Thursday, July 10, 2008

Village Children


Monday, July 7, 2008

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet (and hands!) of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"
Isaiah 52:7

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Wise Words from a Wise Man



Wise words from Rev. Pat Ozment, IMB missionary to Ghana, West Africa:

God loves to use the insignificant to accomplish the incredible. We are well equipped from the insignificant side, and God’s supplies of the incredible are beyond our comprehension.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

A discussion with Pastor Mohammed...

Here is a discussion with Pastor Mohammed on accountability and trials.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Prayer for Fati





Please remember to pray for safety and protection for Fati. She is 14 years old and has been persecuted by her father for becoming a Christian. He hunted for and found her several times, after she escaped from captivity. The last news we have is that she was rescued by a caring pastor and taken to a distant village for safety. Her father had used a bicycle chain to chain her to a pole from early morning until late evening.


Her father travels from village to village selling goods, and it is likely that someone will tell him where she is. He has vowed to put one of her eyes out because of her lack of devotion to Islam.


Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him ; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.
Psalm 91:14-16

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tilee Umbo

There are no words to express my deepest appreciation to all who devoted time to praying for the Ghana mission team. We witnessed the power of God at every turn, we saw the Glory of God manifested all around us, we felt His protection in front and behind, and we experienced His Spirit move in our midst. God was and is good, all the time.

We labored together, lifted praises and song together, prayed and rejoiced together...together with our Ghanaian brothers and sisters in the Lord. We prayed for Rafia, a dying girl who had been snake bitten and we watched and rejoiced, as God did a miracle healing. We bathed in prayer, our sister, Fatia, a young girl of 14, who was tormented day and night, for her faith in Jesus Christ and her refusal to deny Him. Her earthly father locks her inside and binds her with chains, but her Heavenly Father has set her free. She hides in safe places, even as I am writing to you now. May God continue to hide her in the shelter and cover of His mighty wings. We shared the gospel of Christ and over 100 souls came to salvation and they each received a new name, written in the Lambs book of life. We taught over 200 children, stories from the Word of God. We took part in the commissioning of a church. We were able, by the grace of God to register 275 people for government health care. The cost for a year of care is $9 for an adult and $1 for a child, but when a working man only makes $1 to $2 a day, this becomes difficult for families. For the Glory of God, 30 bibles in the Dagboni language, were purchased for churches that have none. We were invited to visit organizations that sponsor poverty stricken children, such as World Vision and Compassion International. We gave an offering for the purchase of chairs that were needed in a local church. We visited an orphanage, where 9 motherless babies were bathed, feed and loved on a daily basis by dedicated and called women. We had the privelege of training teachers in the community, to teach children in the church. We had wonderful meals and wonderful fellowship with missionaries, Pat and Peggy Ozment. We saw old friends and made new friends. We came to Ghana as Americans with American names, and left as Ghanaians with Ghananian names. And our hearts are full. Our hearts are filled with hope. Hope for the people and the country of Ghana. Hope for the growth of the churches, the strengthening of the new converts, the answering to the call of leadership in the churches, and hope for the continued spiritual awakening and the continued rescue for the many who are perishing. Our hearts are filled with gladness for the eternal friendships and relationships made as we labored together with our brothers and sisters of both colors of skin. And our hearts are filled with thanksgiving, for all the prayers and the sacrifices made. May we all be encouraged that our prayers were answered. And why is that? Why does God hear and answer prayer? That He might show Himself mighty and His Glory might be revealed. Our prayers are honored as precious jewels, purified and empowered. Our words rise in a delightful fragrance to our Lord and do not stop, until they reach the very throne of heaven. And so we say to God be the Glory, and to you, we say Tilee Umbo.

In Christ,
Chel-Pong (Vickie Daniels)

A team member's perspective


Well, we have now been home for just under 24 hours, and coming home to family has never felt so wonderful! I praise God for His guiding hand and providential care. I thank Him for all He has done through and in us whilst we have been in Ghana. It was never our work....it was always His.

Many thanks to all who have been praying for us and supporting us. I know your prayers have been heard and answered, and I consider it the greatest privilege to have been part of the team that went 'to the ends of the world' (see Acts 1:8) this past 2 weeks. To God be the glory!

I am sure that there will be many posts on this blog during the next few weeks, and I really want to encourage you to keep checking back regularly to read about all that has gone on in Ghana. It has been amazing, and at times we have been quite simply overwhelmed to see the visible hand of God at work! It has been both awe-inspiring and humbling to have been able to speak to groups of men who have NEVER heard about Jesus Christ. Because of your prayers and support, MANY people have heard about salvation through Jesus Christ for the very first time! How amazing is that?

I also have to make a very public thanks to our team leader Cheryl Read. Cheryl is one of the most self-sacrificial women I have ever met, and has a zeal and love for the Lord that is both infectious and also inspiring. She led the group with a clear vision of the plan that God had set before her, and it has been a great privilege to have been part of the team working with her in Ghana. Her ability to put up with us, lead us and help to bring out the best in Christ through us was wonderful! Thank you Cheryl!

My thanks also go to all team members, each of whom put their all (110%) into the mission. It has been an honor (in Christ) to have served our risen Lord by your side. I pray and hope we can all continue our work in Him, and together impact the lost for the Kingdom of Heaven.

"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11

Martin Jones

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

SAFE ARRIVAL IN USA

We are now safely home. Thank you for praying!!

New posts and pictures will be added in the days to come, so check back often. There's so much to share!!

The Ghana Mission Team

Uneasy rest for the weary....


Uneasy rest for the weary...., originally uploaded by cread4.

Thanks,

Doug

Arrived safe in London!


Arrived safe in London!, originally uploaded by cread4.

With sadness we said our goodbye's to pastor Mohammed, Frances, Cecilia and
Ghana. With joy we boarded our flight to take us back home. After six and
a half hours flight time we have arrive in London! Only about 12 hrs to
go!
Thanks,

Doug