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Sierra Leone Video Diary: Sunday Worship

 

A United Methodist team visited the Charles Davies Memorial United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 1. Church member Beatrice Gbanga is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries and medical coordinator for the United Methodist Sierra Leone Annual (regional) Conference. She got emotional as she talked about the power of this "life-saving program" United Methodists support, Imagine No Malaria. She noted, "We have made such great strides! The program is not only for The United Methodist Church anymore. The government recognizes The United Methodist Church because of its participation in the Imagine No Malaria program." 

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Narrator: As she worships at the Charles Davies Memorial United Methodist Church in Freetown. This is an especially prayerful week for Beatrice Gbanga and for United Methodist health team in Sierra Leone. In less than five days, the Sierra Leone United Methodist Church will coordinate the distribution of 350,000 insecticide-treated bed nets in the Bo district. The government lauds the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria program because of its past successes.

Beatrice Gbanga, Sierra Leone Annual Conference: We have made such great strides. And the program is not only for The United Methodist Church anymore. I mean the government recognizes The United Methodist Church because of its participation in the Imagine No Malaria program.

Narrator: United Methodist Church members here, globally and especially in the United States, have been generous in contributing to Imagine No Malaria.

Beatrice Gbanga: The contribution of the people of America provided… you’ve provided over a million nets now, remember? And now the president is going to acknowledge that on Thursday.

Narrator: It has not gone unnoticed by the president of Sierra Leone.

Beatrice Gbanga: The president of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. will be launching this year’s campaign in Bo.

Narrator: So Sunday worship is just the beginning of prayers and thanks, during this special week in this West African nation.

Beatrice Gbanga: We appreciate all of you. We appreciate all who have done anything in any way. Having you say a prayer for us… for the success of our programs. We want to thank all of you. And we want this to continue. The campaign, remember? the campaign continues.