Hope for Sierra Leone is a Transformation Canada ministry dedicated to giving hope to the people of Sierra Leone.
We empower them towards sustainability by helping with their felt needs. It started by helping with their felt need of agriculture. We worked with local farms and communities to create a sustainable farming process, primarily for poultry. We then turned our attention to the Ebola crisis and helped offer aid relief, training and expertise to help curb the spread of the virus.
Now we work with a newly launched organization called Transformation Sierra Leone, which teaches biblical, transforming principles that can be applied to a variety of tangible needs.
About Farming God's Way
“Farming God’s Way” was developed in 1984 by a farmer named Brian Oldreive in Zimbabwe. As time went on, it was accepted in other parts of Africa and is gradually being used in other continents. The Lord gave him the three main principles which are: Farming Well, No Wastage, and On Time. This is combined with Christian lifestyle principles, which we call Spiritual Capital. Traditionally in Africa the bush was cut down and burned to clear the land, but now instead the organic material is being used as compost and mulch. Mulch is called God’s Blanket and protects the soil against the heavy rains and thus erosion. No deep tillage is allowed, so the soil’s micro-climate and micro-fauna is retained leaving a much healthier and balanced environment. Combining the right crops is taught; for example, peanuts are grown next to corn, so the nitrogen from the peanuts helps the growth of corn.
See website: www.farming-gods-way.org.
About Dr. Conrad Van Dijk
Conrad has been serving the communities of Sierra Leone for almost 50 years. A graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, he and his wife Anna were called to Sierra Leone to a veterinary and teaching position, respectively. Their goal has been to help impoverished people in a war torn country earn an income, receive education, and have access to healthcare. He worked to set up poultry flocks in a sustainable and profitable manner for those living in Sierra Leone, traveling to the country an average of three times per year. While the hot, humid weather hasn’t changed, many great developments have happened in Sierra Leone through their efforts. God placed them with their skills and abilities, along with His heart for the wonderful local people, to help improve local agriculture, fight against the Ebola virus, and now teach transformational principles that are reaching the felt needs of the nation.
While Anna has gone to be with the Lord, Conrad continues to travel to Sierra Leone to carry on the good work that’s taking place there.
News & Stories
Partnering To Conquer Corruption
Nov 5, 2018 – It continues to be an honour for Commissioning a Lifestyle of Integrity (CLI) to come alongside Transformation Sierra Leone (TSL), as together we witness men and women from every sphere of influence in society commit to a lifestyle of integrity.
TSL is making great gains amongst the Police, Roads Authority, and Fire Department. These three groups made up the majority of those who attended our “Conquering the Big Five of Corruption” Summit on September 21-22, 2018.
The Slow, Steady Growth Of Hope
Nov 02, 2018 – I am often asked when I come back from Sierra Leone “Are things getting better in SL?” I believe that slowly and surely things are improving but at a rate that is not as fast as we would often prefer.
However, that is not always the case as Desmond Johnson, our Director of Transformation Sierra Leone shared with me this week. Two things have happened recently that are sudden and significant changes to the nation. First, there has been a change of President in the country. This happened without the usual tension, bloodshed, or opposition which results when the current president does not want to relinquish his power.
Partnering for integrity in Sierra Leone
July 6, 2018 – In September 2018, CLI and TSL will partner to bring a second Summit to Sierra Leone called “The Big Five of Corruption”. In a recent conversation with the TSL Director for Sierra Leone, he suggested the possibility of having 500-700 people attend the Summit!
Our hope is that this Summit will further establish the foundation of this movement, identify or raise up the key leaders and prepare the way for us to have greater influence among leadership in Sierra Leone than ever before.
Overcoming fear is key to planning ahead
April 20, 2018 – Do you live a life controlled by fear? This was a question I had to answer a few years ago. Once I did, I realized that fear is a stronghold, and it works to keep us from our destiny in Christ. I want to share my story of breaking the stronghold of fear in my life. I hope it encourages you, if fear is holding you back from what God has ahead for you too.
The year was 1988. It was just before Christmas, and I was very busy as is common in the poultry industry around this time. I was relatively successful in what I was doing, but I didn’t feel it.
A nation voting for hope
March 13, 2018 – The people of Sierra Leone are voting for a new president this year, and with their vote there is a great desire for hope. During my visits to the country I am often speaking on the importance and power of hope. In a nation that has long suffered from hopelessness, the message has had a strong impact. But while I was there in February I not only heard about a desire for hope, I saw Christian pastors and leaders taking action to promote hope through organized prayer gatherings.
Transformation in Sierra Leone
December 18, 2017 – It’s interesting and exciting to see how God has been leading us and continues to do so in the transformation of Sierra Leone. About 7 years ago, I was led to teach the Christian leaders in Sierra Leone about spiritual capital, which focuses on living a life of integrity. Then I was led to teach on transformation, which is about adopting a new mindset and a Godly worldview.
The goal of these teachings was to help the people of Sierra Leone move out of a poverty mindset so that the kingdom of God could transform their lives and their country.
Special report: Mudslide in Freetown
October 25, 2017 – Regent is a community based in the low mountains just outside of Freetown, Sierra Leone. It originated in 1812 when the British returned African slaves to Sierra Leone. On August 14, 2017, heavy rains caused mud to separate from the walls of the steep mountain sides and wash into the community.
Over 500 people were killed as a result of the mudslide, with about another 500 injured.
Where do I find real peace?
June 28, 2017 – At our meeting with the traders union, a man stood up and said something profound about peace. It caused tension in the packed room. The man wasn’t talking peace in his nation; he was talking about peace in his heart, and it was lacking.
I had been sharing how speaking peace to one’s neighbour is the first principle of transformation. The Muslim man, an accountant, stood up and was clearly agitated. He said, “How can I speak peace to my neighbour if I don’t have peace in myself?” What a question.
Celebrating the launch of Transformation Sierra Leone
June 10, 2017 – Last month, through God’s leading, strength and your faithful support of our ministry, Transformation Sierra Leone (TSL) was launched! This is the first step towards creating a sustainable transformation movement for this small yet very special country. Even though we knew this day was coming, it was a joyful milestone for everyone.
If you are just learning about our ministry, I want to briefly explain how we came to this momentous event.
A mustard seed of hope
March 20, 2017 – In his book, the Hope Quotient, author Ray Johnston says that the best thing you can give anyone is hope. I mention this book because it came with me to Sierra Leone in February, stuffed away in my suitcase along with my Bible and another book written by Dutch Sheets, called The Power of Hope. As you might guess, hope was the main part of our transformation workshops, along with the principles of prayer evangelism.
And it was when we talked about hope that we got into our best discussions with the local townspeople.
The Story of Transformation Sierra Leone
January 30, 2017 – It all started in December 1968, when Anna and Conrad got engaged. With that huge decision made the next question was, “What are we going to do afterward?”
The wedding date was set on June 28th, 1969 – the day after Anna finished the school year teaching at Calvin Christian School in Hamilton. Both Anna and Conrad had a spirit of mission and adventure; now they needed a direction.
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