A few weeks ago I attended graduation ceremonies at Good News Theological College and Seminary. Good News is Ghanaian seminary that trains leaders from African Independent Churches in West Africa. You can see more about them here.
Among the 16 graduates were two from the Ghana Mennonite Church (GMC). One was Emelia Amexo, the first woman leader from GMC to graduate with a theological degree. She was supported in her three years of study by a grant from Mennonite Women USA. Emelia is a young woman with much energy and is always willing to lend a hand. In fact she received one the the Principal’s Awards for her “volunteerism” during her time at Good News.
Below see excerpts from a letter I received from Emelia last week. She’s been quite busy as you can see.
Dear Pastor Bruce,
I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ who said “As the father sent me, so I send you” as the great commission.
Glory and honour be to God for the wonderful things he is doing in the life of the church especially the Northern Ghana Mennonite Church this year.
I left for Christmas in 2008 to Nkwanta to see the church and my family. I met them in good health and they have just finished with Christmas convention which was so successful, many souls won for Christ.
The church leaders and some few members in total we were twenty people. Some people were from Brewaniase including the Prophet. We took a car from Nkwanta to Kabiti and boarded an engine boat to the village, just as Jonah was on his missionary journey to Nineveh. We were not afraid of capsizing the boat or loosing our lives because Bible says “If you loose your life because of Christ you will gain it back” We saw the eternity of humanity as very important as Jesus said in John 3:36 “He who believe in the son has eternal life”
During the new year, we went on mission trips to so many places in the District. Two places we went to were Mafikope and Kitari (Kabiti area). The church is at Mafikope already but we went there for revival. We revived the church to be on fire for the Lord always. I had the chance to preach the salvation message and souls were won for Christ before we left the town for the whole one week that we stayed there. Three people were baptized and added to the faith. Some await baptism
We also went to Kitari where we had a big crusade and souls were won for Christ. We had 30 people at Kitari who we have used to start the church and the chief also gave the church a land to put up a chapel on it.