Message from our CEO
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Once again poor Sierra Leone has been hit with a major disaster. Hundreds of people have died in the floods and hundreds more are still missing in this already extremely poor poverty stricken nation. Some family members of our New Hope Mission and School are amongst them and Pastor Michael and Alice are coping with a very difficult situation. This poor nation was just beginning to recover from the civil war, then the Ebola crisis struck and now this. The morgues are overflowing with bodies stacked outside in the streets.
Why Sierra Leone again? Why us? Haven’t we suffered enough? are some of the questions being asked.
At times like this I remember Paul’s words in Romans 8:18, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us”.
But it is natural to mourn. Families have been ripped apart, food chains disrupted, fear and uncertainty. Before this they didn’t even have the simple everyday things that you and I take for granted, but now it’s complete devastation, despair and confusion and the little that they did have has now been taken away.
Thank you for your prayers, but we also need your help in shipping the aid. We have enough food, clothing and medical supplies to fill two forty foot containers which will cost us £5,000 per container to ship.
Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Blessings and peace
Rev Bernard Cocker
CEO and Founder
Some words from Pastor Michael our Director in Sierra Leone
Greetings and Love from sad and mourning Sierra Leone!!
We are very thankful and full of gratitude to our Lord Jesus Christ for the wonderful love and prayers we are receiving from our IAT Family.
Sierra Leone has been going through very very difficult periods in her short history, the 11 years brutal war, the just ended Ebola epidemic, the natural disasters and couple with immune poverty and poor governance. The pictures on the TV and media may speak of the situation, but when you at scene and see the the magnitude of the devastation with your naked eyes, you will not believe your eyes!!!
Thousands of people are now homeless and having lost everything. No food, no clean water, no clothes………. The suffering is endless!!
When you visit the central morgue in Freetown and see how bodies are piled, heaped on top of each other. The sight and smell of decaying bodies have over stretched morgue is indescribable. The communities around the central morgue can no longer bear the unhygienic situation and are moving to other locations
Yesterday August 16th, because of health reasons, the Government of Sierra Leone, has given orders for mass burials to start so they can make room for more bodies.
IAT Sierra Leone express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your unfailing love to the Lord. The Lord Himself said in;
Matthew 25: 34-39
Once more for all your prayers and support we say thank you!!! Our hope in our Lord Jesus will never waver as Hebrew 13:5 assures us of His blessings “…… I will never leave you nor forsake you….”
Yours in His Joyful Service
Pastor Michael Fofanah
IAT – Sierra Leone