Whuti-Sgroboe Evangelical Presbyterian Church

We are blessed to have a mission relationship with Whuti-Sgroboe 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-Sgroboe 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.

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 large slum area in Nairobi. (Pictured: Carolyn and the boys on a camping trip at Lake Naivasha in Kenya.)

The latest news from Carolyn (September 1, 2018):

Dear Praying Friends,

 

Greetings from a cool and overcast Nairobi. Our “winter” has been “harsh” this year, too cold for me. September is supposed to be spring, but no sign of the sun yet.

     You haven’t heard from me in a while because I’ve wanted to write about the construction of phase 2 of the library. Construction was supposed to start “any day now”, which went on for weeks and weeks. Now construction has begun! It should be done in a few days. The bad news is that no matter what we have tried, even going to court and getting a court order, the remaining squatter still has not moved. Much to my disappointment, we’ve gone ahead and built just next to her. That means instead of one big building, we are ending up with two smaller ones with a house in between them. But we really need the extra space, so we will use what we have.

     Many thanks to so many of you who have contributed to this building. The library is being used constantly by many, many children and is a great blessing to the community. I’d appreciate prayers for the remaining work and for furnishing the new space.

Pictured:

Laying the slab right next to the squatter’s house.

 

Laying the blocks for the first floor. The second will be plywood covered with aluminum sheets.

 

9-year-old Namanja, living with HIV/AIDS.

I would also appreciate prayer for this boy, Namanja, aged 9. He is living with HIV/AIDS and is struggling with taking his medications every day. Apparently, a health worker brings the anti-viral meds to his school and all the other kids are aware he is taking them, so they make fun of him. He’s been running and hiding, refusing to take the meds. I’ve been having talks with him about how important it is to take the pills every day, but for a child who has been taking pills his whole life it’s hard to deal with the realities. He hates the teasing and the attention. This is a fairly common reaction among teen-agers to taking meds, so it’s sad to see it starting in Namanja at such a young age. I hate bugging him, but I want him to know I care. Pray that he will remain healthy and accept the help he needs.

     Things in the office are same old, same old. We’re struggling with new immigration rules in Tanzania and now Kenya is going to bring in difficult new rules as well. Can’t blame the countries — their citizens have a terrible time traveling anywhere! But the new rules make planning difficult because we can’t tell people exactly when they will be allowed in the country.

     I’m looking forward to coming to Boston at the end of October for the Missions Conference! It will be nice to see folks. I hope many of you who attend PSC will make a point of joining in some of the activities planned for the week.

 

Many blessings,

Carolyn

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