week and sent this update.

[From Pastor Yatta via WhatsApp]

This is Meama the St.Andrew school. We are grateful to God the school is still on going. By the time I get there today school was already over. They took me around the school and church building. The church has badly damage by burglars so we want to Build another one. We have done almost one thousand blocks.. In the next two months we want to start the foundation. The local people are doing well to raise local support plus what they are getting from me. They are working very hard.


Also for future development we have been able to secure almost two acres of land from the new chief. We have to complete payment of about 800 pounds. We have by the grace of god be able to pay one thousand and three hundred pounds. We rsise the money from the Churches. We thank God we can do that. Thank you very much for your support and prayers.

C3M Ministry Update

[From Pastor Yatta via WhatsApp]

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH MISSION
SIERRA LEONE.. MINISTRY UPDATE

It has never seem to astonished me how fast a year can go by… 2020 went so fast and painful to the the world.
The saying is true “A day feels like a lifetime and a lifetime feels like a day.”
This is a time to allow us to reflect on what the good Lord has been doing for us in Sierra Leone in the past year and to look forward to what he is going to continue to do through us as we work faithfully with him.

Our Theme for 2020 was ” EXPECT THE BEST’ Is a. 43: 18 -19.

PRAISES……..

  • New members keep adding to the churches. All the branches add together disciple and baptized 36 New members.
  • Some of our members got employment in midst of this difficult time with coronvirus when everything is closed down. God provided for them.
  • We got 5 marriages and more on the way. Our youth are settling down. Making New families in the church.
  • Thank you very much for the vehicle you help us to get, very handy useful and serviceable. It is indeed a blessing to the ministry.
  • Some of our young people were able to make it to university. A very big achievement for the church.
  • In the midst of COVID 19 none of our members are touch. We are all safe by the grace of God even though I lost few friends outside of the church.
  • Starting a new congregation at MAMBO West of Freetown. A very big and New community that has a lot of potential for growth.We are doing effective outreach. God has provided the place a very big school hall. We are only working in paying the rent and buying few equipment to kick start the church. We are hoping to officially start in April or May.
  • The children we sent to school did very well in their promotional exam. We are grateful to God for them.
  • We indeed licensed and Ordained near pastors.
  • Our National Training School progressing both for Freetown and Kono. Since we cannot afford to send pastors to bible college at the moment. I am moving around with some other pastors form MISSION to help in the training. I will be in Kono next week for 2 weeks.
  • Children Feeding program… This is something the children are looking forward to every year. Thank you very much for the necessary provisions. This is bringing us and the community closer together.
  • The Church left the building….. When church meetings were stopped . The Church left the building but we were meeting on whatsapp and zoom. Those who don’t have android phone. We have to call them every day. Some still don’t have phone so we can’t reach them. We indeed have to keep in touch with our members. Thank God no one got missing.
  • Marriage couple Retreat… I am planning a marriage couple Retreat. To bring them together. To keep the marriages going. Too many divorce now in this country pray for the funds

SPORTS LIFE……

  • SPORTS restrictions has again been lifted so we have started our school training program
  • Community Training is on going. God is opening new doors
  • We are still working with our national Teams and other SPORTS Disciplines. We are having bible studies and prayer meetings with them.
  • Accident… A whole team of 18 players and 6 officers got an accident lost 1 players and 3 officials. The rest are in critical condition. I called a prayer meeting for them and was well attended. I will pass by to see the team management when going to Kono next week. The FA is helping those in thee hospital. They value our prayers. FIFA has banned our national stadium because of poor facility. All of our International Matches will be played in Guinea close to us. Ebola has started in Guinea we pray it will not cross the boundary. When Coronvirus is devastating us already.

PRAYERS

  • Pray for church growth. That the churches will continue to grow spiritually and in number.
  • For God to provide for the families that has made it to university.
  • For the church planting in MAMBO for the necessary to pay both the rent and the necessary equipment
  • The marriage retreat seminar….. for God to keep the marriages going. And to provide the funds for the seminar
  • For more open doors for our school program. And more volunteers. We are getting more that we can handle.
  • I will be in Kono next week for about 2 week for a wedding and pastors and leadership training. Pray for it effectiveness .The total cost 30 pounds a day that is the cheapest.
  • Our work with the National Team for wisdom and the right spirit and for the to understand who Jesus is them.

Thank you very much for you Partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. You have indeed share love to us and we are grateful Thank you.

Stay Blessed
Pastor Yatta Samura