Sisters of Sierra Leone celebrate in Dallas
Sierra Leoneans in the Dallas-Fort Worth community flooded the Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Dallas to jump start the 50th anniversary celebration of Sierra Leone on Sunday, April 17th, 2011 as the Sisters of Sierra Leone of North Texas commemorated its 13th year in existence. (Photo: Sierra Sisters)
Sisters of Sierra Leone of North Texas – An organization that is characteristically comprised of a collection of fine selfless ladies of excellence and compassion, was on top of its game again, when it celebrated thirteen years of hard earned service and dedication to its people and the nation of Sierra Leone. The atmosphere was gracefully interjected with the “green, white and blue” traditional attire that members were beautifully festooned in, organizational planning displayed was at an all time high and, the outpour of support exemplified why they are truly one of the best in Dallas.
The power-packed and holy spirit filled thanksgiving service, themed “Healing of the Land” paraded an array of distinguished Sierra Leoneans from different walks of life. They included several board members of the organization, the eminent professor at the University of Texas, Dr. Alusine Jalloh, Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Rowlett, Patrick Jackson, several religious leaders, representatives of organizations as well as other community activists.
“We should pray fervently for strong voices in the land” said Pastor Alasa, who then outlined why Sierra Leoneans need to go back home and reclaim the past glory which the nation once enjoyed. Sierra Leone needs strong voices in politics, the judiciary, finances, in the health sector and all other areas of development” said Pastor Alasa, “so as to make a difference in the lives of its people.”
A proclamation declaring April 27th as Sierra Leone’s Day in Dallas signed by the Mayor of Dallas, Tom Leppert was read out by Julia Macauley, Secretary, Sisters of Sierra Leone outlining some of the accomplishments the organization has garnered in its 13th year in existence.
The closing remark was given by Comfort Parker, Social Secretary in which she aptly demonstrated the organizations heartfelt appreciation for the support shown. Pastor Solomon Njawa gave the closing prayers and the service ended with some refreshment and fellowship.
By Christian Foday Sesay Jnr, Texas Correspondent
Photo credit Les Rickford Photography
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