Christian Ministry—Christian Organization
Politics and Society
Education and/or Training
Matthew Brima is the Executive Director of a marketplace ministry called Living Light.
When did you trust Christ?
I first heard the gospel from a United Nations Peacekeeper in my hometown during my country’s civil war. As a young man, I had found life to be meaningless especially after seeing many people killed in my presence. Even though I attended the daily Roman Catholic mass and wanted to priest, I struggled to understand God’s love in the midst of so much death and suffering. As I walked from church one morning in 1997, I met the Nigerian peacekeeper who explained the gospel to me. I decided to follow Jesus that day and I am grateful that I did.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
In 2003, while on a short-term mission trip a few hours away from the city, I was burdened to see a whole village with no Christians. The village was less than five hours away from the city with churches in every neighborhood. It was in that village that I received my call to ministry as a student. The image of the “unreached” has greatly impacted my Christian walk. In 2006, while working in a very lucrative job, the Lord called me to student ministry through IFES. That was a very challenging decision because I was coming from a poor family and many were looking up to me. It took me several nights of crying before the Lord, but I am grateful that I said yes! The opportunity to lead the student movement was a significant moment of growth for me. I was challenged by students and colleagues in my pastoral and leadership giftings.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
Marketplace ministry in Sierra Leone is still a new concept for many church leaders. I need to learn from others in the global church and develop relationships to support my work in Sierra Leone. The European Leadership Forum will provide the opportunity for training and networking that I need at this point.
What is your ministry?
I am presently pioneering Living Light, a marketplace ministry committed to walking alongside the church for the witness of Christ in the marketplace. I presently have an active ministry to members of the Sierra Leone Parliament. I am still in the discernment stage of recruiting other team members, but I am grateful that the Lord has provided an opportunity to minister to the presidency and lawmakers.
What are your past leadership roles?
I returned home after three years at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where I served as the lead student in the office of the chapel. I have served as General Secretary for the National Student ministry in Sierra Leone for 7 years, providing leadership for staff, students, and graduates. I have also served as an executive of the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone, an Evangelical body with a membership of over 50 denominations and para-church ministries.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Sierra Leone is a majority Muslim country with high levels of poverty and corruption. For many decades, the church has struggled to influence society largely because we have not been effective in our witness, especially in the marketplace. The Lord provided the opportunity for me to be trained at Gordon-Conwell and has given me a network of global friends who are ready to walk with me. The Lord has also blessed me with open doors of ministry amongst my people, an opportunity that I seek to maximize.