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January 5, 2014, 12:41 PM

Happy New Year

Hi Everyone,

The Good News is out in 2014. Jesus is still Lord of all! Even for those that don’t know Him, He is still the Lord of all. 

What an exciting year 2013 has been in Ghana; we have seen many people come to know Christ. Through teams that have come and people here that we have trained, the Church has been strengthened, the Bible Clubs continue to grow and the children are making a big difference in their homes. We have seen and heard many testimonies of adults coming to know Christ.

The Gospel in a Barrel Ministry to the Children is helping very much. We have given out 44 Barrels of clothes, toys, school supplies and backpacks. The empty barrels are such a blessing for people to store water or food and it is a great way to ship things here. I think you will be able to catch a glimpse of the love of Jesus Christ in a lot of faces.






Our Seed Ministry Celebration will be on March 15. So put that date on your calendars now! More details will follow later. One thing for certain, we hope to see you there to share in the excitement of how God continues to work in Ghana!






Saying Thank You is never enough. But Thank You. Our prayer is that God will continue to bless our Seed Ministry Board, our Churches and the families and individuals that pray and give and pray and sacrificially give. God Bless you more in 2014 so you can bless more people in the years to come. Bob & Bonnie


05-21-2014 at 12:36 PM
Joshua Mohammed
“Who would have thought that I would be at your graduation in the United States after meeting you in Tamale?” Mitchell remarked at Dr. Carl and I graduation. The answer is nobody but Jesus. The Lord has and continues to be so good to the ministry of Seed Ministry. I am one of the many testimonies of His graciousness. I am where I am today because of His works through the ministry. We are in this together until Christ comes! Keep up the good works. Keep clearing the fields, keep sowing, keep harvesting, and keep storing in the heavenly barns “where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal…” Mat. 6:20.
01-06-2014 at 12:11 PM
Kofi Frempong
May God richly bless you both for your undying service to win souls to His Kingdom.
2014 will be a great year indeed
01-06-2014 at 9:56 AM
bonnie esterle
Praise God for a great 2013 year of salvation and bigger Bible clubs for our precious children that are our leaders to come!! Praying for your strength, health and faithfulness to be stronger than ever in 2014!! always have prayers lifting you both up...
Love and blessings....
01-06-2014 at 7:55 AM
Roger & Lee Dillon
Just imagine 2014 exceeding the great events and faithfulness of 2013. Every good thing that occurred was a result of people being found faithful, mainly in the little things. Just look how they add up. Seed Ministry brings great glory to God and we sing His praises, one person at a time.
01-05-2014 at 7:44 PM
"Happy New Year!" to y'all and I expect The Body of Christ to be able to finance The Gospel, like never before!
Love y'all! :-)
01-05-2014 at 1:58 PM
Happy New Year! Love you all!
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December 24, 2013, 12:14 PM

Merry Christmas


Seed Ministry Staff

wishes you a wonderful,

Blessed Christmas


Happy New Year


01-05-2014 at 2:09 PM
Ellen Lewis
Now, that is a very lovely and handsome staff! Happy New Year.
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December 18, 2013, 3:08 PM

Another Great Week

We had a great time with the East Bernstadt team. Phebee shared some of her thoughts which are below. Now we have had another great week of sharing God’s Word with Pastors, Church Leaders, Women and Lots of Children. The C.L.T.A. classes went well. We studied 2 Timothy and committed several verses to memory. We had some long days for Bonnie and me, but I took the morning classes and she took the afternoon classes and closed at 6:00 PM; and we still were able to help a young lady named Grace prepare and feed everyone their lunch. Their favorite class is Bonnie’s Christian Family Living Class.

We are so thankful for those that come here and teach and spend time with the people. It is also a blessing to have those that share their teaching material from around the world. They simply are doing the Great Commission through their love of studying and writing and teaching the Word.

Emmanuel went to pick up corn and rice today at the farming project. Some pastors and others will enjoy that for Christmas. We also had lots of hot pepper and yams. Now where is that Goat, Sheep, Guinea or -  well you fill in the blank.

We have moved the engine boat ‘The Soul Searcher’ to the river Dakar and we are excited to see how God will use it in a new area. It has been on the Black Volta for the last 2 years and the project there is finished. We plan on an Evangelism Team with some different translators to work this area for at least 2 years.

              The lack of water in many areas is already becoming to be a problem for people to have good water. Pray as we see how best we can help them with water and never lose focus as we give it in the name of Jesus. Bob     

Phebee says….

What a blessed trip!!!  Here are a few of my highlights from the trip.

First I loved the pastors/leaders training in Geshegu.  I loved getting to share the story cloth with them so that they may go out and hopefully use it as a tool to teach and share the story of God and man and how we can be made right with God through His Son Jesus and how that throughout all of human history, God has been working to bring about our salvation.  I loved sharing with them because sharing and talking about God and His plan of salvation with others believers is so exciting because we share together in our hope and our joy of what God has done and that is so encouraging.  I loved getting to work with the children more than ever before.  In the schools I got to teach with Sammie and we taught the older children, at one school the children did not know the story of Christ at all.  So I taught with the story cloth and during my teaching God just gripped my heart with the lostness of those kids and broke my heart with such a desire for them to understand God's love for them.  I loved getting to share the salvation story and play with the children during bible clubs!  The laughter and excitement of the kids is contagious and melts your heart!  I loved getting to fellowship with the staff of Seed Ministry and sharing together in the work.  Each trip has its own blessings and struggles...but this trip was so special, I felt the need more than ever for the Gospel to go out and I see the efforts of seeds being planted for Christ kingdom poured out in abundance!  May God receive all the glory for what He has done and is doing.

Love you all!




12-22-2013 at 9:29 PM
Eldon Depew
Well, Phebee started me thinking about our time in Ghana (she is sort of an instigator) and I want to say a few word about God\'s grace and love and sing his praises and that of the work of Seed Ministry.
Bob and Bonnie you have touched so many lives with you work in Northern Ghana and it is such a privilege to share just a small part of that action. We at FBCEB have received so much more than we were able to give while there that I feel almost embrassed so say I taught pastors and leaders. Fortunately I always had a Seed Ministry translator with me to do the real teaching and so I just had to show the love of Jesus and let others do the teaching.
We had a great time in the village of Gau when Bro Norm presented the Gospel to the Chief and he accepted Jesus on the spot. He and the village are in our continued prayers so that he may stay strong in his faith and may grow abundantly through the power of the Holy Spirit. I have been burdened and broken for that village and their water problems. We will pray incessantly for a solution and I know in my heart that God will show us the way to give them water soon.
Thanks, Bob and Bonnie, for your participation in the renewal of our wedding vows and even if Connie stumbled on Proverbs 31, I know her true self (after 50 years) and she is closer to that woman than she would lead one to believe. We were truly blessed by the ceremony and by God to be together for over 50 years. ( ok, maybe not all 50 but at least 40 to 45 have been blessed) Just kidding, Connie.
Seriously, thanks again for sharing in our celebration and for the work you and the staff are doing in Africa. God\'s love is for all the world and as Bro. Norm often says thank you and Bonnie for getting it. We are excited about the projects we have brought back to share with our Church so they may be a part of spreading the Word and the love of Jesus. So all may know!
12-22-2013 at 7:46 PM
I am BLESSED once again, with the praise reports, blessings and love that y'all write! :-) Love y'all!
12-22-2013 at 5:52 AM
Ron Pankratz
Thanks for sharing what God is doing. I am so excited and cannot wait to serve the people there in Ghana very soon.
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November 19, 2013, 3:17 PM

2013 Tamale Regional Rally

What a wonderful week last week was! They don’t get much better; so many testimonies of God’s faithfulness! Just a great time of fellowship in the Lord.

It has been good to have Samuel from Uganda staying here with us while he ministered with John A. although we had to leave him for part of the week and I am afraid we neglected him terribly. Thankfully, the staff took great care of him and I think he had a very productive week and is more than ready to get back to his own family.

One of the things we always try to do as we travel from place to place in Ghana is to pray as soon as we get in the car. Always praying for safe travels, no accidents, no mechanical or tire problems, and for God to go before us and smooth the roads. He blesses us so much and He is always so faithful. We have had a few times He has allowed us to make memories with mechanical problems or changing tires but for the most part, our trips have always been great. And sometimes He even really does smooth the roads for us! We were very excited as we drove to Jirandogo because they had graded a little more of the road. Then as we drove back to Tamale on Thursday, we were VERY excited to see all but 3 miles of the road had been graded!!!! Wow! Did that ever make a difference in our drive. We were still on the road 4 hours to get here but it was smoooooth. If you have been to Ghana, you know what I mean when I say “What a praise”!

The four days of Church Leadership Training in Jirandogo went extremely well. There was a teacher’s meeting that took out some of our students so our number was only at 28 but we sure enjoyed our time. We were blessed to have a young man come from more than 100 miles away to see if he could join the class because he has heard such good reports about it all the way at his place.

As soon as we closed on Thursday, we drove back to Tamale so we could be here Friday for the arrival of the children that would be spending the night in preparation for the Tamale and Nyankpala Areas Regional Rally on Saturday.

Once again, the children answering the questions were amazing. They did not finish all of the questions this year so they did not get to Scripture Memorization before we had a winner as they have done in the past; that was a little disappointing. But how can you possibly be disappointed when these children, all under 15 years of age, answered 190 questions? Watching them jump up and answer the question with no hesitation what so ever even before it is completely read? Amazing is the only word I know to describe it. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were all very excited with their goats and even more excited with their footballs!


It is beyond our comprehension how God is growing this ministry. Of course, along with growth come changes. It is exciting to be a part of watching how those changes occur and the many lives that are affected.

That leads to our other big news to finish out last week… Emmanuel and his family have now moved into the Mission House with us. It is going to be different having four children living with us again but we are excited. We travel so much now to the Outposts and Emmanuel oversees so much of the ministry; this is going to be one of those win-win situations for his family, us and Seed Ministry. It is just one more testimony about God’s faithfulness!

Now we are in Accra to pick up the East Bernstadt team. They arrived safely and we head to Tamale tomorrow. Please pray for safe arrival and a great time of ministry.


11-21-2013 at 1:01 PM
Don Sapp
How great!How amazing!So exciting to read about Gods working in Ghana!!All this and "snake handlers"too!!Blessings to you all!!
11-19-2013 at 6:10 PM
Randy and Suzy
Hooray on the graded roads and the FAITH work Samuel and John A presented to God's Glory! Seeds are scattering everywhere. Great to hear updates! Look out northeast GH, the snake handlers have arrived. Just had to say that....
11-19-2013 at 4:23 PM
We're especially praying for you all during these next few weeks of ministry with Bro.Norm and his church group!!
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October 21, 2013, 8:13 AM

Back In Jirandogo

Back in Jirandogo once again!  Arrived on Thursday and met with the ladies on Friday. What a group of ladies! They continue to bless me as they are being more comfortable coming and we are beginning to know each other some. I look forward to the day that I will be able to call each of them by name (all 200+)! Last month as they harvested their groundnuts (peanuts), they wanted to share something with us… so they brought us enough groundnuts to fill one and a half barrels! We were completely overwhelmed with their generosity.

This will be the 3rd month of CLTA classes and we are very excited. It has been awhile since we have written a Blog so to briefly catch up….

The South Fork team and Jessie have all arrived home safely, John H. came and he leaves Ghana tonight. What a joy he is. Ready to do anything needed anytime. He really expected to do a lot more physical labor than teaching and preaching but God used him and his testimony to reach many people. Praise God for the ways He works in all of our lives and especially the way He uses our personal testimonies to speak to others. Share your testimony with someone today. You will be blessed – they will be blessed!

We have been blessed to house a Southeast Christian team as they worked with Francis, Pam and Pastor Zak’s ministry. During their stay, Amy & Terry R. brought the Grahams, a new family ministering with them, to introduce them to several missionaries here. We had a GREAT potluck supper and even better time of fellowship with all of them.

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Below is a letter John H. wrote to share with everyone…

My trip to Ghana has been an awesome experience. When the plane landed in Accra, I thought this place is not too bad.  However, the next day when we were headed into Tamale, I cannot lie, I was thinking, “Take me back home.” I was experiencing what they call ‘culture shock’. Everything was so different. I mean far, far different from home.

We were riding into Tamale and we began to start passing by those little booths that the people had set up. That is how they make their living; everybody is selling something. Some sell and live in their booth. They were selling anything from cell phone cards to little plastic bags to fresh butchered meat laid right out in the open air; fruits and vegetables, you name it.

There were so many people on the road. I just knew we were going to run over somebody. Motorcycles everywhere, bicycles everywhere, people walking everywhere.

The next day and through the week Bob sent me with Thomas to the schools to share Jesus with the children. These were public schools, not Christian schools. Most of the kids I made laugh and some of the little ones were scared of me. The kids are like sponges when it comes to learning. They are very excited. Most of them were happier to see me than my own kids. They love shaking hands, giving fives, and feeling my hairy arms. They love to play. Most of them in Tamale could speak good English but not so much in Jirandogo. But the language barrier didn’t stop the relationship.

Most of the people were happy to see me and were very kind. They were very respectful and they love greeting. The Bible Clubs we visited were awesome. These kids know the Word. I was learning from them. I just encouraged them to keep on doing what they were doing.

The sad part is when you see kids carrying water to school and it looks like gasoline in the battle. They turn it up and drink it like nothing. When you hear them cough a horrible cough and when you touch them, you can feel the fever; swollen bellies and growths. There is so much you want to do. The Lord has shown me that the children and the adults are eager to learn the Word of God and they need our help with drinking water, which we as Christian Americans are able to do. We cannot save all of them but that is no excuse not to save the ones we can.

The trip for me has been a motivation to help Seed Ministry more. Not everybody has to be a preacher or a teacher; they just have to be willing to help. I encourage you to step out of the boat and come see how God can use you. Bob and Bonnie will take great care of you. I really want to thank them for having me. God Bless. John H.


10-21-2013 at 11:12 AM
Tom Stosberg
Please tell us more about a way we can provide fresh water. Besides providing the "Water of Life" we also want to know what it will take to deliver drinking water.
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