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 

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