The fall of 2005 marked the beginning of change and growth in the Boland family as Mark spent almost a month in Sierra Leone working at an orphanage. God has since led the Bolands to adopt three children from Sierra Leone and called the family to minister in the home country of these children. A young girl at the orphanage once sent Karen this verse, which has become the basis for the family’s commitment to the people of Sierra Leone. The words are from the book of Ruth and reflect the pleading of Ruth to her mother-in-law, Naomi. The names of the adopted Boland girls: Ruth and Naomi.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.
My Kinsmen Ministries has grown out of this commitment and the Bolands’ desires to provide holistic ministry to the people of Sierra Leone. Through the family’s combined 19 trips to the country, God has shown them specific ways to CULTIVATE LIFE among the poorest of poor.
The Beginning of the Loan Progam
Joe Freeman is a friend of the Boland family who lives and works in Bo, Sierra Leone. In 2007 Joe had an opportunity to purchase a transport vehicle which would make trips between Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, and Bo, the next largest city in the country. While Joe was employed in a ministry at the time, he saw this as a way to become an independent business man while continuing to serve the Lord in his present ministry to orphans. After much prayer and careful consideration, the first loan was made. There were bumps along the road, but in a little over a year's time his entire loan was paid back. Joe also put thirty percent of his profit back into ministry. This was the first seed God planted in our hearts to minister to the people of Sierra Leone in an new way.
Ruth and Naomi were able to visit their mom in their village in the summer of 2016. While Jeneba continues to struggle with health issues, she now knows Jesus Christ and will spend eternity with our beautiful daughters.
Paying it forward,
one by one