I left the Sierra Leone Annual Conference in Kenema yesterday. I was blessed to be able to participate. I spent time with old friends, made new ones, had the opportunity to preach, and hopefully even established some new potential partnerships. It was a good four days.
After only six and a half hours on the road I arrived here at the Hotel Barmoi in Freetown. Along the way we saw only two major accidents, which is about average, and had several close calls ourselves. Let’s just say that highway safety and driver etiquette here in West Africa differs from that in the US.
We stopped in Bo for brief visits to the United Methodist Mercy Hospital and the Child Rescue Center. The visits were not long, but again, the progress being made is obvious and the commitment is there to do even more.
What was enlightening to me was the growing economy I could see through my travels. Sierra Leone continues to leave its turbulent history behind. Both in Waterloo and Bo, towns I had been in during the war, the growth since I was last here was unbelievable. And all along the route between Freetown and Kenema there were roadside venders. There was seldom a kilometer without someone selling charcoal, firewood, woven baskets or palm wine.
Since arriving back here at the Barmoi I have been taking full advantage of the internet as well as the hot water. Cold showers are ok, they’re just not my favorite.
I have already confirmed my water taxi for the trip across the bay tomorrow, so I should be at Lungi Airport in plenty of time for my flight to Accra. From Accra I fly to New York then on to RDU. The trip has been a good one, but I am already looking forward to my own bed.