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June 20, 2014, 7:00 AM

1 Corinthians 12:12



Written by Chris G.

1 Corinthians 12:12
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.   So it is with Christ.

We have been blessed to have the Christ Way team and along with this team of 8, we received two college students, Sidney, who attends Western Kentucky University and Chris from Ball State University, in Muncie Indiana.

It became very obvious that we had a wide range of talents, ages, knowledge of the Scripture, and backgrounds, but what wasn’t obvious was how these 10 people, many of whom had never met, would come and become one with Christ.

While the team was here, the CLTA classes were going on throughout the week with Pastor Don teaching through Philippians. The rest of the team went to the schools and villages teaching about Christ. It soon became known that these 10, strangers before the start of this trip, were putting Christ first in everything they were doing.

From Baptist, Methodist to Non-denominational, we are all called to be one with Christ as the head. That was the challenge that was given to me, when I was nervous about having to speak at a different denomination church one Sunday morning.

Only to hear one of the members of the church give me the same challage I was given before I left that morning. “It doesn’t matter the sign that hangs above the door, or in this case the thatch, but all that matters is we are trying to love God.”

We hope that you are reminded, just as we were, that it doesn’t matter your background, knowledge of the Scripture,  age or talent,  God can still use you in a migthy way; all that matters is that you’re trying to love God and sharing His love with others.



Comments

06-24-2014 at 9:04 AM
Allison Mizell
As a part of that ChristWay team let me just say "wow!!! What a fantastic 10 days! I felt totally blessed to have these two new faces (Chris and Sydney) working with our team :-)! Everyone worked together so well. We all had our strengths and weakness and were all
06-23-2014 at 11:02 AM
Kofi Frempong
It truly does not matter what denomination you belong to. We are all serving the One True God. Keep up the good work of spreading the Gospel
06-21-2014 at 8:47 AM
Ellen Lewis
Loving God, and loving each other is the main commandment in Scripture, from Jesus' own lips. Maybe not as easy as it sounds, but always worth the effort. I love the shade from the big trees, a definite blessing.
06-20-2014 at 9:02 PM
Randy and Suzy
Praise the Lord for these people who are allowing God to lead them!! Love the pic.
06-20-2014 at 3:34 PM
Joshua Mohammed
Our Christian identity is more important than our denominational allegiance or identity. It continues to amaze me as to how denominationally caught up the Western church is when majority of the Christian world focus is on the oneness of the church of The Lord Jesus Christ!!! Yes, in Christ there is neither Baptist nor Methodist, nor A/G, etc., but Christians!!! May His name and ONLY His name be praised now and forever, Amen!!!
06-20-2014 at 2:21 PM
Lee & Roger Dillon
I love it when we get reports of what happens when the things of God are given first priority. Super!
06-20-2014 at 1:42 PM
Sharon Eisele
God must be beaming with love!!!
06-20-2014 at 12:51 PM
Tina
Made me cry God is so good and it is wonderful when we allow him to work in and though us praising God for being able to see him work
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May 20, 2014, 4:32 AM

Travel, School, and Babies



Hi Everyone,

     It is a hot day in Tamale; not much rain so far. We closed out a great week of classes in Jirandogo. It is a hard week but we both love the eagerness of the students to learn. They are doing great on their memory verses. Of course they love Bonnie’s English classes and The Family Living classes challenge them a lot. We are studying the book of Galatians and understanding Grace - that Jesus is all we need. We were blessed to visit and pray for and name Charles' 7th child Caleb which means 'forceful'.     

       We met with our Area Leaders and Staff Friday and Saturday and were blessed by their reports on the ministries in their areas.  Wale-Wale Leader David tells us about 7 new Christian women that have come into the church because of the Bible Club Children praying for them in their homes. It’s amazing how God  will use children to reach their parents. That is Amazing Grace. All 5 areas have added new clubs.

     We had a baptizing at 6:00AM this morning, they were very cold on the outside but warm with the love of Christ on the inside. Our congratulations to Joshua Mohammed Graduating Seminary this past Friday and Dr. Johnathan Carl for getting his Doctorate at Southern also.

     We thank all of you so much for lifting us in prayer and sacrificial giving of your time and resources. Bob & Bonnie



Comments

05-21-2014 at 10:19 AM
Kofi Frempong
Did the lack of rain affect your harvest? May God move your ministry higher In Jesus' name
05-20-2014 at 7:03 PM
Len morgan
God continues to be amazing through you and your ministry. Looking forward to seeing you there in September.
05-20-2014 at 9:31 AM
Roger & Lee Dillon
It just goes on and on. God's grace, His love, people grow and change and His glory is revealed AGAIN. Charles about has his quiver full. Thank you for sharing.
05-20-2014 at 8:46 AM
Kathy Schmidt
Made me smile really big in my spirit. Those children bringing Jesus to their mommas. I'm going to really miss you guys. Take care of the team for me. Especially Allison!! Lol. Love you all
05-20-2014 at 8:21 AM
Frank Thomas
A Baptizing @ 6:00 A.M? What time do you people get up?
And Why!
05-20-2014 at 5:53 AM
Jonathan Carl
Thanks for this exciting update, it is so amazing to continue to hear of God's great work in Ghana and to be reminded of the power of prayer! Thank you for your kind congrats, it was neat to see Joshua and to be able to graduate together with our Seed Ministry connection!
05-20-2014 at 5:45 AM
Don Sapp
How wonderful! How exciting! Praying for the new Christians and praising God!So looking forward to seeing you all.Have a blessed day!
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May 8, 2014, 3:47 AM

Happenings



We are back in Jirandogo this week and the 2nd bunk house has been roofed, has electricity, water and is now being plastered and the floors poured. Lots of activity with construction workers abounding. Please take a moment to pray for them as most of them do NOT know the Lord as their Savior.

Bob is busy with all of that and making visits to communities for upcoming ministries. Please pray for unity in these communities so progress can continue. I know that our God that provides the progress is the same One that can move the people to be in union with each other.

We are also preparing for the CLTA classes next week. Excited to see all of the guys.

I was planning to meet with the ladies on Friday but they are all on their farms planting or weeding their groundnuts so I don’t know if that is going to be possible. We shall see. I know they have to do this for food and that is good. Maybe some will be available. If not, then the next time.

God continues to amaze us with so many blessings and we used to say we just hold on and try to keep up. How foolish was that to say! There is no way to keep up with all He does! And why would He want us to anyway? But He sure blesses us in the process by letting us be a small part.

Enjoy Him today!



Comments

05-08-2014 at 7:33 PM
Joshua Mohammed
I am so glad to hear that you are cruising with the proclamation of the Gospel!!! "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news." Bob, Bonnie, fellow Ghanaian missionaries, your feet are very beautiful :-)
05-08-2014 at 2:46 PM
Jo Goff
So glad to hear the good news and progress!! God is good all the time and all the time God is good!!! Love you all.
05-08-2014 at 11:15 AM
Kofi Frempong
Please keep up the work of the Lord. I am praying for God's Blessings on you both and that more people come to know Jesus Christ in the North. You have a difficult task, but God is able
05-08-2014 at 10:00 AM
Roger Dillon
How great to hear and how blessed you all are to be of one accord in Christ and able to do kingdom work together after 45 years together in marriage.
05-08-2014 at 7:15 AM
Lee Dillon
Praying for you and Bob and all that the Lord is doing there. Love you all bunches
05-08-2014 at 6:04 AM
Amy Halley
So encouraging - thanks for sharing! Praying for you two and the team there!! Lots of love being sent your way :).
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May 3, 2014, 7:52 AM

Blessings



Cecilia, Emmanuel,
Mercy, Dorcas,    
Timtooni & Jessica

 

Every time we come back to Ghana there are always so many emotions / feelings / excitement / anticipation / expectancy… the list could go on and on. This year is no different. The pleasure of greeting the staff and old friends here… the thrill of seeing how the work has continued… the eagerness of folks to come greet and share what has been going on with them as they also want to hear all about our trip. And more than that, there is just breathing in the Tamale air (dust) and experiencing the climate change (HOT). It is all so exhilerating.

On Monday we came to Jirandogo with the masons to put up the second ‘bunk house’ for the students that board during classes to sleep as well as teams that come. Now it is Saturday and the walls are up already. It will all harden until Monday when the carpenters arrive to put on the roof. We have made a quick trip to Tamale today for supplies and return on Monday also. Well, as quick a trip as a 4 hour journey can be anyway. Praise God the road has not deteriorated too much yet so it is not too bad. Once the rains begin, it will be rough going I am sure.

We have been having some rains, but just as the spring rains around Indiana bring many storms and wind damage, so do the rains here. Wednesday the storms were so bad around Tamale that it blew down a lot of houses, flattened a church in Kpaligun, blew the roofs off many houses; one of which landed on the church at Kalpohine and damaged several of the roofing sheets there. Thankfully, we haven’t heard of anyone getting hurt in the storms.

The good news of the early rains is that the people around Jirandogo have already planted a lot of their crops.  The yams are in the mounds and the groundnuts are high enough to weed. I don’t think Tamale area has had that much rain yet but soon their crops will also be planted.

One other exciting thing going on with us is we are celebrating 45 years of marriage today. Such a long time that has passed with such speed. There have been plenty of ups and downs over those years, but we praise God that He held us together and allows us to be even more in love with each other today than we were all those years ago if that is possible. Have you hugged your spouse today? If not, stop right now and go get a good hug to help us celebrate! 



Comments

05-05-2014 at 1:33 PM
Eldon Depew
Happy Anniversary. You are close to Connie and I and I expect to be in Ghana for your renewal on your fiftieth. Such a blessing!
05-05-2014 at 9:08 AM
Allison Mizell
Happy Anniversary my sweet friends! Can't wait to see you both this month!!!
05-05-2014 at 7:54 AM
Paul Nagy
Happy Anniversary! We wish you many more years filled with love, happiness, good health and the opportunities to be used by Him to further His kingdom!!
05-05-2014 at 5:42 AM
Ellen Lewis
Late Happy Anniversary! Bob and I were the longest wed couple at Josh's reception, Almost 56 years. A lifetime!
05-04-2014 at 9:09 PM
Randy and Suzy
U 2 r our very own JIRANDOGO Blonde versions of Romeo and Juliet. Bonnie- Proverbs 31:15,16 is a small part of what you are to Seed Ministry. Praise The Lord 4 U. both!
05-04-2014 at 2:47 PM
Amy Halley
Happy Anniversary Bob & Bonnie!!! Great update! Praying for you guys! Lots of love from FL!
05-03-2014 at 8:49 PM
linda stosberg
happy anniversary and continued blessings.....
05-03-2014 at 7:05 PM
Frank Thomas
One should have all of his office mates do so well -
Happy Anniversary
05-03-2014 at 5:58 PM
Jonathan Carl
Thank you for your example in faith, life & marriage!! We love you both!!
05-03-2014 at 3:44 PM
Melissa-Indiana
"Happy Anniversary" Pastor Bob and Bonnie! Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ!" :-)
05-03-2014 at 12:31 PM
Phebee
Happy Anniversary! Much love
05-03-2014 at 10:29 AM
Robin Owens
Happy Anniversary!
05-03-2014 at 10:26 AM
Peggy Puckett
Happy Anniversary. So blessed to know you both.
05-03-2014 at 9:02 AM
Rosalie Kerns
Happy Anniversary Have a wonderful day.
05-03-2014 at 8:25 AM
Don Sapp
Congratulations! We celebrate with you now and will celebrate with you again when we see you in about three weeks! Blessings and love to you both!
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April 15, 2014, 6:46 AM

Back To Ghana



      I have been trying to send this blog ever since I typed it and have had a few kinks in the system. Well technically, I think it is kinks in the operator (me) but who wants to be technical anyway?!!  I am trying again.   

     It is April 15! How does time go so quickly? We have had a wonderful time with family and friends on this visit. [Notice the picture with most of the Indiana grandchildren and the soon to be GREAT grandchild.] 

     There are so many of you that we wanted to see while we were here that we did not get to visit with, but it is time to get back to Ghana. The guys there have done a great job so it is always a joy to be able to go back and just step in to work along side them. 

     We are looking forward to another great year of ministry in 2014. Already there are a lot of activities planned and the calendar is filling up. What a blessing to be able to have scheduled so many opportunities to share the love of Christ with others. God is so Faithful to give us many such occasions, no matter where we are, and our prayer is for us and for you that never would we let even one of those slip by without taking the time to tell someone about Jesus.

     PS We have now arrived in Tamale, been able to meet with the staff and everything looks great. Now we are resting for today. Hope each of you have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday tomorrow! 

     PPS We have had a few days of rest while the Staff have all been off and involved in their worship services and activities surrounding Easter. They really put more emphasis on Easter than Christmas and everyone is always so joyful at this time. What a blessing it is.  But tomorrow, it is back to ministry as usual and what a blessing THAT is. This is such an exciting time.



Comments

04-25-2014 at 1:42 PM
Carolyn Wooldridge
Glad you had a safe trip. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
04-24-2014 at 7:25 AM
Rosalie & Noel Kerns
So nice to hear from you. Hope you have a wonderful summer. I know Sonny (Herb) is looking forward in coming over this yr. May GOD bless you with a healthy baby g grandchild. We have 7 g grandchildren. One is named after me (Rosalie) what an honor. We have one g grandson (Mason) who was born with celbral palsy but is doing remarkable well. Another g grandson ( Jayce ) has severe autism. I would appreciate your prayers for these special children. Mason is 9 yrs old and Jayce is 2. Jayce has started therapy. I've put them in GOD's hands but it has been very heart breaking. We think of you often. Glad you had a safe trip back to Tamale. May GOD continue to bless you with all the wonderful work you are doing in Ghana. Love & Prayers, Rosalie & Noel
04-22-2014 at 1:04 PM
Roger & Lee Dillon
God is such a magnificent orchestrator! Imagine years ago when the ministry seemed to depend upon just you. Can't wait to hear of God-honoring results in the future. We miss you all.
04-21-2014 at 6:26 PM
Ellen Lewis
Sweet picture. Glad the trip was good. God bless the work and the workers.
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