The following is a guest blog from Lorri Bond, a faithful ministry partner who recently visited Sierra Leone for the first time. Here is just a brief snapshot of how the Lord called her to join the Women of Hope team along with so many others who make this work possible through their prayers, encouragement, resources and their volunteerism. You can discover other ways to get involved like Lorri by visiting the website.
About five years ago I began praying through Operation World, a guide that lists the physical, economic, political, and spiritual needs of every nation. By the time I got to the countries starting with the letter “S”, I was overwhelmed. I cried out, “Lord! Please show me the ONE country you want me to partner with through prayer and giving.” A few days later, God seemed to highlight Sierra Leone. I was drawn to that entry because of the extreme poverty and suffering taking place there. I also realized that NOW is the time for God’s kingdom to advance in this country because Christians are still, for the most part, able to share their faith without persecution with the Muslim majority who call Sierra Leone home.
Through a series of connections, I was led to Kim Kargbo and Women of Hope International. As a former occupational therapist, I found this ministry compelling because of the wholistic transformation it seeks to provide each woman with whom they come in contact. Most importantly, that transformation is offered in Jesus’ name and for His glory. This past spring, while watching the Samaritan Purse movie about the Ebola crisis, I felt the Lord was telling me that now was the time to travel to Sierra Leone—to see Women of Hope in action, and to check out Jewels Prep, a school I had been partnering with.
All I can say is seeing is believing. What an exciting time I had meeting the women I had previously seen in videos, and witnessing first hand the economic, emotional, and spiritual healing they have experienced. Within 24 hours of landing in Sierra Leone, I was able to better understand the obstacles these women face and the value of this ministry. I was most struck by how many of these women are grateful to God for every good thing that comes their way despite the hardships that they face.
I consider myself privileged to have a small part in the advancement of the Kingdom of God in Sierra Leone through my partnership with Women of Hope International.