Medical Missions Projects
News from Sierra Leone
Jericho Road Global Outreach is establishing a commitment to overseas missions. We believe that all people are created in the image of God and as such have a basic right to be healthy and whole. For the past 16 years, we have worked in Buffalo, New York among the most poor and vulnerable in an effort to show the compassion of Jesus, advocate for justice in our health care system, and see various communities transformed physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Through our work with refugees from over 30 countries, we have a passion to extend our work abroad. The first place is Sierra Leone, Africa.
Sierra Leone has a great need for primary medical care. Due to civil war, poverty, lack of medical infrastructure, and other reasons this country ranks close to last in most health care indicators as measured by the World Health Organization. Men, women, and children die every day from preventable and curable diseases and conditions. They include:
The life expectancy in Sierra Leone is only 40 years old as compared to close to 80 years old in the United States.
Phebian Abdulai is a former refugee from Sierra Leone and a registered nurse. She lived through the civil war in Sierra Leone when rebels invaded to take over the diamond mines. Her and her family barely escaped with their lives. She saw so much violence and death. When she came as a refugee to the United States she stated, “I’m never going back to that god forsaken land.” Little did she know that God had another plan for her. After working at Jericho Road for several years, God gave her a burden and a passion to go and help her people in the aftermath of the war. She believes this mission of bringing medical care to Sierra Leone will bring hope where there is little. Jericho Road is joining her in this mission of hope. In February of 2013, she went back to Sierra Leone to live permanently. She left everything behind, including her supportive family, to follow the mission God has given to her. It's not easy and she is an inspiration to us all. She states, "It is hard but with God, all things are possible." Check out her story in her own words:
Heeding the Call
Plans for the Mobile Medical Clinic
In June of 2011, a medical team from Jericho Road consisting of two nurse practitioners, one medical assistant and one registered nurse traveled to Sierra Leone for two weeks. This was the second trip to Sierra Leone for Jericho Road. During the trip, the team visited Koidu and each of the target villages in order to build relationships and develop a plan. The trip was eventful in that land was purchased in Koidu for the site of the primary care medical clinic. Beyond that, relationships were built and information gathered in each area visited. We are in the process of fundraising $150,000 for the building of the primary medical clinic. This money will go towards the materials and labor needed to construct the actual primary medical clinic building. We ask for your prayers as we proceed with this.
This is the site of the future medical clinic.
In March 2013, a medical team from Jericho Road consisting of a nurse practitioner, a medical doctor, and a registered nurse traveled to Sierra Leone for 2 weeks. This trip was an eventful and productive trip. Not only did the team go to the 4 target villages and provide medical care to the people, but multiple key connections were made. Some of these connections include the Government Hospital, the Mission Hospital, World Vision, and the Vice President and his wife. All the connections seem promising in that they will partner with us in this project. The team came back encouraged and hopeful. Phebian was able to do follow up care with key individuals that needed further medical attention. There was a ground breaking ceremony that took place during the trip and included the paramount chief of Koidu. Each member of the medical team laid a brick on the foundation and planted a fruit tree. This symbolized new growth and the beginning of something great.
In April 2013, a crate full of medical supplies, medical equipment, and a Toyota tundra truck, made it to the coast of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Phebian spent countless hours getting the crate off the ship and the cargo transported to Koidu (the site of the future medical clinic). She did not give up and was even able to drive the truck across the Sierra Leone countryside without difficulty. We are waiting to begin building until we have all the funds for the clinic.
Ways to Help
Contributions payable to:
Jericho Road Ministries
Attn: Jericho Road Global Outreach Committee
184 Barton Street
Buffalo, NY 14213
Please write: "Sierra Leone Fund" in the Memo
Donation via credit card: Sierra Leone Donation Page
Extending healing, hope, and peace to Sierra Leone
“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8