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July 12, 2015, 12:40 PM

WOW!!!


WOW! That continues to be the best word to describe our time in Ghana. Of course along with that, Faithful continues to be one of my favorite names of God. He blesses us so much in so many ways. We have had the Christway team followed by McKenzie, Lily, Clare, Bella, Brad, Noah & Jake. What a blessing each of these teams were. The experienced ones led the ‘Newbies’ and they all visited villages while we spent time catching up on paperwork, visits, greetings, staff and fellowship.  What a help that was.

Also been blessed to have a few days with Joshua and Jaynece as they made a quick trip to Ghana.

Now Zonal Bible Club Rallies are going on and CLTA classes begin tomorrow in both Jirandogo and Gushegu. John, Peter and Jonathan are in Gushegu while Bob and I are in Jirandogo. We are leading make up classes which will be followed in a couple of weeks with final exams and the first graduating class!

Of course that means we do not have phone or internet service 99% of the time we are here. You can send us email or text us and anytime we get a signal we will receive it. Then as soon as we get a signal again we will respond.

On a less happy note, please be praying for our staff, their families, and those that volunteer with the Bible Clubs. The enemy is always prowling and some are facing many difficulties. Praise God we know He is the One in control.

Another prayer request just happening... Emmanuel has just called to say it has been raining heavily in Tamale for about one hour and the rain is so heavy that the water is up to 4' on the outside of our wall and the property is flooded but not in any of our buildings. 



Comments

08-25-2015 at 2:19 AM
pastor stephen and flora
Rev Bob and Bonnie,
Surely, you are serving God, you are committed and hard work servants, i am praying for you daily.
Thank you,
Pastor stephen and Flora
07-15-2015 at 11:54 AM
Diana C. Aubrey
Praying for you! We are in VBS this week and I am hoping to share a little tonight about your ministry in Ghana.
07-14-2015 at 3:11 PM
Joshua&Jaynece
We are lifting up all the prayer requests. Our God is faithful as always!!
07-13-2015 at 11:08 AM
Ellen Lewis
Too much rain. Hope and pray the walls hold, and the water goes lower, not higher.
07-12-2015 at 11:44 PM
Jonathan
praying for you from Mexico!
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May 17, 2015, 11:13 AM

Return To Ghana 2015



Back in Ghana again after saying 'Good-Bye'  to Mason, our first great grandchild!! It was wonderful to spend so much time with family and friends but it is really good to be back. I realize that we were very lazy sending out updates while we were there even though the work was going on while we were gone. So we wanted to shout out a quick catch up. Thought about numbering these in some sort of order but what among these could be counted as first and what would be last? They are all such high praises to God!

Our travel back was by far the smoothest trip we have ever taken. Exactly 28 hours from the time we walked out our door in Elizabeth to the time we walked into the door in Tamale – with all of our luggage!!!! Remarkable. Did not have to spend the night in Accra…got off the plane…walked to the domestic side…waited about 3 hours…loaded the plane and slept 1-1/2 hours to land in Tamale.

Emmanuel has done an excellent job overseeing everything. The compound looks great thanks to Thomas A., Jesse, and Moses.  The house and Guest House are clean and very inviting thanks to Gladys, Ajua and Cecilia.

The hugs from Dorcas, Mercy, Jessica and Prosper were so sweet.

Everything had been kept secured by Mr. Hoodoo and Baba. It is good to be back.

We were able to have a staff meeting yesterday and hear some of the reporting which was, for the most part, all good. A little disappointed to hear that some of the CLTA students stopped coming until we return but those that did attend have done very well in their studies.

Josheph had good reports from the Bible Clubs with an AMAZING report from one…they are no longer going to be a Seed Ministry Bible Club because they want to ‘belong’ to their church!!! Hallelujah!!!! This has been a long time coming for the churches to take ownership of the Clubs. I am sure this has much to do with the guidance of Paul, the Area Leader.

All of the Area Leaders are trying hard to visit with the Pastors so they and the church will feel a part of the Bible Club. We look forward to hearing more from them as soon as we are able to schedule a meeting.

Thomas, John and Jonathan left early morning for Gushegu for CLTA. We will follow them later in the week. Then on Monday classes will start in Jirandogo.

Had a church bring candidates for baptism yesterday and two more churches today! 49 New Believers!!!! Praise the Lord!! That is 243 baptisms this year to date. Last year a total of 517. God is working through the churches in Ghana!



Comments

05-19-2015 at 3:50 AM
Diana
So thankful you arrived safely!! It was wonderful to spend time together. We are praying for you as you continue God's ministry in Ghana. Much love!
05-18-2015 at 6:37 PM
Dr. Steve
You guys are the best. Thank God for safe travels and for your work. We love you and pray for Seed Ministry and all the great staff.
05-18-2015 at 3:07 PM
Roger & Lee
It's great to have homes on 2 sides of the earth. You blessed indeed!
05-18-2015 at 2:51 PM
Kofi Frempong
Glad to hear your trip was without incidence. Great to hear a good report. How is the weather? Has the Hama tan started yet?
What about the Dumsor? Do you have generators to help during services?
Glad you are back to your field of work.
May God Richly bless you all.
05-18-2015 at 1:55 PM
Jonathan Carl
We will keep praying to see God's hand work mightily through you all and through your wonderful Gospel co-labourers!
05-18-2015 at 11:19 AM
Sharon Eisele
Praise God, this is a wonderful, happy letter. Not that the rest aren't ha... Just made me feel good.
05-18-2015 at 9:20 AM
Ray and Kathy
God is good. Praise for a safe journey and praise for those who so faithfully carried on the work while you were gone. We can't wait to see how God is going to work next in Ghana. You are all on our prayers.
05-18-2015 at 7:45 AM
Leigh
Great news! Glad you had a wonderful visit with your family and also glad that wonderful things happened in Ghana while you were away.
05-18-2015 at 7:20 AM
Paul
BobBonnie,

such great news!!! thank you for sharing and we look forward to reading & hearing more updates on all God is doing thru Seed Ministry in 2015!
05-18-2015 at 7:03 AM
Ellen
Thankful for your safe trip, and the good work for God's kingdom.
05-18-2015 at 7:02 AM
Brittany
Hallelujah!
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December 31, 2014, 6:14 PM

Happy New Year



Hi Friends & Partners,

We say goodbye to 2014 and look ahead to what our awesome God is going to do in 2015. We have been ministering together 14 years and a lot has happened.  We praise God for your lives and pray we all become more like Jesus as we follow God’s call to missions in Ghana. Bonnie and I thought that we might reach hundreds in Ghana; but with your help and God’s power through his Holy Spirit He has changed that to thousands and thousands of men, women, and children knowing Jesus and making him known to others. I once heard that in tennis if you know how to serve well you are the winner and I believe that Seed Ministry partners are all winners. Thanks for serving and giving and praying and loving all of us. God Bless your New YEAR!     Bob and Bonnie



Comments

01-25-2015 at 2:50 AM
Jorma
God is good in many the family thanksgiving this the day with salvation in Jesus blood and the HOly Spirit will fil us in blessing with healing,thanks and bless,sweden
12-31-2014 at 6:25 PM
Phebee
Love you guys! Appreciate the opportunity to serve with you as the Lord allows. May God continue to bless you and the ministry with each passing day!
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November 21, 2014, 2:42 AM

Bible Club Rallies, CLTA, Translation Clinic and more...



Where do we even begin with our very belated update??? God continues to grow and bless this ministry in so many ways that we could never dream of. I have always said that since our first day in Ghana, it has felt like God was moving everything so quickly and we were just hanging on to His coat tails. In my mind, I always envisioned a comet streaking across the sky with us holding on to the tail and flying along behind it. Now I hear there are really people riding on a meteorite! They can’t be as blessed as we feel to be here working with so many people that love the Lord and want to see His name going out to more and more of their families, friends and neighbors.

The Bible Clubs continue to grow. There will be an Area Leaders meeting this week that I know will be so exciting to hear them as they meet together. We see and hear from them all the time individually and each of their ministries continues to grow. They each really see the vision and have so many testimonies they share about Pastors continuing to praise for having young men and women as leaders in their churches that have come up through the Bible Clubs!

The Area Rallies are going on now.  Salaga area did not make it through all of their questions but this was their first time having an Area Rally. I know that by next year they will do better. But both the Kpana and Tamale areas answered all their 229 God Story questions and went to Colossians 2:21 to have a winner! Just imagine! Another 50 verses after answering 229 questions!!! Praise God for the way He works.

Then moving on to a somewhat sadder note, teams are cancelling because people are so afraid of the Ebola virus. I know the media keeps combining all of west Africa together and people are hearing that instead of the individual countries that are really quite some distance from Ghana. Of course when we have teams we depend on the extra workers going out into the villages; it multiplies the ministry so much that we really are sad they are choosing not to come now. Yet we understand the fear as well.

The good outcome of that is that without having teams come to help out with the teaching in the CLTA classes, it has forced us to move a lot faster to turn the teaching over to our staff than we had intended. It is, of course, always the plan to turn the work over to local people; this is just a little more expedient than we had planned.

So now Thomas and John are both officially CLTA teachers. They have both been doing an excellent job with it and are a joy to be around. Of course, Thomas has been our Training Leader for the Bible Clubs for so many years and is truly a gifted teacher. John is new to the adult teaching side for Seed Ministry. He has been leading the Seedlings for some years now and he teaches Adult Sunday School as well as helps with preaching in his own church.

With now having the Church Leaders Training Academies in both Jirandogo and Gushegu, teachers are traveling for one week to each place. In 2015, we will be adding part of the curriculum to our Bible Club Leaders training as well.

We have started the process of translating one of the books used in our curriculum into SEVEN of the languages that we work with. This week we are hosting the translators here for a translation clinic and they will then take the book back to work on it. We are so excited to get this in the process. We had hoped to get a second book started also but have decided that will have to wait until later in 2015.

Since two teams have post-poned, we will be giving the entire staff off for most of the month of December (after CLTA classes) to spend Christmas with their families. We are also going to take advantage of this time to spend Christmas with our family this year. 



Comments

02-13-2015 at 7:39 AM
Jorma
God is wonderful freedom with us by the Holy Spirit with us for Jesus blood victory from sin and healing are promised for us today in Jesus name,thanks and bless and pray,sweden
12-01-2014 at 3:41 PM
Jesse Walters
I just returned from Ghana after four weeks in country. No Malaria, no Ebola, or any thing else. If God takes you there He will watch over you! Don't go on your own!! Go in Jesus's name!!!
11-23-2014 at 7:52 PM
Randy and Suzy
John and Thomas answering God's call to teaching is awesome! They are such humble, hard working men!!! We are hearing verbal persecution in the states for ministering in West Africa over Ebola, while people forget the millions dying of Malaria. Praise the Lord there are Christiians realizing billions have a greater disease: SIN. Enjoy your families this Christmas brothers and sisters in Christ. Your South Fork family is overjoyed with your translations and CLTA trainings.
11-23-2014 at 7:45 PM
Randy and Suzy
John and Thomas answering God's call to teaching is awesome! They are such humble, hard working men!!! We are hearing verbal persecution in the states for ministering in West Africa over Ebola, while people forget the millions dying of Malaria. Praise the Lord there are Christiians realizing billions have a greater disease: SIN. Enjoy your families this Christmas brothers and sisters in Christ. Your South Fork family is overjoyed with your translations and CLTA trainings.
11-22-2014 at 4:12 PM
Brandi V.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! This testimony encouraged me in such a personal way. God hears, He is ALIVE and at work in only the perfect way He can work all things, no matter how our own earthly perspective might be, together for our good and more importantly HIS GLORY! Thankful you are getting some rest time to minister in the states ,too!!:)
11-21-2014 at 10:14 AM
Machelle
Love you both so much! We are in for the long haul! If God willing, we will see you in 2015!
11-21-2014 at 7:57 AM
phebee
Love you all, miss you all!
11-21-2014 at 7:27 AM
Caroline Hedden
Enjoyed reading your newsletter. If you have not read John Piper's book "Let The Nations Be Glad", it is worth your time.
Have a safe trip home and enjoy your time with your family
11-21-2014 at 4:49 AM
Ellen Lewis
Jamis has heard some hurtful comments about Ebola. People here just need to study a map of Africa. Please tell Thomas we are so proud of him. I knew he was a leader and teacher as far back as 2004. Who would have seen such growth for Seed Ministry? You plant, God gives the increase. Enjoy your time here. God bless and keep you all.
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June 24, 2014, 9:42 AM

The Old, The Young, and The Everlasting



Hi everyone,

I thought that this would be a great time to say l have reached the 65 year old mark. l think that is a blessing; now l can get Medicare, Medicaid and I can ride Medishare.  I can retire.  I can draw a Pension and get loans.  I can get Senior discounts and Senior coffee. I can even have Senior moments.

The world has lots of neat things to offer us Seniors. We really don’t have to do anything. But it seems like Jesus would have us to work now before the night comes. Sowing in Tears and Reaping in Joy at 65.          Bob


From Chris G.

Romans 12:12-13

            Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

 Romans 12:12 has become my life verse as of recently, but God has really challenged me with verse 13. “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

This past 6 months leading up to my 2 month stay in Africa, God has really been stretching me. Through all that time I could hear Him telling me one thing, “Go”.

So I went and I’m here. I just concluded my first half of this trip, and I wanted to share with you 3 truths that God has revealed to me over the last month.

Many things have changed over the 4 years that I’ve been away from Ghana. However, one thing remains, people are hungry for the word of God.

“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” This has been so true in my stay here. I’m just an average 20-year-old guy who listened to God when he told me to go. I was unprepared but willing to listen to what God wanted me to say.

As I was talking to the men in a village just outside Jirandogo, God told me to throw away what I had prepared to talk with them that afternoon, and listen to what He was about to say through me.

Over the next 45-minutes God spoke through me in a way that I couldn’t even take the credit for. The Chief asked me after I had finished if I was a pastor back in the states. My response surprised myself, “No sir, I’m just an average person, asking God to speak through me.”

The last truth that I’ve been taught over the last 32 days is that “If we become comfortable, we become lazy.” I once heard a pastor say that “The Devil’s best tactic isn’t to scare us to death; it’s to make us believe that we’re okay.”

When we believe that we’re okay we believe that there’s no room for improvement. When there’s no room for improvement we become complacent, and we never attempt to make ourselves available to God.

So in a nutshell I’ve learned that it is essential to share to people in need, but not just in Africa. We are called to share everywhere. Practice hospitality.   

Secondly if God tells you to “Go”, he will use you no matter your skills, prayer life, age or amount of money you have, he will make a way if you follow his command.

Lastly don’t settle for good enough, something can always be improved. You are as close to God as you want to be. 



Comments

10-24-2014 at 7:34 AM
Jorma
God bless you with prosper and more of heaven to be with yuou in the Holy Spirit with promises in Christ and let us sow our seed today in joyfor glory and for Jesus blood victory,thanks and bless sweden
06-27-2014 at 5:07 PM
Don Sapp
Happy 65th Bob!I am right behind you soon!The cake looks great...ENJOY!Love to you and Bonnie!

Also,thank you,Chris for sharing your heart!Will keep you in my prayers! Love ya!
06-25-2014 at 11:10 AM
Bill Glotzbach
God has done great things through you in Ghana. Happy Birthday Ghana Bob.
Chris: I am very blessed to have you as a son. You are truly a man of God. Continue on with what God has in store for you. I love you. Dad
06-25-2014 at 4:47 AM
Dr. Steve (as in Suite)
Bob - love you, even at your advanced age. How wonderful that you have allowed The Lord to use you so far, and you are not kicking back yet - your energy and wisdom are amazing. May you continue to be a tool in His hand for many, many more years of service.
06-24-2014 at 6:47 PM
Kevin and Jalynn
Happy Birthday Bob! Blessings from across the big pond!
06-24-2014 at 5:48 PM
Roger and Lee Dillon.
Happy birthday!!!!!!! The cake sure looks good. May the Lord continue to use you in HIS MIGHTY MIGHTY way. Love you brother
06-24-2014 at 5:38 PM
Ellen Lewis
Happy Birthday, Bob. It just gets better from here on.
06-24-2014 at 2:44 PM
Tom Stosberg
As we grow older 2 things we find to be true. 1.) No matter how old you are, you never stop working for God's purpose.
2.) God never runs out of blessings.
Oh, and at age 65 you are allowed to eat all the cake you want.
06-24-2014 at 2:26 PM
Joshua Mohammed
Happy birthday Rev. Bob. May The Lord continue to grant you good health and the desires of your heart according to His will.

Chris G. what a great report!!! It is such a joy to hear what The Lord is doing through your faithfulness to his call upon your life. Keep up the good works!!!
06-24-2014 at 11:48 AM
Jonathan Carl
Happy Birthday! Praying you catch up with Methuselah (969) while on mission!
06-24-2014 at 11:42 AM
Len Morgan
Happy Birthday "Old Timer" I'll make 66 this year unless He returns...hope so! Can you email me at lenmorgan63@gmail.com? Somehow Ive lost your email address from my contacts. What two places are we ministering in when I come in Serpt with Larry? Im wondering about going from Ghana to Togo before I leave for home.
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