Tag Archive: Karen Bruton


Drilling delayed, life happens

In Africa, it is said that “water is life.” So you can imagine our excitement on this recent trip to Sierra Leone knowing our A1 objective was to get boreholes (water wells) drilled on our property. I’m lucky to live in a country where access to clean water is not something I have to think… continue reading

Hydraform machine arrives in Bauya

The latest news on the project in Bauya this month is that the Hydraform has made it safely from Durbin, South Africa, to the village! After a three-month lesson in patience, the brick-making machine was transported from Freetown to Bauya. This machine means more to us than the ability to make bricks. It marks the… continue reading

Last journal entry from Sierra Leone

Dear Friends, This will be my last journal entry from Sierra Leone. Our team leaves tomorrow, Sunday, and will get back in the U.S. on Monday. The words are not coming easily as I think about this trip. The need is overwhelming. We know the story. This country is certainly one of the poorest in… continue reading

The intake of Sherriff Karama

Dear Friends, We took part in an “intake” today. The children coming to the orphanage are processed through the Department of Social Welfare, a government agency much like what we have here in the States. There was a child in the Kissybrook area of Freetown brought to the attention of the department. His name was… continue reading

A visit to Kroo Bay

My good friend Jen Diers, who I have been spending this trip with, posted a beautiful blog about her experience today in Kroo Bay: Psalm 25:1 says, “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.” Every day over and over while I am here, I am witnessing… continue reading

Two days in…

Dear Friends, We have only been here 2 days and already there is more to write about than space allows. First, let’s go through a very quick history lesson. The American War of Independence in the 1770s provided an opportunity for thousands of slaves to gain freedom by fighting for Britain. When the war ended,… continue reading

Heading to Sierra Leone in 24 hours!

Traveling in developing countries has given me a new appreciation for the luxury of having hope in my life. Hope implies a sense of expectation. In poverty stricken areas, often the expectation is the opposite of hope. Richard Boring and I will be traveling to Sierra Leone in West Africa this Saturday on a vision… continue reading