March 2003 : Ghana
I must tell you that I am very encouraged by all that is happening with ELIJAH MINISTRIES. I returned to the United States on 12 March from Ghana West Africa. Rev. Attafuah DaCosta and his wife Elizabeth hosted me. These two wonderful people are West Africa Directors for ELIJAH MINISTRIES. They have kept the vision and passion that burns within us here alive and growing in West Africa. We were blessed to travel to several communities that we have not visited before. We conducted open-air crusades and training seminars. I never get tired of seeing the transformed lives and changed atmosphere where the simple gospel is preached with the power. The power of the Holy Spirit confirming the message with signs, wonders and miracles. I am pretty much convinced that it is the power of God resting on and expressed through ordinary people that separates Christianity from any other religious, morally correct behavioral groups. What do I mean? There are Buddhists that are living religious and morally good lives but they do not have the power of God being demonstrated through their lives. There are Hindus who are very religious and morally living good lives yet there is no Holy Spirit power. There are cults, who practice good moral and religious behavior and emphasize family values, however they do not have the power to lay hands on the sick, and by Gods grace see the sick healed and the captive set free.
Jesus said, you shall receive POWER to bear witness of me. It is the power of the gospel that effects change not doctrinal religious teaching. I am so humbled each time I am blessed to witness the wonder of Gods grace being poured out upon men, women and young people.
I spent quality time with the Elijah School of Ministry International in BREMAN-ASIKUMA, Ghana Central region. We have entered into our second year. We now have 39 students. Last year the Methodist minister, a very gracious elderly gentleman, was very skeptical of what we were attempting with the school of ministry. Throughout the year he would quiz some of the students, look at their material and talk with the leadership. After a year of critical observation he is sending three of his elders to the school and he himself, (a bible scholar who teaches in their seminary in Accra) has volunteered to come on staff and teach some classes. We have a good solid English teacher and the local Assembly of God pastor is also part of the staff now. Here is what is so encouraging; we have students who are in ministry, being instructed by us. The students represent almost all the major churches and ministry groups in the central region of Ghana. We are training Assembly of God, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Apostolic Church, Church of Pentecost, Charismatic Churches and independent churches. The Roman Catholic priest instructed the leader of the charismatic branch of the Catholic Church to enroll. Why is this so encouraging? In effect Elijah School of Ministry International is impacting the spiritual atmosphere of the entire Central Region of Ghana West Africa.
Thank you, each one of you for your support of this ministry. You are so valuable to what is happening everywhere we go. We have purchased the land and it has been researched and has a free title. We have a set of plans for the first building and it will be completed by the end of the year.
This year we had a small set back. The weather, it is usually dry during this season, turned very stormy on several occasions. We were prevented from holding meetings in two communities. The days would be beautiful and the sun would be shinning brightly, then about 5:00pm – 6:00pm the wind would come up and the sky would turn so dark, it was as if you pulled a blanket over the sky. Then the rain would start, like someone unzipped heaven and opened up the clouds. This rain driven by the wind was unlike anything I had experienced before. It would last a couple of hours, just long enough to cause the canceling of the meeting. In spite of the weather we were able to plant two new Churches. One Church planted in the community of SHAMMA and the other in ABRABO. These churches have been placed under the care of local churches in the area. The vision of ELIJAH MINISTRIES was increased. We are at the threshold of establishing a radio station in this region. It would be the only one in this entire area. YEAH JESUS!
During one of these stormy nights two school buildings that accommodate five classes in the village of MANSO-ODA were destroyed. This school is a Christian elementary and junior high school, 290 students, the only junior high school in the village. Rev. Attafuah DaCosta and Elizabeth operate this school and one other in AKIM-ODA. The total between the two schools over 750 students. Attafuah and I spent two days clearing away the rumble clearing off the foundations in order to rebuild.
Presently three classes have to meet outside. This is a major issue for the school and the community, however Rev. Attafuah and Elizabeth are not becoming discouraged; their faith is strong and their commitment to evangelize through education is not weakened.
On 5 March I traveled to Accra, Ghana. Accra is the capital city of Ghana. I met with Rev. Prince Benny-Wood pastor of the Power Vision Chapel International. This was my first meeting with him and his people. We had very powerful meetings. The presence of the Lord was so very strong. Many were saved and experienced physical healing, others were set free from bondages. I conducted a Leadership Seminar and released many into their areas of ministry. In conjunction with what is happening in the north of the country with Attafuah, Pastor Prince is coming under the covering of ELIJAH MINISTRIES and will work along with Attafuah. One exciting aspect is a new opportunity to impact the capital city. We are planning to establish and open an Elijah School of Ministry International research center. I am told that there are very few places where pastors and leaders can go to do any biblical research for personal and ministry edification. We will be providing books, commentaries, dictionaries, tapes, and videos that will assist in the personal development of church leaders.
So many things are opening up for us to move upon. I need your prayers. Your support is making all this and more possible. I am continually blessed by your generosity.
I Thank You. You are the Greatest!
I will be traveling to Mindanao Philippines from 13 April until 8 May. Pastor Rudy Dalapu will be hosting me once again. We will be conducting two leadership seminars and several crusades. We will also be going into the mountains to minister to the tribal groups. We have several home churches among the tribes and this will be a great time to encourage and reach out.
The vision stays clear and the passion to bring completion to the Great Commission stays fired up. You are very important to this ministry and to the increasing of the kingdom of God.