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Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Bo, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Kenema, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Makeni, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Bo, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Sierra Care 2013 Christmas Outreach in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa

They were Surprised, What they Said and Their Message to You

Many of you have been following the stories we tell about the eleven years civil war in Sierra Leone, West Africa and its devastating outcome to the innocent people and their communities. Sierra Care is incorporated as a public Charity to respond to the needs of the war-wounded and amputees in developing countries. Our goal is to bring comfort, give hope and restore the human dignity to victims of civil wars. Therefore, every year particularly during the festive season we send our staff to the remote amputee camps in Sierra Leone to provide food, pray with them, listen to their stories, give counseling and above all strengthen their faith in our great God. In December 2008, Sierra Care Executive Director-David Kessebeh flew to Sierra Leone teamed-up with the Great Commission/Campus Crusade -SL.  Our journey began to the southern district of Bo–she seats six amputee camps. The four hundred and fifty miles drive lasted for six hours. Upon arriving at our central meeting point, Mattru-on-the-Rail Amputee Camp, the war-wounded, amputees and their families were very skeptical about our mission. Why? We did not disclose the details of our trip. We want to give them a surprise Christmas gift, the gift of love, sharing the good news of our Savior-Jesus Christ and generosity. However, our warm greetings, unloading the fifty kilograms bags of rice transformed the doubtful looks into a celebratory congregation. The Rev. Bobson Kargbo-a Campus Crusade staffer said the opening prayers, followed by songs of praise, personal testimonies and words of encouragement.  Rev. Kargbo challenged the war-wounded and amputees to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Our team mingled with the attendees and supervised the bags of rice distribution to the various families-about three hundred and forty-five war-wounded, amputees and dependants were provided for.

We arrived in Kenema district–eastern part of Sierra Leone on the 23rd day of December 2008 at the Norway Amputee Camp-about fifty miles from Kenema town. Kenema has six camps within her geographic boundaries. As stated inter alia we intend to give the amputees a Christmas surprise. Same perceptions to that of the Bo district amputees “people always come to us with promises and give us nothing”. The aforesaid will obviously usher in doubts even to good intentions. Eventually, the war-wounded, amputees and their dependants saw our goodwill. About two hundred and thirty of them attended the festive gathering. The head of Camp Norway called the gathering to order with their native song and the awesome response was very affecting, followed by prayers, personal testimonies, songs of praise and the opportunity to meet and greet every attendee.  Our team supervised the distribution of bags of rice to the amputees.

Our final stop was the Northern district headquarter town of Makeni, which holds six amputee camps in its surroundings. About five hundred and fifty-one war-wounded, amputees and family members registered and attended the festive gathering at the Panlap Amputee Camp on the eve of Christmas-approx. five miles from Makeni town.  Our objective is to renew the love of Jesus Christ to these vulnerable victims of a senseless war. We do so with great compassion. Plenty singing from the natives, prayers, individual stories of the war and their new sense of hope. The Campus Crusade team and I help to strengthen that hope as stipulated in the scriptures. Paul was a great example to the Corinthians. 2 Corinthians 6.

What they said?

“Sierra Care is one of the few organizations to visit us and provide food especially during the Christmas season”. The amputees sang songs of hope and thank God that they live to enjoy the greatness of God. Some of the amputees pointed out to the folks that amputated them-many have died from drug over dose, some are in a mental hospital. They appreciate the glory of God, yes, they do not have a hand/s or a feet/s but they have come to know and embraced the almighty God through their tragedy.

Their Message to you.

The war-wounded, amputees and family members have asked me to thank you so much for the big heart you have, your sense of giving to the very poor. You have made the 2008 Christmas a memorable one for the amputees. You sent us there; you provided the bags of rice to them-thank you. Their needs are huge. They are making efforts with subsistence farming, which of course is insufficient to feed them year round. Medical facilities, drugs and care are the most difficult challenges they are facing even as I write this article—they have asked for your prayers.

Please take some time to visit our picture page to see more 2008 outreach pictures, watch the video and see first hand what these innocent children, women and men went through during the fighting.