Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 March Newsletter

Ministry has its issues but it also has its rewards! It is a blessing to see God at Work!  People Served and People Saved! In January and February we got to go to 2 new villages, Nakontopon and Esiaman in Sekondi to show movies. The First Village, a week before we showed, someone was robbed and murdered. During setting up and showing the movie many from CBBC and our Bible Studies in Kojokrom and Kansa were on the sidelines giving out John and Romans and witnessing sharing the Gospel. Cornerstone had 6 representing them, Kojokrom represented by my family had 5 and Kansa represented by Bro Harrison had 2. At least 9 Accepted Christ as their Savior and 2 are coming faithfully to church. The Second Village, Bro Prince and his wife live in, was represented by  the same as the First Village plus one more from Kojokrom, Bro Harrison’s wife, some students he is teaching Bible courses, and 3 visitors from the States. Some from this Second Village Accepted Christ. Also other contacts to go back to were received. One from there has visited the church and Prince is still working on her. By practicing and playing soccer my boys are helping in developing friendships. In one month Matthew brings a message and the next month Joseph brings a message. This has    sparked some interest in the younger boys that look up to my boys. Jackie and Naomi do a Bible Club for the kids on Saturdays and a lady in her 20’s named Harriet who listens in on the Bible story they invited and she came to a church activity we had. Please pray for our M.C. this week at CBBC.

Setting up the screen and sound

Koasi witnessing

Matthew inviting/witnessing

Abigail came Sunday, from one of our movie nights

Activities: In January and February our teams: Kojokrom, Sekondi, & Kansaroda played some competitive soccer matches. In January my team in Kojokrom along with Kansa played against Bro Prince’s team in Sekondi and lost 5 to 3. In February after weekly practises my team in Kojokrom     shut out Prince’s team in Sekondi 2 to 0. Kansa, well they tried. Their score with Kojokrom was 0 to 0 and their score with Sekondi was 0 to 3. With all in fun whether we win or lose in Kojokrom or   Sekondi we win!!!

Land Issues: At times it seems we are close to be getting church land then a problem comes and seems to put us back. This time the land we have been working on getting the owner has died. Sad to  say that it might have been a blessing in disguise. Unbeknownst to us the man did not own all that he was telling us. Now that he is dead we found out that he owned a little section of the land and that the government owned 2 more lots of which he was trying to get us to pay for and keep one for himself. Now that he is dead his sons want to sell us his little section and the government wants to sell us the other 2 lots. AMEN!!! This kind of reminds me of Ananias and Sapphira with holding from God. Although there are many delays in life, God’s Timing Is Best. God’s Timing is connected to God’s Guidance, Protection, and Provision.

Bits Of Bread: Don’t Withhold Whatever Is God’s or Whatever He Wants from Land to Your Life!!! “And kept back part…” –Acts 5:2a The Lord Knows All –Secrets and Motives Included!!!

Prayer Request:                                                                     In His Service,
Movie/Soccer Outreach
Betty- Missions Secretary, heart fibrillation
Mrs. Rowell-Pastor’s wife has blood clot in lung                                
Church Land in Ghana                                                                                Matthew J. Siekbert

2016 May Newsletter

Conference On Missions: 
March 13-16 I got to preach in Sekondi CBBC’s Mission Conference. The conference was on “The Call & Commission Of John 20:21”. This passage is Jesus’ 1st sermon/charge after His Resurrection and it was concerning the Great Commission. Also, Jesus last sermon/charge before He ascended     in Act 1 was concerning the Great Commission. The charge the Lord gave his disciples is a Charge for the Local Church to fulfill. Sunday Morning I preached on the word “AS” out of Jn 20:21 (The How To) – “Sensing The Call Of God”; Sunday night “The Aspects Of Missions”: Going & Giving the Gospel, Giving Offerings To FPM; Giving Self To Missions, Answering the Call Of God, Living By Faith Believing God’s Promises, and the Job of the Local Church! Monday night I preached on the statement “My Father Hath Sent” (The One Who Commissioned); Tuesday night on the word “ME” (Directed To Whom) – Jesus’ Attributes, the qualities that would make us better at fulfilling the Great Commission; and Wednesday night I preached on the Commission “EVEN SO SEND I YOU” – Emulating our Master and our Savior Jesus the Christ. Hearts were stirred. The people at CBBC and Kojokrom Bible Study have been in action.

March 27-28 we had good services for Easter at CBBC. Easter Monday is a big day here in Ghana. We had the church folks and Kojokrom Bible Study folks over to our house on that Monday. We played games had fun and everyone brought their lunch. We had a great time of fellowship and ended our time with devotions and coconuts from our tree.

April 17 CBBC celebrated their 9 year anniversary. We held an early evening service right   after lunch. For the people at church Linda, Princes’ wife, made rice and chicken for afternoon lunch break. We had a time of special music, testimonies and congregational singing.

May 2-6 we held our 1st VBS in Kojokrom. We met at a school near by and it was well attended. We had 14 workers each day, most from CBBC and a couple of those workers were from our work in Kojokrom.   Also we had 2 Salvations, we ended up having 133 in attendance for our biggest day for the week. It is a blessing to me to see those who have been saved serve the Lord and grow His work in other areas.

Move To School: 
I mentioned above of having VBS at a school in Kojokrom. On May 8th, we moved our services to this school Sunday evening and Tuesday evening services. It is not far from where we were meeting before at our mechanics house. We have seen more coming to the school. The young lady who got saved at VBS, Fostina, has been coming since we started at the school. I believe if we were still at the house many of these would not come. Thankful God knows the need and opens the doors ahead of time. Our mechanic and his family are still among those who come and Benjamin, from CBBC, Prince’s brother has been a great help with translating for me during the services.

Bits Of Bread:
Someday You Will Be Faced With News In The Morning, the outcome of ones rude and mean spirited way. In I Samuel 25 Nabal was “churlish and evil in his doings” – 25:3. Nabal’s wife, Abigail, pleaded for Nabel, a man she said was a “man of Belial” – 25:25 Are you living a life someone else has to   humbly plead for and apologize for. Are you living a life that will bring Happiness in the Morning or that will bring Hardness in the Morning?
“But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these    things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.” – I Samuel 25:37

                                                                                                                       - Matthew J. Siekbert

Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 January Newsletter

New Year New Things: 
Every month we have scheduled a Movie to show and a Football Game (Soccer Game) to play. There is a Missionary Family that has come to Church Plant in Ghana. He has started working in Kansawroda a village that is on my way to Sekondi and Kojokrom. As my family and I work on Church Planting in Kojokrom we still are investing in our church plant with Prince in the area of Sekondi. Inside of these three main areas (Kojokrom, Sekondi, & Kansawroda) we are concentrating in certain locations showing movies: First, about Christ’s Death, Burial, & Resurrection; The Second, about the Life Changing Power of the Gospel Accepted; and Thirdly, about the Rapture and the Judgment of God. On December 29th we showed in Kojokrom at the Eno play park where we have had Bible Studies our last term. On January 2, 2016 we started with a football game (soccer game) focusing on these main areas having a team from each main area (Kojokrom, Sekondi, & Kansawroda). Our desire through these New Things is to grow Cornerstone’s outreach into other locations of Sekondi and our Village works; the know how, the excitement and encouragement of the church people we have in each area of Work to Evangelize the lost and Leading them to the Lord.       

Getting things set up to show a movie

During the movies our guys from the churches represented are witnessing to folks.

Kojokrom Happenings: 

From our Bible Studies Sunday night and Tuesday night in Kojokrom, Ebenezer and Nicolina were baptized. Praise the Lord their parents attended Cornerstone with us for the baptismal on November 29th. Along with continuous teaching on Christian Traits in Kojokrom I began this New Year teaching through Romans. My wife has also begun teaching a Bible club this New Year there. I have challenged our Bible Study to Read a verse every day then write down what they think it means. In this Religious Country I believe with some guidance this could really help them to re-think of the twisted wrong that they have been taught. Please pray for these Three locations of concentration in the growing village of Kojokrom: Eno, Jerusalem Town, & Market Side. My car is going through a repairing & a breaking down epidemic. That has led to more walking and taxiing. On the 9th I got to lead Francis a taxi man to the Lord and invite him to our Bible studies. George Spodure, a Navy Chief and Isaac Ampah both family men and residence in Kojokrom are some men I am working on. Please pray for them along with many others who come out to play football (soccer).     

Ebenezer and Nicolina

With Parents and Pastors

Koty and Dorcas, Emmanuella, Ebenezer, Nicolina and Winifred

Joseph giving his testimony at Kojokrom Bible Study

Kojokrom Bible Club on Saturday morning

David trying on Saul's armour

Sekondi Happenings: 
On December 23rd our Bible Study in Kojokrom went over to Cornerstone for our Christmas Party that was enjoyable and well attended. Prince and Linda hosted our family at their house for their 1st Christmas together as a couple. They prepared a fabulous dinner! It is encouraging to see them working together as Pastor and Pastor’s wife at Cornerstone. They are growing together. New Comers are visiting. He has told me that at home they are going over the book of Daniel together. Please pray for these Four locations of concentration in Sekondi: European Town, Ekwasi, Esiaman, & Nakontopon. On January 4, 2016 we showed a movie in Ekawsi. As it was playing young men from the new missionary’s work and Cornerstone in Sekondi were on the sidelines telling other about Christ and leading some to trust in Christ Only as their Savior. It was exciting to see how the Blood has Power to Save but also to Spark a fire in Christians who willingly serve Him. At Cornerstone Prince, Koasi, and I are still teaching Evening Bible Classes. This Monday  we started back up. I’m teaching “The Book of Zechariah”, Koasi & Prince are teaching part 2 of “The Miracles of the Bible”; and “The 8 Holy Days & 7 Feasts of Israel”. We plan to be finished by the 2ndweek of May. West Ridge School let out for Christmas but a few weeks before several students from out of my class Accepted  Christ as their Savior. They will start back up Monday. The Deaf School we teach during Sunday School hour resumes Sunday. The Lord is at Work. The Sekondi Church land is still in the works. Please pray that we can get it soon! I hope to let you know more soon! Thank you all for your Christmas Gifts, Cards, and Prayers. We  also want to thank the Lord for Good Shepherd Baptist Church for taking us on as a part of the missionary family! Those who gave for us to have an Inverter thank you very much! It is keeping our electric going and many mosquitos away. Thanks!    
“And declared to be the Son of God with power,…” –Romans 1:4                          

Christmas Gathering at Cornerstone Biblical Baptist Church

Prince and Linda pounding Fufu

Fufu with Light Soup and Chicken


In His Service, 

Matthew J Siekbert