Why are we in Africa?
In, “My Utmost for His Highest” Oswald Chambers wrote,
“A missionary is one sent by Jesus Christ as He was sent by God … In missionary work the great danger is that God’s call will be replaced by the needs of the people to the point that human sympathy will absolutely overwhelm the meaning of being sent by Jesus.”
This must ever be in front of us as we travel here (and other places) around the globe in our ministry. As you pray for us, I hope you will not be distracted by the stories and photos we post. Never be confused or think that we do this work because of the great needs of the world, the plight of the human injustices, nor a since of obligation. We are doing this ministry because of the call of Jesus Christ.
While we are extremely grateful to our capable and committed team in Ghana we also realize that whatever we witness here is the result of God’s providence rather than the plans of man. The results are a testimony to the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father’s direction and determination.
Far too often we want to claim or assign credit for what is taking place, but truth is that all the glory belongs to God. As you pray, always give the credit to God.
The faithfulness of God continues to overwhelm us all. This afternoon while sitting with our national Director, Sammy Lartey, he remarked at how wonderful this project has been. Through noon on Thursday we have spoken to 221 groups of people where over 39,000 individuals have gathered to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is, without a doubt a supernatural work of God and we remained awed that He allows us to witness this miracle.
Not everything here always goes according to our likes. The roads are rough, the food in questionable, and each day brings new challenges.
One of the highlights of each day here is the evening time when we can enjoy some of the comforts of home. Following a full day of ministry and activity, after supper and getting prepared for the next day, we usually enjoy watching a movie on our laptop. It seems like a perfect way to unwind from the day and get ready for bed.
Last night as the movie was reaching its apex, all the electricity in this region of the country failed and we sat in the complete darkness of the “dark continent.” After a few moments of dark, we walked outside to find our housekeepers to ask what their opinion was about why the electricity had gone off in the midst of such a clear and lovely evening. Deborah responded simply “Well, this is Ghana!” That summed it up. This IS Ghana, and we love the chance to be here. There is no place on earth any of us would rather be … at this moment … than here.