Kristin Yoder Bacher

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Kristin is from a small town in South Alabama.  She grew up in an incredible family with three other siblings and parents who lived out their faith.  She made a decision to follow Jesus at an early age, and has since been on this exciting adventure of living with the hope, purpose, and freedom that Jesus brings to life.

A few years ago, Kristin began to feel a call to live more simply and to use her resources for something more than building a comfortable life for herself. Eventually, Kristin was led to volunteer on a WMF Servant Team in Sierra Leone in 2011. While there, she hoped to get closer to an answer to the impossibly complex question of how to use her resources to assist those living in poverty. Not long after that, she found herself living in Kroo Bay where for over two years she shared her life with the poor. Married to fellow missionary-nurse Karlin Bacher in July, 2016, she enjoys the outdoors, playing guitar, and using her gifts in nursing to bless the community.

Ansumana Bangura
Field Director/Administrator

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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, whilst Muslims found it difficult to forgive.

In 2002, Ansu settled in Freetown with his uncle to attend 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 the remote parts of the country.

Ansumana began to volunteer tutor with WMFSL in September 2010. Now he is a member of staff serving in the area of administration. He was married to Betty in November, 2016. Please pray for Ansumana, that he may have the fear of God, be obedient, humble, and maintain pure and healthy relationships.

Isaac Balla Bangura
Servant Team and Outreach Coordinator

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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.

Alafia Cole
Executive Director/Care Taker & Compound Coordinator

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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 Crocker

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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. 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, justice, women’s/children’s ministries, and worshipping God through music. When not surrounding herself with people (as a Myers-Briggs ENFP), Emma can be found journaling or enjoying any outdoor space. She is so excited to serve in the community of Kroo Bay.

Francis Davies
Lighthouse Coordinator and Community Care member

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Francis was born on the 10th of April, 1979. He is married to Patricia Davies, and they have a beautiful daughter, Keyara, and precious sons, Caleb and Jesse. Francis came to know the Lord in 1997. Francis attended the Saint Edwards Secondary School from form 1-3 and later attended West African Methodist Collegiate School. In 2004, he began work with Rainbows of Hope conducting Bible studies, teaching literacy and numeracy, and doing counseling with youth on the streets and in detention centers. Then in 2007 he worked with PACES for one year counseling 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 counselor. He began volunteering with WMF in 2010 and joined staff a year later. Ever  since Francis gave his life to Christ, working with young people has always been his desire.

Teah Maxwell Dugbeh
Good News Club/Frisbee Coordinator

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Teah Maxwell Dugbeh was born in Sinkor Monrovia Liberia on May 14, 1982. His parents were Christians and he attended the African Christian Fellowship High School.

In 1990 the war broke out in Liberia, and he could not continue his education. He was forcefully recruited to join the fighting force. He survived so many attacks from different rebel factions. God took Tieh to Sierra Leone during the thick of the war. As a refugee, it was not easy for him to survive. But with God’s help, he was trained to be a builder. He became a Christian through a pastor back in Liberia who encouraged him not to give up but to put his hope and trust in God. In Sierra Leone Tieh lived in a slump community called Kroo Bay. He attends a church in Kroo Bay and serves as a deacon. Through his work as a builder he got connected to Word Made Flesh where he now serves as a staff.

Salome Dumbuya
Vulnerable Persons’ Advocate/Women Ministry Coordinator

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Salome Dumbuya 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.

Cami Goble
Regional Coordinator - Europe & Africa

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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.

Sarah Rogers
Community Care Coordinator

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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 to convert to Jesus after seeing Christians caring, encouraging and helping others. One of the most important things that final 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, his conversion, and their marriage union on the 9th of April 2016.

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. Her roles include Lighthouse small group leader and Community Care champion. Please pray for Sarah that she may fear God, be obedient, be humble, and maintain pure and healthy relationships.