My family and I are glad to be back in Ghana. When planning our trip, I was uncertain about what our furlough would be like during the coldest time of the year. However, God and our family and friends were so good to us; our trip was both productive and delightful. We thank God for safety as we traveled from Virginia to the Southwest and then up to the Chicagoland area. We enjoyed seeing family and friends and updating our supporting churches about the work here. We are thankful for the partnerships, both new and old, that keep the work in West Africa moving forward.
January was an eventful month in the life of our family. On Friday, January 13, our daughter Kimberly was married to Mark Nesbitt. The wedding was such a delight, and we are happy to welcome Mark to the family. Also, our daughter Rachel enrolled at Hyles-Anderson College. We miss her greatly! Please pray for her as she adjusts to college and life in America. It was a great honor to be a part of First Baptist Church of Hammond’s Missions Conference. I was personally challenged and encouraged during the conference.
Meanwhile, back in Ghana, things continued to move forward in our absence.
• While we were in the States, the roof on our school building was completed. Please pray that God would provide the funds for us to finish the third floor.
• A new church was started in Sogakope, Volta Region.
• Our Christian school started a new term. The current enrollment is just over 420.
• Our church collected a special offering to help purchase new chairs for our auditorium. We need to purchase at least 400 new chairs. For this project, our church gave over $8,000, which will allow us to purchase about half of the new chairs that we need. The plastic folding chairs we are using now are showing their age; several break every week.
Our church warmly welcomed us back, and it has been so good to get back to our life and ministry here. On our first Saturday back, over 100 church members came for the soul-winning meeting. What a joy it is to go soul winning in Ghana. This past weekend, I visited the relatives of some of our church members. An 84-year-old man named Andrew told me that no pastor had ever come to visit him. Well, he got saved on Saturday and came to church on Sunday! Praise the Lord! Thank you for praying for our family, our team, and the work here in Ghana!
Yours for souls,
Speer family picture at the wedding of Kimberly to Mark Nesbitt on January 13, 2023
Missionary Ted Speer with a family from the bus route of Brother David Addo (on far left)
In January 2023, the roof of the school building for Fundamental Baptist Academy in Kumasi, Ghana, was installed.