Sierra Leone in Mission

School

In 2008, Mohamed began building the Moravian Secondary School. Members of Little Church on the Lane supplied many of the building materials, including windows and doors, and the men, women, and children in the village provided the labor. Because there was no middle school within a 15-mile radius, the people of Yiehun highly valued this project. Although 85% of the village is Muslim, the people send their children to the Christian school to receive an education. One of the most noticeable results of having an education was the reduction of pregnancies for 12-to-14-year-old girls from over 40% in 2009 to 2% in 2010 to 0% in 2011. Recognizing the value of education, the villagers are currently working to build a high school with the support of Moravians in the Southern Province of North Carolina. The process includes hauling sand from the river, breaking up rocks into tiny pieces by hand, and obtaining lumber from the bush. Each of these tasks is done without machinery. Safie says that the people know that they are signing up for a Christian education and are excited about it. As a young woman, Safie had a similar experience where her mother and father were Muslims, yet chose to put her in a Christian school. When she received a Gideon Bible, she read it and agreed with what it taught. These experiences led her to put her faith in Jesus. Mohamed had a similar experience and desires to impact the village through the schools. His plan is to eventually build a university, which will be the fourth in the country. He intends it to be a place where the young people may continue their education in their own village, establishing a strong community in the chiefdom. Understanding the importance of a college education in Sierra Leone, Mohamed says, “They ask me for a high school. I want to give them a university.”

 

   

 

        They ask me for a high school. I want to give them a university.