God is doing big BIG things over here in Ghana! I hardly know where to begin! We have so many projects in the making, so many opportunities to minister, and so much fun to be had! I want to share with you some of the adventures we have coming up so that you can be joining us in prayer and encouragement, and feel connected with what’s going on over here.
It has been a highly debated topic in our house- to home school or not to home school, that is the question. I was offered a job teaching English at a local school and had the thought to enroll the kids in the same school. Makes sense, right? That was the plan until I weighed the pro’s and con’s more carefully, and on paper. The amount of money I’d be earning minus the expense of two kids enrolled in school just doesn’t appease me. For the amount we would be paying to send them to school we could give them top of the line education at home, and I’d get to spend more time with them, have more control over their progress, and have the opportunity to teach them in other ways- math baking, beach science, etc. So we prayed on it! Then we got an offer to have another child join our home schooling program, should we decide to start it. This child’s parents are struggling to pay their current tuition and allowing them to home school with us would help them financially and allow their child to stay in school. I knew immediately this was the right thing to do and thought about other parents in the same situation who could really be blessed by a home school in their area offered at a lower tuition rate, plus my main reason for public school for my own children was the interaction with other kids. It’s a win/win!
Full Spectrum dance classes are preparing to take off the first Saturday of September! We are offering free classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop/tumble, and praise dance to local children who have never had such an opportunity. The response we have received just in talking to these children is astounding! When we ask the little girls if they would like to learn ballet they literally jump for joy and scream and hug each other! That alone is all the motivation I need to keep on keeping on! The little boys here are thrilled that someone is willing to take time to show them how to break dance, do back flips, and teach them American hip hop. It’s my honor. We also have been blessed to have an opportunity to work with an amazing group of girls in Prampram who are highly gifted in the area of dance ministry. I was able to teach them for a little while at the youth camp in Keta and I saw immediately their talent, determination, and passion. In addition to free classes and our work in Prampram we have also had a lot of help from family here with publicizing our program to those in the area who have the funds to pay for classes. We are looking at renting a beautiful dance space in a gym that has fans, mirrors, and bathrooms! Please keep us in prayer for full funding to rent this facility and that our classes here would be fruitful.
I am so completely filled with joy that so many of my wonderful friends and family are coming here to minister alongside us! We have teams and individuals, missionaries and volunteers willing to brave the long flight and mosquitoes to come all the way to Ghana. 2014 will surely be a year filled with smiles, love, friendships, and ministry. We are also planning to do some mission work ourselves! We have a trip planned in December for Dzemini and some trips planned next year for villages in need of the gospel, pray, and provision. We have been making wonderful connections with other pastors in Ghana and we are honored to be used in any way we can be. We are also preparing for future mission trips to Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sweden, Spain, and the US. Want to come? We’d love to have you!
We are developing a study abroad program for dance! It is still in the baby stages, not much more than a concept, but we have a great team working on the requirements and curriculum and expect to see some progress during the next year. We are planning to partner with a community college in California and branch out from there. Please keep us in prayers as we embark on this adventure!
Another of our future plans that is being put into motion is a restaurant called Stars & Stripes. It is a combination of Ghanaian and American cuisines and we hope it will bring nations together. We are Christ centered and have many ministry aspects that will be implicated- before opening each day we hope to offer free breakfast to local children, we plan on donating left over food to those in need, and we would like to offer free meals to homeless/orphans in some of our other locations. We encourage prayer within our walls and pray to be a beacon of light through what God has freely given us- food!
We have so many amazing things going on, it would take pages and pages to list them all! We have bible studies, prayer meetings, outreaches, and conferences in the works! We are branching out in many different areas and aspects! God is doing incredible works here and the only thing left to say is thank You Lord for bringing us here to be used!
Remember- you are too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed!
Check out our facebook pages for Full Spectrum Community Ministries and Stars & Stripes! If you feel lead to offer funding for our ministry here please contact me.