Your National Missionaries to Ghana, West Africa, Serving God and Man
“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”
(I Corinthians 16:9)
January - February 2005
Dearly Beloved in Christ;
Greetings in the Name of our Lord, Redeemer and King.
A New Year of opportunity:
We praise the Lord for ushering us into another year for service.
The Quarshie’s Family/Surgery:
Since we returned from the States in September of last year I started having some pains in my lower abdomen, so I went to see our family doctor who gave me some medication and asked me to come back in January 2005. In the first week of January the pain was very sharp, so I went for some tests on January 17th, the test revealed it was a hernia, so the doctor asked me to come back on the 18th for surgery. The surgery went well and I was discharged on the 20th. Praise the Lord for the successful surgery. The doctor said I should not lift any heavy thing for at least three months. Thanks for your prayers.
Deborah came home on February 2nd, she is taking one semester off. She will go back to PCC in the fall.
She has got a job in one of the Radio stations in Accra to do some practical while she is home, remember her in your prayers. Enoch has applied to Moody Bible Institute to study Missionary Aviation/communication. If admitted, a brother in Chicago said he could stay in his home to attend the school. This is a special answer to prayer because Moody does not charge tuition. Pray for Enoch.
Adelaide is doing fine these days - her blood pressure is down. To God is the glory.
First Mission Group From USA:
Dr. Gainer, Bro. Walker Harris and Pastor Don Shawback were here from January 27th to February 11th.
Trip to Northern Ghana and Dedication of Mission Medical Boat:
On the 28th of February we worked on the Boat and the entire Vehicle that will tow the boat for 275 miles.
We left Accra on the 29th at 6:00am, after traveling 150 miles the Dodge bus transmission began to leak, this caused a delay so we got to the lake side at about 6:00pm instead of 2:00pm.
We spent the night in Yeji. The following morning which was the 30th, we realized that we had to do some work on the Boat, which took us more than 3 hours. Those who wanted to go with the bus through the Ferry left. Dr. Gainer, Pastor Shaw back, Mr. Harris, one member from our Church, a retired military Officer from the Village, a river Guard stayed behind to go with the Mission Boat. We got to Kanji at about 4:00pm.
The next day Monday was a work day at the lake front, we plan on digging a channel to create a landing site for the Boat, but after digging two feet we hit solid rock. We have therefore decided to make a wooden deck for the Boat.
Early in the Morning of Tuesday February 1st we were informed by the elders of the Kpadjai king that Mr. Walker Harris would be installed as a "Progress Chief of Kpadjai" for donating the Boat.
The Elders came in at 8:00am and dressed Dr. Gainer and Pastor Shawback with a special traditional African outfit. This was followed by Bro. Walker Harris. His dress is a special Ghanaian Kente cloth, with Crown, neck chains and sandals. We all went to the king’s Palace for the installation after which the new Progress Chief was paraded through the Village - it was a sight to behold.
The Mission Clinic And Boat Dedication:
At 10:00 am of the same day of the installation of the new chief we all went to the Lake front for the dedication of the Boat. At the end of the ceremony the king of Kpadjai, his elders, Dr. Gainer , Pastor Shawback, my wife and I went on a special ride followed by a second group ride. We returned to the Village and conducted a medical clinic for 100 people.
We noticed that the problem of High blood pressure was getting out of hand. Please pray with us for the need of a permanent Medical Officer for the Clinic. Even a short term Nurse will do, from two weeks to one year, etc.
We visited both the old and new churches. 10 young people accepted the Lord as their Savior in Kpadjai.
In the afternoon of the same Tuesday we visited the Beposo church (Emmanuel Bible Baptist Church) which has Bro. Timothy as leader and a new church at a village called Kabeso where the leader is Job. We urgently need regular support for these men. At least $50 a month will be fine.
Below are pictures of the Mission Boat and the old and new churches. More pictures will follow soon.
ABOVE: The Mission Boat being towed
from Accra To Kpadjai
ABOVE: The Boat on the Volta Lake in Northern Ghana
ABOVE: New Church at Kabeso - Leader: Job
ABOVE: Namu Fellowship Baptist Church
Leader - James
Bips and Bips Sec/Tech:
We had 12 pastors and deacons in the 2005 Annual New Year Pastoral School from February 3rd to 8th. The topics for this year school are:
The Bible. Money and the prosperity gospel,
The Importance of prayer and prayer meeting.
Pastor Shawback was the Instructor on prayer. Dr. Gainer and I handled the Bible, money and the prosperity gospel. The other two topics were by me. The annual Bible school is always a blessing.
We are expecting registering students for the Bible school students, be in prayer for us.
Please let us know if you want to be part of these unique opportunities.
We still have 46 students in the high school. Continue to be in prayer for the new principal Sis. Harris.
The Building Project:
We are almost at the final stages of the concrete works. The building is 5400 Sq. Ft. we have covered 3600 Sq. Ft. we are left with 1800 Sq. Ft. We need 150 bags of cement to complete the concrete.
Unfortunately the Ghana government has increased the Fuel price from $2,25 per gallon to $3.30 per gallon - Effective February 19th. This has affected everything.
We are trusting the Lord to provide the funds we need to complete the concrete by the end of March.
To be able to use the building we will need $6000 to buy 200 bags of cement, sand and chips water, etc to do the floor work. If the Lord provides these funds we can start using the GROUND floor by May this year. We can then take time to work on the second floor.
The Grand total we need to complete this project is $40,000. We praise the Lord for the Roofing material he provided last year. Please let us know if the Lord has laid it on your heart to help us complete this building project for his glory.
We praise the Lord for all the brethren who have been contributing towards this project.
ABOVE: Update on the school building.
We are left with 1800 Sq. Ft, to cover.
The Radio Ministry:
We are getting good feed back these days from our listeners.
When pastor Shawback returned to the States, he met a Ghanaian who told him he listens to our radio program when he visits home. A pastor friend in the States has helped me to set up a recording Studio. This has greatly improved the message quality. At times listeners called in at the station thinking I was speaking live. Pray with us that this may turn into a daily Bible teaching program. All we will need is a Radio Transmitter.
Continue to pray for financial support for this ministry. We also need blank cassette tapes.
Thank you all for your prayer and financial support.
Need for Mission Secretary/Treasurer:
We praise the Lord for the help that Mr.& Mrs. Holmes gave to us for the past two years. They have informed us that they will be moving to Virginia in March 2005. Sis. Holmes’ health will not allow her to continue the Mission work.
We therefore need very Urgently a Secretary/treasurer, on part-time basis. Please let us know if you can help. You can email email@example.com or call the Office on 410-536-0332 for details.
May our gracious Lord continue to bless you spiritually and materially.
In His Grace for His Glory.
Noah Quarshie’s Family.
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