August 2015: Akpekakaka
Let the kindness of the Lord our God be over us. Make the work of our hands last. Psalm 90:17 CEB
Akpekakaka means thank you greatly in Ghana. The students at the school are so grateful for the many ways Global Ministries has supported them in school and at home. I am teaching English in the Activity Centre, a two-year program for teenage mothers located on the grounds of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Headquarters in Ho, Ghana. The program has 10 – 15 young women from around West Africa every year and focuses heavily on skills training and entrepreneurship so graduates can support themselves and their family.
The second year students are very busy taking the National Vocational Training Institute exams that take place between April and July. These national exams determine whether or not the girls are able to graduate and whether they are eligible to receive certification in dressmaking, catering, and batik fabric dyeing.
A new student was added to the first year class. Mawusi, whose name means “in the hands of God,” joins Benedicta, Love, Believe, Catherine, Victoria, Lawrenda, and Jennifer to make it a full class of 8 students. Last week during grammar class, the students learned how to play Bingo, used to learn irregular verbs. Catherine won a bottle of 7-Up for first place, Love won a Pepsi for second place, and everyone got a small piece of Ghanaian chocolate for participating. It was our most fun class of the term.
On behalf of the Activity Centre School, thank you for your support of Global Ministries missions.
Kristine Tisinger serves with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ghana, working with education and women’s empowerment. Her appointment is made possible by your gifts to Disciples’ Mission Fund, Our Churches Wider Mission, and your special gifts.