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Sierra Leone Annual Conference

Bishop Hopkins has a long acquaintance with Sierra Leone Resident Bishop Humper (retired in 2009) and Bishop John Yambasu. With the added personal connection of Missionary Nurse Beth Ferrell, the seed to explore an increased involvement with Sierra Leone in the healthcare and community-based health training was planted. Consultation between the Bishops was positive. The mission outreach of the EOC in Sierra Leone is in consultation with and approval of the Sierra Leone UMC Annual Conference.

Beatrice Gbanga, nurse midwife, GBGM Missionary and Community-Based Health Coordinator for West Africa is part of the ongoing consultation and helps coordinate the EOC involvement.

"In spite of the perpetual state of war, the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone remains optimistic and a beacon of hope to those in need. Mission partner churches, conferences and friends within and abroad bring aid to the church. Without such assistance it would be extremely difficult for the church to engage in effective and productive ministries. The people of Sierra Leone deal with the emotional and physical wounds of war and disease. Evangelization and pastoral care to the needy are a priority. The church in Sierra Leone needs the financial and moral support of God's people around the world."

- Source: General Board of Global Ministries"