African Mission Evangelism
Vol. 15 Issue. 1
African Mission Evangelism
Attn. Scott Danner
7343 Ridge Rd.
Lexington, NC 27295
Wow, What a Year!
African Mission Evangelism
P.O. Box DD142
828-398-0637 (Skype: pcnghana)
Inside this issue:
Wow, What a Year
Merger with Ghana Bible
Prayers and Praises
I cannot believe another year in Ghana has
flown by and what a year it
was! The college is growing
by leaps and bounds with
over 180 students 4 new
Ghanaian faculty members
a new certificate extension
in Ho and academic cooperation with our noninstrumental brethren in
Kumasi. Our academic programs were approved again
by the University of Wales
and our students are making impacts all throughout
Those of you who teach
understand how it feels
when one of your students
succeeds in life and that
you played a small role in
that success. To me, teaching is all about encouraging
your students through academic rigor to achieve more
than what they thought
One of my Development Management students, Cyril Prince, was
selected as a UN Youth
Delegate on two occasions
to attend youth conferences
in Quebec, Canada and
Guangdong, China. Cyril
wrote a position paper on
the importance of youth in
country development and
presented it on both occasions. He went as a representative for the youth of
Ghana as well as the col-
This pose was not intended for this picture but the students liked it so much I though it would also be good to
use here. They say I intimidate them when I look over my
lege. In his presentation he gave thanks to Christ, the
college, and me for encouraging him to follow through
with his dream of creating an NGO that will assist the
youth of Ghana to be more involved in the country‟s development at a strategic level. With more like Cyril educated to participate in wider issues affecting Ghana and
the continent of Africa we can maintain a Christian perspective in the development arena where secular policy
constantly attempts to erode that aspect of society. In a
paper for my Development Class Cyril wrote, “Only in
and through Christ can Ghana hope to achieve its development goals. And the youth, now more than ever, have
an opportunity in Ghana to fully participate.” Amen.
GCUC Academically Merged with Ghana Bible
In an effort to help our non-instrumental brethren
at Ghana Bible College (GBC) in Kumasi stay in good
graces with the law and give their students access to
our professors and academic program some students at
GBC are now being taught through GCUC. Since the
passage of new laws governing colleges and universities
in Ghana requires all such entities to be accredited and
use approved curriculum all smaller schools are now in
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a serious situation. The GBC students were likely to obtain
“worthless” degrees and therefore be hindered at continuing
their education. The college president was made aware of this
situation by a new professor that came to GCUC from GBC. Of
course, Mr. Adjei could not allow good Christian brethren to lose
out on academic opportunity. With some negotiation with the
University of Wales on what courses the students will need to
take to earn their degrees we will now be teaching Ghana Bible
College 3rd and 4th year students so they can obtain certified
This is a temporary arrangement but could easily become
permanent for the few GBC students who want B.A. degrees after we are granted a Charter next year. Ghana Bible College still
maintains their campus and separate board of directors but our
faculty will teach their students the necessary courses required
by the University of Wales to earn full degrees. I have enjoyed
talking with some of the teachers from GBC over the past few
months as I used to live in Kumasi and knew many of the elders
with Bomso church of Christ and teachers at the college. They
are a good group of people caught up in Ghana‟s changing educational environment. There are several other institutions like
GBC whose students will not get certified degrees due to their
colleges not being prepared. I hope this arrangement is the beginning of a long-term relationship between our two colleges
where both sides of the Restoration Movement can co-exist as
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brethren and educators. All of us at GCUC and African Mission Evangelism believe that God is working among us for great things to happen in the coming years. We are pleased you will be with us!
SCD and Theology students taking Human Resource Management class. Part of our effort to
give pastors a broad education that links management skills with ministering to churches involves
elective classes in Management.
With Ghana‟s Presidential election moving to a second run-off vote
falling on the second day of a vital trip to Bolga in the Northern Region of
Ghana there was much trepidation in our group. There had already been
civil unrest in a neighboring area to Vea over politics and we had to drive
through several cities where violence was reported. Safe passage depended on which party won, and where your allegiance fell. Psalm 143:8
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my
trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
This verse gave us needed peace so that at 3:30a.m. with the truck loaded,
Nana, Ursula, and I journeyed north knowing that our journey was in the
hands of our Savior.
My mission, completing the last part of an adoption for two little girls.
They had been living with a Ghanaian minister and his wife for two years
and this trip was the last of the customary procedures. The girls had
bonded with their family well and all that was needed was a final visit to
their very old grandma and her signature (thumbprint). Because of all the
child-trafficking, obtaining the Social Welfare report was a difficult endeavor that required the gentle persuasion of a missionary. In God‟s
grace, I am overjoyed to tell you that all the official documents are comHeather, the quintessential teacher,
pleted and the family can continue their life‟s journey in Christ.
couldn’t resist taking some time to teach
about God’s beautiful creations, children
God gave Ursula and I an incredible opportunity to speak to hundreds and flowers. It also looks as if the kids
of youth and their families at a youth convention about the hope and for- are trying to give “Auntie Heather” a
giving power of Jesus. This village needed serious healing. Earlier in the
lesson in Northern Region fashion!
month, two boys were walking along the river and heard small muffled
screams but instead of seeing if they could help, they ran fearing the
“river was feeding her child and they scared the baby”. Because of an old
pagan belief in the river taking unwanted babies as its own, a baby boy
was eaten alive by feral pigs getting water. When confronted with this
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This has been a difficult few months for our family. We learned in October that a long-time major supporting congregation would discontinue their support (nearly %20 of the 2008-09 budget)
of our family/mission in December. This congregation has decided to change their evangelistic
ministry to a community focused endeavor. Being a foreign missionary myself, you should not need me to respond to
the concept of “local ministries” because you know what my response will be. However, I feel compelled to respond,
partly for therapeutic reasons and partly due to concern about all foreign missions.
America is indeed in a time of economic stress, although not close to what the mass media doomsayers articulate
nightly. There are some who are suffering and need our prayers and assistance. My interests are however not economically centered; rather they are concerned about a radical inwards shift with „missions‟. In a July „08 Foreign Policy article, Arrested Development, the authors call for a refocusing of our international development efforts towards
building linkages of understanding and addressing issues of poverty, disease, political turmoil, and corruption for the
sake of national security. To the security minded politicos the enemy is “out there”.
Our security scholars see the wisdom in using our compassionate strengths, instead of bullets on raging thornpawed beasts like Islamists. However, some of our theological brethren are in disagreement about similar missiological strategy and rather choose to jump in spiritual foxholes to satisfy numerical benchmarks. I have been outspoken
in the past about US churches sequestering themselves from society and not embracing its educational needs
through our universities to affect change and embed our beliefs in the broader society. Well, it now seems some
churches are in the process of retracting from foreign missions in favor of keeping things close to home.
Please do not misunderstand me, I realize there are people in need of Christ in the US, and there is need for
evangelism but each Christian already has that responsibility in their daily lives. We do not need more local ministry
organizations; we already have the local churches and their parishioners. Get involved in your local communities institutions, educational systems, politics, etc. and stop asking someone else to fight your battles.
The same cannot be said of many places like Africa, India, and Indonesia where open and active Christianity is
non-existent, embryonic, threatened, or outright attacked. Every year we train leaders for the church and its corollary institutions for a spiritual battle that only Africans can engage. A few are lost in battle along the way and need
replacing but many more continue to fight the good fight. Yet, at a time when the battle is being won, at least in
Ghana and some parts of West Africa, we as a Christian people are retrenching in the name of “ministry reorientation”. I am thankful that Christian heroes in the New Testament did not vacillate in the grips of diversity and
pressed on towards that which God called them. We in America, the land of freedom, opportunity, richness, and compassion are the fruits of the apostles‟ labor two millennia ago. GCUC is training present and future Christians that
will carry out a spiritual battle of immense importance throughout West Africa. Speaking as a veteran missionary
with boldness in Christ‟s name, I implore the young ministers tasked with growing their congregations to not abandon the field missionaries for quick fixes to fill the pews.
We cannot let go of this good work, just now beginning to gets its legs and walk on its own, or surely it will fall.
The college administration is moving this college forward in so many good ways that within 3-5 years it should be
operationally self-sustaining. But in order to grow at a rate that will achieve this goal the college needs places to put
students. We need funds to build dorms (male and female). A single dorm room that houses 4 students now costs
$11,457 (roughly the amount we just lost) and we need 25 of them by August 2010. We need scholarships for students
and faculty. We need more US faculty to come for a semester and teach. We need YOU!
I am removed from the churches on a daily basis but hear from many missionaries and visitors that times are
changing in the US and churches are not involved in foreign missions as they “used to be”. People want quick ministries and short-term solutions to long-term and entrenched problems. This battle against the “black hoard”, as a
friend of mine in Israel said recently, is “America‟s Christian calling and something we cannot walk away from because we think the battle is too long or too difficult to win.” Christ did not save us to think, He saved us to do.
Whatever the reason, my concern it is real and is presently felt in ways that I cannot fully elaborate here. It has
indeed been a difficult and disheartening few months for us but we will not give up easily. If you want to hear more
about how this ministry is training and fighting the battle here in Ghana then please schedule a speaking date. I will
be glad to share my thoughts more fully and hopefully whip up some good ol‟ Christian optimistic enthusiasm. I hope
to see you soon!
AFRICAN MISSION EVANGELISM
7343 Ridge Rd.
Lexington, NC 27295
US Phone: 336-764-1900
Skype: 828-398-0637 (pcnghana)
P.O. Box DD142 Dodowa
Prayer; the Power of God in the Hands of His Children
As was mentioned earlier in this newsletter we have lost a significant amount
of support this year, we need your prayers that this will be replaced in the
coming months while on furlough
We are close to finishing the house loan off, approx $5,900 is left.
We are planning to take an extended furlough July ‘09—June ‘10 , first as a
family in nearly 6 years, we asking for prayer that God will help us to arrive in
the US with no plane ticket debt.
Continue to pray for the leadership at GCUC as well as the students and that
the college can continue to grow strong in the Lord’s service of teaching.
Praise; God is Merciful and Deserving of all our Love
We are thankful that this year has shown our family a new love in our hearts
for the children of the Northern Region and that our efforts are saving the
little ones from horrible conditions.
Thankful for the many trips on dangerous roads and that our vehicles are still
holding on and getting the job done.
Establishing Christian Education in Ghana
Praise God for all the wonderful people who keep us in their daily prayers
and also for those who keep us in the field, doing God’s work among His
God continues to open doors for the college and students are coming to
learn more about Christ, coming to Christ, and leaving with a servant’s heart.
Thankful for the continued good health of our family in the US and our loved
ones here in Ghana.
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atrocity occurring in their village even old men were in tears asking for forgiveness. Ursula and I spoke boldly about parental responsibility with God‟s
little ones and how He expects us to bear the responsibility of our mistakes,
not throw babies into bags as if they were trash. Christ can forgive many
evils but to throw a life, a blessing, away is tempting strong retribution.
There were some twins in Bolga we‟ve been trying to rescue for over a
year but have been unable to get the documents needed to bring the child to
Beacon House due to political bureaucracy. They have since died waiting for
the paperwork. Isaiah 49:15-16; “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget,
I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.” Another baby was found near Vea but with
Beacon House‟s assistance, this baby was able to receive help from Bolga
Hospital and is now doing well. We cannot get to every discarded baby and
at times this can be a gut wrenching burden but we continue in faith that
God will use us as His vessel to save another Moses along the river.
We are continually thankful for our supporters that make this work
possible through donations and prayers. We are thankful that our old truck,
even without air condition in very hot desert conditions, made the trip to the
north and back. God continues to bless our family with peace and mercy
even when we venture into the unknown. Please continue your prayers
about this ministry, whether the college or the orphanage, and for our family. Your prayers are the spiritual sustenance we need to continue in this
spiritually deviant place called Africa.
This elderly lady gave a plot of land for this
library to be built. The land was meant for
her grandson, last male in family, who was
adopted to a US couple last year. Heather
hinted that the church should name the library after her grandson so we will see if that
idea takes shape in the next few months as
they stock it with books.