On the 11th of December 2011, history was made when over 12,000 Christians arrived at the independence square in cars and church buses public transport from 184 congregations to climax the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Church of Christ in Ghana with a joint worship service.
Activities marking the celebrations included: Official launching, clean up exercises, blood donation and interview on a national TV station.
The sermon was delivered by Fred Asare, the managing director of Village of Hope an orphanage near Accra. The theme was “ Go ye into all the world and make disciples” (Re-energizing the church for the next 50 years, the challenges and opportunities), he used the occasion to encourage us to consider how well we have been able to respond to this commission during these 50 years, the challenges and the prospects. A similar event took place in Kumasi the same day we were meeting in Accra.
NORTHERN VOLTA BIBLE CAMP
End of year Bible Camp has become a tradition in the church in Ghana for several years now. Christians met in different parts of the country to encourage each other and have a good fellowship. The northern Volta Bible Camp was in Vakpo from the 23rd -25th December, 2011. The theme this year was “Leadership Development in the Local congregation”. There were over 20 congregations present. On 25th December, the bible camp was climaxed with a worship service and 600 met that morning.
CBS NEWS (Year in Review)
We have planted three 3 new congregations.
We have baptized thirty (30) to date.
Five brethren were restored.
Currently were are working in two places, one in Kpalime and the other near Kpadape with the view of planting a church there.
Ninety one contacts were made for Bible studies.
Three major gospel meetings conducted.
In 2012, we plan as God enables us to start 4 new congregations around Kpalime. The students will use the church planting exercises as part of their practical assignment.
Five denominational preachers have been baptized since September 12 when the academic year started. All those baptized are students of CBS.
About 1,500 pieces of tracts were distributed.
World Radio Is Making Impact
On behalf of brethren in the Volta Region I thank World Radio for its sponsorship. The “bread of Life” is on Volta Star each Sunday morning from 5:30 – 6:00 am. The speaker is Sem Akumia a preacher at the Ho central Church of Christ.
Year in Review
There were at least two phone calls each week mostly from Togo requesting prayer.
14 Baptisms realized in the year
8 home bible studies completed
2 were restored after listening to program
7 visitors are currently studying with the church.
WORLD RADIO- KPALIME, Togo
As a result of the Radio Program in Kpalime, a family of five started visiting the Alikpodzi Church of Christ. The Hanyigba Church has also been a beneficiary of the radio program. Listeners are beginning see the difference between denominationalism and the Church in the Bible. A majority of the Students at CBS came as a result of the Radio program. Denominational preachers are visiting our office to make inquiries about the Church of Christ. Several invitations from the denominational churches have been extended to Cephas, the presenter, to come and teach them. The challenge we now face is how do we support these churches after they have given up denominationalism and have become Church of Christ. A group in Eyo, Kouma, Agou are all interested in having the Church in their towns. Five baptisms were realized during the year in review. Several calls come in each week. Some are enrolled in WBS and many home Bible studies are being conducted.
OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT TOGO MISSION EFFORT
Center for Biblical Studies
Dear Brother Gley,
Believing in your mission efforts in Togo, I/we propose as the Lord enables, to send $...............each month through 2012 to the support of this work. Enclosed you will find $....................
H. Willie Gley C/O Blanco Church of Christ
P. O. Box 866
Blanco, TX, 78606
Name:........................................................... Address:........................................................... City/State/Zip............................................... NOTE: Please make cheques payable to BLANCO CHURCH OF CHRIST and earmark for Gley/ Togo Mission
H. Willie Gley
P.O. Box An 19611 Accra-North, Ghana Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 011-233-244-509169 USA
Blanco Church of Christ
P, O, Box 866
Blanco, TX, 78606