[Sierra Leone] “Who Started the Schools to Open the Way to Preach the Gospel?” (February 23, 2012)

God has given us Good News Mission the word in Mark Chapter 16 verse 15, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” It was very delightful and thankful to hear God working in Sierra Leone Good News Freetown Church to fulfill the promise through the openings of middle and high school.

1. How did you get to start the school in the beginning? In fact, it was impossible for me to start the school – I have no experience of running a school nor was educated enough. At first, everything was problem. More than anything however, getting the permit from the Department of Education was the biggest problem. Because it was nearly impossible and time-consuming to get the permit after having all the conditions met, that problem was the most burdensome.

Nonetheless, I had a heart that even though our school is weak and little of importance, because God is with us, He will allow us to get the permit from the Department of Education. When I went to the Department of Education to see the director in charge, he strongly rejected the opening of “Lincoln High School.” By their policy, we were to open a middle school first and then open a high school about 3 years later, when the middle school graduates will be entering into high schools. Yet we proposed to start both middle and high school at the same time. The director in charge said that he could issue a permit for the middle school. I explained to him why and how the Lincoln schools started in Korea and told him the reason why we were trying to start Lincoln High school in Sierra Leone. Then the director opened his heart wide. He said that when he was young he also studied at the school found by a missionary, and that was how he was able to serve his position today. He promised to give us permit for middle school within a year and will approve the high school later. I was very thankful.

Preparing school facilities was not an easy task either. Classrooms, desks and chairs, textbooks and curriculum…… there was nothing we could prepare with what we had. By the grace of God, we were able to rent a building on 0.25acre big land, and we built the school there. With woods we built classrooms and made desks and chairs. We did not know what to do at all, but just like the word “For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has…” (2 Corinthians 8:12) we were able to proceed with a heart saying “as long as we have a heart to do, then God will work.” Amazingly many students registered to our school that we ended up getting more than 400 students. “God truly loves the youths in this country! He is sending this many students for them to hear the gospel!” As we did the school-related work, we were truly thankful and had joy in our hearts always.