UMC creates impact in Kambia
The Regional Missionary Initiative, in collaboration with the Department of Youth and Young Adults of the United Methodist Church (UMC) Sierra Leone Annual Conference has ended a week-long Ubuntu Volunteer Service to Kambia District, Northern Sierra Leone from 26th May -2nd June 2014.
During the orientation workshop held at the UMC House on Lightfoot Boston Street in Freetown on 23rd May 2014, participants were sensitized on the concept, purpose, mission, types of work, expectations, cultural sensitivity and dos and don’ts about the visit.
Ubuntu is a Zulu word meaning not about us but Christ.
Furthermore, believers in the Lord Jesus Christ cannot be happy if others are sad as they hold the view that if one member suffers, they all suffer.
Prior to departure for Kambia on 26th May 2014, an Ubuntu Worship and Commissioning Thanksgiving Service was held at the King Memorial United Methodist Church on Regent Road in Freetown with Rev. James Boyle Caulker as celebrant.
The week-long visit was climaxed with a grand thanksgiving service on Sunday 1st June 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Kambia on the theme, ‘Accept The Challenge With Courage’ taken from Joshua 1: 5-7.
The preacher was the Rev. Alex Josiah, Director of Evangelism, United Methodist Church while Mrs. Ethel Sandy, Ms. Beatrice Fofanah and Mrs. Mamie Lahai served as Distinguished Grand Chief Receivers.
In his message to the congregation, Bishop John Yambasu of the United Methodist Church (UMC), Sierra Leone Annual Conference said the UMC does things big time and revealed that the land donated to the Church in Kambia free of cost by the community has been surveyed and that construction of the Church would commence after this year’s rainy season.
He continued that a pastor leads his people to salvation shepherding and assured the District Superintendent of Kambia, Rev. James Fornah of the support and commitment of the conference to ensure that the church is transformed from a classroom to a church building.
The service was attended by leaders and members of other churches and even Muslims in the community.
While in Kambia, the Ambassadors of Christ traversed status, tribe, ethnic, cultural, religious, political, educational and other divides in mission work as well as worked and learnt from the community.
Furthermore, gifts were distributed to various disadvantaged communities in Kambia Town to demonstrate God’s love for them as the volunteers also communed with the people, cleaned their environments, healed the sick and baptized converts.
A three-day revival and film show on the life of Jesus Christ were also organized and attended by leaders and members of other churches and Muslims during which the sick were healed, souls won, converts baptized and testimonies made about the goodness of God.
The volunteers became bridge-builders, placed their hands on each other’s shoulders embodying their belief as one body in one spirit and in one Lord and prayed that the people of God must do all the good they can, in all the places they can, to all the people they can and as long as ever they can.
The volunteers as well planted trees and seedlings on the land allocated to the Church in the outskirts of Kambia Town.
The people expressed thanks and appreciation to the Church for the initiative that created impact in the community.
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