Graduations are so much fun! To see and feel the joy of someone completing a difficult task or an accomplishment is worthy of celebration! We have reason to celebrate. We have completed the mission in Peki!
Global ministries received a request from a partner in Ghana, West Africa several years ago. This partner, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana, had set out on a project to advance their ministry to the Volta Region by starting a college in the capital city of Ho. This ambitious project soon took off quickly and that caused a problem with the ratio of teachers with advanced degrees to the students enrolled. Because they wanted the diploma the students earned to be valuable, it became urgent to have some more professers with advanced degrees to come and teach. So they put out a request to their partners and Global Ministries offered the services of yours truly to help. They were happy to plug me into a role I could fill, teaching Old Testament and New Testament in their seminary, training Pastors and Catachists (licensed ministers). The seminary has been around for a long time, but it was recently added to the college. So, my teaching there changed the ration of advanced degrees to students and that was a big part of receiving the accredidation for the college.
This how we engage in mission now in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We come and help at the request of the local church to play a specific role in helping them accomplish their objectives to be self sustaining in their ministry.
So, I would like to express the gratitude of our partners, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ghana to each of you! Without your support, in prayer and financially, their college outreach would not be nearly as effective.
I would also like to express my gratitude of your support to me personally during my time in Ghana. It was a life changing time for me and a real period of growth for me spiritually and in my ability to do ministry. Thank you so much for your financial support of Global Ministries! Thank you so much for the prayers for my work and my safety and sanity! Thank you so much for the cards and care packages and encouraging emails!
Please continue to pray for me as I travel and speak about my time in Ghana. Pray that I can express the gratitude of the E.P. Church and my gratitude for all the wonderful love and support I received while I was serving. Pray that I can explain clearly the way we do mission and encourage everyone to remember: “That God so loved the world, that He gave”
May God Bless All Of You!
Gary Luallin serves with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana. His appointment is made possible by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund, Our Churches Wider Mission, and your special gifts.