Published on February 25, 2014
African Mission Evangelism Cline Connection Vol. 14 Issue. 1 Winter ‘08 US: African Mission Evangelism Attn. Scott Danner 7343 Ridge Rd. Lexington, NC 27295 336-764-1900 firstname.lastname@example.org US WORKING FURLOUGH PC is coming to US for short working furlough This is an unusual year for me in that I am coming to the US without my family for a short working furlough. I have not done this in the past because I like for the family to stay together as much as possible but it cannot be helped this furlough cycle. As many of you know we take 4-6 month furloughs every 21/2 to 3 years mostly because of the work load here and the cost associated with travel. Africa: African Mission Evangelism P.O. Box DD142 Dodowa, Ghana 828-398-0637 (Skype:pcnghana) email@example.com Ghana has improved much in the last 15 years and communication is one area where the improvement makes such trips much easier on the family. That is as long as Ghana Telecom can maintain their system well. Inside this issue: PC’s Working Furlough 1 Fundraising Drive 2 Project Hope 2 Scenes from the North 3 Witches, Fairies, and the Boogeyman 4 Heather and the kids cannot come home with me this time however because of their school responsibilities. We never intended for Heather to stay at AIS but with much prodding from NICS (the backing partner) and the fact that tuition for Kayla alone would be $17,000 at Lincoln Community School (a secular international school) made the decision one more based on realities of finance as opposed to desire. Heather’s heart (and as I I was caught in action doing one of my many jobs at GCUC by a student working on a yearbook for the college. Since I do not allow cell phones in the classroom this budding Christian entrepreneur came to my office under the pretenses of not being able to access his user account. We had 30 computers and 10 printers donated to the college and are now trying to build a new computer lab to house the units. I have configured the new server and all we need now is $2000 to install desks and chairs. Anyone interested in this project please send donations to AME with Computer Lab in the Memo. write this; her body) is in the orphanage work and the children in the far north of Ghana. Heather is a wonderful wife and mother, often making sacrifices where necessary for the mission. She would prefer to work with Beacon House Orphanage and rescue babies from certain death, or worse, than teaching at AIS but at this time in her life AIS needs her. This is the current conflict in our lives in Ghana, torn between that which we want to do and that which needs to be done. Neither choice is wrong but each is laden with its own anguishes. Cont’d pg. 3
PAGE 2 C LI N E C O N N E C T I O N V O L. 1 4 I S S U E . 1 SCD Happenings Occasionally I arrange for a special Chapel speaker to come to GCUC and talk about issues related to holistic mission practices on how we as Christians can affect positive change in our society. This semester we had as special guest speaker, Roger Rogowski, a retired community health specialist and former Mercy Ships program director. He spoke about how the plan of salvation is not only a spiritual path to free us from the grip of Satan but how salvation also frees us from the bonds of poverty, bad health, malnutrition, and the many other forms of societal degradation that suppress our God-intended potential. The freedom we have in Christ allows us to pursue the will of God and part of His will is to be fruitful. God desires for us to be full of joy too not downtrodden by the rules of a powerful religious elite. This is a message Muslims need to hear! Drive to Pay Off Faculty House Eight years ago we arranged for a loan to build the faculty house on the GCUC campus in which we are now living. The house is for the college not us, we only live there while in Ghana. This loan is through the Church Development Fund and collateralized by Heather’s aunt and uncle. Over the years we have lived in this house we have saved an enormous amount of money in terms of rent. The average rent for a house that is livable, safe, and within driving distance is $1800/month. That comes out to nearly $173,000 in rent for something that would not be an asset for anyone but the home owners. Instead we borrowed $30k and put in another $12k to build a campus faculty house that will serve the kingdom for decades to come. I think we made a wise business decision! MR. ROGOWSKI USED A SLIDE PRESENTATION (THANK YOU JOHN BREMAN OF LAKE BUTLER, FL FOR THE PROJECTOR) AND LECTURE TO BRING OUT THE SALIENT POINTS ON HOW SATAN WANTS US ALL TO BE POOR IN SPIRIT AND SOME WAYS HE CAN ACHIEVE THIS IS TO USE SOCIETY’S “NORMS” TO MAKE US COVET THINGS THAT ARE NOT WITHIN HIS WILL FOR US OR TO DIVIDE OUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM FULL SERVICE. The payoff balance on the loan is about $19,900. We recently refinanced the loan but have come to the conclusion that if we do not soon pay off the loan we will begin to negate the gains made by taking the loan in the first place. The monthly payment is also needed in other areas of the mission as you will see later in the newsletter. The number ONE item on the petition list to our supporters is to pay this house off by August. Heather wants to make more trips to the North as her teaching job allows but each trip costs nearly $1000, roughly 4 months on the loan. Help Heather to go by giving towards paying off the house. Earmark all donations as “GCUC House”. churches and to the people of Vea. The children in Vea loved the “doggie dog shoes”. I thought they looked like rabbits! For most of the little ones this was the first time they had ever received anything that was new. The funds raised were used to assist Youth Alive with their feeding program for children just north of Bolgatanga. This is an especially tough year for the folks in the upper regions of Ghana because many food crops were destroyed and they are now either depending on food-aid or buying food from the south which is extremely expensive and not part of their normal diet. Project Hope Since the devastating floods in Vea the children at the American International School made it possible to distribute over 7oo sandals and used clothing. Many bags of used clothes were also given out to three nearby Christian Heather helping a young boy in Vea find a new T-shirt and pick out a yellow pair of doggie dog sandals with the help of Project Hope.
V O L. 1 4 I S S U E . 1 C LI N E C O N N E C T I O N PAGE 3 Furlough Cont’d I leave Ghana on the 15th of January, so by the time you read this I probably will be in the US making my rounds to some of our supporters in NC. Right now, I will be in the US until March 17th and return here for 3 weeks over the Easter Break. If enough churches make speaking arrangements with me in the coming weeks to justify the return trip and travel in the US I will return April 6th. The dollar has devalued to such an extent that the plane ticket for me alone is $1700. Furthermore, my living budget in the US is about $1300/mth. Please don’t misunderstand me, I REALLY want to speak to the churches but at the same time my pragmatic nature reminds me that we have mission responsibilities that need finances and our presence. Also, if the family comes home in June it would be for only 6 weeks and the cost would be nearly $8k! There is the possibility that Heather and Hunter could come to the US as Hunter needs testing for his dyslexia to establish benchmarks and an (Individual Educational Program (IEP). This is extremely important to Hunter as he will be in 7th grade next year and the IEP is ever so important for his educational progress. The testing is about $1800 and with a plane ticket this short trip is $4k. Needless to say we are relying on prayers Heather, and her second grade class (yep, she only has 5 students now. Want a job?) have packed up some clothing and sandals, called ‘chalie-waties’, for her annual trip to the Upper East Region of Ghana near the Burkina Faso border. being answered to give clear direction in this and ask that you petition God on our behalf as well. Scenes of the Upper West Region The people in Vea have suffered greatly since the Spring floods and are in need of just about everything you can imagine. The floods also created orphans so Heather and Romana went there rescuing more children that lost their parents in the floods. Even though they take every precaution possible, like only working through Social Welfare and taking only children who have no family, there are still dangers from people who want the children for slaves, or worse, as well as those who are less than honorable. A fear in my mind since the people from a French NGO called Zoe’s Ark, were jailed in Chad for childtrafficking is that a similar thing would happen to Heather and Romana. Knowing Africa the way I do, I am quite sure that the locals hired set the French NGO workers up by taking children from nearby refugee camps and putting them up as orphans. Heather and Romana only use locals that have some affiliation with the church or are graduates of our college in conjunction with Ghanaian social workers. Something we both would like to see at GCUC is a School of Sociology where a degree in Social Work is offered. Anyone have some experience, an advanced degree, and a desire to serve a mighty God? The children named the shoes “doggie dogs” because of the face on the shoe top. For many this was their first shoes and you could tell by all the cuts and sores on their feet. Needless to say there were many happy kids, and parents, the day Heather came to town! “Mama Lartey” is a Christian lady that has taken in several street children and saved one child from being killed as a “fairy”. Heather is giving her some detergent and other household supplies to help with her work. She also left school fees for one young child.
AFRICAN MISSION EVANGELISM US Address: 7343 Ridge Rd. Lexington, NC 27295 US Phone: 336-764-1900 Skype: 828-398-0637 (pcnghana) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Ghana: P.O. Box DD142 Dodowa Ghana, Africa To: Establishing Christian Education in Ghana http:www.ameghana.org Witches, Fairies, and the Boogeyman During the years God has used our family and mission to save many children by snatching them out of the grips of certain death. With your help and the love of families we gave them a future of hope through Jesus. However, the work is never done. Over the past week Romana Testa of Beacon House and I were in the Upper East region of Ghana rescuing seven children which we will be able to place for adoption. Thirteen other children will be placed in a new Christian children's home just certified for 60 children it was started by a missionary couple from Virginia. This year alone two young sisters were saved just moments before they were to be killed for being witches. One little boy was served poison by someone we call the “boogeyman” because he did not die like his twin brother did during the first attempt. They were poisoned for being “fairies”. His little life was in constant danger from being condemned to death by the local juju priest. If not for “Mama Lartey” he probably would be dead now. Another set of twin boys also survived poisoning and we are now looking for a family outside of Ghana to adopt them. Only with your prayers and support can we continue to fight this spiritual battle! Through continually teaching God’s word will these chains of a very real demonic world be broken. Often we want quick returns on our mission investment and quick ending wars against the evil one. However, the adversary is not someone we can simply bomb into defeat. The adversary is cunning and patient and will never end until Jesus returns to claim his own in the final battle. Do not become tired and give up because you cannot see an end to the fight, in all likelihood you will pass the fight on to your children. That is why EVERY child is important whether they are our own blessings or someone else’s supposed curse. With God’s help lives are being changed the HOPE that only Jesus can give is being received and new spiritual warriors are being nurtured. In Christ’s Service, Heather