Civil war ravaged Sierra Leone for more than a decade. When it ended in 2002 the nation was brutally decimated. In 2014 the West Africa Ebola epidemic further ravaged the population. Today Sierra Leone is among the world’s five poorest countries. It’s home to a disproportionate number of orphans as well as desperate adults whose own children beg for food. Calvary Boise works with other Christian organizations to help alleviate overwhelming pain and replace it with the hope and love of Jesus. Pray that we will have great wisdom in knowing how to proceed especially regarding the establishment of more partnerships.
ALPHA AND DORIS BANGURA – PASTOR / ORPHANAGE DIRECTOR
A brief timeline will help put things in perspective:
2000 - Pastor Alpha Bangura, his wife Doris, and brother Osman began assisting orphans is various capacities
2006 - Mercy Home Orphanage in Waterloo was established
2012 - A small group of believers from a church in California began to support the work in Sierra Leone.
2014 - While in Boise, a member of the California team met with leadership at Calvary Boise to share the vision and potential partnership.
2015 - A small missionary team from Calvary Chapel, led by Pastor Reggie Etheridge, visited the fledgling orphanage.
The love of Christ was evident in the lives of the children, as well as the orphanage director, Pastor Alpha. Rather than establishing a place for orphans to live while they wait to either grow into adulthood or be adopted, Alpha had created a large family with siblings who loved one another unconditionally. When the Calvary team returned home from Sierra Leone, they sought to meet the need of these orphans and of the Banguras to be properly supported.
In total there are 19 children, ranging from toddler to teenager living in the home. Pastor Alpha is currently reaching out to neighboring villages with the Gospel and desires to plant a church.
The vision for Global Missions is to come alongside Pastor Alpha to continue to support him spiritually and financially. We want to ensure each child under his roof receives proper care. We will also guide and disciple Pastor Alpha as we help him train and equip the saints that are under his pastoral care. We will seek God's leading in planting additional churches in the surrounding villages. Pastor Alpha has the heart of a missionary and evangelist, wanting to bring the true Gospel of Jesus Christ to his country.
Pray for sound theological equipping and discipleship for Pastor Alpha.
Pray for additional laborers.
Pray that the Gospel would be sown in good ground and bear much fruit.
Pray for financial provision.
Pray for protection for the children from disease during Malaria and Typhoid season.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Support one of the many needs of a missionary –
a. Encouragement (practical and spiritual)
b. Logistics (administratively coordinating state-side support)
c. Finances (give liberally and joyfully)
d. Prayer (sign up for the prayer team, receive daily prayer requests and pray daily)
e. Communication (intentionally staying in touch with missionaries and their families)
Short-Term visit – Calvary Boise desires to send short–term teams to help with various outreaches.
Long-Term service – Calvary Boise desires to bolster the leadership and ministry teams of our missions.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you sense God’s leading to participate in any of these areas.