Our itinerary is really starting to fall into place for our upcoming trip to Asikuma, Ghana! Of course, half of our team will be devoting their time to the construction projects. 8 of our guys will be revamping existing structures donated to our foundation by chief of Asikuma, Nana. The structures will be turned into a medical clinic and the start of a foster home for the village. The team will also be building a brand new library for Asikuma’s primary school, all the while teaching a team of Ghanaians how to build along the way. The other half of our team will be available to help with the construction items as needed, but we’ve got a lot of exciting things planned too!
For starters, our pastor from our big ‘ol church, Cornerstone Church of Ames, has hopped on board our team for this trip. His name is Jeff and he is no stranger to Africa. Over the past few years Pastor Jeff has helped to establish a pastoral training center, called the Hope Center, in Serenje, Zambia. (This training center is linked with the Hope Children’s Center, which provides a healthy meal each day to over 50 orphans).
this post, to round up interested pastors and find a place to hold the seminar. Some excerpts from Ken’s recent email….
Hi Mr. Jake, I was extremely glad when I got your mail and read it. My response is yes and I am ever ready to assist in the pastoral seminar. I think through it the Lord would do something wonderful in the whole area. In fact I have been dreaming of occasions like this for a long time now. We have our large central chapel in Frankadua, which is just some few kilometers away from Asikuma. I think it can be a convenient place for the event and I think the comers would like the place! If possible, you can send some pictures we can use for posters that I would paste everywhere in town. This evening I would start making the announcement, and this coming Sunday I will pass through the churches in town to inform them. My suggestion is I would like us to do the seminar in the morning and at Frankadua for only pastors and elders, and in the evening we will be in Asikuma for an open gospel outreach. My church planned a crusade in town but didn't set a date. I think we will all join our forces to do it for the Lord. Please I would like you to persuade the assemblyman to allow us to use their musical instruments. My kids and I would help playing for worship. I can’t wait to hug you all soon! May the lord be with your souls til we meet soon. Ken
Pretty exciting! In Ghana, Pastor Jeff will be teaching a course to the pastors called the “Theology of the Gospel” which is an overview of the message of the Bible (the "good news") that begins in Genesis and runs all the way through the book of Revelation. Pastor Jeff is bringing his current intern, Rusty, who will help him with the seminars. Rusty can sing and is able to lead worship time, so he is bringing his guitar and will also be leading worship for our bible studies that we are organizing for the village children! We are hoping to hold the bible studies in the school yard in the evenings while we are in Asikuma. Last time we made salvation bracelets with the kids, and they all LOVED it! This time we are hoping to have a handful of different bible studies with corresponding crafts.
We also have lots of donations to hand out as well (shoes, clothes, books, food, etc). My mom, along with many others, have been sewing pillow case dresses for the girls in Asikuma. Look at how organized she is…..she packaged them up in ziplocks and put the dress size on the outside so we can quickly grab them and outfit girls with the perfect size! My mom also makes really cool verse cards which she put in each of the ziplocks. :)
On our last day of the trip, once we head back to Accra, our team will also be making a very special visit back at the Beacon House Orphanage…..for a reason that I can’t share with you until after our trip! TRUST ME, you’ll LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!:)