Sierra Leone Partners, now known as Sierra Leone Health Partners and Sierra Leone Educational Partners, is sending 14 missioners to Sierra Leone during the months of January and February 2014.

Here are the 2014 goals of these partners:

Primary Education team: Evaluate the effectiveness of our education teams’ efforts in developing school libraries and continue to meet with United Methodist teachers for further continuing education.

Missioners on this team are Lisa Ranck and Marilyn Griffith of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (UMC) Indy, and Pat Macdonald, Dillsboro and Maine.

Medical team: Provide continuing education workshops for the United Methodist Kissy Hospital staff in gastroenterology, tropical medicine, LPN skills, occupational therapy, hospital administration and nursing.

They will help staff transition into the new Mother Child Hospital. Missioners staffing that team include Sue Phillips of Scottsburg UMC; Peggy Neese of St. Luke’s Indy; Sharon Fields of Miamisburg, Ohio, UMC; Dr. Tom Nowak, a Roman Catholic; Dr. Patrick Zirnheld of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis; and Dan Vestal of San Antonio, Texas.

Water Project team: Upgrade the Urban Center’s (hospital, school, and church) water system and install a water purifier.

The partners are grateful to St. Luke’s Indy October Outreach which provided $30,000 to help finance this project. Missioners serving on this team include Don Griffith and Bob Mink of St. Luke’s Indy; Paul Vosburgh and John Macdonald of Maine UM churches; and Julian Phillips of Scottsburg.

The Sierra Leone Partners thank the many churches and individuals who have contributed funds for ongoing medical and educational projects in Freetown, Makeni, Bo and Taiama, Sierra Leone. They work closely with the Sierra Leone United Methodist Conference in cooperation with Operation Classroom, Inc., and the General Board of Global Ministries.

For those interested in serving on a future team or supporting a project, contact Don Griffith at or 317-823-9390.

Volunteer in Mission Pat Macdonald meets with a group of Sierra Leonean teachers in an educational workshop from the Bo area.

Photo courtesy of Amy Zent.