Thursday, November 12, 2015

November Newsletter 2015

Those Being Taught:
For Sunday School my family and I are at the Sekondi Deaf School. We have been invited to teach them Bible. Afterwards we go to Cornerstone for Morning Service. We started this at the beginning of October. I have the schoolmaster listening to me then signing to the students. We also are writing    the Bible Story for that day on the chalkboard. The kids, Naomi and Matthew Jr. are teaching Bible Stories in their own assigned classes. While teaching at the Deaf School we are picking up some signs and also taking some sign classes once a week. Pray for us, this is a new adventure! On October 4th we started Sunday Evenings  in Kojokrom. With this being said we are now having Bible Studies in Kojokrom on Sunday Evenings at 5:00 and Tuesday Evenings at 6:30. As I’ve mentioned before we are holding these Bible Studies at my mechanic’s house. On our first Sunday Evening meeting there in Kojokrom after I read the Passage I had Ebenezer, Koty’s  son ready the Fante Bible and to Translate the message. Through the message Koty and his wife, Dorcus were grinning from ear to ear in excitement to see their son being used for God. At Cornerstone we had Revival  services October 25th-28th. The Revival went well with God stirring hearts and people at the altar. The Theme for the Conference was out of Hebrews 6:9 “Better Things Of You”. I got to preach 3 of the Services on the   topics of: “Persuaded Better Things Of You”, “Better Sacrifices Of You”, and “Better Promises Of You”. Prince preached Sunday Evening and another missionary preached Tuesday Evening.   

Deaf School

Deaf School

Ebenezer translating


Those In The Corners: 
While teaching/preaching in Kojokrom there have been others listening. The house Koty and his family rent is divided up into apartments. On my right at the podium there is a second floor with a porch on it. There is a preacher from one of the Charismatic Churches sitting and listening to the    messages. At times Ebenezer tells me some questions this man has after he hears what has been preached. Please pray for me as I speak the Word that the Lord will Draw him to realize his errors and change. God’s Pure Word and Prayer is the only thing that can change this Country of Religious Charismatic Chaos. Many Have A Bible or A Twisted Version But They Don’t Have Many Who Know & Teach Its Truth. Along with the need of God’s Pure Word they need Pure Teaching. On the other side, my left at the podium, there is a separate house where a security man stays. He with sincerity stopped me the other day and said that he has noticed our family ministering in song/instruments and hearing the preaching invited me to his work place to preach there. In front of the podium behind the benches that are set out for those who come to the services is a hill where kids come and listen to the services. Pray that we will be affective in reaching them. The Bible says in I Cor 16:9 “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” Yet with these opportunities God must Draw them out of their confused state of ingrained Charismatic beliefs.                               

Those Who’ve Gotten Saved:
Since my September’s Newsletter several at West Ridge School has gotten Saved, a child and 2 young ladies at Kojokrom, and a young Teenage boy named Festus in Sekondi.     


Bits Of Bread & Loaf of Nutrition: 
The Great Commission InvolvesGoing To, Teaching Salvation, after Receiving then Baptizing, & then Further Teaching, For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:!!! – Eph 4:12“And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? “And he said,                                                                                  How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired                                                                            Philip that he would come up and sit with him.” – Acts 8:30-31                                                                                                              

~~~Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas~~~                      Matthew J Siekbert                                                                                            

 My daughter, Naomi has just opened a New Shop on “Etsy” selling earrings she has made. She is looking for some ways to prepare financially, for College!                     
Shop Name: SiekYounique  


Monday, September 14, 2015

September Newsletter 2015

For the past 2 years we have had a Tuesday Evening Bible Study in Kojokrom. We recently started visitation on Saturdays in Kojokrom and have begun a van route to bring the folks to Cornerstone for Sunday mornings. In October we will begin holding Sunday Evening Services there in Kojokrom. Pray for the Kojokrom Bible Studies, Koty, his wife, & his family as they are facing little challenges presented by the Devil in helping us start a work for the Lord there. I told them that the  Devil is faithful at his job so stay committed to your work for the Lord. Prince will continue to Pastor CBBC. Thank you for the special offerings that have come from Christ Mission and Cornerstone!!!

Our annual Vacation Bible School was in August from the10-14th. Our Theme for the week was “Choose Your Way”. Monday I taught, Tuesday Philip Taught, Wednesday Koasi taught. That night after class 3 received Christ. Thursday Prince taught, & Friday Joseph taught and several others during this class received Christ. Monday we started with 94 in attendance and by Friday our high was 131.

Those who came for salvation

On August 17th we started our Evening Bible Classes for our church. The Classes being taught are: Wall-Builders by me on Monday, Miracles Of the Bible (Part 1) by Bro Koasi on Tuesday, and 8 Holy Days & 7 Feasts of Israel (Part 1) by Bro Prince on Thursday. Anyone wanting to learn more about the Bible these classes are for them. My kids also started school on the same day. Pray for Sunday Baptism Classes for those who received Christ in the Kojokrom Tuesday Evening Bible Studies and VBS in August. The Devil is at work!

We are happy to announce that Prince and Linda Tackie had their wedding on August 29th. Cornerstone Biblical Baptist Church now has a Pastor’s wife. Many people came to see the wedding. I think he had over 500 people in attendance. I got to give their Salvation Testimonials, Admonishments, & Preach the Wedding Message on Typologies of the Groom and Typologies of       
the Bride. My wife and kids played their instruments during the wedding. The Special instrumentalist song was “God Give Us Christian Home” played during the Lighting of the Unity Candle and Prince & Linda’s Time in Prayer together. Pastor Dare married them. On Sunday they came to church as a   new couple and sang us a song. They left for their Honeymoon on Monday. The Friday morning  before the wedding, Prince’s family and Linda’s family had their dowry ceremony. Prince has to meet the requirements in order to marry Linda. Gifts, money and negotiations are made during  the ceremony. It was a nice wedding. In August also our son Matthew turned 16 on the 31st. He has done well in playing the piano and We Thank God for him! We are Blessed!!!

Bits Of Bread: 
As Christians Trials In Life Are To Help Build Us and To Perfect Us, The Needful Grace Of God In Our Lives Is To Sustain Us, and The End Result Is To Be Firmly Fixed On Him!!!                                                  
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus,                                                                  after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” – I Peter 5:10                         

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July Newsletter 2015

It seems to have started June 1st till July 20 that we have been on the move, literally and in haste preparing, leaving, arriving, sorting out, cleaning up, and putting things back in order from the US to Ghana W Africa.

Needs Met: 
Before our Leaving in June, Lighthouse Baptist Church helped us finish meeting a  need of being able to purchase an Inverter & some Deep Cycle Batteries for Africa. THANK YOU!!! With anticipation of others, this month Gospel Light Baptist Church has been the first church to take us on for support while on a year’s furlough. That brings us to almost 94% of our needed support level. Praise the Lord & Thank You! This church is a church plant that is just a few years old. Please be in prayer of what God would have you to do. The Key and Purpose of the Local New Testament Church Is Missions! Life Is In The BLOOD! Telling and Sharing With Others Jesus’ Shed Blood for All the World All over the World! “…by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:”

More Thanks Due: 
To the New Churches that gave us an opportunity to present and hopefully, gain some new and needed support; To our Supporting Churches for your prayers and giving over, above, and faithfully; To our Missions Secretary for constantly keeping on top of things and especially, as we got ready to leave. Without Betty many things would be a lot more complex; My Brother and his Wife using their truck & house for our last few days. They were gracious and tolerant to say the least; My Parents and Siblings who visited us in the last few days to just send us off at the airport without much of a visit from us (me, Jackie and our kids) socializing or acknowledging for the sake of our orderly packing frenzy of a 3 year term. The trip up was not a waste although it may have felt like it!  Our Church for letting us use the church van to the airport and for letting us come be apart of you  while in and out of town this past furlough year. Our church directory that we pray over as a family is a lot more familiar and meaningful; and a First, Foremost, and Forever Thanks To The Lord Who Provides All And Makes It All Come Together!  

Prayer Requests: 
Prince and Linda’s Wedding August 29, 2015; VBS at Cornerstone August 10-14, 2015; Success this Term in Obtaining Church Land & Property Papers for Cornerstone Land along with some Construction Progress; Kid’s Schooling to Start in August; Evening Bible Classes at Cornerstone; New Church Planting Endeavors; Finding the Right House Inverter; Renewal of Vetting Form/Resident Permit.

Bits Of Bread: 
Church, Get Back To The Basics, Get Back To What You Are Made For!!! Stop Competing With The World, You Will Lose  & You Will Lose Your Spirituality. I’ve Seen It. I’ve    Been In many churches and It is Sad!!! – Life Is In The Blood!!! – Missions Is A Must!!! The Design, The Key, and The Purpose of the Local New Testament Church Is Missions!!! “

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being                                                                                                                            witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the                                                                                               righteousness of God which is by faith                                                                                                            of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all                                                                                                          them that believe: for there is no difference:”  –Romans 3:21-22               

 Matthew J. Siekbert


Monday, June 1, 2015

May Newsletter 2015

Ghana Needs
We want to thank all those who have helped with our appliance needs in returning back to Ghana. In this newsletter update we give a special thanks to Blessed Hope and Crusade Baptist in extra funds toward Abeka flashcards for the ministry and an Inverter. We are still working on getting 4 batteries at about $500 a piece and a Pure Sine Inverter charger 6000/8000 watt low frequency solar invertor at about $1,250/$2,400.                                                                                                                                               

Furlough Travels
April was a busy month for us. We had just come from 3 weeks being away from  home in the month of March. We had Easter Sunday with my parents. The next weekend my niece, Hannah, got married. I helped with the first part of the ceremony. We then went right into our home church’s Missions Conference. We enjoyed getting to know our church family better. Being on the field new people come and join the church so it was good to not just say a “Hello” in passing, but to be able to sit down and have a meal together and get better acquainted. The next Sunday we had an all day meeting at Blessed Hope during their Missions Month. They were a blessing, then onto a Missions Conference in Michigan with Dr. Vick as the main speaker. That Friday we headed over to Bethel in Illinois. They asked Jackie to speak at their mother/daughter banquet and then had us for the Sunday Services. We enjoyed our weekend with the Rowell’s. The last church was a church plant of 3 years where are kids got to enjoy playing their instruments with a trumpeter there. We only have 3 more meetings and then we will be home to speak at our home church, then our final pack up and head   out. Thank you for all that you have done for us this year. We have had the opportunity to be with many of our supporting churches to preach and give an update of God’s Working in Ghana. Also we have been at many new churches this furlough that we hope the Lord will lead in partnering with us as their Missionaries to Ghana West Africa. We are at 92.57% of our needed level of support.                                                                                                                                        

Looking Forward: 
We are looking forward to our return to Ghana at the end of June. Pastor Prince Tackie will be getting married in August, and Linda will be a new member of Cornerstone. We are ready for our next term, to see what God will do through us. This will probably be our two oldest, Naomi’s and Matthew’s  last term with us. We are preparing for what the Lord has for them next. We made some college trips this year so they can pray about which direction to go. We still have time, no rushing it!! Our three oldest will be going to Bill Rice Ranch, with our church before we leave for Ghana, they are excited!              


Looking Back: 
We have had a wonderful year on furlough. We regrouped and had a different kind of rest. Naomi and Matthew took Violin and Piano lessons this year. Had a wonderful teacher (Josh). They can play over 20 hymns. We are so excited to get to see their talents being used for God in Ghana. Along with My wife playing the flute, we should be able to have some recognizable hymns being played. Naomi and Matthew have gotten their temporary drivers license. Naomi will soon go to get her license. Matthew will have to wait until next furlough to get his license. He will miss the magic age of 16 by two months. Nehemiah has gotten glasses  and is doing great on his eyesight improving. We have finished another year of school. That is an  accomplishment, with all our travels, the kids did school on Saturday’s in order to get done. The Lord has been so good to us, blessed us in so many ways and in getting things accomplished. Everything we have is from Him and everything we do should be for Him. WE THANK YOU LORD!                  


Bits of Bread:
In Making Decisions and Live a life that Pleases The Lord Do Not Go Back nor Listen To Others that Tell You That The Lord Is Holding You Back. “And when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord                                                                                                    to bless Israel, he went not as at other times…” Then Balak said, “…I thought to promote thee to honour; but, lo, the Lord hath kept thee back from honour.” – Numbers 24:1a,11b