Sierra Leone Episcopal Area

Mission and Ministry
A visitor to United Methodist Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone, washes his hands at a wash station before entering the hospital on March 16. Amid coronavirus concerns, the use of handwashing stations, previously used during the country’s fight against Ebola, has been stepped up in public places, including hospitals, banks and schools. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Ebola offers lessons in fighting coronavirus in Sierra Leone

United Methodist hospitals among those gearing up as coronavirus concerns grow in the West African country.
General Church
Bishop John K. Yambasu presides over a session of the Sierra Leone Conference meeting in Koidu City, Sierra Leone. Delegates endorsed a plan of amicable separation for The United Methodist Church and voted to send it to General Conference in May. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UM News.

Sierra Leone Conference approves protocol

At the 2020 United Methodist Sierra Leone Conference, members voted to approve the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.
Evangelism
Mariatu Kogbaka, a former inmate at Freetown Female Correctional Center, shares her story during a thanksgiving service at Brown Memorial United Methodist Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Feb. 9. Kogbaka was one of 27 women released on presidential parole in April. She said the Sierra Leone Conference's prison ministry played a significant role in securing her freedom. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Sierra Leone prison ministry advocates for inmates

Church group supports female prisoners with counseling, training while they are incarcerated and after they’ve been released.
Mission and Ministry
Professor George Carew addresses students during orientation at the United Methodist University Preparatory Program campus in Brookfields, Sierra Leone, in western Freetown. The new program prepares students to retake their high school exit exams. Over 95% of Sierra Leonean students who took the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations failed to score high enough to meet university requirements. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

United Methodist University offers path for failing students

New program prepares students in Sierra Leone to retake high school exit exams so they can qualify to enroll at universities.

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