Signs of joy were noticed on the faces of parents, guardians and teachers of the El Shaddai Orphanage and Preparatory School in Freetown, as they received school learning materials from the Cross Word Christian Church based in California, in the US.
El Shaddai is among two other Schools (Dolbert Preparatory and Sybanclair School) that received school packages, general educational supplies including books, to establish a School Library.
Presenting the materials to the Pupils and Teachers at the El Shaddai School, Pastor Lacy Sykes said that his mission in Sierra Leone is to empower Christian Schools on how to live a Godly life.
He added that education is the key to unlock the future; adding that, God has blessed them in America and as such they want to extend that blessing to Sierra Leone.
Pastor Sykes noted that during his visit last year, he went around the Country, to several Schools; and primarily identified independent Christian Schools for assistance.
He explained that they have put forward a comprehensive teaching plan of what the schools need; as our ultimate goal is to nurture good leaders for the future.
‘I admire the Teachers of these Schools, as with little pay they still devote their time to teach these Pupils’; as he urged Parents to help these Teachers train their Children.
Head Teacher of El Shaddai, Dorothea Thomas in a smiling mood expressed gratitude to the Pastor and his Team for their kind gesture and for choosing her School amidst other Schools in the Country.
She explained that, her School caters for Pupils from nursery to class six with trained and experienced Teachers.
She called on the government to help them as they are running an orphanage School and are in need of financial backing.
Renee Taylor – Pearce a Sierra Leonean and member of the Church said that, some eight years ago the Church started operations with 33 members; but now has over 3000 members.
On Monday 24th November the team gave a lecture to Teachers on leadership at the El Shaddai School. Their objective of this trip is to select a village which the Church could adopt and engage in evangelism efforts as they relate to the Makeni leadership seminar.
Cross Word Church is a multi-ethnic, multi-denominational, multi-generational Church connected through one culture; a Christian culture conformed to the image of Christ. The focus of Pastor Sykes is to teach God’s people how to live a Godly life by giving practical examples and simple applications of how the Bible is relevant in today’s society.