Dear Praying Friends,
We praise the Lord that last month our veteran missionary James Ruckman and his wife were able to move back to Ghana. Bro. Ruckman does a tremendous job in his various roles as an encourager, facilitator, teacher, and liaison for the multiple church plants in Ghana which are part of Operation Light. For several years he has been able to assist the national pastors and the church plants from the US, but he is now able to be more “hands-on.”
In the November letter, we mentioned the $19,000 needed to get the church building in Apremdo ready to hold services. We praise the Lord that several churches donated to this project and all the funds have come in for it! The work should be completed within a few months, enabling Pastor Dare and Fundamental Bible Baptist Church to begin holding services there. What a glorious time that will be in the Apremdo region of Takoradi!
A few weeks ago on January 30, Pastor Dare and the church held a special service to commemorate their 3rd anniversary. All three churches that we helped to start (Apremdo, Agona, and Shama) came together for the services as well as the busload that comes every Sunday morning from Kojokrom (The other two church plants will have their 3rd anniversary at the end of the year.) Half the church from Agona was not able to travel there, but God still blessed with 151 in attendance. There was not a big evangelistic push nor was an evangelistic message preached, but five people trusted Christ after the service as the ladies prepared a meal for everyone. Praise God!
Please pray for several matters regarding the Immanuel Baptist Church that will soon be planted in Wahala, Togo. Bro. Koffi, who will be pastoring the church, has not been hospitalized but has been sick for over a week. Pray for his full recovery. Also, pray for the continued progress of the church building. Togo has experienced a similar or worse economic downturn as the US. The contractor is requiring another $5,000 to $7,000 to complete the church building. Pray for God to supply these funds and pray for Bro. Goungampo, who is our veteran missionary in Togo overseeing the church plant.
Be sure to set www.operationlight.org as one of your favorites and check frequently for news, updates, and pictures of what God is doing through this church planting ministry in West Africa.
David Crews, Director