Ghana Update

It’s about time I post a little update for all of you who have made this trip possible and are praying for me! I hope you are doing well. Please know that I appreciate your support more than I could possibly put into words! I received an email from a friend today who teaches third grade at Calvary Christian School. She wrote to let me know that her third graders are praying for me this week. Stuff like that will make a guy’s day!

I apologize for not posting more frequently. Many of you have heard about Mac’s injury. His hard drive decided to stop working a couple weeks into my trip. I’m sorry to burden you with such a sad story. No worries though, the repairs are being completed and Mac should be back in Ghana within the next few weeks. I will continue to post as much as possible until then but you will have to wait for the good stuff (pictures & videos).

God is greatly blessing already. The Sisco family arrived the day before me and they already have a house and should be moved in by early next week. This would have to be considered a miracle in Ghana! Everything tends to move pretty slowly here. We are still waiting for Bro. & Sis. Poitras to arrive. Please pray for their quick and safe return!

I am moved into my house and all settled in. I will post a video tour for you when my computer gets back. Bible College classes start next week so most of my time is being spent in preparation for that. I will also begin a regular schedule of preaching starting this Sunday. I covet your prayers!

Two ways you can pray for Ghana:

  1. We are seriously under-churched in Northern Ghana which has a high percentage of Muslims. Pray the Lord would open doors and send forth laborers.
  2. The University of Ghana is right here Accra; it is West Africa’s premier university. There are 45,000+ students and we have no permanent witness on campus. With God’s help, we hope to see that change. Imagine the impact of reaching these students, many of whom will return to their home countries with the Gospel!

Thanks again for your prayers and support!

Have a question about life in Ghana, West Africa? Ask in the comments!

Lesson From A Slave Castle

As you may already know, I had the opportunity to go to Ghana, West Africa on a missions trip a few years ago.  I will be going back very soon.  As the date gets closer, I find myself doing a lot of reminiscing about my previous visit.

During my last trip to Ghana, I had the opportunity to visit Elmina Slave Castle.  This castle, erected in 1482, became one of the most important stops on the route to the Atlantic Slave Trade.  I could not begin to describe to you the atrocities that occurred in this building as described to us by our tour guide.  I would, however, like to share this quick lesson with you.

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Our guide told us there were three reasons why someone would become a slave.

1. Crimes you committed.

2.  Debt that you could not pay.

3.  You were born into it.

We fit all three conditions of slavery to sin.

  1. We have committed crimes.  “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
  2. We all have a debt that we cannot pay.  “…without the shedding of blood, there can be no sacrifice for sin.”  Hebrews 3:23
  3. We were all born into sin.  “I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psalm 51:5

I am thankful that we have an advocate!

  1. I have committed crimes.  BUT! Blotting out the handwriting of the ordinances that was against us… and took it our of the way, nailing it to His cross.” Col. 2:14
  2. I had a debt that I could not pay.  BUT!  “Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…but with the precious blood of Christ.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
  3. I was born into sin.  BUT!  I have been “born again of water and of Spirit.” John 3:5

No more shackles, no more chains….