After he emerged as the first African to be elected President Designate, Baptist Church of Ireland, Reverend Dr. Sahr Yambasu has on Sunday 7th February 2021 urged members of the Balmer Methodist Church on John Street in Freetown to depend on and trust in God.
He made this statement during a special service organised by the Balmer Baptist Church in honour of his achievement.
Dr. Yambasu furthered that “nothing happens by accident,” adding that “things don’t happen by the way but by the will of God Almighty and through hard work,” and encouraged all and sundry to be hardworking.
He disclosed that he was nominated alongside three other ministers, but after a committee went through their profiles, he was popularly elected at a conference, disclosing that his term of office is one year.
He added that he was designated last October to take up office in June this year after an installation ceremony, and that his duties include but are not limited to leading the Baptist Church of Jesus Christ, whom he acknowledged as the Head of the Church, and representing the Baptist Church in other countries during religious conferences.
He described the relationship between the Methodist Church in Ireland and Sierra Leone as long standing and strong.
Dr. Yambasu said he remains thankful to God Almighty who has placed him where he is today. He also thanked the leadership of the Balmer Baptist Church where he said it all started.
He opined that “we all are pilgrims and are working towards heading to a sacred place,” adding that “because we are all hoping to go to one place, we should help each other.”
He said, “The ministry is for Christ and in Christ. Therefore, anywhere one is asked to go in the name of Christ, one should not hesitate for it is God that has directed that one should go.”
He recalled that many years ago after he had already gained admission into university, he was asked by the mission to go to Kailahun to do God’s work. “Initially, I was not pleased by the directive, but later understood that it was the Lord who had stationed me there. Today, I hold a PhD degree from Ireland,” he said.
He reiterated that one should not despise humble beginnings, but should instead work harder, noting that “nothing happens by the way, but by the quality of work one does.”