In 2014, our church in Kumasi re-emphasized the concept of Faith Promise missions giving. Our Ghanaian church members prefer to call this “missions support.” Our church uses these offerings to help support the national pastors sent out by this ministry. Our Faith Promise (or “missions support”) giving in 2014 was 12,688 cedis more than in 2013; that’s an increase of $3,677 at the current exchange rate.
In addition to our church’s monthly missions giving, we take up an annual Harvest Offering for a specific cause. This is an excellent tradition in most Ghanaian churches. Our Harvest Offering in December 2014 was taken up in order to build a building for our church plants in Sunyani pastored by our graduate, Rexford Aning. Our church responded in a great way, giving nearly $7,000 towards this project! We have already broken ground and hope to have the building completed by the end of April, Lord willing.
We successfully launched our new radio program, “Talk Bible,” on February 1! We dedicated the first three weeks to presenting the Gospel like I would if I were out doing personal soul winning. One of the men from my staff does the program with me. It is a conversational dialogue. One of the technicians at the radio station told us that after listening to our program, he now understands the Gospel! Another church member told me that his older brother has been listening to the program with him and has promised to attend church. Our prayer is that this program will not only spread the Gospel but draw people to our church and Bible college.
Our March program got off to a great start this past Sunday. One of the things that I like best about pastoring and preaching in Ghana is the lack of embarrassment that Ghanaian people have about spiritual things. Our people will respond quickly and openly to preaching. This morning we had about 40 people walk the aisle who wanted someone to help them to know how to be born again. It took all of 30 seconds for them to come forward after asking them to come. Praise the Lord!
Team Family Prayer Letter
This month’s family prayer letter is from the Carters. In their letter they mention building a building for our church plant in Foase. The funds for this building are coming entire from what we call “Adopt-A-Village.” We sincerely appreciate all of the churches who support Team Ghana and those who specifically support our church-planting efforts through “Adopt-A-Village.” Pictures of the building going up in Foase are available at https://1drv.ms/1CcUJLn.
Also, pray for our team missionary Charles Osgood, who will be preaching for First Baptist Church of Hammond’s missions conference, March 25-27, 2015.
Yours for souls,