Vision for Sierra Leone

These are the area's, in our last 5 years experience on the ground, that we feel need to be addressed in order to progress our long term plan to play our part in winning Sierra Leone for Jesus

  • Primary goal - To extend the Kingdom of God on earth…on earth as it is in heaven
  • To train pastors and plant ‘Kingdom Extensions’, creating a church acceptable to God as a dwelling place for his glory.
  • To provide family based homes, education and Christian environment for abandoned and vulnerable children and babies
  • To raise these children with the full knowledge of who they are in Christ and prepare to release them into their destiny
  • To assist and train vulnerable adults in productive skills
  • To provide and demonstrate agricultural skills to grow the right food for healthy living
  • To create a healthy population by means of, prayer, prevention, education and treatment
  • To provide cleaner water were possible
  • To send ministry and skilled teams into high risk areas, to look at ways to help stem the flow of children and prostitutes onto the streets.
  • To equip visitors from the West with experiences to change their thinking with regard to the poor and Kingdom extending.
  • To create as far as possible a sustainable and self reliant operation.
  • To use skilled national people where possible. Providing skills from the West only when not available locally. Using non-nationals to build, equip and bless local people for service.

Our Vision for Children

Our focus is implementing a children's ministry model that reflects what is being released from Heaven at this hour. It looks like this:  The core of what we want to impart to the children and their leaders is the Father's heart. This reveals His character, and His great love for children which then reveals their value, and identity. As children receive these truths, then they have a sense of permission to pursue their destiny. We believe the Father's view of their destiny is to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth through a demonstration of God's love and power through miracles, and by being influential 'Daniels' in their nation.

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On the ground we see the following system as being the best we know, based on our experiences so far. Like all plans we need to be open to flexibility and change as God reveals His direction.

We see our plan working best where we can provide a Day Centre or Hostel as a 'in town' base to work from, reaching out to children living on the streets. This Day Centre/Hostel will work with the street children over a period of time preparing those who are willing for a move into a permanent home with other children on a large Children's Centre campus on the outskirts of the town. We call this the Children’s Village Hub, It will also act as base for outreaching to the surrounding villages, from which to plant village Kingdom Extensions, train up pastors, healthcare educators and outreach support staff who will build up and encourage the outlying Kingdom Extensions.

Town Day Centre/Hostel

In the town, we plan a Day Centre/Hostel which will act as a safe haven for those children who are serious about coming off the streets. The hostel will offer friendship, counselling, food, shelter and First Aid. Small teams will be based here to outreach into the local area identifying those most at risk and in need.

Those identified children that choose to come off the streets are encouraged to come daily for food, a wash, clothes, friendship and counselling. They can be taught basic literacy skills, introduced to Jesus and his Kingdom and maybe even start to learn a trade.

An introduction to Christianity, prayer and worship will be an integral part of life in the hostel for all those involved.

Meanwhile, while the children are readjusting, attempts will be made to seek out their parents and relatives with a view to reuniting them with family. If they are integrated back with family we will look at what is needed in order for that child to continue in schooling. Part of this will be looking to see how we can help the parents or guardians earn enough themselves to support the child’s schooling.

For other children who show satisfactory progress during their time at the hostel and demonstrate commitment after a period of time they are invited to come permanently off the streets and live in the hostel.

This is the most challenging aspect of the work as these children will find it difficult to adjust to a new way of life. Staff working here needs to be able to offer much love and grace, and yet more grace as they seek to be the hands of Jesus to these kids. Over a period of time, as these children lose their street ways and adjust, they are offered a place in one of the permanent homes in the Children's Village Hub, to be part of a real family having brothers and sisters and full-time schooling.

The Children's Village Hub is situated on the outskirts of the town, far enough away from the influences of streets.

If space allows, the hostel can also be a place were vocational training can be offered to street girls as well as friendship, counselling, food, First Aid and an introduced to Jesus. Those girls showing commitment to the programme and abstaining from their previous lifestyle will be offered the use of the workshop facilities based at the Children's Village Hub where they can use the equipment there to produce items for sale, paying a small token for the use of the equipment. A start-up micro-loan can also be offered to pay for the raw materials needed. The basis of this type of work has been successfully pioneered in the past in nearby Kenema, sponsored by FHMI.

Prevention is always better than a cure. We plan to provide dedicated ministry and skill teams will be sent out to identify children most at risk in the poorest areas. They will be working to help prevent vulnerable children becoming street children. They will run street activities, training and offer emergency help and work generally with these vulnerable communities to help them prevent a slide into hopelessness.

In summary children and vulnerable adults begin a process of re-adjustment preparing them for a full life in Jesus and for the children a move to a permanent home in the Children's Village Hub.

The Children's Village Hub

The Village would not just be a Children's Village but a hub for the outreach activities of FHMI.

Children would move here from the Day Centre/Hostel where they continue to integrate into Christian family life. The Hub would be an enclosed site of between 2 and 4 acres where the children can feel safe and yet still be best positioned to integrate the children into local society.

The site would contain:

  • Accommodation homes for families of boys or girls of about 10-12 children.
  • Primary School
  • Training workshops for the children and ex-street girls
  • Abandoned baby care unit
  • Medical Centre
  • Church and Bible school
  • Foreign visitors accommodation compound
  • Visiting local trainee Pastors and trainee educators accommodation.
  • Administration offices and logistical base
  • Stores
  • Training Farm

The farm will either be attached to the Children's Village Hub, or nearby. It will serve as a training ground for the kids and young adults so they can learn basic subsistence farming techniques. The farm will also provide some produce for the Children's Village Hub.

The children's reintegration to society would begin with off site secondary school where they return each day to their home. When they are ready to leave the Children's Village Hub they would be assisted with sheltered accommodation outside the Hub, with regular visits by pastoral and support staff.

Outreach teams would be coordinated from the Hub to reach out to the villages, building relationships and acceptance. If there is a substantial response to the outreach program a process would begin where a potential leader/pastor and a potential health educator are selected for training at the nearest Children's Village Hub. As part of FHMI commitment to the village outreach programme it is envisaged that wells are drilled in strategic villages providing clean water for the surrounding area. 80% of diseases are caused by poor water quality. Mobile Land Rover medical clinics would regularly visit the village Kingdom Extensions as part of the ongoing support programme.

This model is based on our existing experiences blended with the experiences of other organisations working towards similar goals.