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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Secret societies and their occult influence shape the country profoundly. This spiritual evil lies behind the greed and cruelty of Sierra Leones darkest times, and is now at the heart of spiritual and social opposition to education, anti-corruption measures and the empowerment of women. Many Christians compromised their spiritual purity, resulting in the disempowerment of the Church. Pray that these dark powers may be bound and the influence of secret societies broken. Pray that Christians will live lives of faith, depending on Jesus alone for provision, protection and power.
Expatriate missions have ministered for two centuries, but Sierra Leone remains a pioneer field. Much work, wiped out in the conflict, has to be restarted, almost from scratch. Pray for the right ministry strategies for the current context, and for excellent partnering relationships among local Christians and churches. Many workers are needed for rehabilitative and holistic ministries, leadership training and Bible translation. Major foreign agencies involved in ministry include CCCI, GRN, Lutheran Bible Translators, UFM, AoG and Methodist and Wesleyan groups. Also, Mercy Ships regularly visit Sierra Leone, providing medical and surgical care as well as partnering with local churches in outreach ministry.
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