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Sierra Leone: Happy Memories, Dreams of a Better Future — 6 Comments

  1. Yep, I am Lesley! Remember you well, Doug! Will email you at the address you put in here.

  2. Dear Zana,

    Through a series of coincidences, I just read about your experience with Crossroads Africa in Moyamba, Sierra Leone in 1963, which you posted on July 20, 2011.

    Why was I stunned? Because I was in the Moyamba group with Crossroads in 1963! And there was no Zana Hart in our group! I’m certain of that. If we were not in some kind of a weird time-warp, the only think I can think of is that you had a different name at the time — perhaps Leslie Linebarger. That’s the only explanation. Please get back to me and tell me if that’s true.

    A number of our fellow participants have kept in touch, so they will very interested to learn about you, whatever the circumstances.

    I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

    Doug Greener

  3. Thanks, Tricia. When I went to Sierra Leone with Crossroads Africa, we made a commitment to give 50 talks in the US after we got back, to educate people about life there. Well, I did about 5 but I was shy. I did write an article that was published in a foreign affairs magazine of the time… hmm, if it ever turns up when I clean out those boxes in my storage shed, maybe I will put parts of it in this blog. Anyway, now I feel like I’m continuing to finish up that promise of over 40 years ago!

    I remember looking out over Freetown from my room at Fourah Bay College, enjoying the beauty of the town. (There was electricity in those days.) Our group was only there briefly, then we took the train to Moyamba, which was our base. We stayed in a secondary school there. Another Crossroads group was in Bo, and we went to visit them.

    But most of all I remember the kindness of the people and their faith in God to help them through this life. It actually quite astonished me, how much trust they had!

  4. So was I! I read A MAN FROM ANOTHER LAND a month ago and things really haven’t been the same since! Isaiah is filming a new movie right now, but when he has time, I’ll ask that he respond personally to your blog post. If you’re on Twitter he’s at http://twitter.com/iwashington

    He really does value the opinions of those that read his book and the understand the journey. Rebuilding Sierra Leone is a passion for him that he will undoubtedly pursue for the rest of his life. Thank you for you support! Greatly appreciated!

  5. Thank you so much for your feedback on Isaiah Washington’s book! I shared your blog post with him and posted it on his Facebook page. Greatly appreciated! If it’s not too much to ask, would you mind posting your review on Amazon.com or Goodreads.com?

    Thank you again!