We currently celebrate two active Methodist Church partnerships overseas.
In Oceania we partner with the Methodist Church of Papua New Guinea focusing support on the Ministerial Training College where former Burnley Circuit Minister Rev Garo Kilagi is Principal. In West Africa we have been partnering with the Methodist Church Sierra Leone for over ten years. In the east of the country we have built, developed and help manage the Red Rose Training Centre in the town of Kailahun.
This provides practical skills training in carpentry and tailoring for young adults many of whom missed their schooling due to the civil war experienced throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium. We also offer support to Nixon Memorial Hospital in the village of Segbwema where, for example, in 2013 a mission team from Lancashire renovated the room and installed new equipment bringing the operating theatre back into use. The hospital site was occupied by the rebel army as their base camp during the conflict.
Rev Mark Slaney co-led the 2013 mission trip to Sierra Leone. In February 2016, as a representative of the District along with John Spencer, he visited the country again following the ebola virus outbreak. If all goes to plan another District Mission Team will head out to the hospital and training centre at the end of January / beginning of February 2017. So, Mark should come to Church Road, St Annes fresh from the most recent encounter in West Africa with plenty of stories to tell and photos to share! On the Sunday there will be envelopes available to donate to the Methodist Fund for World Mission.