Memorial Service at Sierra Leone Annual Conference

The Late Bishop John K. Yambasu and others memorialized

The 141st Annual Session of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference (SLAC) on Saturday, May 1, 2021, memorialized the Late Bishop John K. Yambasu and others who died in the mission and ministry of the church. Several individuals including Rev. Raymond Bola-Williams described him as a leader who made sure his fellow clergy and lay members of the church were well educated.

Preaching the memorial message during the 141st Annual Session of the conference, Bola-Williams said Bishop Yambasu was a leader who did not want to leave any member of the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone unattended to. He made sure there was a university for higher education, hospitals for the health of all Methodists, and he promoted unity among all United Methodists and the people of Sierra Leone, he asserted. He pointed out that love for the church made him to explore every possible avenue that would expand the mission and ministry of the church in Sierra Leone and the world.

He lamented that since the death of the bishop, the quest to succeed him have led many would be bishops to conduct themselves in campaign activities that tilt the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone on the brink of destruction. “Selfishness is destroying our society, especially the Sierra Leone Annual Conference, Bola-Williams lamented.

Love One Another

He called on members of the conference to take actions that will uphold and keep the legacy of the Late Bishop John K. Yambasu active in the global United Methodist Church, adding, “let us love one another in ways that will enable us move the church forward positively.”

Speaking to West African Writers (WAW), Rebecca Alicia Yambasu, daughter of the Late Bishop Yambasu, said though the memorial service reawaken some mixed emotions about her late father, she was glad the entire United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone bears witness of his works as a bishop. She stressed that as a United Methodist, she will serve the church as she is able and when called upon by the leadership of the church. I am serving in the music ministry of the conference by singing with the Gospel Music Band of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference, she concluded.

For her part, widow Millicent Yambasu, thanked the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone and called on those seeking to lead the church to do so in the spirit of peace. She pointed out that she wants the United Methodist Church to remain a beacon of hope for the people of Sierra Leone, adding, “let not divide the church because of power and money.”

Died in a car crashed on August 16, 2020 and buried on September 6, 2020, the Late Bishop John K. Yambasu, https://www.umnews.org/en/news/bishop-yambasu-remembered-as-bridge-builder, and others including the Late Eugene Femi Smart, former National Organizing Secretary of the United Methodist Men Organization in Sierra Leone were hailed as true leaders of the church.