An experience beyond words

Sarah has sent a short email, rather than a blog, just to let us know she’s well and enjoying her visit.  Sarah 2

One of the challenges they face is intermittent internet access – it’s not very reliable – welcome to rural Africa…..

We can expect a fuller account of some of her experiences next week but in the meantime, here are a few selected thoughts:


We arrived in Kenema City two days ago in the Kenema district. We met with Bishop Patrick Koroma in his very beautiful and humble home. We then met yesterday with the Paramount Chief of Kenema, the City council and the District council. Everyone was VERY warm and welcoming.

Upon our first meeting another Chief from the district said, “though our skin and our hair is different, we are not strangers”. There is a constant flow of ‘thank yous’ for the work CAFOD has done in the area.

Today we toured many schools and a pre-school. The children were very excited and loving, they sang for us. It was really overwhelming.

An experience beyond words, but I will try to blog early next week.

p.s. It may also be of interest that I shared a toilet with a lizard… Laurence shared his bedroom with a spider the size of a not so small dinner plate!

God bless and lots of love xxxxxx

The warmth of the welcome they’re receiving will stay with them for a long time, I’m sure.  As for the lizard, I can cope with the thought of that, but the spider…… 

Watch this space for more news. 

8 thoughts on “An experience beyond words

  1. Good to hear your news Sarah. Looking forward to reading your blog next week. I am sure you will enjoy every moment of this experience.

  2. Great to hear from you Sarah. We can’t wait for the next blog. Most of us aren’t too keen on the idea of sharing the loo with the local wildlife! Enjoy! From 6L at St John Vianney’s.

    • Does it bring back memories Jon?? 😀 Happy days! I delight in Sarah and Iona’s discoveries too. Keep watching this space, 6L at St John Vianney’s, and ask Mr Lord if he came across the same sort of experience…..

  3. Thanks Sarah, it’s great to hear from you. Sounds like you’ve met so many wonderful people already! Take it all in and enjoy the whole experience – lizards, spiders et al 🙂 Enjoy this next stage of your trip. Can’t wait to hear more updates soon.

  4. It sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to hear more. Love you loads. Stay safe and well. Love and prayers. xxxxxx

  5. Glad to know youve arrived safely and are well look forward to sharing your experiences with you take care xx

  6. Thanks Sarah, so good to hear from you. I hope you’ll be able to teach us some new songs when you’re back! Take care.

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