1) The nation now moves forward, away from its tragic recent history. Thank God for the end of 11 years of chaos that claimed up to 100,000 lives, crippled many thousands, and harmed most of the population in some way. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission helps former fighters return to their communities and start again. Christian agencies work to rebuild the country and minister to spiritual, physical, and psychological needs.
2) Sierra Leone has ranked as the world’s poorest country for most of the last 10 years. It has the highest infant and mother mortality rates, and widespread disease (malaria, HIV, others). Life expectancy stays around age 47. Most people long for safety, stability, food, work, and for honesty from leaders. Corruption threatens to overturn the newfound peace. Pray for God to fulfil these
longings, and for no further violence to come.
3) Secret societies and their occult influence shape the country deeply. Spiritual evils led to the
greed and cruelty of the darkest times, and continue to influence society today. Many Christians compromised their spiritual purity, and the Church lost its power. Pray for God to bind these dark powers, and to break the influence of secret societies. Pray that Christians will live lives of faith, and will depend on Jesus alone for provision, protection, and power.
4) Churches must be places of compassion, healing, and forgiveness for the orphans, former child soldiers or slaves, the victims of rape and amputation, those who suffer mental trauma, and also for those who committed these deeds. Many congregations, buildings, organizations, and especially relationships must be rebuilt. The first Protestant Church in West Africa started in Freetown in 1785 among freed slaves. Yet after over 200 years of effort, only 13% of the country
claim to be Christian. In addition to Bible training, pastors must prepare for counselling, spiritual warfare, and ministry to the poor and disabled. Sierra Leone needs many more workers for holistic ministry, leadership training, and Bible translation.
5) Pray for the least reached. The more animistic people groups (Bom, Kuranko, Loko, others) come to Christ more quickly, but some also turn to Islam. Islam grew from 10% to 60% of the population in the 20 the century, in part through the UN peacekeeping forces. Troops from South Asia built mosques wherever they were stationed. Pray that Christian witness to Muslim peoples (Fula Jalon, Krio Fulani, Mandingo, Susu, others) will be clear and bold, and also sensitive and humble. Most Christian outreach goes to animists, even though Muslims also respond to the good news.