British Pastor Pleads for Land
Pastor George Jack of the Rosary Pentecostal Church in England has made a passionate plea to the Government of Sierra Leone to provide suitable land for the purpose of constructing a centre to house disabled people in the western area, who he said, need urgent assistance to empower them to contribute more meaningfully to development in society.
Pastor Jack made the plea during his short recent visit to the country to carry out multi-purpose activities having to do with restructuring of churches and drilling of water-wells for the underprivileged, including the disabled persons squatting at House of Jesus for the Disabled, on Wallace-Johnson Street downtown Freetown.
Pastor Jack promised to assist the physically challenged with basic facilities when the land is provided as a way of making their vision a reality. He said had there been available land they would have already gone a long way constructing water-wells and providing skills training programmes to their targeted groups. He noted that the bad condition of the disabled can only be improved with concerted efforts and contributions from government and other development partners. “It is too much for one church or small organization; the first thing is we need to get some land to drill wells so that they don’t have to go a long way to fetch water ”, said Pastor Jack.
He noted that their intervention is about showing compassion to the less privileged and needy, adding that it is good for churches to intervene as he said, “it is one thing to go to church and shout alleluia but if we cannot look after the needy, then our praises become meaningless.” He urged fellow Christians to intervene, support and look after the poor and needy in society.
However, stakeholders of House of Jesus for the Disabled are trying frantically to get the support of the Ministry of Lands and Country Planning to look into the ownership of a plot of land in Grafton which was reported to have been allocated to members of the organization, but now allegedly grabbed by some individuals.
By Ilyasa Baa
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