Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Musselman Church Turns 61

Musselman memorial united Methodist church Sunday celebrated its 61st anniversary by rededicating and consecrating the church extension services in Freetown.

This year's celebration was themed: 'The joy of the Lord is our strength' - 1st Chronicles 16:27.

Chairperson for development and rededication committee Tommy Mansaray welcomed members present and reminded them that some four years ago the church developed the desire to provide the children of God with a conducive place to worship.

Mansaray said with God all things are possible in that He has made our dream a reality in extending and beautifying His house.

In his contribution, lay leader Samuel Sawyer gave a brief history of the church.

He said the idea of the birth of the church came about as a result of personal efforts by the Rtd. Rev. Isaac Momoh Ndanema.

Sawyer said the church started at Ginger Hall on Sunday September 3, 1947 in the premises of James Hagan, the then Kono tribal head in Ginger Hall with a congregation of five people. The offering raised during that worship service was one shilling and six pence.

He said Rev. Musselman, a prominent American united Methodist church missionary and his family made a generous financial contribution towards the erection of ginger hall church, adding that since that time the name of the church was changed to its present name in memory of these philanthropists.

Sawyer said Rev. Isaac Massaquoi was the brain behind the development of the church and former facilitator of the present extension work that has been completed.

He said the church is not only a local church but a very vibrant circuit which can boasts of 14 churches established through the evangelistic work of all Musselman members.

Sawyer said Pastor in charge Rev. Winston Ashcroft should be commended for the development of the church both spiritually and physically.

Preacher Rev. canon Dr. Modupeh Taylor -Pearce said the people of the church have the same mind to work in propagating the teachings of the Lord. Pearce said nothing is impossible with God.

The event was climaxed by the cutting of the birthday cake.

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