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    The Memphis Annual Conference

    Voltuneers in Mission - Sierra Leone

    The Pediatric Mission Team sponsored by First UMC and led by member Vickie Jo Stevens Valentine had a very successful medical mission to Sierre Leone.

    Vickie Jo reported that over 700 children were treated during the 10-day trip. The trip was an ecumenical colaboration of several denominations who provided financial as well as medical resources. Included in the mission was a visit with the Resident United Methodist Bishop of Sierre Leone, John K. Yambasu.

    Volunteers In Mission (VIM) is active at Frist Church.  Once or twice a year, for the last several years, we have been sending teams of volunteers to Sierra Leone, Africa.  Sierra Leone was involved in a long, bloody civil war in the 1990's which left the country devastated.  It is currently ranked at the very bottom of nations ranked by the United Nations as the poorest nation in the world.  Our teams provide medical care, nutrition through the Peanut Butter Project, and help with other basic needs including construction and clean water.  The trips have been in January (usually 2 weeks) and March or April (usually 10 days).  We take volunteeers from other churches and other areas.  We seek to glorify God through our Christian service to this nation.

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