Monday 8th February: Magbomoh, Mabang & Brama

This was our furthest journey into the ‘bush’ and a stark contrast to the city life of Freetown and surrounds. The journey took us alongside the old railway line from colonial days once we were through the city. Many of the old station signs and buildings still stand; Waterloo, Hastings, Mabang and so on. Leaving the main road and crossing the mangrove swamps, the road joined the path of the track and used the somewhat delapidated railway bridges.

Before long the brick style houses give way to traditional mud huts with their palm thatch roofs. Here electricity becomes more scarce, as does clean water. Many have to walk some distance to get it and requests for wells are common out here. This is something we have never provided, but I wonder if we ought to investigate trying to find partners to help in this way.

Our first stop was Magbomoh. For those with long memories, this is the school/church that used to be at Rokun. We were met by the school children, congregation members, and various community members; the headman, section speaker, elders and the donator of the land for the buildings. The pastor here is George Morgan.

The welcome we received was wonderful. They were very grateful for the school materials that had been sent and the two first aid kits I had brought for them. They have been working hard building a church building of their own, on their own, which is taking shape nicely. Many photos were taken, causing great excitement, especially when they realised the could then see them our our digital camera screens!

From there we double-backed to Mabang to meet Pastor Wilfred Norman and his congregation and the school children. Again we caused chaos with our cameras! Like Magbomoh before them, they want to develop an agricultural project, and showed us the beds they are working on.

Finally we headed to Brama Town where we were welcomed as always by Pastor Paul Bangura. The school/church here isn’t in the best shape, but I gather from Francis that it could be restored fairly easily. Here I was reminded of the challenges of cross cultural communication when they complained about broken promises which I am not sure I ever made. They are hoping we might help build a church alongside the school and showed us the mud blocks they have made for this. They say members are leaving for other local churches and schools where the buidings are better. Sylvanus pointed out with great passion that faith isnot based on buildings, but on God.

To me Brama will always be the place where we broke down in 2004, and Gordon and I ended up in a crampt poda-poda heading into Freetown. I was glad of the experience, but wouldn’t want to repeat it too often! This time the car was fine; a great relief!

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About Ben Quant

Ben is the former Chairman of the Sierra Leone Mission Committee in the UK, now serving as a co-opted member of the SLM, as well as the minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion church in Wormley, Hertfordshire (www.wormleyfreechurch.org.uk)
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One Response to Monday 8th February: Magbomoh, Mabang & Brama

  1. Pilgrim says:

    Wow! I’m sitting here trying to imagine that journey my brothers & quite jealous. : ) How is Tim holding up? That apart, my heart goes out to the people there. Lord our God, our Abba Father, Who delights in mercy & is slow to anger. Give ear now to the cries of your servants Ben & Tim, who see the need & greatly desire to minister you & be an answer to that need. If it be Thy will that Your people in Sierra Leone shall know that we care & are doing as much as we possibly can. Father in heaven, stir up your people here in the west. Give us vision & contacts to help provide clean, safe water & even electricity where it is needed. Help your people, our needy brothers, perhaps in material things but rich in faith invest deepen their walk in you Lord & see that you are blessing despite outward appearence. Yet Lord lead them into green pastures where Your kingdom prospers. For Jesus sake & in His name we pray. Amen.

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