|Larry & Beki McConnell * God of Wonder Ministries * Ghana, West Africa * FEB 2008|
No one likes change, and this past year since we left the United States has been marked with transitions. We are so thankful for our God, who never changes, and who is the constant source of peace in our lives!
We've changed cultures, diet, climate, ministry assignments, even houses - three times. We've changed our family (added our daughter Mayfia!), changed our standard of living and all of this change, has certainly changed us!
By living with, and like Africans, we are learning to minister in more applicable ways. Since we are living without electricity (Praise God for the generator which gives us some electricity!), or running water, we now know experientially some of the daily hardships of the people, and their physical needs.
"We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character, hope." Romas 5:3
"To share the gift of Christmas - the message of hope in Jesus, and bless orphaned children in need."
This was the mission that Jack and Dorine Harter, and "Capital Region Master's Commission" students, Peterson Onyeukwu and Tyrone Nibblett, came to Ghana to accomplish.
Bringing 100 gifts made up of essentials like toothpaste and toothbrushes, and fun items like crafts and games, they delivered the message of God's love to African orphans.
GWMI was able to identify the most vulnerable children in 15 villages, who were then invited to three central villages for a day of sharing the message of Christmas. Over 700 Ghanaian children and adults came to the outreaches, and approximately 160 made decisions for Christ!
At the GWMI children's church more than eighty children from the nearby village were blessed with gifts, crafts and love from the visiting team! The children will never forget what they saw and experienced. Giving up their Christmas holidays to share with others, Jack and Dorine, Tyrone and Peterson selflessly ministered to us at GWMI, and the people of Ghana. Thank you for being a blessing!
To see pictures of the team ministering go to: http://www.godofwonder.org/Photo- Album.htm
To learn more about the "Capital Region Master's Commission" go to: http://www.crmasters .org/
God sent his son to earth as Emmanuel (God with us). He knew the grief of losing a parent, of leaving His family, and the sacrifices required to follow God's commandments. Jesus knew how to be hungry, how to thirst, and how to love. He was tempted in every way, and yet was sinless. Jesus went about doing good, even as others plotted to kill him!
Jesus told us to expect trials and hardships, and that He comforts us, so we can comfort others. By turning our pain, into a purpose to show others compassion, we destroy the works of the devil, and shine the light of love in this dark world.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." ~ Jesus in John 16:33
In the GWMI fall 2007 newsletter, we shared the testimony of Pastor Andrew's brief imprisonment, and how God used his time to minister to others. When one of our partners in the US read his story, he quickly put together a nice laptop, which he was able to send with the traveling team.
Pastor Andrew is always singing praise songs, but when he received the needed laptop for his continuing education, his praises were glorious!
The Lord has done so many wondrous things for us in the past year, and we are grateful that He has chosen us for this journey of faith. Yet, none of this could be possible without the strength and encouragement we receive from our Brothers and Sisters, who support us in prayer and so many other ways.
Thank you for standing with us, for the Orphans of Africa,
Larry & Beki
* Tax deductible donations can be sent to:
God of Wonder Ministries, Int. or GWMI
7611 Downstream Ct
Fredericksburg VA 22408
The King will say to them, 'Yes! I tell you that whenever you did these things for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did them for me!' -- Matthew 25:40 JNT