Monday, June 12, 2017

Class of 2017

Naomi has graduated. She was able to walk with her graduating class of home schoolers at Abeka Academy in Florida. She has been accepted at Pensacola Christian College and began the summer work program there the Monday after graduation. I, with the boys was able to see the graduation through live streaming of the graduation, so thankful. I wish I could have been there for her and to see her graduate, besides, didn't I do as much work as her for the past 13 years. hahaha. I wanted to see her get settled into her dorm room and all that. God knows and it's not a mistake. I was asked recently who my favorite Bible character was. I said, without hesitating, Jochebed. I've always loved that story. It just amazes me. Jochebed trusted and feared her God, she gave her son to His care, and trusted Him to take care of him. God blesses her and gives her son back to her. Only God can do something like that. That is where I am at again. I have given my children to the Lord when they where newborns. I have had to do it again once we got to Africa, I am doing it again now as she is away from our home. God loves and cares for her. I have to trust Him to watch over her and take care of her. He did it when she was small, He did it while in Africa, He can do it now.





Her last Sunday in Africa

Our family gave her a graduation party, so thankful

Grandma took her shopping 


Grandparents



  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Divine Silence"

I can't believe my last post was in March. Wow, I need to get back to work. One follower contacted me saying she has to update her email because she hasn't received a recent post. I told her, I have not updated my blog in a couple of months.  So with that, I thought I better update it. 

My last blog post, I gave you news of Prince and Linda expecting a baby. On April 8th she lost the baby. She went in to her regular monthly appointment and they did not hear the babies heart beat. They did a scan and the results where the same. They induced her to deliver the baby on Saturday evening. It was a boy. She was home Sunday morning. Prince told my husband Friday after her appointment. My husband and I went to see them in the hospital Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning my husband went to meet them at the hospital before she was released. We as a family saw her at their home Sunday after church. The biggest thing for me was that Prince preached that Sunday morning. If anyone has a reason to sit out a Sunday it would of been him. Mack told him if you need me to preach, I can. He said, "No, I'll be there." His sermon title was "Divine Silence" 1. The Request 2. The Reply (God says wait, or I'm working. 3. The Reaction to defeat (Wisdom) 4. The Resurrection (Devotion, faith, hope) Talking about the story of Lazarus in Jn. 11:15. The main verse Jn 11:4 ".....This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the son of God might be glorified thereby." For the glory of God. God allows things in our lives we don't understand, for His glory. Thankful for Prince and Linda. 

Easter Sunday was also CBBC 10 year anniversary. 10 years. I can't believe how time is flying. Some days I feel like we just started. Thankful for our church plant, for our pastors and our faithful people. We had lunch after morning services and an early evening service. The youth presented a plaque to the church celebrating 10 years. The Jr. church kids did a skit and said some verses. 

Saturday before Easter/Ann we cleaned the church 







 



Friday, March 17, 2017

If Your Not Muslim You Are Christian

I talked with a Muslim young man last week, and another young man considering becoming a Muslim. In Ghana if you are not Muslim you are a Christian. If I had to base my religion on what I see as the world’s view of Christianity, I’m not sure I would be convinced either. That is what I heard loud and clear talking with this young man, Peter, of only 17 years. He has a Muslim name, but he is not very far into his Muslim religion. So I asked him his Christian name. If I saw growing up what goes on in Ghana and they claim it as Christianity. Ha! Many confused and religious people. I didn’t blame him in the fact he is sincerely seeking his way to heaven and looking into a belief of something real and serious. What he sees as Christianity is confusion and many false teachers. He has not seen true Christianity, people giving their lives to serving and living for Christ. It’s a daily walk, not just a Sunday morning warm the pew, I’m a good person I went to church Christianity, but a separated from the world not belonging in or being one of the crowd, but standing for Christ. Although it may mean you stand alone. Why would I or Peter in this case, want to become a Christian? You are no different then the next guy. You are going to the same places I do, watching the same movies, wearing the same trends, drinking, smoking, having immoral behavior. WHY? It’s sad! My heart is broken. We have done a lousy job as “Christians.” I talked with Peter and told him about Jesus Christ. I also said, I’m sorry you have not seen true Christianity, but I am a Christian/a believer and I am not like that. I invited him to church and the seed was planted. I was also was listening this week to a missionary preaching and he said what an opportunity we have in the U.S. as Muslims come into our country. To plant the seed and befriend them. If we were in their country we would not be able to give them a gospel tract or witness to them. The Lord is bringing them to us, go out and tell someone about Christ.


Girls visiting Helen
Elizabeth (in brown) inviting some girls in the market to church

 Prince and Linda are expecting the first baby in July. We have known for some time. I have been wanting to shout it to the world, but it wasn’t my news to share to the world. In Ghana they don’t announce such things. They do tell their immediate family. Others find out in time because you are growing big. Here is a interesting article on this subject. 





My kids have just 26 more days left of school. Hooray!!! 
Naomi will finish her senior year. Super excited about that. Matthew will begin his senior year this next school year. It feels like such an accomplishment. 13 years of school done. We started Naomi in Kindergarten right before leaving for Ghana. We have had 1 video teacher come to Ghana, visiting another missionary. It was her kindergarten teacher and Matthew's as well. Thankful to be able to provide Christian education for my children all the way in Africa. God has been good!






                                        

Monday, December 19, 2016

Does That Mean They Want More Cookies?

Cookie Time! The youth in our church wanted to thank the company who provided orange drinks to give out to the kids during VBS this year. So we made up a couple plates of cookies and delivered them on Monday. They in return gave us more drinks. Does that mean they want more cookies? So we are going to use the drinks for our Christmas gathering this Friday.






We watched a Christmas movie and had popcorn afterward

Isaac (in the blue) brings a smile to my face. He lost his dad not to long ago. He has showed up at church for the past 4 weeks early to help set up the Sunday school tent. Continue to pray for Isaac. 



       

Gideon helping dust the chairs

The Deaf School has been going well. I do not go, as I teach the teen girls Sunday school class at church. My husband says since the headmaster retired the atmosphere has changed for the better. They have not hired a new headmaster as of yet. The man in charge helps my husband interpret. My husband says he is really good. Also the man who helps, has children who go to West Ridge the school my husband, Prince, Koasi and Matthew teach at every Wednesday. 

We had some dresses donated to us and gave them out to the girls at the deaf school. This Sunday was their last Sunday before Christmas break. We asked if they could wear their dresses to get a picture. They usually wear all white for chapel services. We also passed out 240 bags of goodies to the students, and ran out. It's hard to get a count of the students because they don't all show up for chapel every week. 








Prince and Linda came over for dinner on Saturday. We played "Bible Trivia," then ate dinner. Afterward we played a fun game of "Pit" and had dessert. Those cows kept getting passed around, nobody wanted them. It was rather loud at our house. Thankful for Prince and Linda and their faithfulness, it helps to encourage one another. 






Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!





Friday, November 4, 2016

The Captain's Crew

A floating book store? Logos Hope came into the Sekondi Navy Port, in October. Our church is just around the corner from the Navy base. As a family we took the day off of school to head to the ship. It was something we were looking forward to, once we heard the ship was coming to Sekondi. We where busy looking around at all the books, when a lady approached Naomi and I. She introduced herself, and asked if we would like a tour of the ship. "Sure," I gathered the rest of the family. Then she asked, "Would you like some lunch?" This was totally unexpected and a special treat for us. We were invited to come back the next week for lunch and to see a play that the some of the crew members put on. 

We invited her to church that Sunday and she came with a few others from the ship. There was a line of hundreds maybe thousands of people waiting to get a look at the book store. We where able to invite many to church. Many people knew us...it's not hard when you are the only white people. Faithfulness is the key. Living as an example before them in everyday life. It was a special time that we will carry with us for awhile. 







Inside the Captain's bridge

Captain Mack and his crew



Before the play began


Our Revival at our church was October 23-26. The Topic was on "Building" we looked at what Noah built. We had good attendance all week. 




Prince and Linda singing for our Revival 

Some pictures of Saturday visitation in Kojokrom.





They are expanding the main road in front of our house. It will be a 4 lane road.
We even have street signs. We are getting up with the times. 


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

If He Falls Out...Property and a Bible Club

We started a Bible Club on Saturday mornings in Kojokrom. I am not sure how this will go, but we started. We wanted to start sooner, however, we were waiting for our doors and windows to be put on the school room where we meet. It took almost 4 months to finally get done. Now that it is done it is so nice not to have to move all the benches and podium around. Cecelia and Elizabeth have been very instrumental in starting this Bible Club. I am the one behind the scenes and they are the ones teaching. 







Saturday we attended another funeral. It was the father of Elizabeth (below) and a brother to a church member. They asked CBBC to to the funeral. Pastor Prince did the service and Pastor Koasi did the graveside. We had Matthew playing the piano, Naomi and her violin and me playing my flute. We played and they sung hymns and it was a whole lot better than their wall of speakers that burst out headache giving music. 



Esther and Naomi, her dads funeral is next month.




They carried the casket all the way to the cemetery. At one point they had that casket above their heads spinning it around. I just hoped the coffin was nailed shut. If he falls out, that won't be a pretty sight. Oh my stars!



Pastor Koasi doing the graveside service. (That is the casket in the ground in front of them)

Ok, here it is....drum roll please....LAND!!!!! Our church has been able to purchase a piece of property. It has been a loooooonnnnnggg process and we are not finished yet. We still need to purchase the lot in front of the one we purchased, so please pray for that. This has been years and years of work, and the men are still working on it. A little, ok, a lot discouraging. The Lord gave me a  couple of verses this morning.

Rev 3:7-8 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Here are some pictures of the land:

From of property looking toward the back
The purchased part is from the back white wall to where they are standing on the left

working on getting the front piece
ocean front poperty (haha) this is the back of property, looking toward the road and the sea



Why the good news at the end? Well, like I said, I have been wanting to write this post for so long. So many times we've been so close and then it has been striped from us. I am a little hesitant and cautious to share. However my husband has shared it on our newsletter, so, I thought it was time. You can check out his newsletter/blog here.




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