Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Life

Who turned up the heat? It's rather the humidity, the humidity is at 89%. I sweat just washing the dishes. AAAHH, but it looks like rain. 

Tuesday was our distribution of John and Romans in Kojokrom. On Saturday we went to visit Evelyn who had a baby girl on Tuesday of last week. 

April is a busy month with our churches Anniversary on the 13th and Easter. Easter Monday is a big day hear in Ghana. We have an activities planned for those days. 

Update: On the four teenage boys (Theophilus, Theotilmus, Michael and Jeff (Jefferson). Last night, prince taught on Romans chapter 10. Jefferson (Michaels' brother) accepted Christ after the service. Continue praying for these boys. I have to admit, I didn't think the boys would come back, or they would be hit and miss, but for some reason they seem to like us? 

Pray also for Pastor Koasi and his family,  his Grandma died in March and they are having the funeral this weekend. 

One area of Kojokrom


The two guys in yellow are students at West Ridge (Kojokrom)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Cultivating The Seed

Lights have been out quite a bit. It seems to be on a schedule. One day lights are out all day for 8 to 9 hours. The following day we have lights during the day but then in the evening going off for about 4 hours. We have used our generator these last few weeks, more than we have this whole term. Being off for so long, we run the generator to get school done, and keep our refrigerator/freezer running. 

Our Mission Conference at Cornerstone was last week. It went well. I won't give any spoilers, I am sure my husband will post the events in his newsletter.

Finding refuge on the cool tile of our porch. Ringo (dog) as our faithful companion.

Missions Conference at CBBC 2014

On the porch at church because ...LIGHTS OUT!

Twins: Tiltamus & Theophilus and brothers Jeff and Michael

Matthew has befriended Tiltamus (sp?) while playing football (soccer) on Saturdays, for the last couple of weeks. Usually after our visiting me, Naomi and mostly Nehemiah wanting to  head to the round about to watch the boys play. Nehemiah hoping to join in the game.Tiltamus came over and started talking to us. He said, he would come to church, last week, so I asked him why he didn't come? He said, "It wasn't me." I thought to myself, what? Then the kids around me began telling me, this is his twin brother, Theophilus. It was rather funny. Then we met their friends Jeff and Michael. They where talking to us for quite awhile. I began to witness to them. Matthew has been working on Tiltamus the last couple of weeks. I got a response from Michael that made me single him out. He said, "He was working on it." (salvation) About that time Pastor Prince met us at the round about. I said, maybe you would like to talk to Prince. Michael said, "I know him." I figured he knew him from just being around. So I continued talking to the boys and Prince called Michael to talk to him. About that time we headed for the church with 15 kids all around us, to give Prince a chance to talk with Michael. Prince was able to lead Michael to the Lord. Michael knew Prince, because Michael goes to West Ridge School, were Pastor Prince, Pastor Koasi and my husband, have devotions at the school every Wednesday morning. The seed was planted and each week being cultivated at the school and a soul was saved. They said they go to the SDA church. Pray for these teen boys, the devil wants them. It's a spiritual battlefield. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I Actually Grabbed My Jacket

We had a good rain last week, which brought some cooler weather. I actually grabbed my jacket. We have two banana trees with bunches of banana's on them, that I didn't want to blow over, so we helped prop them up with bamboo poles. I have been patiently waiting for the fruit. The wind carried a piece of our neighbors roof into our yard. It has rained quite a bit lately.

Our electric has been off and on for the past two weeks. So we have been using our other dinning room for our meals (our front porch). It is to hot to stay inside. In the evenings we usually grab our
re-chargeable lights, sit on the porch and do our devotions. Then we play, Phase-10, Uno, or some other game until the lights come back on.

Our kids are finishing taking their exams this week. 40 days left of school!!!

The boys got done with the yard work and then it rained.

Lights were out and it was raining.

Femur sitting away from the table trying not to get in trouble. She didn't want to get shooed from the porch and end up getting wet.

Ringo helping Nehemiah with his school work. He would nudge his arm to get him to pet him.

Saturday, March 1, 2014


It has been a quiet time around here. Just keeping up with school and ministry. I think I can spill the beans. We will be taking a furlough this June. It is not far away. Looking forward to it. As Dorthy from The Wizard of Oz says, "There's no place like home." OHIO.

On Monday our electricity was off for 8 hours then came back on for 3 hours, then went off another 3 hours. I got out of ironing for the day, hee hee. We went outside on our porch and played Phase 10, ate peanuts and crackers and had kool-aid, by candlelight, so romantic. It has rained off and on this week. The boys washed the car in the rain, and let the rain water rinse it clean. Of course I had clothes on the line and got soaked trying to get them down. Then it poured real hard, we got inside just in time.

Here are some picture of visitation last Saturday:


Reading John & Romans

Friday, January 31, 2014

Ghanaian Ceremony

Many people in Ghana have traditions that differ from one tribe or region to another. Evelyn is 6 months pregnant. Her mother had a ceremony to bless her and her unborn child. When Naomi and I arrived Evelyn was surrounded by the elders in her family, she had a vine of leaves around her neck and beads around her wrists and calves. They where just beginning to wash her face and hands with these leaves. This is to ensure the washing away of  any evil. There was also money in the water which she is to keep and never spend, so she will always have money. Then she is presented with some gifts from the elders. A new dress, slippers and miscellaneous toiletry items. At this point she is to go and bathe.

I took this time to get some pictures of the many ladies pounding fufu and preparing the soups. I was offered some Oto, boiled yam and egg, for breakfast. Once Evelyn was done bathing she was dressed in her new dress. They then helped her on a mat where they placed a boy and then a girl baby on her lap. After that she was fed some Oto, and the elders all took some as well. Someone came and painted her toenails and put on lipstick. She was now ready to be seated under the tent for all to see her. 

We were served fufu with groundnut soup (yum). Afterwards I went to talk to Evelyn and prayed with her. I was a little hesitant on going to Evelyn's ceremony, because she is with child and unwed. I didn't want them to think I was condoning it. Everyone knew we where from the "Baptist Church". Pastor Prince and his family live just across the way. Evelyn herself has come to our church. As I talked with Evelyn, I encouraged her to get back to church, and teach her child the ways of God. It was a good morning and I am glad I went. 

Washing with leaves
Receiving the gifts

Pounding Fufu

Groundnut Soup

Evelyn (middle) in her new dress

Placing her on the mat

Painting her toenails

Putting on lipstick


Monday, January 27, 2014

A Day In The Ministry

One new thing we are doing this year is, on the last Saturday of the month we are distributing John & Romans in our area of Sekondi. Today was the first time this year. We will also be distributing John & Romans on the last Tuesday of each month, before our Bible study in Kojokrom. On the last Sunday of the month the men with be meeting early at the church for prayer, devotion and a little breakfast.

We had a good morning talking with people as we passed out John & Romans and telling them about are church. Afterwards we all headed back to the church to stamp some John & Romans with the church name so we are ready for Tuesday.

A look at Saturday:

These Muslim boys asked for one of our books and then they got into trouble by one of their parents.

Joseph helping Naomi with her Algebra

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Not What We Envision

2Ki 5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. KJV

Last week me and Nehemiah did the story of "Naaman and The Little Maid." II Kings 5:1-19 I have been thinking of this story all week. How many times do we get disgruntled because it didn't go the way we envisioned it to go. Naaman was offended that the man of God didn't come out to greet him and lay his hands on him and say some powerful prayer. He thought the muddy Jordan River? Clean? I am supposed do go wash in that river? Not what he envisioned a'tall. Many things don't go our way but in the end he did get healed. Is't that what he really wanted?

2Ki 5:12  Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
2Ki 5:13  And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
2Ki 5:14  Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Rain? We usually don't get rain in Dec/Jan. It is usually sandy and hot. Well Tuesday night we got caught in the rain. We where headed to Kojokrom and the rains came down. Once at the Bible study they asked us inside their home. Emanuella, Nicolina and Winnifred came to church this past Sunday! The Sunday before last Steven got baptized.

Caught in the rain

Mack standing  under the over hang

CBBC at the baptism

Pastor Prince and Steven


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