School Established in Freetown in 2010
School Estalished in Bo in 2012
School Established in Kono in 2020
The school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, was the very first school of Global Missions in West Africa. It began with the help of Brother Isaac Daye, an evangelist from Gambia, who was instrumental in making the contacts necessary to get the school started. Classes began in May, 2010. The first graduation was held on Sunday, October 28, 2012. There were 10 students that graduated. Brother Purcell Duckett, an elder from the Ross Road Church of Christ in Memphis, TN, attended the graduation.
Purcell Duckett (far left), graduates, and Jacob Sesay, the director of the school in Freetown (far right)
Graduations in Sierra Leone were held in Bo and Freetown in 2017. Brother Samuel P. Thompson from the Ross Road congregation in Memphis, TN attended both graduations. The success of the schools is reflected in the number of graduates: 33 in Freetown and 39 in Bo with a total of 62. Both schools had a combined total of 244 baptisms for 2016-2017, 434 restorations and prayer requests, and 60+ congregations established.
Graduates in Bo, Sierra Leone, 2017
Global Missions has been blessed in the past several years to have been able to send songbooks, Bibles, and communion trays to the churches in Sierra Leone via the Southern Eye Institute in Memphis, TN. Dr. Cathy Schanzer and her husband Tom have graciously allowed us to ship these items on their container that they send on a bi-annual basis to their clinic in Serabu, Sierra Leone. They have not charged Global Missions for any of the many items that have been shipped and we are so grateful to them for allowing us to do this. The Christians in Sierra Leone are certainly happy to receive these songbooks, Bibles and communion trays so they can worship the Lord in song service, in studying the Word, and in taking the Lord's Supper each Lord's Day.
Samuel P. Thompson, from the Ross Road Church of Christ in Memphis, TN, attended the graduations in Bo and Freetown in 2017
New School in Kono District, Sierra Leone
by Momoh Bockarie (Director)
I send you all greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for welcoming us into this noble family. I am Momoh Bockarie, the newly appointed Director for Global Mission Bible School in the Kono District. I am a former student of the 21st Century Global Missions school in Freetown, Sierra Leone. After my completion of studies, I thought it appropriate to go back to my native town Kono to extend the vision of 21st Century Global Missions. I am grateful to God for the person of Brother Jacob Sesay (the director in Freetown) who has acted like a father in training persons such as I am today. All the students called him Director, but I keep calling him Brother Jacob, because he is my dear brother in the Lord.
On my arrival back in Kono, I went to the new congregation we planted before I went for training. I called on the leadership to share the knowledge I have acquired from the 21st Century Global Mission Institute that the dream of Global Missions, which Director Jacob Sesay always reminds us, is to empower men and women with the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to reach out to the lost all over the world.
It was in this situation that I contacted Brother Jacob Sesay for the extension of the school in Kono District. The school started in January 2019 and came to a halt in December 2019, because of funds from Brother Jacob who has been supporting our efforts. The school was able to complete its 1st year of training and is now looking forward to begin its 2nd year by God’s grace this month (March). The name of the new school is Church of Christ Bible School (21st Century Global Missions) and is located in the building of the Ndomihina Street Church of Christ in Koidu Town, Kono District. The director is Momoh Bockarie; the secretary is Kumba Mani; and the teachers are Momoh Bockarie, Gabriel Abu, Shar Sheku, and Emmanuel Sandy. There are presently 27 students enrolled in the school.
May the Good God bless us all in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Brother Momoh Bockarie,
It is with deepest sorrow that I write and inform all about the suddent death of our beloved brother in Christ, Brother Michael Harrison (Mike) Amara. On the 21st of February, 2021, at about 6:00 p.m., as Mike was getting prepared for Sunday morning worship service, he had a sudden heart attack. At that time, there was no vehicle to rush him to the hospital which led to his death. Mike served the 21st Century Global Mission Institute (Bo, Sierra Leone) for nine years as the Director. He was a very dedicated brother in the services of the Lord. The 21st Century Global Mission Bible Institute team, students, and the church of Christ in Sierra Leone, including his family, will seriously continue to mourn this great loss. The local congregation did all they could do to give the late brother a befitting burial. His body was preserved in the mortuary for seven days. During that time, many sympathizers and well-wishers visited the home of the deceased. Many of his favorite songs, including the music he loved so much while he was alive, were sung by the church, family, and community members. Mike was a very good song leader.
Mike was finally laid to rest on the 28th day of February in a vault at the Bo city cemetery. There was a memorial service organized by his wife and children on the 4th of April, 2021. The service was to the glory of God, and I was given the opportunity to preach in the service. My message was in the form of a question: What Would You Like To Be Remembered For When You Die? The attendance for the service was very large. Let us endeavor to do the will of the Living God who has called us to life.
Yours in Him,
Jacob O. Sesay, Director
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Mike Amara (on the left) and Jacob Sesay (on the right)