AE Admin | October 21st, 2018
The Akuapem Mission kicked off today as most AE missions do with an act of service toward the city. The volunteers assembled this morning in all five mission zones and got to work helping needy areas in the community. Two of the teams visited local medical facilities to clean and minister to the patients.
Rev. Morris, one of the division leaders told us, “We are so happy to experience this. We’ve never seen a mission like this in our community before and we are very excited to see what God will do during this week.”
We’ve never seen a mission like this in our community before and we are very excited to see what God will do during this week.
Two pastors from Togo are among the volunteers as well. They were impacted greatly by the evangelism training that has taken place over the last few days and look forward to taking the lessons learned here back to their churches in Togo. They told us, “We’ve learned a lot of things since we’ve been here. Yesterday, in the training, they told us that the goal of every person should be to make one disciple this week. That greatly impacted me because it made me feel like this big task ahead of us is not so big after all. All things are possible through Christ.”
The AE Ghana team has been working with the Akuapem Churches for over a year to set the mission into motion. Initially, the AE team had trouble convincing church leaders to come on board with the mission because many pastors feared that AE would set up their own church and steal their congregation. After taking some time to explain the purpose of AE and that it is not a church, the pastors felt more confident to join the mission effort.
In order to reach the city effectively, the team has divided it into five zones and have placed mission teams in each zone who will do outreach to the local community. Teams will be ministering in the busy marketplaces, via film evangelism, in workplaces and slums and going door to door with the Gospel.
Teams will be ministering in the busy marketplaces, via film evangelism, in workplaces and slums and going door to door with the Gospel.
Additionally, the team has recognised a need to hold a prolonged outreach to those practicing prostitution in Akuapem. The mission team has created a program for 10 women currently practicing prostitution who wish to leave that life for better opportunities. A local church has donated a field where the women will be taught to cultivate cassava. The mission team has also purchased a machine that turns the cassava into a dough which they can fry and sell in the marketplaces. Following the conclusion of the mission, the local church will take over responsibility for this project and continue to help the women gain skills to help them succeed in a life apart from prostitution.
Preservation of new believers is of paramount importance to AE in our missions and we take great care to ensure that churches are prepared to absorb the wave of new converts that are produced during a citywide mission. AE Ghana will be continuing to follow the Akuapem churches and help them disciple new believers for the next five years following mission week. We hope that through this close partnership churches and new believers will be supported and successful.
Preservation of new believers is of paramount importance to AE in our missions and we take great care to ensure that churches are prepared to absorb the wave of new converts that are produced during a citywide mission.
As the mission continues, please pray for the speakers who will minister in churches tomorrow and the Jesus March that will take place through the city in the afternoon. There will also be a meeting for Traditional Leaders tomorrow which we covet your prayers for. Ask that God will open the eyes of these leaders who subscribe to traditional African beliefs.
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