Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 2017 Newsletter

Conference On Missions: March 19th-22nd was a blessed week. CBBC had their Conference on Missions. Our Theme Verses for the week was:  “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” – II Cor 4:3-4. As a Christian the messages during the week dealt with The Glorious Gospel; Our Shine; Our Desire; Our Sharing; and Our Faith. The Lord was moving in hearts and God is at work!

Anniversary/Easter Sunday: Cornerstone Biblical Baptist Church’s 10th Anniversary was also Easter Sunday this year. What an exciting Sunday, our Savior is risen and the celebration of God’s church for the past 10 years. We had an early Sunday evening service following lunch and fellowship. The young kids did some special songs and a skit. The youth presented the church with a beautiful plaque representing 10 years. We also purchased a banner for the occasion.


Finished Up The Bricks: By the end of February beginning of March we had finished with the 6” blocks and started with the 5” blocks. We had a few blitz with the 5” block making for a few weeks so we could finish them up by the end of April and we did it by God’s Grace! We have about 5,008 6” blocks for the building mainly and about 1,202 5” blocks for the boarder walls of the church property. The Government is still in a slow down because of the new President and the picks for new Government agents who decide on the property price and issuing of the property. They already have said that the land would be for us, but it is not official until they commit with papers and act on it. Please pray that it will be made official soon and that they will give us a God fearing price. This is much of our hold up now with moving, legally, the squatters off of the property so we can, legally, construct.


VBS In Kojokrom: We held VBS in Kojokrom. Our theme was “What We Learn From the Beginning”. In the Beginning of God’s Creation we can learn more than the days of Creation. Here is what other most valuable Truths that can be learned from the “BEGINNING”: on Monday “God’s Very Words Are Most Powerful”, Gen 1:3 “And God said....”; on Tuesday “Let God Be Your Atmosphere”, Gen 1:6 “Let there be a firmament”; on Wednesday “God Set The Standard and The Value System”, Gen 1:17,18 “And God set them...and God saw that is was good.”; on Thursday “Seek For God’s Blessings”, Gen 1:22 “And God blessed them saying…”; on Friday “Seek To Be After God’s Likeness”, Gen 1:26 “…Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness”. The week started with 64 in attendance, by Friday we had 85. Through the summer time we plan on doing 3 more VBS one each month in June, July and August, in 2 villages and then at the church CBBC in Sekondi.

Class Of 2017: It has been a whirlwind of events in the last 2 weeks. Our daughter Naomi graduated May 13th from the Homeschooling Edition of Abeka Academy in Florida. This year 1,828 students did receive an accredited high school diploma from Abeka. There were 479 young people who walked in the graduation ceremony. I took her to the States so she could walk in her graduating class. She also has applied and has been accepted at PCC. She is staying in the States and doing the summer work program there on the campus. Please be in prayer for Naomi and our family as we adjust to this transition.

Scripture To Arrive: The Scripture Container that we have coming to Ghana was packed full of Bibles on March 23rd by Bearing Precious Seed in Milford, Ohio. It’s estimated time of arrival in Ghana is May 20th. Please be in prayer for its safe arrival, our shipping and handling costs over here in Ghana, and the placing of the Scripture Container on the church property with no troubles. 

Matthew J. Siekbert

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 2017

To The Work: 
Our brick making at the property is going well. We have made 5,008 bricks so far. We just finished up with 6” blocks and will begin on making 5” blocks this week. One of our ladies from the church has been making a meal for us after our brick making on Friday mornings. The guys really look forward to this time. In fact when it is nearing the time of her arrival, the men speed up the work so they can eat. I am proud of the hard work the guys have been faithfully doing every week. Please continue and FERVENTLY PRAY that we get the front piece of the property from the government for our church. It gives us a way out of our property and puts us right by the main road. They are supposed to meet this month (March) to decide the price and all. We are ready to move forward!                                                                                                                  

Container of Scripture: 
We ordered a container of Scriptures from Bearing Precious Seed. It is in the plans to be filled and leave BPS this week. Since last August some have given to this need in which we thank you. It has been delayed for reasons I am not all sure about but is now in the process of being shipped out.                                                                
Ghana is 60: Ghana had a birthday March 7th, they gained their Independence from England 60 years ago. The Navy gives boat rides on their Independence Day. So my family and I met up with those from the church wanting to go on the boat. The boat we were on was an old US Coast Guard ship named "Woodrush." It served the Coast Guard from 1944–2001 then sold to the Ghanaian Navy. It was a buoy tender that performed general aids-to-navigation (ATON), search and rescue (SAR), and icebreaking duties for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) from 1944 to 2001 from home ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Sitka, Alaska. We were able to this year get a ride and then visited some of the base and their pool.  It rained later cooling off the day. If interested, Wikipedia has more information on this ship about it’s commissioning, purpose, history, and rescue missions. While on the ship an older man, after learning that my family and I were from America, asked me why I was interested in riding on the ship when we have plenty of ships and bigger ships. I told him for the last 13 years I have been in Ghana telling people about the gospel, teaching the Bible, have planted a church here in Sekondi, and today we are on a church activity. I got to share a little bit of the story of Jonah getting on the ship to Tarshish to run from God’s Will.   


During our Wednesday morning worship time at West Ridge School I have been teaching on some special phrases God has impressed on me that He has said in Genesis while reading over and over the Creation account. Through this I have been showing the Superiority of God because in reality of human nature and the Devil’s deception people think that they are good enough, they can earn their way to heaven, they as sinners are told by their pastors that they must do good works to get to Heaven. Proud-fully, the Pentecost and Charismatics think they can command God to do something instead of humbling themselves to the merciful Savior. At the end of each Wednesday devotion I have been asking them, based on what I have just taught them, if they know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Little by little kids are getting saved but Consistency is the key. Every day and everywhere they are being constantly lied to by ignorance and twisted minds of proud people. 

This Friday I was at Kokompe, a place where junk car vehicles get revamped somehow such as mine! The electrician that came to help repair my car is named Kwabena. Kwabena, as most everyone here is very religious and very twisted in Bible teaching.  He was searching for right answers! Amen, I like that! He misunderstood what the Power of God’s Word was. He said that having the Bible on your phone is not same as having a Bible with you (I agree with that statement in many ways, but not as he was applying it). He said at night when the Demons come you cannot hit them or scare them away with your Bible because it is on a phone. Then I told him the Power of the Bible is not the book form or the phone app it is knowing and understanding God’s literal Words then applying them to your situation as Jesus did when He was fasting in the wilderness for 40 days. The Power of the Word brings Faith, It Converts the Soul, It Changes our Eternal Destination, It Changes our Life and Actions to being a Child of God not the Child of the Devil. Kwabena then asked me how he could be Saved. Then I told him that it is not just believing about Jesus and Resurrection Sunday it is about Trusting in Him as the One who Paid for your Sins with His Blood, Trusting in Him Who Paid for your Sins Punishment of Hell in Hell, Then Trusting in Him Who Won the Victory over Death and its hold. Jesus Christ is the ONLY One God Accepts for our Savior, Nothing else, no one else, and not your “good works” which come from you or me who are cursed sinners. After Kwabena realized what the Power of God’s Word and the Only Way to Heaven was he told me just trusted Jesus. Amen! Thanks for Prayer for us here! The Devil has a Stronghold on the Religious!                                                                                                                                                       

Prayer Request/Upcoming Events: 
Please pray for my brother Charles Siekbert. He is a missionary in Uganda he has some medical needs to take care of. 
Missions Conference March 19-22 and VBS in Kojokrom May 1-5.                           

Let the Light of the Glorious Gospel Shine! “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” – II Cor 4:3-4                     

Matthew J Siekbert 

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