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United Representatives Invited to Sierra Leone
Date:2/23/2013

eir home communities, commuting to Dayton, OH, three times per year for intensive, face-to-face classes. With generous support from the UM General Board of Global Ministries and from churches in Ohio and Indiana, the seminary is raising funds to cover the educational and travel costs for these students. Additionally, the Bishop has invited the group to explore with him how they might work together in the future in theological education.

“United and Sierra Leone have worked together long before this, and now we have an opportunity to rekindle a great, mutually beneficial connection,” President Deichmann said.

United has a historic relationship with the Sierra Leonean people. Numerous United Brethren and Evangelical United Brethren missionaries, most of them graduates of United Theological Seminary, served in Sierra Leone in the 19th and 20th centuries. Working with Sierra Leonean Christians and missionaries from other denominations, together, they built many schools, orphanages, hospitals and churches. Some of the oldest existing churches in Sierra Leone were founded by Joseph and Mary Gomer, United Brethren missionaries from Dayton, OH.

This nation, which was known as "the Athens of West Africa" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, has been struggling to recover from devastation caused primarily by tribal and civil war in the second half of the 20th century. Economically it is one of the poorest nations in the world, without adequate infrastructure for jobs, health care or education. Although the nation has been at peace for more than a decade, it is still struggling to rebuild and get back on its feet in nearly every respect.

United Theological Seminary, now in its 142nd year, is one of the fastest growing theological schools in the United States. It was founded in 1871 by Milton Wright, a Bishop in The United B
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