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New Church in Muslim district of Sierra Leone

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Wesley United Methodist Church opened Dec. 11. The church is the first United Methodist building to be constructed in the Pujehun District of Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS
Wesley United Methodist Church opened Dec. 11. The church is the first United Methodist building to be constructed in the Pujehun District of Sierra Leone.
By Phileas Jusu
Jan. 11, 2017 | PUJEHUN, Sierra Leone (UMNS)
“We have also been engaged in sharing the concerns of the people in the community so that their problems become our problems,” Kainboy said. “More young people are coming to the church. The young people want to be seen; they want to be heard; they want people to appreciate their talents. So, when once I see a young person with a potential, I interact with them and invite them to my church. I don’t ask them whether they are Muslims or Christians.”
Young Muslims have been coming to the church and about four have stayed permanently.
“Once they come, the next stage is involving them in the activities of the church. And some of them have appreciated us for recognizing them. We involve them in music, games. The young people are interested in these things. I give them opportunity to play instruments. They sing and we clap for them and they feel good. I do not pose to be their pastor, but I see them as my brothers and sisters,” Kainboy said. 
Kainboy also is a chaplain in the government hospital in Pujehun.
“Because of my role as chaplain and the way I’m encouraging the things young people are interested in, all the nurses in the hospital — mainly young folks — are now members of my church,” he said.
There is a very strong interfaith collaboration in Pujehun. Jointly, Muslims and Christians support the health ministry to disseminate health messages.