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Imagine a nation recovering from years of Civil War, leaving in its wake many orphans and few resources. In June, a group of teachers and missionaries step out in hopes of ultimately answering a call for help in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Imagine a nation recovering from years of Civil War that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than two million people (about one-third of the population). War has torn this country apart, leaving in its wake many orphans and few resources. The orphans of this country have witnessed atrocities that no child should ever have to see. This nation is the second lowest ranked country on the Human Development Index and seventh lowest on the Human Poverty Index. This country is also known as having the highest mortality rate in the world. The nation described is that of Sierra Leone, located in West Africa.

We find ourselves ecstatic about the opportunity that lies ahead… In June, a group of teachers and missionaries will step out in hopes of ultimately answering a call for help in Sierra Leone.

Our journey will begin in Freetown, where we will be working with a children’s home. Then, we will come together as a team to work with and encourage local teachers in the small village of Banta Mokelleh. We will not only take them much-needed supplies, but our roles will also include, but not be exclusive to: co-teaching, training, disciplining, and providing in-services for the teachers. We will also work with students to provide tutoring and develop their academic skills.

Our team will be working with an international organization known as COTN or Children of the Nations. Something we love about COTN is that they empower the nationals to do their job. They don’t just go in and do it for them, they actually train the people there to run the orphanage and they want to make it self-sustaining someday. For more information, please visit their website at cotni.org.

I ask you to consider the following story:
"A kindergarten student at our school was looking at some pictures of children in Africa. He struck up a conversation with his teacher asking why some of the children didn’t have shoes. The teacher went on to discuss how in Sierra Leone sometimes there isn’t enough money to buy food, clothing, or shoes. This student became pensive and struggled through trying to figure this out. The following day, the student brought in an envelope to his teacher. When she opened it, she found it full of quarters. The teacher asked the student what the money was for. He replied, “It’s for the children in Africa that you are going to visit this summer. It’s my allowance.”

As you can assume, a trip like this requires a tremendous amount of financial support. We ask you to inspect your heart and follow your child-like faith, like the little boy in the story above.

We are grateful for your partnership and support. Allow us to leave you with one last question: Will you join us?

Impacting the World,
Molly & Mindy

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