Women gather outside the meeting place of a Church of Christ in Freetown, capital of the West African nation of Sierra Leone, during a seminar on Christian families. Esang Akpanudo, principal of Obong Christian High School in Nigeria, and his wife, Chioma, traveled to Sierra Leone, recovering from a 10-year civil war that claimed more than 55,000 lives, to conduct seminars for Churches of Christ there. The Berry’s Chapel Church of Christ
in Franklin, Tenn., sponsored the trip.
“Families are in crisis throughout Sierra Leone,” Esang Akpanudo said. “Many homes are headed by women struggling to raise children. Girls as young as 14 years of age become teenage mothers, as many are forced to leave home and turn to prostitution to survive.”
The seminars are designed “to help families grow through God’s Word,” he said.