Since the Bikes & Bibles program began three years ago in Sierra Leone, churches have been planted in communities that previously were Muslim or practiced traditional African religions.
In Kortumahun, a new congregation of 70 members worship where there were previously no Christians. In Sembehun, a new congregation of 92 has grown out of a community that had only practiced traditional religion. Gbanahun, which was predominantly Muslim and had a few African traditionalists, now has a Christian congregation of 92. The New York Section of rural Bo City, which started with just 10 members, now has a congregation of 145, said the Rev. Francis Charley, Bo district superintendent.
A motorbike means more to an evangelist in rural Sierra Leone than a way to get from one place to another.
For Hindowa Simbo, a United Methodist circuit minister in the remote Mondema Circuit of the Kenema District in eastern Sierra Leone, a motorbike means a revitalized ministry, easier and faster communication with local churches, savings of money and time and more frequent connections with his congregations.
It begins with Relationships
Joe Kilpatrick met Rev. Francis Charley when Joe was in Sierra Leone, Africa teaching a course on UMC General Conference polity. Francis was dean of Bishop Yambasu’s cabinet and the Superintendent of the District that had led the UMCs “Nothing but Nets”
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