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Otterbein in Sierra Leone:

The Country



View of Regent Road on a Saturday


            It is 5,186 miles from Westerville, Ohio to the shoreline of Western Africa that hugs the lush and tropical country of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is bordered by Guinea on the north and east, Liberia on the south and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. Diverse in both climate and geography, the country’s landscape ranges from coastal swamplands filled with mangrove trees, creeks and estuaries to mountainous hill country and rolling plains. Sierra Leone is divided into four distinct physical regions: the interior plains, the interior plateau and mountain region, the coastal swamp and the Sierra Leone Peninsula. The country's original Portuguese name, Serra Lyoa ("Lion Mountains") refers to the range of hills surrounding Freetown's harbour--first sighted by 15th century Portuguese explorer, Pedro de Sintra.


Click on a link below to explore more about the country of Sierra Leone:


The Land & Wildlife


The People


A Country of Faith & Otterbein's Missionary History


Click here to view the "Report of a Visit to Sierra Leone, West Africa" by S. S. Hough, secretary of The Foreign Missionary Society (also located in The Otterbein Room- Archives)


Click here to view a timeline outlining the missions work and activities of Otterbein College and the United Brethren Church in Sierra Leone, West Africa.




Garst, H. (1907). History of Otterbein University. Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House. (located in Otterbein’s Main Collection and The Otterbein Room- Archives)


Olson, G. W. (1969). Church growth in Sierra Leone. United States: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (Located in Otterbein's Main Collection)


Sierra Leone. (2008). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved June 24, 2008, from Encyclopaedia Britannica Online:


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Created by: Mindy VanHouten, Kent State Unversity practicum student, July 2008