Shara Johnson

SL Girls Ministry

New ministry in Sierra Leone focuses on girls finding their value in Christ

August 7, 2018

A Dream in Motion In early 2017 – when we found ourselves with two very vulnerable girls in a community where we serve homeless boys – God planted a desire in us to begin a girls sponsorship program in Waterloo, Sierra Leone. Fast-forward to March 2018, and the first steps to establishing our girls program are in motion! For the past few months, we have been getting to know 25 girls in Waterloo, ages seven to nine, whose families are…

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Ringing the Bell

September 7, 2017

Meet Dre A Story by Shara Johnson This summer, Angie and I drove seven of our Illumin8 kids (from McKinney Housing Authority) to Golden, Missouri for Kids Across America Kamp. This is a Kanakuk camp geared towards kids living in inner-city environments. I had no clue what we were in for as this was my first KAA Kamp. Our eight hour, two car trek began on a Sunday morning. I had Dre, one of our campers, as my co-pilot. He…

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The Impact of Sponsorship

August 3, 2017

My First Encounter with Abdulai A Story by Shara Johnson My 1-year anniversary of working on staff at the 25 Project was approaching. After 11 months, I finally found myself on a plane to Sierra Leone. It had been important for me to meet all the kids we serve and experience the country first-hand. It was even more important to meet the child I sponsor. Months prior, I was compelled to sponsor one of our boys in Waterloo. I kept coming…

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Double Feature

June 16, 2016

While double features have declined in theatres around the world you still have the possibility of a “double feature” from your company! Do you know if you or your spouse’s company matches donations? Many companies offer dollar for dollar matching gifts, DOUBLING your impact! Over 18 million people work for companies with matching gift programs and did you know that an estimated $6-$10 billion in matching gift funds go unclaimed each year? And if you are retired, hold on…….many companies…

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Welcome Shara Johnson!

April 13, 2016

Join us in welcoming Shara Johnson to our staff team here at 25. What a gift she already is to our team and to our kids. Shara joins us in the role of Director of Discipleship and Internships. Prior to Shara’s calling to full-time missions and ministry, Shara worked for several years in college admissions, and served most recently helping students serve in mission internships overseas. Shara fills a significant role at 25 as she will primarily be responsible for…

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Silent Heroes

January 27, 2016

Recently I was listening to a radio program, catching the very end of a teaching segment by Chuck Swindoll. The teaching was about Nehemiah and the seemingly impossible task of rebuilding Jerusalem. In the last couple of minutes, Chuck diverged from the topic to talk about what he referred to as the layman. In place of layman, I would say ministry partners. What he said was so close to my heart because it reflects the 25 Project’s heart for all of…

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School in Sierra Leone

January 8, 2016

Have you ever wondered how school works in other countries? During my last trip to Sierra Leone we were able to visit most of the former street boys at their school. This, along with input from our partners there, Becky Brockelman and Charles Yimbo, I feel like I understand enough now to share schooling in Sierra Leone. Our children in Sierra Leone begin in Primary Classes I through VI. When a child’s family has sufficient funds, children begin Class I at…

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