Sydney is a friend of our family who feels led to serve as a missionary after she graduates from college. In a few months, she’ll be flying to Liberia to serve orphans during her summer break. She’s been passionate about serving and loving orphans her entire life.
Sydney’s calling matches up with James’ declaration in his New Testament book:
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (James 1:27).
The Rafiki Foundation (Rafiki means “friend” in Swahili) is devoted to serving orphans and widows in 10 countries throughout Africa. Sydney’s work will be in association with this ministry. Her primary task will be teaching English as a second language while demonstrating the love of God to all of those she meets.
Liberia borders Sierra Leone in West Africa. It has a population of just below 4 million people. Less than 10% of the population is considered to be Christian.
Unfortunately, like many African nations, civil unrest has made life difficult in Liberia. A military coup overthrew the government in 1980, marking the beginning of political and economic instability and two successive civil wars that left approximately 250,000 people dead and devastated the country’s economy. A peace agreement in 2003 led to democratic elections in 2005. Today, Liberia is recovering from the lingering effects of the civil wars and their consequent economic upheaval, although about 85% of the population continue to live below the international poverty line.
Pray for Sydney as she prepares for a life-changing adventure and pray for those to whom she will be ministering. Mission 227 is making a contribution to Sydney’s mission through the Rafiki Foundation. If you would like to join me in supporting Sydney, email me at genepjennings (at) gmail.com for details.
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