The Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Sierra Leone
A Partner in DiscipleLife Alive!
The NT-NL enjoys a partnership in ministry with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone. Together we have sought to expand the ministry that the ELCSL can offer in this extremely poor region of the world by assisting them in developing leadership, facilities and financial support. But even as we have sought to be a blessing to them, we have found that they are a wonderful blessing to us.
By now, perhaps, nearly every ELCA Lutheran in the NT-NL Mission Area has heard of our strong, prayerful and intimate connection to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone. We have been partners with them in ministry since their inception fifteen years ago. Today they are a vibrant church of 4,000 members in more than 20 congregations.
And perhaps most have also heard of The Jubilee Centre in Freetown. It stands high on a hilltop overlooking this capitol city and witnesses to the work Jesus Christ does in their recovering country. The Jubilee Centre is central to the critical mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone. When complete, it will provide an updated women's center, expanded library for theological learning, youth gathering center, educational facility, community center, as well as a place of worship for more than 1,000 people. It already serves as a place for healing and spiritual growth in a place where war, greed, hate and violence left so many of our brothers and sisters without shelter, family, security or stability - the things we Americans take for granted.
The Jubilee Centre will be the central symbol and gathering place for a church that is active in so many ways. Thanks to the generosity of NT-NL Lutherans, the ELCSL boasts a Medical Clinic in Kissey, the services of Pastor Kate Warn as pastor-in-residence, elementary schools, training programs for pastors and lay evangelists, outreach projects for amputees and other persons, and women's and youth ministry programs. The NT-NL has frequently sent shipping containers to the ELCSL full of medical, construction, educational, worship and food supplies for their use.
Our brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone need our help to complete the Jubilee Center. Construction is expected to be complete by February, 2012. To meet that deadline, approximately $300,000 is needed to finish the construction. In order to accomplish what we have begun, a 10% tithe of all money raised through the DiscipleLife Alive! initiative has been committed to the completion of the Jubilee Centre. You are urged to learn more about the DiscipleLife Alive! initiative. We need your continued support and generosity.
To learn more about our relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone talk to any one of the scores of NT-NL Lutherans who have visited there, or contact the Companion Synod Committee chairperson,