Who We Serve
With more than 7 million people comprising 16 different ethnic groups, Sierra Leone is a country where almost 70 percent of its citizens live in poverty. A predominantly Muslim country, Sierra Leone’s recent history includes a brutal, 11-year-long civil war and an Ebola outbreak of epic proportion. All these challenges provide unique opportunities for Water of Life to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of these people.
In Sierra Leone, Set Free has partnered with Burlington Graphics to fund our work and Pastor Alphonso Barry with Africa for Jesus for evangelism. Since our partnership, Pastor Barry’s ministry has grown from six churches to over 40. God is moving in big ways here.
Creating a Ripple in Kychom Village
In February of 2012, Water of Life drilled a well outside of an old mosque in Kychom Village. Later, that mosque was given to Pastor Barry to use as a Christian church. After needed repairs to the building and grounds, the first Christian worship service was held on February 17, 2013 – and nearly 800 people came to worship! Last September, God moved in Kychom again. The chief Imam of the Muslim Mosque of Kychom sent his two eldest sons to help the Christian church finish needed repairs. He gave them explicit instructions: 1. Do not accept any money as a form of payment as the Christians are good people and you should help them. And 2. You should stand in front of everybody and BE a part of the church. That’s right. The chief Imam of the village urged his sons to convert to Christianity.
were given the gift of clean water through 57 wells drilled by Water of Life.
were served by drilling 60 new water wells.
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A second drill rig was sent to Sierra Leone, doubling our monthly well drilling capacity from 5 wells per month to 10 wells each month.
Completing Kambia District
Set Free realized that we may not be able to meet the needs of all Sierra Leoneons who are waiting for clean water in the near future, but we can meet the needs of a district. It's that mentality, and a little trial and error over the years, that's leading Set Free to consolidate and focus our well drilling efforts into one district until it's complete. We won't leave until every man, woman, and child has reliable access to clean water and has experienced God's love for themselves through this gift.
Here’s where we’re working now:
Kambia, Sierra Leone
Population of 343,000 | 1,200 sq. miles | 70% Muslim | Highest death rate in the country | Very limited access to medical care
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