Whuti-Srogboe Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ghana

We are blessed to have a mission relationship with Whuti-Srogboe Evangelical Presbyterian Church (in the South Volta region of Ghana) through our member and their son, Dr. Elikem Nyamuame. Elikem’s father, Frederick Kwadzo Nyamuame, was the pastor there for many years, retiring after the church’s 100th anniversary celebration in October 2016.

 

The church runs the only elementary school in the region. We collected a special offering, raising $2,675 that made it possible for Whuti-Srogboe to purchase desks, chairs, and school supplies for their students. We were able to buy books for an entire class of students for their whole elementary education. The desks we bought mean that none of the children will have to sit on the floors anymore.

 

Our gifts made it possible for the school and the church to use money that would otherwise have been spent on supplies to paint the school building and put in flooring on the ground level.

 

Members of our congregation also donated musical instruments such as trumpets and clarinets to help the youth enhance their musical skills and provide pleasing and spirit-filled worship during church services.

Mission Support to the Makadara district of Nairobi, Kenya

Two members of our worshiping community, Betty Wambui and Julie Njoroge, grew up in Nairobi and have helped us develop a relationship with the community in the Makadara district of Nairobi. Residents of this district are a mix of low- and middle-income. Despite varying degrees of poverty, the people of Makadara are rich in aspirations. Our mission focuses on children and youth through financial support of education and social stability.

Pictured: (Left) Children of the Bahati Day Care and Nursery School express their excitement with the new school supplies.

(Center) Betty and Julie with children and staff of the day care/nursery school.

(Right) Some of the boys and staff from the Makadara youth center.

In collaboration with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, we support the Bahati Day Care and Nursery School through local purchases of books and school supplies. In doing so, we support local businesses, authors, and educators. This also gives agency to the teachers who guide our choices, and ensures that the books are in accordance with the Education Ministry’s directions for this stage of education.

 

Another challenge that the Makadara community grapples with is an abundance of “unanchored youth” who are homeless and live without the care of parents or guardians. Working with a government-funded youth center in Makadara, we purchased shoes for many of the boys in this program.

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Missionary Carolyn Cummings in Kenya

Carolyn has been serving with Africa Inland Mission in Kenya for almost 30 years. She started out as a Bible school teacher, then became the Children’s Ministry Facilitator for the Mission. She is now an administrator in the office that covers Kenya and Tanzania, providing office administration, contingency planning, project administration, and unit leadership for the missionaries working in Eastern Kenya. On weekends, she has a Bible club for teenage boys from a Kibera, large slum area in Nairobi. (Pictured: Carolyn and the boys on a camping trip at Lake Naivasha in Kenya.)

The latest news from Carolyn (February 27, 2019):

Dear Friends,

 

I can’t believe we are already two months into 2019! I have been so busy since returning to the office after the Christmas break, sometimes because of fun things but also some difficult things.

 

As you may realize, I am not only the administrator in the AIM Eastern Region office but also a unit leader for 4 teams in the eastern part of Kenya. All 4 teams work among Muslim people groups. One team is scattered between a town and 3 villages south of Mombasa, among the Digo people. The Digo mix a lot of traditional practices in with their Islam and have been very resistant to the gospel. We have a family with 7 children living in a small village with the Digo and they have been the focus of spiritual attacks for the 4 years they have lived there, but the most recent attack was the most serious.

 

About a week after Christmas, they came out of their house to find a hex doll on the porch. A week later, the mother was being medivac’d to our AIM hospital near Nairobi with extremely low blood pressure and breathing problems. The doctors were, and remain, at a loss as to what was the problem. She was diagnosed with drug-resistant Typhoid, pneumonia, and possibly malaria, none of which should have lowered her blood pressure. After two weeks of touch-and-go treatment that had us all on edge, she was released from the hospital. The physical healing has gone well, but the psychological problems are many. Three of their 7 children are adopted from Ethiopia and are siblings who watched their own mother die in front of them. They were all badly affected by the specter of losing another mother. The mother herself is pretty scared to return to the village, although they plan to go back at the end of March.

 

Another team to the north of Mombasa, who live among a very strict Muslim orthodox group, are having all sorts of team dynamics issues that I try my best to help get them through, usually angering everybody! It’s not that bad, and I think they have worked some of their problems through, but it’s been tiring and emotional.

During all this upheaval, I got to go to a week-long conference in a beautiful place with a perfect climate for growing beautiful flowers and trees. This is a Poinsettia tree (yes, those potted plants we get at Christmas grow into trees in Kenya!)

I also have a new kitten to make up the pain in my heart from losing her mother to the neighbor’s dog. Fortunately she is old enough to survive without her mom, who was a beautiful cat. But this kitten is absolutely fearless and thinks being in the living room with my Bible club boys is wonderful fun. And they like playing with her, but she’s so distracting that I had to toss her out the door when we were trying to have the Bible lesson. We let her back in when we were doing the activity page. All my other kittens have been terrified of the boys and hide when they are around.

 

Please pray for my unit members at the Coast, that the gospel will go forward despite the efforts of Satan to stop it.

 

Pray for physical and psychological healing of Heather Cheney.

 

Pray that I will figure out how to encourage and help team members work together well.

 

I will be coming home for May and June and look forward to seeing many of you. I hope to receive many invitations to eat too much! And to enjoy your fellowship.

 

Thanks for the prayers, I need them.

 

In Christ,

Carolyn

Last Sunday we had our annual Christmas Party blow-out for the soccer team. Thirty-one very excited boys and a few girls watched “Black Panther” (favorite movie); played games; made Christmas crafts; ate a ton of rice, coconut chicken stew, watermelon, soda and cake; then marginally settled down to watch the nativity part of “The Jesus Film” and hear me go over the gospel message, once again. We sang a few raucous Christmas carols, prayed, and went away happy with a bag of cookies and candy, balloons, and party favors. My living room floor was a phenomenal mess, which is par for the course. It was fun but a bit chaotic!

 

May God bless you in 2019! Thanks for your love and support!

 

~ Carolyn

Pictured: (Left) The team from Park Street Church.

(Middle) The kids gather to watch “Black Panther”.

(Right) The chaotic and joyous Christmas party.

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