Have you ever been on a mission trip? If you have, you know that nothing changes you like serving the Lord in a foreign country, especially if that country is a third world country. I have served on three mission trips to Ghana, West Africa with my church and each time the people burn a deeper imprint into my heart. There are families there who are as precious to me as friends in the United States.
Acts 1:8 tells us we are to be Christ’s witnesses throughout the world. Matthew 28:19 tells us to go and make disciples of all nations. We are not to go and serve overseas at the exclusion of those across the street from us. We are to serve both. We all can physically reach out to those across the street from us, those we work with or see at our children’s sporting events, but we all may not travel across the ocean to serve those in third world countries. We are, however, still called to serve them. We can do this by supporting them financially through our churches and Para church ministries or organizations like World Vision. We can support them through prayer, by praying for their countries’ leaders, praying for their health and praying for people to share the Gospel of Jesus with them.
In October 2010, Righteous Relationships will be traveling to Ghana, West Africa to serve the ladies of Ghana. I have been asked to bring a team and speak at multiple one day ladies conferences throughout the country. I will be traveling with women from my prayer shield and my church.
Each conference will be a day conference because that is all the women of Ghana can sacrifice. They do not have the resources to stay overnight. They do not even have the resources to eat lunch out, which many of us do multiple times a week. So, not only will we be taking them the Bread of Life through our messages, but we will be treating them to lunch while we are with them. We also hope to be able to bless them with gift bags filled with lotions, nail polish, nail files and other things so they can take some time to pamper themselves a little.
While in Ghana, we will have the opportunity to minister to the children at the Adullam orphanage in Obuasi and in some of the surrounding village Bible clubs. Through donations from dentist, doctors and other supporters, we will be able to take children’s toothbrushes (which they do not have in Ghana), soy formula because it is more easily digested by babies with HIV or AIDS, and clothing to replace the worn out clothing they have. We hope to also take them playground toys, such as soccer balls, bubbles and jump ropes.
The cost of this trip is beyond the means of Righteous Relationships. We trust God will provide for all we need. If the Lord burdens your heart to partner with us in this ministry, we would appreciate it. The cost per person on the team is approximately $3,000 and we will be a team of 10 or 11, plus we need to raise funds for the meals for each village retreat, the gift bags for the ladies, and supplies for the orphanage.
We are coming under the covering of Riverstone Church and all checks may be made out to the church so you will receive a tax deduction. To partner with us, send your check made out to Riverstone Church [2005 Stilesboro Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152] and do not record anything on the “FOR” line so you will receive a tax deduction. Include a note in the envelope with your check indicating you would like for the funds to go towards the Ghana Mission team lead by Susan Norris. If you would like to allocate how your donation is used, please indicate the area of the trip you would like your funds to go towards.
We will be sending out updates through the blog as our team prepares and once we are in Ghana. This will allow you to pray specifically for the needs of our team and those we are ministering to while we’re there. Praying for our trip is the most important thing you can do for us. Please begin praying now, as the Lord prompts you, as we plan and prepare for our time there.
“I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.” – Jesus