Sierra Leone

Tel Am Tenki

The Parish of St Matthew is in Aberdeen, Freetown, Sierra Leone (not Scotland!). 

Sierra Leone is a recovering country (in that civil war did not end until 2002 and prior to that there had been problems with corruption and mismanagement). Although Sierra Leone is rich in mineral deposits such as diamonds,  it is still a long way from being able to reap the full benefits of exporting these natural deposits. Sierra Leone also has chief exports of coffee, cocoa and fish.

The five million people in the country have a rich history, settled by freed slaves from Britain and North America in the mid 1700's, there are fifteen recognised Ethnic groups and 97% of the population speak Krio,  a derivation of English and African languages.  The official language is English.  65% of the population are Muslim and 35% Christian.

In early 2009 Paul Welch and Sheila Blair visited Sierra Leone and spent time with the congregation of St Matthew's. They were impressed with the faith, hope and love shown by all, despite their own struggles.  On returning we have established formal links between our two churches, we pray for each other during the service and have mostly changed our service to incorporate "Tel am Tenki"  to give thanks for the offerings when they are placed on the altar. 

Tel am tenki, tel am

Tel papa God tenki

Tel am tenki,  tel am

Tel papa God tenki

Wet in e do for me, ar go tel am tenki

Wet in e do for me, ar go tel am tenki

Tel am tenki, tel am

tel papa God tenki  

           

Roughly translated to:  Give thanks to God for what he gives to me.(but we prefer the Krio version!)


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Sierra Leone visit 2013
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