Mohamed Nabieu, Assistant Director for Mission Advancement and Partner Church Lead
A big tree has fallen. This mighty tree had grown and expanded and had many branches, once of which was me. I came to be part of Bishop’s tree at the age of nine. After I was picked from the streets during Sierra Leone’s eleven year long civil war. I was withering away but was given a second chance and the nurturing I desperately needed. This was all due to the influence and the care of Bishop Yambasu.
He spent his life running after the lost, the lonely, and the desperate. I was fortunate enough to spend 20 years of my life under his care. He treated me like a son during a period of my life where I had lost my entire family. He mentored me, coached me, and taught me leadership principles. But most importantly, he believed in me.
Not only was he my father figure, but when I started my career, I was able to work with him on a daily basis and receive even more of his mentoring and wisdom. Together, we worked with the key stakeholders and Helping Children Worldwide to reunify the children living in the orphanage with their families.
He was excited by this opportunity to reach even more children and families and continue his vision of helping the most vulnerable populations in Sierra Leone. We walked together throughout this process and continued to grow and nurture even more branches together.
He dedicated his life to improving the lives of others. He was the best example I knew of servant leadership. Although he had many responsibilities and positions of power, he never forgot about caring for the people in his life. He often rearranged his busy schedule in order to be available for important events. He made it a point of duty to be available for my engagement and performed my wedding ceremony himself.
He often made time to call and check in. We talked about the expansion of the CRC and Mercy Hospital programs and his dreams for the future. He never stopped dreaming and planning. He always had a big vision for what the future could be. The last time I spoke to him on the phone, he asked me when we would be seeing each other next.
Daddy, you may not be around today physically, but I know that you are watching us. You mentored, you led, and you changed so many lives. Be rest assumed that this work you started will continue and this vision that you started will continue to transform so many lives. We shall see you again on the beautiful shore.