THE JENNINGS JAZZ,
e-Bulletin of Brian and Comfort Jennings, Serving Jesus’ Kingdom through Education and Action in Ghana,
Supported by the Fellowship of Churches of Christ based at Ghana Christian University College, Accra, Ghana,
...let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matt. 5:16
Over the last few months we have seen the Lord work wonders in our lives! It has even been hard to keep up and
record everything He has been doing. We simple want to praise Him out of our wonder at His work!
GHANACU GRADUATE: NELSON AWINTIA
In this edition of the Jazz it gives me great pleasure to introduce Nelson Awintia.
Nelson graduated from Ghana CU in September 2012. He is currently the Head pastor
of Bethel Family Chapel Assemblies of God in Tema, just east of Accra. Nelson has a
wide youth ministry within the Assemblies of God and hosts a radio programme
focusing on prayer on one of the local FM Stations in the city of Tema. Nelson makes
the following comments concerning his experience at GhanaCU:
My calling into ministry, though from a very humble beginning, has been growing
from grace to grace. There are heights and altitudes my ministry would never have
reached if not for the fact that I attended Ghana Christian University College. I have
gained so much knowledge that, by the grace of God, I am applying in my ministry.
My ministry has seen tremendous improvement and advancement since I graduated.
This stems from the invaluable contributions the University made in my life.
I believe there are heights God wants to take those whom He has called in ministry to
but without the knowledge of God, He would probably not use them to make manifest such glory of His power and
that knowledge is exactly what the college offered me. Studying Christian Ethics with Dr Jennings has really enhanced
my world view, broadened my scope and ability to handle ethical issues in the ministry. My training at Ghana CU has
really equipped me to be able to prepare a curriculum for the various departments in the church as well as prepare
study materials for new converts, solid foundation class among others.
In fact, my approach to things in ministry has taken a different turn... Members of my congregation and many
outsiders have attested to the fact that my approach to issues has changed drastically. One time at a board meeting
one of my deacons remarked, " the school you attended has sharpened your ministry and taken it to a new
dimension." Another person after listen to my preaching said, "Pastor, you were on top of the subject!" In short, I
must admit that Ghana CU has help transformed my life and ministry in no small way. May God bless all the hard
working faculty members and Ghana CU. Sincerely, Ghana CU is the best!
Nelson is in great demand in the Assemblies of God in Ghana as a speaker for youth conferences and retreats.
Recent he spoke at a service organised by an Accra based radio station as their annual " Family Consecration
Service”. Over twelve thousand people attended the program. I am also pleased to report that Nelson is also
committed to lifelong learning as on top of all of his other activities he is studying for a Masters’ degree in Theology
at one of the local seminaries.
DEVELOPMENTS IN GHANACU
Reviews and Audits
Most of my (Brian’s) time over the last two years has been invested in enhancing the quality of GhanaCU. We are
currently completing our first cycle of internal quality reviews in which we indentify our own achievements and
challenges and focus on developing solutions to our most critical priorities. This approach will enable us to build
improvements that we own for ourselves. All of this work paid off recently. At the end of March GhanaCU hosted an
‘Academic Audit Panel’ from the National Accreditation Board (Ghana’s equivalent of the Quality Assurance
Authority for Higher Education). The panel conducted a review of our organisational structures, admissions policy,
assessment standards and our quality processes (rather like an OFSTED inspection.)
We had a very constructive interaction with the Audit Panel while they were with us
and now we have their report. The Panel’s findings are overwhelming positive,
including a commendation of our ‘effective Quality Assurance Unit. Our only serious
concern is related to entry qualifications some of our final year students, so we shall
have to make a case for them in our response. Overall this is a very positive report and
affirms the quality assurance and enhancement measures that we are putting in place.
CAMFED Entrepreneurship Programme
In February Comfort was a member of a panel that selected participants for the
CAMFED young women entrepreneur scheme in Tamale, the capital of Northern
Ghana. Comfort reports that she was impressed by the passion of the young
women to become entrepreneurs by developing their own business ideas. They
are so committed to growing these ideas to develop enterprises that will not only
make them independent but also help their families and provide opportunities for
others. Comfort subsequently provided a four week training experience for three
of these young women in beads accessories. Two of her trainees have already
started their own businesses.
SKOLL World Forum
From the 9th
of April Comfort travelled to Oxford where she attendant the SKOLL Forum
for Social Entrepreneurship where she participated in a seminar on ‘Unlocking the
Entrepreneurial Ambitions of Women’. Comfort was able to share her experiences of becoming
an entrepreneur through curiosity, perseverance, courage, through the help of mentors who
encouraged and supported her, and through making the most of the opportunities God gave
her. Comfort comments that the SKOLL Forum was ‘...a great opportunity to meet likeminded
people from around the world who are contributing to the challenges surrounding us by giving
back to society. I was inspired and empowered! I know that I’m on the right path – the only way
is to give back. I want to share my story to inspire women and youth to change the world
Follow this link to listen to Comfort’s presentation: http://skollworldforum.org/session/skoll-
UK VISIT: SEPTEMBER
Our big news is that we shall be visiting the UK together in September. We hope to spend about three months
visiting family, friends, supporting partners and anyone else who would like to see us! If you would like us to visit to
share our ministry with your group or congregation during this time do contact us, either directly or through Tim
For Nelson Awintia’s Ministry
Positive outcome from Academic Audit Exercise
Comfort’s participation at the SKOLL World Forum
Progress of Camfed Young Women
Nelson’s continuing ministry as a Senior Pastor and Youth Minister
Positive outcome from National Accreditation Board for some of our final year students
Comfort’s continuing work as an economic and social entrepreneur through her company, Ele Agbe
Successful UK Visit
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Grace and Peace,
Brian and Comfort