We have a longstanding friendship with an incredible woman, Georgiana Kargbo. We met her as she was preparing to return to the troubled city of Freetown after a terrible decade of atrocities.
Georgiana and her husband Desmond have an expanding ministry, through growing Christ our Anchor Ministries which has three congregations, including a blind Christian Union, based in an impoverished suburb of the capitol. We have provided funds (for a new church building) and leadership support (through visiting teams) to help the church become even stronger.
Life is hard in Sierra Leone, and good education for children is very hard to come by. Georgiana’s second ministry is the Jewels School, an oasis of Christian education at a high standard, for those who cannot afford it. Here at Wellspring Church we underwrite the salaries for the teachers through the Operation Steadfast project, which also includes sending teams of our British teachers to come alongside their staff and encourage them to grow in their teaching skills.
We know that working in this desperate nation of broken hearts and stubborn, grinding poverty, is part of us ‘going’ as a church to show love to the poor as Jesus challenges us.
Funding the teachers’ salaries and sending teams is expensive, we are always looking for more support for this work so it can continue.
Lighthouse for the Blind Project
In partnership with Christ Our Anchor Ministries, in the autumn of 2013 we began fundraising for a thriving, dedicated community of blind men, women and families (most made blind due to waterborne disease and malnutrition) who needed rehousing. When our team visited in 2013 the semi-derelict house was just about to be demolished by a new road bridge. We have been raising funds to see them rehoused and provide some micro-finance investment to fuel small businesses. More money is needed, but already they have established a soap-making business and have found safe rented accommodation in a good location. Fundraising is ongoing in partnership with Watford's Side by Side Forum in partnership with Watford Fire Station.