Ansumana was born in Kamakwie Bombali District, Northern Province, Sierra Leone. He grew up in a Muslim home. When he became a Christian in 1997/1998, nobody talked to him. He became a Christian because he had witnessed Christians forgiving, while Muslims found it difficult to forgive.
In 2002, Ansu settled in Freetown with his uncle, where he attended Albert Academy. He joined Scripture Union, and started preaching the Word of God during devotions.
In 2006/2007, when Ansumana began studying at Fourah Bay University, he realized he needed to serve God soberly. He joined Bible Study Union (BSU) SLEFES FBC and began going to conferences and mission trips to remote parts of the country.
Ansumana began to volunteer as a tutor with WMFSL in September 2010. Now he is a member of staff serving in the area of administration. He married Betty in November, 2016. He is also blessed with two precious and unique daughters: JoJo and Adama. Please pray for Jojo and Adama for wisdom, knowledge and understanding as they pursue a higher level of Education.
Balla was born in 1983, in Freetown. Life was hard for his family. His father died when he was twelve years old. He grew up with his elder sister and her husband who was a drug dealer. This uncle introduced Isaac to drug selling and encouraged him smoke.
During the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) coup in Sierra Leone, Balla met with the number three man in the coup through his sister’s husband. This man was also an addict who made Isaac feel that it was OK to smoke marijuana. Selling and smoking marijuana was Balla’s occupation after he dropped out of school in SSS2 (11th grade).
While he was still in the ghetto, World Voices Sierra Leone spotted Balla. Seeing that he had musical ability, they invited him to join them to record music in Conakry. It was there he had his first encounter with Jesus.
Late 2006 Isaac came in contact with a missionary woman from Germany who helped him to know Christ. After two years, he started going to church. During a worship hour with ten missionaries from America, a brother from the team came to him and said, “God is calling you, ‘Isaac’, and he is telling his angels that you are his child.” He got baptized and took the name Isaac.
After some time, he joined his church’s evangelism team and received a scholarship from the church to go to Bible College. And now, he is a second year student of the Evangel Bible College, studying theology.
Isaac met Jan Sassenberg in 2010, and Jan introduced him to the Kroo Bay Thursday outreach. The next year, Isaac was offered a WMF internship, and now he serves on staff. Among other things, Isaac helps coordinate the Kroo Bay outreach program. He and his wife Kumba have committed themselves to living among the people of Kroo Bay, where they foster three teenage girls.
Salome Bangura was born into a Muslim family. So from the time she was born she was raised as a Muslim. Her parents died when she was fifteen years old. After her parents died, she started living with her aunty whose family were Christians. Through her aunt’s influence, Salome became a Christian.
Currently, she is working as a women’s ministry coordinator at Word Made Flesh. She mentors and encourages young girls in Kroo Bay to attend school and follow Jesus. She also does counseling with girls who have been raped and in extreme cases she is able to refer them to a shelter for protection and safety. The girls in Kroo Bay are very vulnerable. Most of them have very little money and some have never had a chance to go to school to learn to read and write. A lot of abuse happens in Kroo Bay and many girls are inappropriately touched by the age of 3-4, and many are raped by the age of 12-15. She also fights for justice for these girls by supporting families of rape and helping them to understand the justice system and assists them in court and tries to remove the perpetrators from society. Even though there are many problems, God has been good to the people of Kroo Bay. Some have started to go to church because of our outreach programs and some young girls are making positive decisions towards Christ. Continue to pray for the women of Kroo Bay.
Salome is married to Isaac Bangura and they have a beautiful daughter, Mayon.
Christian Alafia Cole was born on the 8th of August to a Sierra Leonean father and a Liberian mother. Unfortunately, they did not marry each other. Due to this, his mother thought it fit to go back to Liberia where she died in the brutal war.
While attending primary school, Alafia was left to his aunt when he was nine. Later he decided to live with his father and stepmother. After graduating from high school, he received an institute degree in road construction. Then he started working for the Ministry of Works. This season of his life was very unstable for him, as he was bounced around from life on the streets to his aunty to father.
Even though Alafia came from a “Christian” family, he never had that deep feeling about who God is. He did construction work for about three years and then started doing business. When he was not working, Alafia would relax with his friends at a certain place, drinking alcohol, smoking, and taking drugs. Then God sent a man there, who told them about God’s good plan for their lives. After promising the man to attend church several times, Alafia finally DID go. At that first visit he made a commitment that he would serve God in that church. A few years later he was ordained a deacon, and continues to serve and worship there to this day.
Alafia started volunteering with WMFSL in 2010. Now he serves as an Executive Director of Word Made Flesh Sierra Leone. Alafia and his wife Alakeh also foster three Word Made Flesh youth.
Emma grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada in a Christian home with two younger sisters. She decided to follow Jesus at the age of 15, and began the most amazing journey of her life. Emma loves sharing about the love and the lasting joy that only Jesus brings with those around her.
Emma attended Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Through her university fellowship, Emma’s passion for evangelism and outreach grew. She had the opportunity to serve with Word Made Flesh Sierra Leone in 2016 through an internship (after attending a mission’s conference called Urbana in 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri) and fell in love with Freetown. It was through this internship that God opened Emma’s eyes to His heart for those in poverty, and for those experiencing oppression and abuse. After coming back to Canada in 2016 to finish her schooling, Emma felt the Lord telling her to return to Sierra Leone to serve long-term.
Emma is passionate about marginalized populations being heard, providing healthcare education (as the community’s nurse), advocacy, justice, women’s/children’s ministries, and worshipping God through music. Emma loves walking in nature, and finds so much peace in being outdoors. She is so grateful to be able to serve in the community of Kroo Bay.
Francis was born and raised in Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. Francis attended the Saint Edwards Secondary School from form 1-3 and later attended West African Methodist Collegiate School during the civil war. He married Patricia Davies in 2008, and they have four beautiful children, two boys and two girls, Keyara, Caleb, Jessie and Esther. Francis came to know the Lord in 1997, in neighbouring country Guinea, Conakry, during the war. In 2004, he began work with Rainbows of Hope conducting Bible studies, teaching literacy and numeracy, and doing counselling with youth on the streets and in detention centres. Then, in 2007, he worked with PACES for one year, counselling and praying with former child soldiers. In 2008, he worked with City of Rest, a home for people with mental illness and addictions, as a counsellor. He began volunteering with WMF in 2010, and joined the staff a year later. Ever since Francis gave his life to Christ, working with young people has always been his desire. Francis is presently pursuing a bachelor degree in Theology.
Patrick was born into a beautiful military family in Sierra Leone. He surrendered his life to
our Lord and Saviour Christ at his salad age during the Youth For Christ camp. In 2000, he
was diagnosed of diabetes which medical doctors said was caused by the brutal civil war
that he experienced in his hometown. Whiles lying in his sick bed he told God that if He
healed him he would serve Him for the rest of his life. He has been so grateful to God
Almighty for healing him miraculously.
He attended the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, where he was trained
in the discipline of Performing Arts (HTC Secondary). In 2006, he moved to The Gambia and worked as a teacher until he felt called into mission. In 2008, he attended the University of the Nations, Youth With A Mission, and studied Discipleship Training School (DTS). From 2010-2015, he also studied Church Ministry at the Wycliffe/Christian Volunteer Movement, The Gambia.
Patrick was ordained in 2010 as a deacon. He was a missionary, choir director and worship
leader in The Gambia for over seven years, heading a school.
He has been with Word Made Flesh since October 2015. During this time he has demonstrated great talent in teaching primary-aged children from Kroo Bay during our afternoon tutoring program. He has fast knowledge of phonics, and has been teaching reading skills through very fun songs. Currently, he works as the tutoring coordinator, and choir and theatrical director. He is also a member of the Advocacy team. He has profound passion to nurture the God-given gifts and talents of the kids and youths in our community. Patrick enjoys playing guitar, writing songs and plays, drinking lots of water and eating
plenty fruits and vegetables.
Cami grew up in Colorado. Compassion welled in her heart at a young age, watching commercials for famine relief in Africa during Saturday morning cartoons. As her Grandma Lorraine read Bible stories to her during occasional visits, Cami was introduced to God’s love. Cami accepted Jesus as her welcoming Savior in high school when a friend told her of God’s love and plan for each person. Hungry to learn more about God, she attended a Biola University, where she studied missions (B.A. ICS) and education (M.A. ED) and met lifelong friends.
Over the years Cami has had teaching opportunities is Namibia (WorldTeach), Papua New Guinea (Wycliffe) and Garden Grove (GGUSD). Cami was a part of the Fall 2002 Servant Team in Nepal, where she learned much from Gautum and Reka Rai and Silas and Kimberly West.
Cami moved to Freetown in 2003. Since then she has been working among Lighthouse youth, and assisting with the Good News Club in Kroo Bay. During her sabbatical in 2010, she met Alan Goble at the Iona Christian Community in Scotland. They were very happily married in September 2011. Cami serves with the International Office as Regional Coordinator for Europe and Africa. She also loves to dance, swim, cook, bake, read, hike, and watch birds.
James Metzger was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone on April 2 to a Christian family. He has been a Christian all through his life. He had an encounter with Christ at a very young age and has maintained that relationship with God.
At age 11, James lost his father who was the breadwinner of their home. After that tragic event, he experienced “what it really means to be poor.” His mother, who was petty trading leaves, was unable to provide for him and his two brothers. At age 12 through 13, he had to manually break stones to raise fund for his clothing and some of his feeding expenses. When he was in grade seven through grade ten, he was having an urge to pray. He knew he was created for a special assignment of service. He has a big heart for the poor.
James holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He has served in different capacities in his church and in different in Christian organizations. He volunteers with The Evangelical College of Theology as a part time lecturer. He has also organized and participated in several community engagements and services in his community and in Freetown.
After volunteering and going through the Servant Team Training, James now works as the Advocacy Coordinator of Word Made Flesh Sierra Leone. He is also a Lighthouse small group leader and works with the Hospitality and Volunteer/Servant team coordinating teams. Pray for James’ continual listening to God for direction and instruction.
Jennifer Seo was born in Seoul, South Korea. She was raised in a Catholic family and had a personal encounter with Christ when she was 17 years old. She went to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. In 2001, she moved to Vancouver and worked as a dental hygienist until she felt called into full-time missions in 2010. She first served in the inner city of Vancouver working with people struggling with drug addiction, homelessness and mental illness. From 2012 to 2017, Jennifer served in the Kroo Bay area of Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown with Word Made Flesh Sierra Leone. During that time, she focused on ministry with vulnerable women and children. She lives in Freetown with her husband, Stephen Ney, and serves as a Field Director of Word Made Flesh Sierra Leone. She enjoys running and reading.
Sarah Rogers was born June 27 1991, in Freetown. She grew up in a Muslim home. Sarah came to know Christ through Dan and Aminata Henry, who were part of the Word Made Flesh Sierra Leone community. The Henrys had been fostering two young girls, Mabinty and Zainab. When Dan and Ami moved to the US, they asked Sarah to take over the fostering care of these teenage girls. When Sarah first started living with Mabinty and Zainab, they would wake Sarah up for morning Christian devotions and prayers, even though Sarah was still a Muslim. They also invited Sarah to a revival and church, and she began to love Christianity. For a while, Sarah observed both Islam and Christianity, but finally chose Jesus after seeing Christians caring, encouraging and helping others. One of the most important things that finally convinced Sarah to choose Christianity was seeing Word Made Flesh Sierra Leone community members humbly and simply serving Christ.
During that same time, Sarah had been dating a Muslim man. There was a lot of conflict in their relationship, and he said he would never marry a Christian woman. Although they had been together for a long time, Sarah told him to go find another woman because she would never be a Muslim again. Sarah continued to pray for him to know Jesus. Surprisingly, one day the man told Sarah to invite him to church. Thankfully he agreed to go to church, and over time he became a Christian.
Sarah thanks God for Wooding Rogers, her husband, and the fact that he came to know Jesus. They currently live in Kroo Bay, with their daughter Mahun.
Sarah started volunteering with Word Made Flesh in 2014. After nine months, Sarah was invited into a 6-month-long Servant Team with WMFSL. Having successfully completed this rigorous internship experience, Sarah joined the WMFSL staff. Sarah is currently studying logistics and supply chain management at St. Monica University. She is passionate about Community Care and is a leader in the Lighthouse Youth Program.
Gladys was born on October 1 in Regent; a Rural Village of Freetown, Sierra Leone. She grew up with her mother, two sisters, kid brother, aunt, and grandfather. Her father died when she was 7 years old. Life was hard for her family. As a young lady, Gladys had to work alongside her mother who was a gardener, a coal miner and trader. Due to financial challenges, she dropped out of school at grade 8 (JSS 2). For a few years, she was happily caring for children and was preparing home food for them.
Gladys was born into a Christian family but only had an intimate relationship with God when she was a grown up. She later moved to Port Loko in the north of Sierra Leone to serve as a missionary. Gladys studied tailoring and crafts. She is married to Foday Edward Samura and they have a handsome son, Emmanuel Kanukay Samura.
Gladys began to volunteer as a tutor and outreach member at Word Made Flesh Sierra Leone in June 2015. In 2017, she was offered a WMF Servant Team training opportunity. Gladys came on staff with WMF in 2018. She is passionate about making beautiful crafts, and mentoring young people to help them have a better future.
Esther was born in Kono District in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone to a Christian family.
When she was just two months old, her father was transferred to work in Freetown, so the
family came with him. She schooled in Freetown where she was living with her entire family.
Currently, she studies Banking and Finance at the Institute of Public Administration and
Esther loves to sing. She is a chorister in her church.
Esther first volunteered with Word Made Flesh in 2012 as a tutor, Kroo Bay Outreach and Good
New Club support. She enjoys working in the community.
Esther currently works with the Administration, Vulnerable Person Protection Policy Advocate
and Lighthouse teams.
Joseph Tarawalie was born in Makeni, the headquarter town of the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. He grew up as a Muslim in his stepfather’s house and knew prophet Mohamad as his savior all those years. During that period, he had difficulty worshipping and communicating with God because of the Arabic language, which he was unable to understand.
During Sierra Leone’s civil war, Joseph and his family moved to the capital Freetown for safety reasons. In the city, he was washing dishes at a local restaurant his sister was operating. After that he would join his inner city friends at Victoria Park.
In 2002, a WMFSL volunteer who had been going to his sister’s restaurant and who had concomitantly been seeing him washing dishes invited Joseph to the Lighthouse program. At Lighthouse, Joseph met many youth from the street. He encountered Christ during his time at Lighthouse through the help of WMFSL former Field Director Cami Goble.
Joseph volunteered at WMFSL for 3 years and got trained in computer software programs. In July, 2018, he was invited to join WMFSL’s Servant Team program. Currently he is on staff, serving in the administration department as the Technology Assistant and in the Lighthouse program mentoring youth.
Please pray for Joseph as he seeks to become a good example to the youth of Kroo Bay as well as provide the community with technological supports.
Fatmata Kamara was born in Freetown to a Muslim family. She was later taken to Comrabai, a small village in Northern Sierra Leone, where she grew up.
In 2002, she was greatly confused and hopeless after the country’s 11-year civil war, and the many difficulties it brought. After several failed attempts to live with her mother, she tried a different way of life. She lived in the street, where she thought she would have security, protection and freedom. The street experience however turned out to be an “earthly hell”.
In 2003, while living partially with her mother and partially in the street, she met sister Cami, a woman filled with lots of passion for the poor, who led her to Christ. Cami found a church where they attended together.
A few months later, Fatmata joined the Lighthouse program through which she was again sent to school, provided with food and clothes, and was reconciled to her mother. After nine years, she graduated from the WMF’s Lighthouse programme and decided to give back by volunteering for a year and a half as a tutor in WMFSL’s tutoring program. She later left for another career and started making paper beads.
Fatmata was called upon thrice to join WMFSL’s Servant Team program and thrice she rejected the offer because she was scared of becoming a staff after being a youth at Lighthouse, thinking that the job may require more than she is capable of giving. Finally, after prayer and encouragement, she is now a full time staff member at WMFSL.
Fatmata married Augustine Turay in 2020, they live together with Sammy (Fatmata’s son).
Naomi was born April 5 in Eastern Sierra Leone to a Christian family. She however encountered Christ at age 19. She grew up in Freetown where she schooled. She is a graduate from Freetown College of Management and Accountancy majoring in Human Resource Management.
In 2014, Naomi got married to Lynton Whitfield whom she later lost in September 2018. It was during this time of mourning that she joined the servant team program at WMFSL. After completing the six-month ST program, she now works with the community’s administration, advocacy and tutoring teams.
Naomi has passion for serving children and singing Christian music. She is willing to learn new skills and is supportive in many ways in the community. She is a friend to many vulnerable women in Kroo Bay.
Please pray for Naomi to find complete peace in the Lord and to serve the children of Kroo Bay.