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The Sierra Leone High Commissioner to Ghana, Her Excellency Francess Virginia Anderson, on Wednesday 27th April joined Sierra Leonean servants of God and worshippers at a Pray for Sierra Leone Event in Ghana, marking Sierra Leone’s 61st Independence Anniversary.

The program, which saw many Sierra Leoneans in attendance, with most of them dressed in the Country’s National Flag colours of Green White and Blue, was held at the New Harvest Global Ministries, Asofan New Station.

The pioneer of the "Pray for Sierra Leone" Program, Rev. Paul Sahr Sayoh, appreciated the attendees, especially the Guest of Honour, High Commissioner Anderson, whom, according to him, has been the first Sierra Leonean representative to celebrate with Sierra Leoneans on such a day; a leader who has made the Sierra Leone High Commission a home away from home.

He promised that a program of that nature would be celebrated on April 27 yearly, marking the country's national day.

Making a statement, Her Excellency Francess Virginia Anderson was delighted in the outcome of the event, which was seamlessly organised by Sierra Leoneans on the occasion of the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary, while extending appreciation to all the servants of God who worked on making it a success.

She noted that irrespective of one's length of stay in a foreign land, there will never be another place like Sierra Leone, which is home. She encouraged congregants to remember the country and the leadership in prayer rather than crying it down always.

Delivering a short sermon at the program, Pastor Desmond Yarjah of Winners Chapel Santa Maria Branch spoke on the topic of love and explained the need to not only love their country but also themselves, adding that, for a leader to succeed, there must be love in his or her heart upon which the nation will be governed.

While committing the country to God, Pastor Yarjah admonished the congregants to love their country irrespective of posing challenges. He encouraged them to forgive, pray for their leaders and refrain from speaking negatively about Sierra Leone or carrying out activities to bring the country down.

Additionally, he emphasized that regardless of the leader and political party in governance, if the citizens do not stop the hate messages, then progress will be of no significance to the country because development does not thrive amidst hate.

According to him, if we desire to have a blessed nation abounding in all good things, we should have the country at heart, thereby defending its interest and honouring its name.

Sierra Leoneans offered Prayers for Sierra Leone, with musical performances inclusive of the national anthem being sung in Krio.

By Princetta Christiana Williams

Information Attaché

SLHC Ghana

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