Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 2017 Newsletter

On December 15-16 Prince, Koasi, Benjamin, and myself had our Yearly Planning Meeting for CBBC and the Kojokrom Bible Studies. Kojokrom Bible Studies are still being bused in on Sunday mornings, but we are encouraged with a few new people that has been coming; The last Saturday of every month we have planned that those at our Kojokrom Bible Studies will break from our visitation there and go to visitation with CBBC in Sekondi; Every 5th week of the year I will be Preaching Sunday mornings at CBBC; Every 5th week of the year we will also be at CBBC for our Sunday Evening Services, the Lord’s Supper, and a Sing-spiration. Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings I am still teaching on Romans and Christian Principles. I will be preaching CBBC’s Conference on Missions and their Revival services. Sunday Mornings my wife teaches the young ladies at CBBC while Naomi, Matthew Jr, and myself go with Joseph and Nehemiah to teach Bible Lessons at the Deaf school. The Deaf school starts back up on the 29th of this month. My son Joseph is being broken in to teach Jr Church at CBBC. We have made over 4,093 bricks as of January 6th. During Christmas break we had a few more helping hands, small and big! About 2,500 bricks were made since December 1st. That is about 100 bags of cement. We just bought 80 more bags of cement. We need about 2,000 more bricks. Pray for us as we labor for the Lord! “…The work is great and large,…” - Neh 4:19b

In Kojokrom this Saturday a young man named Steven, a student just last year at West Ridge School, and Prince, his younger brother, was led to the Lord on Saturday visitation. West Ridge School’s Wednesday Morning Worship service has just resumed this week and in my class we had a few that professed Christ as their Savior.

Evening Bible Classes:
Last year we started Evening Bible Classes at the end of August with 10 people and we finished with 9. That is not bad! Amen! This new year to start January 16th we had 10, but 2 of the students are new. They have been coming to CBBC and to the Kojokrom Bible Studies for just about the last 2 months. These classes are full of notes. Pray that we give them just the right balance and pray that they all will see the classes through to the end of the Semester. Monday, I teach on Giving Attendance To Bible Doctrine; Tuesday, Koasi teaches on How To Study The Bible; and Thursday, Prince teaches on Understanding Bible Prophecy From the book entitled “Leadership – By the Book” by author David M. AtkinsonHorace Greeley, born on February 3, 1811, founder and editor of the New-York Tribune said, “It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.” The Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17; “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” – II Tim 3:15; “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” – Mat.22:29. Between faithful Church attendance and these Evening Bible Classes, I know and I see that God is Doing a Work! It is helping others find freedom, Spiritually, from the Deceiver of all Nations, the religious hype and wresting of the Charismatics and Ecumenical mind-set, Jargon and Gibberish they call tongues speaking. 

A special thank you to those who gave us gifts for Christmas, the Container, and Church property materials. 

Matthew J. Siekbert

Friday, November 11, 2016

2016 November Newsletter

Revival Services: 
On October 23-26 I had the privilege of doing the Revival Services at CBBC in Sekondi. We are preparing to build by making bricks on our church property so our theme at CBBC was on BUILDING. The sermons for the week were on: THE BUILDINGS OF NOAH. Sunday Morning we defined the word “Building”. Building in Scripture is to increase and strengthen. Revivals help strengthen the Soldier in the Army of the Lord and shore up and strengthen the Christian who lives by Biblically Sound Christian Principles. “Building” is also to cement and knit together; to settle or establish. Sunday Evening the sermon was about the 1st thing that Noah built – “Noah Built A Relationship With God”. All other buildings are vain failures and for not if one does not start 1st building in the Lord. Monday Evening I preached on “Noah Built An Ark” a Gigantic Task that the world Ridiculed but for the Christian a Safe Haven, a Shelter from the Storm, a Set Precedent in who and what one follows, trusts, and obeys. On Tuesday Evening the sermon brought was “Noah Built An Altar”. Building things that are For God, that Point to God, and that are Acceptable to God. Our last night, Wednesday, “Noah Built A Family That Was Positively Affected By God”. Let your kids see, know and be involved in your Communion with the Lord. Be as Abraham was when God said of him   in Genesis 18:19 “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

Prince and Linda Singing for our Revival

Each Sunday in October we collected a special offering to buy bags of cement. We had by the first Friday in November 999 bricks. Each bag of cement makes up approximately 26.5 6” bricks. Every Friday we have had a goal of making 5 Cement bags of bricks. It takes several days   for the drying process, but the Sun here in Ghana seems like a baking light in an oven. Over the Christmas break we should be able to have more laborers and more workdays. I would like to see 2,000 6” foundation blocks. I would also like to see about 4,000 5” blocks for the church building walls. Any extra 5” blocks will be for the walls around the church property. We need quite a bit from my   viewpoint but God will supply our every need in labor, building materials, finances, and wisdom! GOD IS FAITHFUL!!! As of our September newsletter we needed $126.55 for the Scripture Container we have on order. Praise the Lord! He helped us meet that need through impressing that on some ones  heart. First Freedom’s VBS kids raised $490.02 for mission expenses. That will help us with 71.67  Bags of Cement. THANK YOU KIDS FOR GIVING TO MISSIONS! Prince led two boys from my class at West Ridge School in accepting Christ as their personal Savior.




Other News For Prayer: 
Esther Nortey in our church at CBBC and her family will be having  their father’s funeral November 18th; Peaceful Elections in Ghana on December 7th; Our newly Elected President and our Country’s Course. It could have been much worse. Thank God for His Grace.

Esther Nortey

The Gift of God’s Son is the foundation for thanks! “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” - Col 3:17                     Thank you for your faithfulness to our family and your ministering to us!    

Matthew J Siekbert

                    ~~~Have A Great Thanksgiving and A Great Merry Christmas!~~~

Thursday, September 8, 2016

2016 September Newsletter

(August 1st through the 5th) Monday we started with having 104 in attendance and by Friday 230. There were 4 that received Christ and many others we dealt with on Salvation. Depending on the year the ages of the kids fluctuates. We had many young kids this time, but that only means in Sekondi that there are many young mothers that have been influenced by our church through the years! To God Be The Glory! The young ones are teachable! There also is a place by our church that sells juicy drinks. Last year at VBS time that company just moved in and was wondering what was going on with all of the kids we had for VBS. This year the Lebanese man that runs the company brought and donated drinks to us for each kid on Monday. Bro Prince and I went to thank him and he said that he would like to come. On Thursday they donated to us again. Ebenezer and Nicolina, brother and sister from the Kojokrom Bible Study, are really taking to our Church at CBBC and getting involved.

Tug of War

Youth Competition At CBBC: 
(August 19th) Anchor Baptist Church in Cape Coast, a Missionary work in Kansarowada, and CBBC had a Youth Competition all day. Those in attendance were broke up into 3 groups. The first part of the day we had teaching sessions. We taught on the Trichotomy of Man. (The subject of teaching was prompted by our Friday night men’s classes at CBBC on the book “Tall Law” by Steven Curington). I taught on the spirit of man, that does the communication with God; Prince taught on the soul of man, that is to take direction from our spirit; and Koasi taught on the body of man, which carries out the direction received from our soul. As Christians All 3 Parts of Man God wants to be “Sanctified” – set apart, pure, and holy. God’s Will is that we would be “wholly”- perfectly, sanctified and our “whole”- total, being (our whole spirit, our whole soul, and our whole body) would be sanctified. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your   whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – I Thessalonians 5:23. After the teaching sessions we had a filling lunch, and then we had the long awaited Quiz on the book of Ruth. CBBC came in 1st place, Kansa in 2nd place and Anchor in 3rd place. From all of the   commotion going on the Youth seemed to be having a good time. Bro Prince ended the day with a message. 

Classes in the morning

Bible Quiz

CBBC Winners

Evening Bible Classes At CBBC: 
(August 23rd) The start of our 1st Semester for this year’s Evening Bible Classes at CBBC. We have 10 enrolled. This is our biggest class since our start 4 years ago. 6 are our faithfuls at CBBC, 2 are our 1 year olds in Christ from Kojokrom, 1 is a youngster who is 13 years old and just starting to grow and mature spiritually in the Lord, and the last 1 to be enrolled is a young man of about 14 years old that just got saved a few weeks ago. Please pray that they all faithfully survive, especially those in regular school yet and also as they will face other challenges and tests that God allows to come through this semester of Evening Bible Classes. Mondays, I am teaching the book of Genesis; Tuesdays, Bro Koasi is teaching on the Life of Christ; and Thursdays, Bro Prince is teaching on the book of James.

Monday Bible Class (Me)

Tuesday Bible Class (Pastor Koasi)

Thursday Bible Class (Pastor Prince)

The $6,000 goal for the Container of Scriptures has almost been met. On this project just a little push is needed to meet our goal. We lack only $126.55. Thank you for those who have given to this project! 
On August 26th we had Movie/Evangelism Night. There were many that came and the gospel seed 
was sown. Praise the Lord, we have been able to get some Church Property and we are working on 
getting the lot in front of the lot we now have. Because of the corruption in Ghana it is very hard and 
it takes time to get many thing done over here. Thank you for your prayers! We now have a waterline 
and running water on the land. This month we are taking our Saturdays and doing some brick making. 
Bricks, Bricks, Bricks, and more Bricks!                                                                                                                                                             
Movie Night

Purchased Land, we have the back from the white wall to about where the guys are standing.

From back to front, that is facing the Sea. The front is government owned and we
 hope to get the front part. Please be in prayer. 

Another view from back to front different angle

“The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.” – Ruth 2:12                                        

 Matthew J. Siekbert

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2016 July Newsletter

     We are glad to see the working of the Lord. We have started about three years ago with this Bible study for a few reasons: 1. Because the Lord was in it. 2. Because I believe churches should reproduce themselves as individual Christians should. 3. It is a part of a growing faith and a giving of self for CBBC in their serving the Lord. Benjamin, since this New Year, has been working with us helping and translating faithfully. Benjamin a few years ago did not seem to have a focused interest, but Praise the Lord for the change I am seeing now. Cecelia, a young girl who grew up in our church at CBBC is now also serving in our Bible Study. They both are visiting there every Saturday with us. Please be in prayer for them as they are growing in the Lord. There is an older man that has been coming to the  Bible Studies. His name is Ben. We are excited for his coming. With him continually coming he might spark other older men that we have been in contact with in the same area he lives. There are also some young families we have been visiting that we pray will come.

Cecilia, Nicolina and Naomi witnessing/inviting folks to church in Kojokrom

Mack and Benjamin witnessing in Kojokrom

     On Sunday Mornings at the Deaf School Naomi, Matthew Jr, and I are teaching OT Bible Stories for Sunday School. During this time my wife is teaching a girls class at CBBC; Sunday Evenings at Kojokrom Bible Study I am going through the Book of Romans; Tuesday Evenings I have just finished with a booklet on Christian Traits; Wednesday Mornings at West Ridge School, Prince, Koasi, Matthew Jr, and myself are teaching on various subjects for their Morning Worship Time. After Morning Worship at West Ridge  School we go to the church and we are going over the book Mentoring & Modeling. This May we’ve started on Friday Evenings teaching over the book Tall Law for a men’s only  class.

Sunday Evening in Kojokrom

Teaching the book of Romans

Tuesday Evening in Kojokrom

     Little by little things are progressing.

      Two other Missionaries and myself are going together in purchasing a 20' Container of Scriptures. The cost will be at least $6,000. We have put in $1,000 a piece. I would like to mention our need for the remaining $3,000. It would only take 6 churches at $500 a piece to help us accomplish this goal. If you could prayerfully and financially consider helping us, we would be grateful.
“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job    twice as much as he had before.” – Job 42:10                                                                                      Through Prayer and Patience we see the Blessings of the Lord!             

Matthew J Siekbert