I wanted to inform you about two important pieces of news because I am requesting your participation in both!
The first relates directly to the year-end letter that I sent out last week, seeking specifically for funds for the work of Discipling Marketplace Leaders (DML) in Ghana. I’m thrilled to report that Larry and Paula Alsum, from Alsum Farms & Produce in Wisconsin (look for them in the produce section of your grocery store!) have graciously offered a matching grant up to $7500 between now and January 10 for anyone gives specifically for Ghana. Larry has traveled to both Ghana and Liberia when I lived there and has actively sought to help build capacity in West African farmers. I love the motto of Alsum Farms, “Integrity from field to fork.” If you would like to give a year-end gift that will immediately be doubled, please go to www.icmusa.org, click on Donate, and then scroll down to Discipling Marketplace Leaders – 609045 and write “Ghana” in the comment section . [Note: this is not for my personal support which is a different account at ICM. This is specifically for the ministry of DML in Ghana.] If you prefer to use mail, please mail to ICM, PO Box 129, Monument CO 80132.
We praise God for this opportunity as it will help the DML ministry in Ghana be set for the next year, reaching the Northern Region of Ghana.
The second piece of exciting news comes out of Kenya. As you know, a few weeks ago, DML did a two day training in Nairobi for about fifty pastors and church leaders (which is now our fifth city center, in addition to Kisumu, Kakamega, Eldoret, and Kitale). One of the church leaders was the mission director for a church called Christi is the Answer Ministries (CITAM), which is an offshoot of the Assemblies of God Church. This denomination has about 45,000 members throughout Kenya, and they have decided to go through the Discipling Marketplace Leaders ministry with all of their churches! This still needs the formal approval of the bishop this week, but as it looks like it will go through, we need your prayers! This would start with training about 100 pastors and church leaders, followed by the training of 1500 small group leaders, and identification of 100 trainers for the business people. Then the entire month of April would be set aside for what we call “Thirty Days in the Marketplace” in which all the churches would be preaching on Church-based Business as Mission, doing devotions together related to this, and other church wide activities. Training of businesses would then start in May.
This is very exciting and we thank God for new and open doors that He is providing for 2017. We thank you for praying along with us for this ministry and joining us financially as you are able.
To God be the Glory!