Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a nation rising out of years of hardship. The people of Sierra Leone, however, are vibrant and full of life.

God Led Us

In 2016 the Lord told us to fast and pray for Sierra Leone for 40 days. He then introduced us to Pastor Sonnel Kamara.

Pastor Sonnel is a retired police officer who has a heart for his people. Once constrained to selling packets of water on the beach, Sonnel is now assisting numerous villages. In November of 2020, Lulu Sierra Leone became self-sustainable, but we continue to walk in partnership with him as he raises up missionaries for West Africa.

“Through The Lulu Tree, the Lord has blessed us with 14 churches, a tractor, and a birthing clinic which now caters for over 10 villages. An apartment was built for the nurses, a 20×40 storehouse for the farmers, as well as a dry floor to dry their products. The school was renovated and a toilet facility replaced the hole that students had used; drinking water was provided for the patients in the clinic. A school was also built in one of the most remote places giving the children an opportunity to educate, and today we have a Home of Hope in Masaralie Village. Acres of land were purchased, as well as cows, sheep, goats and more. Villages were disinfected of bed bugs, tree seedlings given to families, and clothes and medicines provided for newborn babies in the clinic. Because of The Lulu Tree, my wife and I are also now able to care for 20 orphans, with three in university.  We are so grateful.” 

~ Rev. Sonnel Kamara, Director of Lulu Sierra Leone

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About Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a nation rising out of years of hardship. A brutal decade-long civil war took the lives of over fifty thousand people in the 1990s, and in the aftermath the country has faced an Ebola crisis followed by a deadly mudslide. Ranking number 179 out of 188 on the Human Development Index, Sierra Leone has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world.

 

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The people of Sierra Leone, however, are vibrant and full of life. They are eager to see their country flourish, and the Lord is moving in mighty ways across the nation. Despite being predominately Muslim, Christianity is widely accepted and many people are eager to come to the Lord. The Lulu Tree’s focus in Sierra Leone has been partnering with Pastor Sonnel Kamara to plant churches, provide support through micro-loans to vulnerable families, and help villages grow a surplus of food through agricultural development.

As of November 2020, the Lord made a way for Pastor Sonnel’s ministry to become sustainable, due to the gift of 35 cows.

Pastor Sonnel Kamara is from Sierra Leone and has an incredible heart for his people. Having overseen 40 evangelical churches, this humble farmer is seeking an abundant harvest for his heavenly Father. One of his greatest desires is to equip the local church by training up men and women to care for their own children. He does this by teaching them sustainable farming methods, by providing microloans towards tools and fruit trees for the men, and by involving the men and their families on his farm.

In addition to equipping Pastor Sonnel with a seeder, thresher, plow, trailer, cassava machine and a storehouse to keep the produce and tools, in November of 2017, a 1979 Ford tractor was donated by the California government. Sonnel and the village men are now able to plant acres of rice, cassava and fruit trees. They also lend out the seeder and the plow to surrounding areas in order to plant seeds of the gospel.

In January of 2019 a rice mill was provided and over four rice farms were threshed and harvested by local villagers, sustaining more than a dozen villages during the famine season. By 2019 the number had extended to 18 villages being equipped by Sonnel’s community rice farms. 

What God is doing

in Sierra Leone

Equipping Villages

Agriculture

Having overseen 40 evangelical churches, Pastor Sonnel is seeking an abundant spiritual, and physical, harvest for his heavenly Father. One of his greatest desires is to equip the local church by training up men and women to care for their own children. He does this by teaching them sustainable farming methods, by providing microloans towards tools and fruit trees for the men, and by involving the men and their families on his farm. Sonnel now overseas multiple rice and cassava farms, as well as cows, goats, pigs and chickens, feeding dozens of villages during the famine seasons. 

 

Equipping Families

Healthcare

Sierra Leone boasts one of the highest maternal death rates in the world.

In response to this desperate need, Pastor Sonnel Kamara of Sierra Leone has partnered with The Lulu Tree to construct a birthing clinic which also doubles as a medical clinic, serving 18 surrounding villages.

Sonnel has also instigated an FGM program which rescues girls from female genital mutilation and trains them in the knowledge of their identity in Christ.

Equipping Families

Orphan Care

Pastor Sonnel and his wife, Christiana, have always had a heart for orphans. The Lulu Tree helped complete a home for them so they could welcome in 20 orphaned or abandoned children. This large family is now thriving in Bethel Home, fulfilling the command in  Psalm 82:3 to “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the weak and the oppressed.”

Equipping Villages

Church Planting

 Mosques can be found in nearly every village in Sierra Leone, but evangelical churches are rare. Out of desperation, many believers find themselves in a mosque simply because they long for fellowship and have no other option.

Today, numerous pastors have been trained through Pastor Sonnel Kamara. Seven churches have been planted, and countless other villages await — where a church is lacking, Pastor Sonnel raises up cell group leaders who fill the void by studying Scriptures with the villagers each week.

Locations

1177 W Cody Circle, South Jordan, UT 84095 (USA)

c/o The Great Commission Foundation, PO Box 14006, Abbotsford BC, V2T 0B4 (CANADA)

Phone

(385) 315-8433 (USA)

(780) 674-8992 (CANADA)

Email

info@thelulutree.com