Ghana, West Africa
Greetings from Ghana!
August 1, 2012
The Lord has been very good to us and we are praising Him for His goodness. There is much to report but I will try to keep it concise. Ghana right now is in a state of mourning. I’m not sure if everyone knows, but Ghana’s President John Mills died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 25th. The country was in shock at the news, but as with Republics, Ghana immediately swore in the Vice President John Mahama as its President. The funeral for Former President Mills is scheduled for next week. So far there has been peace in the country.
On July 19th we traveled to Cape Coast with Pastor & Mrs. John Volante for Pastor Miguel Triano’s 3rd Anniversary of Living Word Baptist Church. I had the opportunity to preach on Friday night to an excellent group of people. It was an awesome weekend filled with challenging messages. We wished you all could have been there..
Tuobodom and Adutwie work: In July, Tuobodom became a district capital. There has been much excitement about this change for Tuobodom. However, as with all bureaucracies, it will takes time for the promises made to come true. We are praying that this change will help Tuobodom to grow economically.
About three weeks ago Mr. Adakwa, our faithful children’s Bible club worker and watchman, was taken to the hospital. After a week, he was sent home, and two days later went to another hospital. He was again admitted, and for two weeks he suffered with some internal bleeding and double pneumonia. He was discharged on July 27th. It was recommended that he go to Kumasi for an endoscopy test. This test will cost about $150. We are waiting to see what the family will do. On July 25th Pastor Ameyaw was driving his motorcycle to Tuobodom, when someone yelled to him. He turned to see who yelled and then ran into the gutter. He sustained a huge abrasion on his shin muscle, ankle and left elbow. Praise the Lord that he didn’t suffer any broken bones. However, it laid him up for two weeks. He was unable to walk for well over a week. He is now doing better but not 100%.
On Sunday July 29th we had planned to have a groundbreaking in Adutwie for their church building. However, we have had to postpone this to a later date. We were not able to get the chiefs invited on time, and with Pastor Ameyaw’s accident, much of the preparation work was unable to be done. I felt it better to wait and make sure that all of our dignitaries could be there to encourage this church.
We are currently meeting in a school room on Friday afternoon for Bible Club and Sunday morning worship services. On Sundays we struggle with Charismatic churches that meet in the rooms around us. We are planning to build a single building 30’ x 70’ with two rooms (One for church 30’ x 50’ and one for the children 30’ x 20’). We currently own a piece of property 300’ x 300’. This would meet our current needs and allow room for future expansion. We are in need of about $18,000 to complete this building. Will you pray with us on this project? We are looking to the Lord for the balance of this money to build the church house. We have had three churches that have given to this project, one in Texas, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.
We will be moving to Cape Coast on August 23rd to cover for Pastor Miguel Triano while they are returning to Mexico to renew some passports and contact some of their supporting churches. Pray for us as we will be helping the work there.
Peterson Family: We are currently in very good health. Julia has been enjoying her 1st summer of not being in school since she came to live with us. School will resume once we get settled in Cape Coast.
We have been able to “skype” with our family and friends frequently. This has enabled us to adjust to being away and to continue watching our grandchildren grow. God is so good to allow for this capability.
Thank you for your prayers and continued support.
Awaiting His shout!
Jim, Dona, and Julia
| Contact Information
P.O. Box 248
Ghana, West Africa
Calvary Baptist Church
413 Main St.
Easthampton, MA 01027