Whuti-Sgroboe Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ghana

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.

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 (December 20, 2018):

Dear Friends,

 

Another year of being a mild-mannered office administrator during the week and fanatical soccer mom over the weekends has passed. God has been good, although there have been a few bumps along the way. Some of our people working among the mainly Muslim population at Kenya’s coast have struggled with spiritual warfare. Two families have had to go home earlier than planned. Much prayer is needed to support these workers proclaiming the gospel to very hospitable, but resistant folks.

 

Then there’s the soccer team: games, trophies, food (lots of food) and trying to get some Bible knowledge into their heads and love for Jesus into their hearts. They still come to my house on Sunday afternoons. We went through The Jesus Film this year bit by bit, examining closely the life of Jesus.

 

The boys played in their league final but lost 1–0. They still got another large tin pot for a trophy and one boy won the prize for best league goalie. When they got over the pain of losing, they were happy. It rained the morning of the finals and the pitch was miserably muddy.

Progress on the library has gone well. We now have a second two story small building up and open, with a room for a little preschool on the ground floor and an upper room for tutoring classes and community meetings. The other building has an office on the ground floor and the library/study hall upstairs. Unfortunately, the squatters are still right there between the two buildings. We’re still hopeful someday they will move out and we’ll have a little space for a small playground. This photo shows the public toilets that are on the side of the building on the outside of the compound. I’m trusting these will help the community. I’m also trusting they will be kept clean and not be too stinky!

Park Street Church (an independent Congregational church in Boston) sent a team in November over Thanksgiving to help with children’s programs at AIM’s annual conference. It was great having friends from home come visit and provide a vital service to the conference so parents could enjoy the spiritual input from our excellent speaker. The team also trekked into Kibera on a wet morning to see the library. The kids were excited to welcome them.

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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