Christianity in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone, located on the southwest coast of West Africa, is known for having one of the world’s largest natural harbours, land that holds precious diamonds and gold, and beaches with pearly-white sand and crystal-clear water. This beautiful country, whose name means “Lion Mountains,” is made up of 7 million people. Of these 7 million people, 20 percent identify as Christians.
A General History of Sierra Leone:
- Sierra Leone was first inhabited by Indigenous African people, and its dense rainforest
- In the 16th century, invaders attacked Sierra Leone, and the invaders and Indigenous people co-existed and intertwined over time, despite lots of conflict.
- During the colonial era, Great Britain took control of Sierra Leone and declared it a protectorate of Great Britain.
- On April 27th of 1961, Sierra Leone gained its independence from Great Britain.
- The Sierra Leone Civil War broke out in 1991 as a result of the Revolutionary United Front’s attempt to overthrow the government and president, Joseph Momoh. This war lasted for 11 years, 50,000 people died, and half a million people were displaced.
Christianity in Sierra Leone:
- Christianity was first introduced in Sierra Leone in 1792, however, Sierra Leone is a predominately Muslim country today.
- Seventy-eight percent of the population are Muslim, and the country’s two largest ethnic groups, the Mende and Temne, are Muslim majority.
- Fortunately, Sierra Leone is regarded as one of the most religiously tolerant places in the world, and Christians and Muslims generally live in peace and harmony.
- Most Christians, who make up 20 percent of the population, are Protestant Christians.
Set Free in Sierra Leone:
Set Free is working with indigenous partners to provide clean water to each village in need, while sharing the Gospel. It is our mission to provide true freedom through Christ through the life-changing gift of clean water. Today. Set Free is working in the Kambia District of Sierra Leone drilling on average 10 new wells each month, proving clean water for thousands of people!
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