Obstacles to Opportunities


Greetings from Tamale,

We continue to have many times that God uses us to change "obstacles into opportunities" (as author and pastor James McDonald calls it). We had a very talented and energetic team scheduled to minister with 2 churches here. The leaders, Vince and Brenda, came and set up everything while we were in the states. They were to arrive in Tamale on the 13th, host a 2 day Pastors Conference, 3 Crusades and preaching in the local churches.

Great plans - everything set, until their flight was canceled in the states and they were sent to another city - whoops missed that flight. The next day they then flew to Amsterdam - ok only 2 days late. Oh, but wait, the plane was only half full. The captain comes on and says there are stranded passengers in Dublin, Ireland. It will just delay them a small time and they will call ahead for those that have connecting flights to wait for them; whoops - been there done that. They don’t.

Picked up stranded passengers; get into Amsterdam, run to gate - sorry plane left 10 minutes ago. "We will get you on the flight tomorrow to Accra." They arrived in Accra very tired, ready to take the early morning flight to Tamale - whoops flight full; "we will get you on the late afternoon flight." Even that was 2 hours late but they got here safely. We fed them and took them directly to a crusade where they had several new converts. Praise God!

In the mean time, while they were waiting in Airports, Bonnie and I had the privilege of teaching the Pastors Conference for two days and I preached the first night of the Crusade. We were able to contact the Assembly of God Seminary and Baptist Seminary and they gave us their graduating classes for a one day Conference. They had 48 of the next generation of Pastors. Is that not turning Obstacles into Opportunities? What an Awesome God we serve.

The Art Alive Team has done so well and we praise God for their willingness to come to the northern part of Ghana. As they leave we are hoping they will return again soon.