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

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