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***New*** This is the first installment of a number of
newsletters of my missions trip to Uganda.
weeks, I am here in Uganda to distribute Bibles and teaching resources,
to teach, preach, encourage and minister to (serve) my Brothers and
Setting out to
deliver the Word of G-d in Bumbo, Uganda, with Teacher David and Pastor
John Michael. This is week one of six weeks. I am excited to
see what G-d has in store for me.
***New*** The Congregatioin in Bumbo were thrilled to
receive their Complete Jewish Bibles. This week I got to spend
time with Pastor Isaac Were.
***New*** TI just finished a few days of preaching,
sharing the Gospel and giving out Bibles.
***New*** Our ministry in Uganda is enabled by the
gracious hospitality offered by Emily Dwyer and her team at
Acts for Messiah.
News-Letter Week 5
News-Letter Week 6
Jewels of Africa -
Coming along side "ACTS for
Messiah founder Emily Dwyer in
Tororo, Uganda was a true
blessing for Pastor Larry Michael and our entire family. Making
Disciples, Baptizing (Immersion), Teaching All, Being a Blessing, Uganda
Praise Reports, and Prayer requests.
Joy Comes to Waiting Family! You are Missionaries to Africa, We
want to Support YOU! Uganda Prayer Requests
- Now is the time for Prayer!
The most positive thing we can
do is to pray.
The McConnell Family is happy to announce they are working to return to
Africa! Their next international destination is Uganda, East Africa.
God of Wonder Ministries will be partnering with Acts for Messiah who
has been established in Uganda for the past decade.
Last year the McConnell family were privileged
to help rescue Baby Joy who was an abandoned HIV+ baby that all the
doctors expected to die. Thanks to our merciful God, Joy is now a happy
and healthy 2 year old!
So far, $650 has been raised by
GWMI supporters towards her adoption.
E-Letter/Thanksgiving Greeting -
the pilgrims experienced that first Thanksgiving, it is much easier to
give thanks when you have gone with out, and now have enough. Imagine
the joy of dancing in the first rain after a drought. Or a hot shower,
after 2 years of cold showers!
Baby Joy celebrates her first birthday It was like every
other day for her... a miracle! Plus highlights of the Eban House
Children's Home Outreach!
After 11 months of loving and caring for baby Emma, we have said a
tearful "good-bye". Emma's sweet and cheerful personality will always be
a cherished memory, and we are thankful to have been her family for
almost a year. The once weak and lethargic baby Joy is now rolling
over and trying to sit up! She likes to coo and call for us to be with
her, and always rewards us with a beautiful smile.
- Baby Joy had nothing to smile about. Doctors at the hospital where she
had been abandoned after her premature birth labeled her "failure to
thrive," along with her other medical difficulties. Baby Joy had tested
positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Left in the
hospital for five months, and then moved to another institution, Joy
never knew the love of doting parents.
January News Letter
With the closing of private orphanages, Ghana Social
Welfare is now requesting NGO's to act as Foster Homes to act as
temporary homes for children at risk, until they can be returned to
their birth family or placed for adoption.
For the third time in a month, elections will be held
this Friday to determine the next President of Ghana. Rumors of
unrest, and civil outrage over possible voter fraud are spreading daily.
Dozens of people were seen with machetes and sticks storming the
Electorial Commission in Accra on New Year's Eve, and vandalizing
property. Police used a water canon to subdue the supporters of
the current ruling party (NPP), who fear the oppositional NDC party
regaining political control.
Beki spends Thanksgiving Day in a Ghanaian Circuit Court
and receives the breakthrough we all have been waiting for. Baby
Emma and her future sister have been approved by the Ghanaian Judge to
be adopted by an American couple! HAPPY THANKSGIVING ! ! !
Our prayers have been answered and these children have just passed
another major milestone on their way to live with their forever family.
We have so much to be thankful for!
The past three months have transformed baby Emmanuella's life... when she came to us she was
just over 5 lbs as she turned 5 months old suffering
with multiple health problems.
Mayfia memorizes scriptures very fast, and is
busy 'hiding God's Word in her heart.' By the grace of God, we've been serving
in Ghana for 18 months now!
Emmanuella's mother was suffering
from TB and HIV, and the loss of her husband due to HIV, when Emma was
born. Being very weak herself, the mother wasn't able to nurse the tiny
infant, and Emma's Uncle did his best to get porridge into her
After 5 months of camping...in the bush, waiting for the electricity and
running water to be installed in the Children's Home we had to make a
Newsletter - For the past five months,
a group of 30 to 60 children ranging from age 3 to 16 have been meeting
for worship and bible study under our palm tree several times a week.
"He can't have a Bible he's a Muslim. Sixteen Children
choose to follow Yeshua (Jesus) in Public Baptism. Being a Mom is hard
work - and being a Mom in a third world country is very hard!
Daily trusting God to protect Josiah, Gracie, and Mayfia can be
difficult - like when poisonous snakes are in our front yard!
- Village thief is
In Ghana, the children are taught in public schools that Muslims,
Christians, and traditional African (Spiritism) worship all praise the
same god, who created man and the earth. This syncretism (merging of
spiritual beliefs) leads to a high level of tolerance between religious
This week, another 6 children came to GWMI worship services for the
first time, and prayed to accept Yeshua as their Messiah.
- An African Anniversary! By living with, and like
Africans, we are learning to minister in more applicable ways. Since we
are living without electricity (Praise God for the generator which gives
us some electricity!), or running water, we now know experientially some
of the daily hardships of the people, and their physical needs.
Being a Blessing! Giving up their Christmas holidays to share with
others, Jack and Dorine, Tyrone and Peterson selflessly ministered to us
at GWMI, and the people of Ghana. Thank you for being a blessing!
Pastor Andrew is always singing praise songs, but when he received the
needed laptop for his continuing education, his praises were glorious!
Newsletter in .pdf or
November Newsletter in .html (faster loading)- Providing
a home for up to 60 children is impossible . . . .without the GOD OF
WONDERS! The children's facility is nearly complete but we need
your help to make it a home. . . Two of
the men had to leave their village at 3 AM, and the third Pastor leads
all night prayer meetings on Friday nights! Their dedication and thirst
for the Lord, is contagious.
When our friend Pastor Andrew, was thrown in jail, while doing his job
for another organization, God showed up!
- Mayfia has not had an easy life -
Children are often passed among family members, and can be used as
laborers in the house and farms, or to sell merchandise on the street.
The Central Region is the
3rd poorest region in Ghana, and child traffickers take advantage of
desperate families to purchase children to work in the fisheries on Lake
The Ghanaians in the Northern Regions suffered through a drought this
summer, and have been flooded with torrential downpours in September.
Aug E-Letter - One of
the biggest adjustments we've had to make since leaving the US, six
months ago, is realizing that "Things move slowly in Ghana!"
The next big miracle will be watching how God provides all the necessary
furniture and supplies to bring these children home!
Newsletter Although our 'assignment' has changed since our
arrival, our commitment to raising leaders of Righteousness from the
forgotten orphans of Africa has not! We believe that the
believers of Africa, can fulfill the Great Commission in their
generation, by discipling and training new believers to reach the
'uttermost parts of the earth'. We believe that the believers
of Africa, can care for their sick and elderly, and raise the 15
million orphans in Sub-Sahara Africa to be leaders of Righteousness
in their generation. We believe that the believers of
Africa, can "prepare God's people for works of service, so that the
body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in faith and in
the knowledge of the Son of God" Ephesians 4:12b-13a.
- "Introducing 'God of Wonder Ministries, International'"
Four months to the day of our
arrival in Africa, GWMI became an official Non Government Organization
(NGO) in Ghana! Ajumako Children's Home -
The first project underway is the
Ajumako Children's Home,
located in the Central Region, which is the third poorest region in
Ghana. Larry spoke
to over 600 teenagers at the "Esian Senior Secondary School", in a
powerful service on the root sin of 'discontentment'. Later that
same morning he preached at the Word Alive Esiama church. A video clip
of the worship service can be seen online at
June E-Letter - "You have seven days." One
week, to pack up and leave Ghana. The Immigration officer
confiscated our passports, and we left the office wondering how God was
going to work this out. We had been busy setting up a home,
registering our car, and pursuing ministry opportunities. Now we
had a week to leave.
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