By Pastor Jason Duley, Galilee United Methodist Church (reposted from Facebook)
“Every time I think about how we started the Child Rescue Center, I almost break into tears,” Bishop John Yambasu told me at dinner in Freetown last night.
The orphans and abandoned children that he and the UMC rescued after a civil war looked a lot like the children fishing last night in the ocean across the street from our restaurant table.
The thought brought tears to my eyes, too. The work in Africa is moving like that. Have you ever spent a week with a lump in your throat? I have been struggling to hold back tears as I’ve met the children in the community, the church, the CRC and Mercy Hospital.
“This work is really a miracle,” Bishop Yambasu said as he told the story of the CRC and his personal call from God to help. I feel that call as well.
What a blessing to take part in everyday miracles! As I realize that we are rescuing kids just like these, saving lives and souls—when I am close enough look them in the eye—it touches my heart.
Many children remain on the streets of Bo. Saturday evening prayers concluded with an eight year old boy singing in a strong but humble voice: “Lord bless the children on the streets, O God, that’s not where they should sleep.”
He has recently been a street child, but is now safe with us.
I invite you to pray, just one prayer today, for the children of Sierra Leone. My heart is with you in it.
— in Freetown, Sierra Leone.