Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Report from Brother Joseph in Ghana

Today we received a lovely letter from our brother Joseph in Ghana. He tells a little more detail about their situation on the farm, and also lays out some needs they have. We received donations today from Robert and Catherine, and from Dana, so we are going to send the money that Joseph and his brethren need to their ikobo account. It was great timing to receive these offerings of help to OJP! When we received the gifts in the mail we rejoiced and said, "We can make a payment to the printer!" but then we opened our email and saw the greater needs of those in Ghana. Please pray for our provision to make a payment to the printer. The Father said He will provide so we konw we can trust Him to do that very thing.

Dear sister Char & Silvana and everyone,

We greet you all in the great name of Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you very much for your email. We are glad to fellowship together in the Christmas day! To make our feast more similar and real with yours and with that of our brethren at Rwanda, we will also be eating rice, macaroni, desserts made from fruit and soda to drink! In addition to this, we will also prepare our children's favorite snack, i.e. fried ripe plantain chips! Yes a gift of $100 will be sufficient for this feast - thanks in advance for enabling us to make a Christmas feast which we have missed for several years due to hardship and difficult situations!

We all live in the same house as a small Christian community of 6 families and 8 singles. There are total of 15 adults, and 13 children. The house consist 5 rooms, kitchen, and a living room. The living room is now serving as a bedroom for two families, the kitchen too is also serving as a bedroom now. We constructed a small structure with mud & wood at the backyard which now serve as the kitchen!Our hearts are filled with joy for the good news about the monthly gift that you planned to bless us with! We pray that Jesus will make the approval process to be very smooth! When we also start receiving the gift, we will set aside some portion for the spread of gospel here in Ghana.

Though the building we are living is being wired, it had not been connected to the mains power supply. We are still in darkness, and the building being a bit isolated from others, makes our feelings of the darkness to be more intense! The landlord have told us that when once we pay the remaining renting balance of $280, that he will use part of it to subscribe for electric power new service supply for us. There are several things that we need to do with electricity, especially for the lightings, playing the "hooked of Phonics" audio tapes for the children to learn, etc. We are presently using locally made lamp that uses kerosene, but it is not good for the eyes nor for reading. There are also little renovations that the landlord will only be capable to do when he received the remaining balance. Please, pray with us and ask Jesus to provide for this as soon as possible!

From next week, we will start to transplant the seedlings to the garden. We will keep you updated as it goes. There is a great sign that our crops will flourish here! Since our crops are yet to mature, we still need much food supply and other basic needs. About $150 will sustain us for some weeks, before we will be able to get some little incomes from the vegetables that we have raised in the farm here. Since yesterday, we had very little to live on, please, ask Jesus to provide for our food today and for the coming days. The family of Assiongbo who also lives here with us needs your prayers as sister Mensah Assiongbo, the wife of Kennedy Assiongbo is expecting a baby in couple of months. Sister Mensah needs pre-natal medical checkups, she have not yet been able to register with a "child delivery home" here, which cost is equivalent of $25. When she registered, she will receive checkups, advice, care, etc, till she got delivered. Please, pray for the needs of this family and for God's protection of the mother and the expecting baby!

Now may the One Who is able to keep us from falling and is able to supply all our needs far more abundantly that we can possibly imagine, may He guide, correct, keep and uphold us as we continue to put our trust in Him! Extend our greetings, love and thanks to your families and to the rest of the brethren there at Operation Jesus Pictures. We look forward to hearing from you.

Your brother, Joseph & the brethren here


We have the wonderful news to report that our sister in Jesus, Nikki, and her husband have bought the house across the street from us! So now we have three houses together for OJP where we are serving Jesus together. It was a miracle that they were able to get the house. The Father worked it out with perfect timing.

The Father was talking about how hard it is to stand against the liar who opposes us as he moves with evil intent all over the earth. The Father said that what it takes is commitment. As the enemy moves to try and get us to stop our loving obedience to Jesus, he pressures us in every way. Our commitment to Jesus, our commitment to the truth, gives us the strength to stand.