Ghana, West Africa
Dear Praying Friends,
These past few weeks have been a world wind of activity to impact eternity!
On July 28th and 29th we held a Thanksgiving service in Bui to thank the chief and his elders for giving us free of charge two building lots to build our church on. It was a great meeting, and some of the elders were moved to visit the church.
On August 5th we held the ground breaking service for the church in Nsuta. God has given us a very large piece of land, 400’ X 300’ right on the roadside on the edge of the village. We saw 7 people receive Christ on that day.
On August 11, I drove to Burkina Faso to meet Keith Shumaker. We flew to Morocco to visit our friend Aaron and teach in his Bible school. We were there in Morocco for 9 days and came home August 20th. What a blessing it was to return after several years and see many of the Lord’s blessings in Aaron’s life and ministry.
On September 2, we held an evangelistic meeting in Boankron on Sunday afternoon. We had 180 adults and 74 children attend the meeting. God blessed and 49 people prayed to receive Christ as their Savior.
On September 8th, Pastor George Kwabena Korsah was joyfully married to Adwoa Asantewaa Anim. What a day of rejoicing in our church family for our brother!
On September 10th a group of pastors from Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast headed to Mali for a big Spirit of Caleb church planting missions conference in Bamako, Mali. We had 38 pastors gathered for five days of meetings and evangelism to help start the new church in Niamana. We saw 38 people come to Christ as Savior, and we shared Christ with over 500 people. Many who have more questions will be followed up on later. I had the joy of baptizing 3 of these believers on Sunday morning the 16th before we started our long journey home on Monday.
From September 23 – 30, we are hosting our 12th annual Faith Promise Missions Conference here in Techiman. Pastor Roy Mack from Pinecrest Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, is coming with his wife April to preach in our conference this year. Pray for the Lord’s blessing and power on this meeting.
On October 3, our whole family will be flying home to the USA. We plan to leave our younger 4 children in Kansas with Michelle’s parents while we travel to Israel with my parents, Pastor John & Pat Volante. The Lord has blessed us with a dear friend who has made this trip possible.
After we return from Israel, Dr. Bill Patterson, a dear friend and fellow missionary serving in Mongolia as a Bible translator, is allowing us to stay in his home in Texas so we can help his dad, Dr. Mike Patterson, with all the preparations for this year’s MABMI conference in Texas. The conference will be held on January 14-17, 2013. I want to beg you to pray about attending this year’s conference. We would love to have you attend. If you have any questions about the conference, please write to me at email@example.com. I will do all I can to help you. Lord willing, some of our African pastors are planning to be with us this year for the conference.
Lord willing, we plan to return to Ghana the end of January 2013 after the conference in Texas.
Thank you for your love and faithfulness in supporting us!
Until He Returns!
Pastor Stephen & Michelle Volante
P.S. I post many pictures of these events on facebook if you want to see them.