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July 1, 2009

The JESUS Film and Sierra Leone

Filed under: Prayer Requests,Sierra Leone — TimMc @ 8:00 pm

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The JESUS Film Partnership of Global Partners (Wesleyan Church) recently reported this story:

In a Muslim village…a local chief watched the JESUS film. The film touched him, and when it finished he publicly gave his life to the Lord. He further gave a public testimony expressing his appreciation for the JESUS film and his new conviction. According to him, Jesus Christ is mentioned in the Quran, but he now realized Christ’s true worth. His words moved many villagers, and 42 adults followed his example, giving their lives to Christ. Three weeks later, the chief called on one of the JESUS film team members and requested the film be shown in the other villages in his chieftainship. He also requested that a church and school be built in the village seat of his chieftainship. He said the “door is now open to you.” PRAISE GOD!

**Republished with permission from The JESUS Film Project. To learn more about the amazing ministry of The JESUS Film Project, please visit their website at www.JesusFilm.org.

Please join all of us at Purposeful Africa in praying that the subsequent showings of the JESUS film will touch the hearts of those people in the villages where it will be shown. Pray that many will come to Christ as a result of this great opportunity!

June 28, 2009

Sierra Leone, a Country Profile & Prayer Guide

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With a civil war that ended in 2002, Sierra Leone is rebuilding its infrastructure to attract the former tourists that came here from Europe to enjoy the unspoiled rainforests, refreshing waterfalls, and secluded white sand beaches. Currently, visitors pretty much have the sand and surf outside the capital pretty much to themselves. After a day in the sun, Freetown, the capital city, offers everything you need for an enjoyable evening out. While the visual reminders of the civil war are fading, the lingering effects are still evident. Many parts of the city have no rubbish collection and power still remains unreliable. While the surroundings of the city compensate for some of the chaos, you will soon realize that the effects of the tragic civil war are deep. Even though Freetown is filthy in places, you will find yourself loving the city.

Travel into the interior provinces remains adventurous at best. Roads are often in appalling shape and facilities are usually very basic. However, with the vibrant culture and welcoming people, the rewards are well worth the uncomfortable traveling conditions. Life is starting to return to normal and Sierra Leone is becoming one of West Africa’s safest destinations.

A few interesting facts about Sierra Leone:

  • The current population is estimated to be 6 million.
  • Freetown has a population of 1.175 million
  • 70% of the population is Muslim and 12% claim to be Christian
  • The country is rich in natural resources – diamonds, gold, titanium, iron ore, etc. In the late 80’s and early 1990’s, the country fell into a state of anarchy because of corruption and the gross mismanagement of these resources, causing the economy to collapse.
  • There are two distinct seasons in Sierra Leone. November to April is the dry season and the best holiday weather. May to October is the wet (rainy) season. There is also the “harmattan period” of during the months of December to February when very dry winds arrive from the Sahara.

Specific ways to pray for the country of Sierra Leone:

  • Sierra Leone is infamous for the barbaric maiming of innocent victims as an instrument for terror and control during the civil war. Thousands of men, women, and children had limbs cruelly amputated. Over 100,000 were slain. Countless numbers of girls and women were raped. Thousands of children were kidnapped, drugged, and forced to kill their own relatives. Nearly the entire population has had the experience of being a refugee. Pray that all the instigators who, for greed, unleashed such terror would be brought to justice and even to repentance and faith in Christ.
  • A battle rages between democracy and dementia. Pray for the continued restoration of government and that this government might be honest, accountable to the people, and establish a lasting peace. Pray that committed Christians will be a vital part of the new leadership. (Continue reading…)