Area: 71,740 sq km
Small coastal state between Guinea and Liberia.
Population: 5,835,664 Annual Growth: 2.70%
Official language: English. Trade language Krio (Creole), spoken by 10% of the population as first language and 90% as second Languages: 26 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The lack of spiritual and biblically trained leadership is critical; disruption from the conflict crippled theological education. Seminaries and colleges are run by Catholics, Anglicans and Methodists (Sierra Leone Theological College), Wesleyans and Baptists (The Evangelical College of Theology), AoG, Nazarenes and others such as the Travelling Bible School (UFM) and Bible Training Centers for Pastors. Many pastors lack even a secondary school education, let alone formalized theological degrees. Beyond theology, pastors need to be equipped in counselling, spiritual warfare and ministry to the poor and disabled. Finances and even educational resources are in short supply. Pray for the provision of staff, students, books, facilities and operation expenses for this most strategic of needs.
Young peoples ministry has never been more crucial and needs to be expanded. SU and YFC impact the more educated. SLEFES(IFES) has 34 groups with over 3,500 students served by nine full-time staff. Pray that Christian graduates may decisively impact the nation. Beyond student ministry, many children remain in difficult situations. Rainbows of Hope and other ministries work with youth prisons, children of prostitutes, disabled children and other groups of children at risk.
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