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]


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.


  • 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 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.


  • 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

XMAS meal in Freetown

Due to cash shortages at the bank in Freetown, Pastor Yatta was unable to collect the money we sent in December for a Xmas meal. He managed to get the money in January – here’s how he described the day [sent via WhatsApp]

I am excited to update you on the feeding program which took place on the 10th. January 2021. The first time I shed tears when I see how excited and hungry the children are. We are to start at 3 p m. The children started coming at 11 a m. We cannot send them away we have to find something for them to eat and wait again for us to start at 3 p m.

In poor countries like Sierra Leone the children look forward to a feeding program of this nature. The feeding gives us a direct connection between the children and their families. People brought their children that were not part of the number and push them inside the gate. The number keep growing. We prepared for 100 we had 152. We have to get the cooks to cook a second time.

They were sure of one big meal and a take home pack. There is a Cry for food in this country. Children goes to school on a empty stomach. That is why some young girls ages 11 and 12years dropped out of school and are given into early marriage. Hunger is a nightmare.

I was able to raise more money to buy footballs, vest, footwear and also help with the payment of school fees for 12 vulnerable children that are part of our team. We don’t take any child that is not going to school to be part of our team. Their parents cannot afford so the lot fall on me to assist. You should have love to see the excitement on the faces of the children when they received their package.

In their package we put soap, face mask and hand sanitizer to prevent them from COVID 19 that has started growing again in Sierra Leone. We had an enjoyable time together. We played games and dance. They even dance until they reach home.

Thank you very much to you our donors for given us the opportunity to feed and serve this children. It is indeed a blessing to us. Thank you, Thank you

Stay Blessed
Yatta Samura

XMAS meal in Kono

From David Sandi via WhatsApp

"Hello everyone. 402 children benefited from your generosity. They ate heartily, danced heartily and went home with gift bags. Merry Christmas all and God bless."

Thanks to your donations we were able to give £1000 towards a meal for school children in Koidu, Kono. David and his team organised a day of eating and celebrating and the pictures show how much the kids enjoyed it. The pictures are a bit low on sharpness, sorry. But you can still see the joy in the kids’ faces. Thank you for your support! We have also supported a Xmas meal for some more children in Freetown and Kono – pics coming when they’re available.

Gifts for SL

Hi Yatta, hope you and yours are safe and well. I have recently taken some more freight up to London to send out to Freetown. One large box, one small box. It includes some school books, clothes etc including stuff left behind by our students when they left because of Covid e.g. an electric hot plate, electric slow cooker. It should arrive in SL later this month, or in early October. I have included some bags specifically for Blacker, and will send you photos of these later. With all best wishes, Stay blessed, Ian

C3M Ministry Update

[From Yatta via WhatsApp]


God Almighty sees and know what every one of us are going through in life and will work it out for our good. The pandemic in the world will surely comes to an end in Jesus Name. Let us all continue to trust him smile through the storms and challenges of life. I know it is not easy but he is still in control.
Our Theme for this year is ….EXPECT THE BEST ISA.43:18 – 19

Praises….. Covid 19 came and gradually going none of my family members and church members has been affected. Even though I lost some close friends.

Churches were close down for over 6 months but thank God they are open again Even though with restriction and conditions.

I was really happy and grateful to God for the money I received from you to help and serve our peopl and communities by helping with food stuff and helping with covid protection gears. It went a loooonnngg way

The kono churches are gradually settling down after the death of pastor Marcarthy. In raising up strong and committed leaders.

God has open new doors for sports life with Bible Society and Scripture Union to start partnering with is to do ministry.

We are grateful to God for the open doors he has given us to start a new church at Mambo in the pennuselar area. A school hall has already been secure. We shall give you more update as it progresses

I was sick but thank God I am up again. Wrong time to get malaria it could be mistaken for covid


Sierra Leone is standing on a time boom…..Too much political tension. A lot of killing is taking place… here was a prison break and over 100 inmates died…. for peace. Sierra Leone has gone through a lot already

A friend came from the state with a Toyota 4 Runner he is selling to us for $3500. We have been able to raise $1500. As I need to do frequent trips now to kono. I will also not want you to go on public transport when you come visit again. Pray that the good Lord provides the remaining $2000.

Our president is sick and presently out of the country for medical. For speedy recovery

We are grateful to God for prayersand support. What are wonderful family we have. May the good Lord bless you all.

For Covid 19 to stop. Most of our programs are on hold…..more with the schools. We need to start again.

Pray for Kono that the leadership will work together for the growth and stability of the ministry.

For the church planting in Mambo.for the payment of the school hall and we also need musical Equipments.. for the growth of the church

Yours Faithfully
Yatta Samura

Pastor James MacCarthy (23rd Sept 1957 – 11th June 2020)

We were saddened to hear of the death of Pastor MacCarthy on 11th June. Richard wrote these words which were read at his funeral. Pastor MacCarthy leaves behind Sarah his wife and his children Emmanuel James 32, Gabriel Tamba 27, Nicanor 26 and Diana Kumba 11.

2010 in Kono

Those of us who met Pastor James Maccarthy have fond memories. He was a “gentle and outstanding Christian”. He was a humble man who exerted wide influence through his servant leadership. His faith was there for all to see. He helped pioneer the construction of the “St Andrews” junior school at Maima village in the aftermath of the brutal Civil war that took place 20 years ago.

I remember meeting James in November 2004 at the opening of the St Andrews school in Maima, Kono district. He told me that he was delighted to be back in Kono having been forced out of his home during the Civil War. Kono was the setting of the film “Blood Diamond”, which highlighted the war over conflict diamonds and the army of “drugged child soldiers”. The film accurately depicted the brutality and horror of the war.

James led a group of evacuees as they walked through jungle paths between Kono and Freetown. When he recalled the story, he was almost diffident about the risks of ambush by the rebel army as well as the natural hazards of the jungle. The zig-zag nature of the retreat meant they probably walked 2 or 3 times the straight-line distance of 200km between Kono and Freetown. In truth the family bore the scars of their 40 days in the wilderness as they lost one child along the way and they were not the only family to lose loved ones.

Despite the family loss Pastor James recalled how he thanked God for guiding them through the dangers. James’ faith gave hope to all on that eventful journey.  When food ran out and illness began to hit many in their party, it was James who encouraged everyone to keep going. It was an epic escape story of biblical proportions yet recounted with the modesty and understatement that was the essence of the man. 

He will be sorely missed by many in the UK and in Sierra Leone alike.

2004 outside Maima School as building work draws to a close

Nunc Dimittis

1    Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace:

according to thy word;

2    For mine eyes have seen:

thy salvation;

3    Which thou hast prepared:

before the face of all people;

4    To be a light to lighten the Gentiles:

and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Luke 2: 29-32

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen

Richard Bayfield 15th June 2020