HeartCry is excited to partner with Kabwata Baptist Church in the launch of a new work in West Africa. Missionary pastor Emmanuel Komba is planting First Reformed Baptist Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone has too often been in the news for tragedies such as child soldiers during the civil war and 'blood diamond' conflict, as well as the recent Ebola outbreak. Pray that the gospel of grace will conquer the hearts of this nation.
"Greetings from First Reformed Baptist Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone. We sincerely thank God for our sending church, Kabwata Baptist Church, and our supporting partners.
Launching the Work
I returned from Lusaka after my ordination on the 28th of February, 2016, to officially commence planting this important work in Freetown. We had our first meeting on the 14th of March, 2016. We have been meeting regularly now for the past several weeks. On Sunday we are working through the book of Matthew, and in our Sunday school, the Ten Commandments. Thursday’s we meet for Bible study, were we are looking at the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. We meet in the pastor’s house as we are seriously looking for a suitable place to meet. Our Sunday service is steadily growing and on a good day we have about 30-33 people in attendance, as you will see from the pictures attached.
I go out twice a week for door-to-door evangelism, which has not been producing much fruit, but we thank God for the opportunities. We also want to thank Truth Mission Sierra Leone for their help, especially for the preaching and teaching opportunities on radio and live, which are good tools for evangelism and advertisement of the work. We give God all the glory for this, especially that now we are able to see the work of reformation starting in our region.
Conversion of a Muslim Boy
On the 27th of April we had an evangelistic program aimed at targeting a few youth around the community. After that, we followed up some of those who attended the meeting. One of those that I really spent time with was a boy who came from a Muslim family, whose father died last year in a terrible road accident. Always before, in previous discussions, he told me he had lots of problems, but in every meeting I always made sure that I thoroughly explained the gospel to him. In our last conversation, for the first time, he told me that he now knows that his problem is not the physical hardship he is going through, but his real problem is sin. Kekudah cried aloud in my presence to the Lord for the forgiveness of his sins. During the period of Ramadan is an especially risky time for any Muslim to profess faith. Pray for Kekudah, as he continues to grow and as we disciple him."