3,953 souls were saved this month throughout Tema, Ghana! Some of the 13 participating churches doubled in size during the week, and all are busy with their follow-up strategies to make disciples who make more disciples. Healthy things don’t just grow; they multiply.
- I was given a Ghanaian name, Kwaku, by my namesake. Confused? The Ashanti peoples find significance in the day of the week on which they’re born and give traditional Twi names accordingly. I was born on Wednesday, so one of the missionaries on my team also born on Wednesday named me Kwaku. Her nickname is Akua, the female variant of the same.
- Our church teams were fantastic. The international participants from the U.S., Côte d’Ivoire, and other parts of Ghana divided up among the area churches and formed smaller groups of 4-5 to cover various communities throughout the city. I mainly worked with First Baptist Church Tema, but also went out with other churches to film. The missionaries and many of the church members were well-versed (pun intended) in the Word, Spirit-filled, tenderhearted, and very discerning. After seeing how easy it really is to share the gospel, the less-experienced believers quickly overcame their fears and became strong evangelists after a little on-the-job coaching.
- The people we met at their homes and workplaces were hospitable and receptive to hear the gospel. We encountered a lot of people who grew up in church, but had never understood the gospel (a worldwide problem). We also talked with quite a few Muslims, most of whom readily accepted Christ (also a global phenomenon, whether or not you regularly hear of it).
- I loved seeing newly-saved sons and daughters of the King showing up at special church services every night and being welcomed by their brothers and sisters.
- The congregations’ zeal for follow-up inspired me. Members were calling new converts during lunch breaks, pastors were assigning deacons to care for those in their neighborhoods, and leaders were planning new home groups.
- I led a German guy to Christ — in Africa! While walking in Accra on our “day off”, I met a young German man named Florian who was looking for the entrance to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, which was where our group was headed. He accepted my invitation to join us and we quickly bonded after discovering we’re from the same region in Germany (I mean come on, guys — the Lord brought his dude right to me). He got more than he bargained for, in the best way. Discussing our reasons for being in Ghana easily paved the way for me to share my testimony, and he decided to follow Jesus. Right there on the spot, Florian prayed to receive salvation. He left me his information for follow-up, and it so happens that I know a great church in his hometown.
- Conduit Mission Summit: Immediately following the Ghana project, Kim and I had the privilege of attending the annual Conduit Mission Summit. It was a blessing to fellowship and worship with other dear goers and senders from our home church in Franklin, Tennessee. We shared stories, prayers, and hugs as we learned together and encouraged each other. It’s vital for us to spend time with other like-minded weirdos who have traded the lures of the world for the joys and trials of following Jesus in the Great Commission.
- Family Time: The girls and I stayed with my parents while in the Nashville area, and we got to hang out with extended family and visit good friends in Knoxville.
Thanks for reading! I hope you’re inspired to join me in the Great Commission in a deeper way, both across the ocean and across the street. Don’t underestimate what the Holy Spirit can do when you share your story. You’re just the messenger, anyway; He does the work.
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