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


Enjoying!!


In His Service, 

Matthew J Siekbert                                                                                               







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                                                                                            

***SPECIAL NEWSFLASH***:
 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  
Site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SiekYounique?ref=search_shop_redirect  

                                                       

Monday, September 14, 2015

September Newsletter 2015

 KOJOKROM: 
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!!!








VBS: 
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

 
CLASSES:
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!

WEDDING: 
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