CRC celebrated its 1st Fundraising Thanksgiving Service at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Bo during the 9:30 am service. The service was held under the distinguished patronage of Bishop Warner Brown and Mrs. Millicent Yambasu. Mrs. Yambasu attended the service alongside CRC staff, some of the families they serve, Alumni members, UMC members, relatives, and friends. Around 200 attendees were there in total.
Rev Raymond Bola Williams preached on the theme “Show Love with Action” 1st John 3: 17-18, and HCW field Liaison Maada Navo lead the fundraising activity. As the music played, members of the church were encouraged to come forward and contribute funds to the CRC program.
We are so overjoyed to see Sierra Leoneans helping their own children and communities through initiatives like this. It is such a wonderful way to see Brothers and Sisters in Christ joining hands across oceans to help the vulnerable in need.
Amie and Beatrice James attend Mukeh Tiwah Junior Secondary School. For their annual Inter-House Sport day, their Case Manager Abduali and their father Samuel attended to support the girls. Amie was in yellow house and Beatrice was in green house. Amie participated in a music and chair event and emerged as the winner of the event. Beatrice on the other hand took part in a 100 meters race and she came second in position.
Samuel is very proud of his girls. He shared that Amie came 6th position in a class of 28 pupils. Beatrice sat for her National Primary School Examination on the 6th May, 2023.
Abduai reports that Amie and Beatrice’s dad really cares and loves his children. He always tries to make himself available whenever his children need him. Samuel told Abdulai, “CRC, it is only God that will pay you for the good work that you are doing for us, may God continue to bless you all.”
Missioners who've traveled to Bo on behalf of HCW probably know and love the ancient Cotton Tree that stood in the middle of Freetown. The massive (230 ft) kapok tree (probably named the Cotton Tree because of the white fluff from its seed pods) had stood over Freetown for nearly 400 years before a terrible rain storm last week led to its toppling to the ground.
The tree has stood in the heart of the capitol city since its settlement by former slaves who returned to Africa from Britain and North America. In 1792, 1200 freed slaves from Nova Scotia held a meeting under the tree to give thanks for their safety in the home they christened "Free Town." For centuries, Sierra Leoneans have cherished the beloved tree as a symbol of their historic connections to the liberated slaves who founded their country. For years people had continued to gather and pray for the country under its branches. The tree has adorned bank notes, stamps and medals.
“This is like New York losing the Statue of Liberty, or if the Eiffel Tower in Paris fell,” said Ali Bangura according to The Globe and Mail. "For centuries, it has been a proud emblem of our nation, a symbol of a nation that has grown to provide a shelter for many," President Maada Bio has said. Bio has promised to replace the Cotton Tree with a new symbol of its history.
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