I met Kristin when we gave her a ride home from a meeting . . . we dropped her off in Kroo Bay, one of the poorest slums in Freetown. It was 10pm but the streets were full of people selling things from their small tin shack shops/homes. As she walked away I wondered if she would be safe . . . later I learned that the people in the neighborhood knew her and watched out for her.
She works with Word Made Flesh, a community of Christians who lives alongside the most vulnerable children, giving out medical care, food, and teaching them about Jesus. Kristin, from Alabama, is a nurse and lives in the same tin shacks as the people she serves. There’s no running water so she uses her neighbor’s shower. She and her colleagues find joy and meaning by caring for and loving these people who have little food or material possessions.
WMF first came to Freetown in 2002 and supported a local Christian leader who was already providing for the needs of the community by offering a place of refuge from the chaos caused by the civil war. Gradually they started building relationships with at-risk youth to help them finish school and develop skills to support them and their families. Some of these youths have stayed and serve as leaders to the younger ones.
As I followed her through the slum to her house, many people greeted her and it was clear that she was a part of this community. It was an inspiring example of how we can be used by God to live out his love in the lives of those less fortunate.
See here for more information on WMF.