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Africa Mission Trip to Sierra Leone
Reign Ministries | Royal Servants
Sierra Leone, Western Africa
June 16 to July 22, 2018
Lasts between 1 month to 2 months
Art, Drama, Music & Puppets
Bible Studies & Small Groups, Discipleship, Evangelism: All Other, and Orphan Care
*see notes below or inquire for details
Sierra Leone is a small country in West Africa. It has faced a devastating civil war and the outbreak of Ebola. This is an opportunity to share Christ in powerfully tangible ways.Inquire About The Trip
What the Mission Trip Will Be Like
There’s no place in the world like the African continent, and there’s certainly no place in Africa quite like its Western shore. For being such a small country, in a tucked-away corner of the world, the nation of Sierra Leone certainly has received its fair share of international spotlight and media attention. This has been in large part due to the civil war that ravaged the country nearly 20 years ago (think Blood Diamonds) and, more recently, the deadly Ebola outbreak that claimed thousands of lives. Despite getting knocked down on her feet time and time again, crippled in many ways by systemic poverty and political corruption, this country and her people exhibit a warmth, a friendliness, and a resiliency of spirit that is both convicting and inspiring.
The Ministry—Ministry in Sierra Leone goes hand-in-hand with what local Youth For Christ workers and volunteers are already doing amongst their own people and culture. There will be numerous opportunities for you and your teammates to work in some of the slums that dot the waterfront in the capital, Freetown. These destitute communities have no running water, roads, or electricity, and consist of shacks built from discarded corrugated metal, sticks, trash, and mud. It will be hard to believe entire families are able to make places like these their home. You’ll also have opportunities to love on young children who have been orphaned as a result of the Ebola crisis that ravaged the country in 2014, leaving a harsh reality in its wake. Because of this experience, you’ll walk away from the summer with a new and deeper understanding about the Father heart of God and His love for orphans. Regardless of what you do and where you do it (whether that be in the bustling capital or the quieter villages in the countryside), you’ll have the incredible privilege of working hand-in-hand with Sierra Leonean believers, broadening your perspective of just how diverse and beautiful the Body of Christ truly is.
Adventure—There is a chaos and frenetic activity that exists and is alive and well in Sierra Leone that you’d be hardpressed to find anywhere else in the world. What this means is that adventure, or a form of it anyway, will be found around every corner. In a country where little goes as planned, you’ll find yourself embracing the local adage “TIA - This Is Africa”. A taxi driver wants to cram you along with 23 others into a minibus that’s designed to only seat 10? TIA. A street vendor stops you to try and sell you something you don’t want and would never use, and wants to charge you 50 times more than he would a local? TIA. Your bus driver tells you to meet him at 9am outside the front door of your hotel, you wait for 3 hours before resigning and returning inside, only for him to show up 5 minutes after that, indignant that you weren’t ready to go and there to meet him on the curb? TIA.
Experience Culture—In Sierra Leone, there are none of the whitewashed touristy areas that you find in most countries. Instead you’ll experience the raw reality of an impoverished people living in really difficult circumstances. Interestingly, for as hard as life is, the people you meet will be amazingly warm and friendly and carry about their lives with a seemingly unexplainable sense of contentment! They have a pride in their country and are hopeful of the future. So be ready, you are going to see Africa in a way very few people do - equal parts hope and despair, opportunity and frustration
Relation of Opportunity to National Church and/or Long-term Goals
Your ministry in Sierra Leone will be defined and organized by the local pastors, church members, ministry directors, and missionaries who are our ministry partners.
Participant Information, Recommendations, Requirements
Jr. High, Sr. High, and College
Eligible to Go
There is no special training, education, or experience required to participate on this mission trip. We provide everything you need.
Participant Ages—Students (ages 13 to 18) and staff disciplers (ages 19 and older).
We train college age students (staff disciplers) to become effective disciplers and small group leaders.
Mission Trip Offered By Reign Ministries | Royal Servants
Reign Ministries runs Christian summer mission trips, discipleship training schools, and youth ministry training for students ages 13 to 18, college-age students, and youth workers.
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Mission Trip Details
- Sierra Leone
- Western Africa
- West Africa
- June 16 to July 22, 2018
- 1 month to 2 months
Demographics of People Being Ministered To
- All ages of street kids, orphans, teens, the poor, and local church members.
- People Group(s)
- Temne and others
- Sierra Leone was the first West African country to be evangelized, but after almost 200 years of effort, it still remains 70 % Muslim, 18 % Ethnic Religions, and only 12 % Christian.
- Funds needed
- *see notes below or inquire for details
- Official costs will be released in a few weeks, but you can still register today!
Included in Cost —Support raising materials, Training Camp, food, accommodations, international travel, and spending money.
Additional Expenses NOT included —Travel to Training Camp, returning home from Chicago after the mission trip, a passport (if needed), and visa.
Traveling to Sierra Leone requires a visa to go into the country. We will apply for the visa’s as a team and the amount is 160 USD.
For more information go to https://reignministries.org/royalservants/sierra-leone/
Training and Debriefing
- Pre-field Training
- Post-field Debrief
- Pre-Mission Trip Training—
All student participants (jr. and sr. high ages) begin their mission trip with a week of training at our Training Camp in central Wisconsin. Visit http://reignministries.org/royal-servants/students/ for more details.
Staff disciplers (college-age students who lead small groups of students) come for an additional week of discipler training, before students arrive the next week.
Debriefing —The team will finish their trip together with five days of debriefing (usually in a different, if not a completely different country) before flying home to Chicago. Visit site for more details.
- How to apply
- Send an inquiry for details on the application process for this mission trip.
- Application Deadline
- June 8, 2018