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.)

News from Carolyn (received June 21 and July 24, 2019):

Dear Friends,

 

I had a wonderful couple of months in Boston this spring; thanks to all who made me feel so welcomed and showed so much love, especially to Dave and Lana Lewis who let me stay with them even though their cat hates me. Darcy will be very happy to get rid of me. I’ve had some great fellowship and exquisite meals with many of you and I am thankful, even for the extra poundage I’ve accumulated on my posterior. Wouldn’t want to go back to Kenya weak!

Shortly before returning to Kenya, I spent a very interesting day at Harvard. THAT was not the interesting part, I’ve been there a million times. But this was the first time I’ve been to Harvard to use the library for research.

My great-great-grandparents were missionaries to China in the 1840s. Inspired by Judi Manola’s research on the Park Street missionaries to the Sandwich Islands, I trotted along with her to the library to look up my ancestors. The records of the American Board of Commissions of Foreign Missions (ABCFM) are held in Houghton Library at Harvard. Believe it or not, I found myself reading the actual letter written by Rev. Seneca Cummings to the ABCFM offering himself as a candidate for their mission to Foochow, China. There were also his recommendations from professors at Union Theological Seminary. I thought it pretty funny that in the application letter he said he wasn’t married and had no plans to get married, but if they thought it better to go as a couple, he would arrange that — which he did, marrying my great-great-grandmother two days before leaving New Hampshire for Philadelphia where they joined their mission teammates on the ship to China. To touch the actual letters written in 1846 was an amazing experience.

The day after I got back, a good friend who has left Kenya and retired to Scotland arrived on my doorstep for a visit. My house was still a mess after I had put everything from the downstairs upstairs, so the downstairs could be painted while I was away. Fortunately Alison is the kind of friend that wades right in and helps. And the best part is that she has a lot of IKEA furniture she has put together and knows how to read the wordless IKEA international instructions! I would never have gotten the chair put together so easily without her! She also carried back downstairs all my books and DVDs so I could get them on the shelves. It was very much easier with her help.

The following weekend I joined Alison and some other friends from “the old days” in Kenya for a weekend safari. I hadn’t seen Kevin and Liz Borlase since they left Kenya 15 years ago with two tiny children. Now their kids are big and they wanted them to see where they had come from. They went on a week-long safari all around Kenya, I could only join them at the weekend, but it was a lovely time and we had great fun together.

 

Pictured: At Lake Naivasha with Alison (in red) and the Borlase family.

The painters did an excellent job on my walls, but destroyed my kitchen floor. Fortunately the contractor agreed to replace the floor, so I now have clean walls, new counter tops and blue tiled flooring. My kitchen is bright and cheerful, just needs new curtains. I may ban the boys from coming in the kitchen with their dirty feet, we’ll see. It was good to see them last Sunday and cook for them again.

 

Thanks to all who overfed me on my home assignment; I’m slowly getting back to my pre-Boston weight, and hopefully will go even lower… we’ll see if that’s possible.

 

Here are some prayer points:

      Pray for the boys doing their end-of-term exams and that they will have some good soccer games during school break.
    •  I am in charge of crafts at my church’s Sunday School Fun Day on Saturday, August 3.
    •  Four of my fellow office workers are going on their home assignments in August, and I need to be ready to fill in where able.
    •  Coach Caleb is getting married on August 10. I kind of dread all the festivities, but hope the wedding will go smoothly and be God-honoring, as Caleb intends.
    •  I have two women doing “vision” trips to see if they would like to join AIM and come serve in eastern Kenya under my unit. Pray they will be led by God to return!

 

Blessings, Carolyn

An update (received August 13, 2019):
 
Dear Praying Friends,
 
I generally try to avoid going to weddings as they often take all day long, but last Saturday, August 10th, I happily gave up my day for the marriage of my colleague, Caleb Aringa.
 
Caleb is the coach of the soccer team and I have worked closely with him for 9 years, seeking to preach the Word to the boys and girls of Kibera slum. I have watched girlfriends come and go, and listened to him moan on and on about women, until finally he settled on Stella Mwanzia. I like Stella very much, but I am not so sure about her salvation. She’s been a good partner for Caleb in his work to help the soccer team kids with school issues, but she’s not so enthusiastic about the Christian guidance part. It would be great if you would pray for her salvation.

 

Pictured below: (Left) Caleb and Stella lead the wedding party dancing out of the church after the service.

(Middle) Some photos were taken outside the church; this one is all the people involved with the library and soccer club.

(Right) Caleb and Stella cutting one of EIGHT cakes! Everyone got a good piece. Check out Caleb’s “cravat.”

The day was lovely, the sun shining, the wedding party only showed up an hour late at the church (that’s really good), and they somehow managed to find matching black Toyota SUVs and one white one to carry the bride. One of my boys was driving an SUV, dressed like a Men In Black cast member. I immediately asked him if he had a driver’s license and he laughed at me. A little scary! The service was very beautiful with lots of dancing in and out of the church, clapping and ululating in joy as Caleb and Stella shared their vows. The pastor gave a good gospel message and charged the bride and groom to keep God central in their lives.

The reception was on the edge of Nairobi on the grounds of the Kenya School of Law. We ate a great meal under tents, which was a good thing as there were big birds of prey swooping down on any hapless person trying to carry food across the grounds. We were very close to the forest that is just beyond the city limits. While the bridal party were busy off having photos taken, the MC did a good job of getting everybody up to dance. I did my part, giggling around with Caleb’s sisters, who were a jolly bunch. We danced over to Stella’s family and then paired up with them to symbolically join the two families. Caleb and Stella are from different tribes, so the MC tried to get each side to do their tribe’s traditional dance, which didn’t work too well as they are all a bunch of Nairobiites and don’t do traditional dancing. But there was plenty of raucousness and fun.

I was delighted to see Juma (center) there. He is the young man who had a heart problem and needed two valves replaced, which several of you helped fund when he was 15. He is very healthy now and … joy of joys … in medical school to become a doctor! He said he wanted to become one when he was a kid, but he’s making good on his dream. I was really happy to see him.

I took some people home to Kibera and then went home to collapse at 6:30pm. Fortunately the Law School had a party deadline of 5:30, so we weren’t there all evening.
 
Please pray for the library children as the last term of the year will begin the first week in September. In November will be the big end of primary/secondary school exams and we have 8 “candidates” who will sit the exam. It’s always an anxious time for them.
 
I have been busy at work with people coming to Kenya for “vision” trips, meaning they have joined AIM but are visiting the places we would like them to work before they make their final decision. One woman, a nurse, visited 3 different places on her trip; I am praying she will choose to join one of my teams in eastern Kenya where they do a lot of medical work.

 

Pray for Stella and Caleb to love each other and create a warm, Christian home in which to bring up their children. They say they only want one, we’ll see if they stick to that!
 
Blessings, Carolyn

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