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    4th Quarter 2017 - LAST QUARTER REPORT
    31ST December, 2017
    FROM: ASUBOA AND DAMPONG CHURCHES OF CHRIST, GHANA
    TO: ELDERS, Washington CHURCH OF CHRIST, PENNSYLVANIA, USA
    MAIN ISSUES
    Church progress
    (a) Evangelism
    (b) Church building
    (c) Church attendance
    (d) Planned activities
    Condition of my health
    God’s gift
    Conclusion
    A little over two years since I got in contact with the elders of Washington Church of Christ, Pennsylvania, USA through Brother George Adom from Ghana to join hands in doing the Lord’s work at Asuboa and Dampong Churches of Christ in Ghana. To me the task has not been easy but by the grace of God things went on successfully except my health in latter days did not permit me to work as I determined to. However, the little success I chalked was through the effort brother Isaac Opoku helped in doing.
    CHURCH PROGRESS
    (A) Evangelism
    The educational background of almost all the brethren in the two churches has been a source of worry in propagating the word of God. However, we managed to do some house-to-house personal work. I intend adding a brother by name Samuel K. Safo, who is currently undertaking a part-time certificate course in Biblical Studies at the Ghana Bible College, Kumasi- Ghana. I will be using part of God’s gift to cater for the work of God in the two churches as from 1st March 2018. This means, the three of us shall be going to the place fortnightly.
    (B) Church Building
    At Dampong a middle aged brother, Collins Kwaning, working in Kumasi donated 30 bags of cement for the completion of casting of the floor of the foundation of the auditorium. The work has been executed through communal labour by both men and women in the church. By the grace of God the church has also through our effort moulded 1000 pieces of sandcrete blocks to begin raising the auditorium and the two offices in the building. In the case of Asuboa, work will begin again in the first quarter of 2018 (January – March). For the past year I harmed on the reluctance of the people to join the church because of building and facilities in the church. When at least plastic chairs are being used in other churches we still use benches. Those denominational churches get assistance from their headquarters and we do not have since each church of Christ is an autonomous body. They distribute envelopes to solicit for funds from even pagans and we cannot do that.
    (C) Church Attendance and Giving
    The situation of both church attendance and giving improve tremendously getting to end of every year as that is the period when farming activities decrease with corresponding increase in giving. Cocoa farmers amongst get paid for their farm produce and as usual give generously towards church building.
    (D) Planned Activities for the year 2018
    (i) The two churches have planned to team up to train a preacher since my health would not permit me to work in the next few years. It is agreed that since their educational background is low we will pray and get a trained preacher who will be willing to permanently stay in one of the towns to man the churches on full- time.
    (ii) All the two churches will continue to work on their buildings with the little resource at hand
    (iii) Continue with fasting and prayers on Fridays and Wednesdays for Asuboa and Dampong respectively. This program broke down when my health problems set in.
    (iv) Attend the Life Improvement Workshop in Kumasi during the Good Friday and Easter festivities this year. That is from 29th March 2018 to 2nd April, 2018.
    (v) Organise two public preaching one at Asuboa and the other at Dampong. Suggested dates are as follows; Asuboa – 25th April 2018 to 28th April 2018.
    Dampong – 26th September to 29th September 2018. We shall invite two preachers for each of the programmes.
    (vi) Visitor’s Day on dates to be decided later in each town during the year 2018.
    My Health Conditions I am still struggling to get better in my health. I have done the laboratory test and will be presenting it to the doctor on the 16th January, 2018, after which I will be in a position to determine my capability on the work, but whatever the situation it is the will of God that will be done
    Financial Support ( God’s Gift)
    The financial support for God’s work given me throughout the year 2017 was as follows
    January – USD 200.00
    February – USD 200.00 – 21/02/2017
    March and April –USD 400.00 –24/03 /2017
    May and June – USD 400.00 – 31/05/2017
    July and August – USD 400.00 – 18/07/2017
    September and October- USD 400.00 – 25/ 09/ 2017
    November and December –USD 400.00 – 18/12/2017
    January’s support was included in the one sent to me in December 2017.
    Conclusion My last quarter for the year ending 31st December, 2017 will be inconclusive if I do not give praises to God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son for the continued protection of Brother Opoku and I from any mishaps on our roads throughout the year 2017.
    My thanks also go to the elders of your local congregation. Continue in your duty in sending the word of God to the two towns through me.
    Greetings to you all through the blood of Jesus Christ which sanctifies us all the time. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all , AMEN
    Yours faithfully,
    Brother John
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    3rd QUARTER REPORT, 2017 (FROM 1ST JULY – 30TH SEPTEMBER), ASUBOA AND DAMONG CHURCHES OF CHRIST – GHANA.
    TO THE ELDERS THROUGH BROTHER JEFFERY BUNNER, WASHINGTON CHURCH OF CHRIST, PENNSYLVANIA – USA.
    PREAMBLE
    CHURCH BUILDING
    CHURCH WORK
    FINANCIAL SUPPORT (GOD’S GIFT)
    CONCLUSION
    PREAMBLE
    It is yet another quarter of our deliberations in working for the Lord so as to get the message of God to people outside the Church of Christ and also to keep those who have already accepted Christ as the son of God and have been baptized into the Lord’s church.
    Therefore, I hope my effort to maintain the brethren who have accepted Christ and were baptized not to go astray. Christ Himself prayed for unity among the brethren in John 17. As a result things are put in place to make the two churches an interesting place for the brethren to feel secured in worshipping God throughout their lives.
    On behalf of the two churches and on my own behalf, I send you our warmest greetings. Grace and peace be to you from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ through whom we receive all our spiritual blessings.
    PROGRESS OF WORK ON CJURCH BUILDINGS.
    The work on the two church buildings, one each at Asuboa and Dampong, which was suspended due to financial constrains has again resumed earnestly. With the building at Dampong, casting of the foundation is almost complete. The little portion left needs about twenty bags of cement and that will completed by the end of October, 2017. We will by the grace of God gather resources again till the end of this year through giving and voluntary contributions to continue again in January 2018, if it is the will of God. In the case of Asuboa church’s building, the other part of the roof which nearly caved in has been ripped off paving way for the walls to be raised and roofed some time last year. This is also expected to be completed by the end of this year, after which we shall fix a time frame for the continuation of plastering the walls and fixing of the doors.
    CHURCH WORK Normal church activities in the churches continue to progress unabated. For the past quarter, things did not go down well with me as I expected due to my ill-health which I have already numerated through a text message I sent to Brother Jeffery. I am highly optimistic that the Lord will heal me completely to continue with the vigorous work I am doing for the Lord in the two churches. I pray that you should not forget me in your prayers. For the past months I have not been of myself and therefore could not work efficiently to my satisfaction. Most of the programs I planned to execute during the period have to be put on hold pending my speedy recovery. Man proposes but God disposes. Surely, God will provide me with the necessary tools as in Ephesians 6, to fight the evil one the Satan.
    FINANCIAL SUPPORT (GOD’S GIFT)
    On records, the financial support comes every two months. The last two months meant for September and October was received on the 26th September, 2017. So for the third quarter, I received USD 600.00. Details of the support was received as follows.
    July, 2017 – USD 200.00
    August, 2017 – USD 200.00
    September, 2017 – USD 200.00
    The contribution for October even through has been received yet it is part of the last quarter, for 2017. This means it is left with two months in the fourth quarter. I will capture the month of the October in the last quarter report.
    CONCLUSION
    I have already mentioned to you in my text message through Brother Jeffery, I am to see the urologist again on the 14th of November, 2017 to do another test see the magnitude of the prostrate enlargement. I am also praying that the prostrate problem will not be a stumbling block between the work I’m doing for the Lord and I. the fear in me is that prostrate problems send many men in Ghana to the grave and so I pray that you do not rest in praying for me. Thank you and God bless you all in Jesus Christ’s name.
    Brother John
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    July 12, 2017 REPORT
    From BROTHER JOHN
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    I am confident in the Lord that by the close of this year things will change totally in the two Churches.
    Thank you and God bless you all in the Name of CHRIST JESUS, amen
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    January 10, 2017 Report
    To The Elders through Brother Jeffery
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    July 12, 2017 REPORT
    From BROTHER JOHN
    SECOND QUARTER REPORT ON CHURCHES OF CHRCOUNTRY: GHANA
    1st APRIL to 30th JUNE, 2017
    RECIPIENT: ELDERS, WASHINGTON CHURCH OF CHRIST, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.
    ATTENTION: BROTHER JEFFERY BUNNER
    SUBHEADLINES
    Introduction
    Evangelism
    Baptism
    Financial support (God’s Gift)
    Rescheduling some programs
    Life improvement workshop
    Conclusion
    Introduction
    Greetings to you from the two Churches of Christ and from my family. Grace, peace and mercy be unto the elders, leading members and the entire congregation, not forgetting Brother George Adom and enjoy much of the greetings yourself, Brother Jeffery. As usual the Lord’s work went on successfully during the period under review (1st April through to 30th June, 2017) even though at times there were hitches here and there but no matter the situation the work went on unabated because if God says Yes no one can say No. As a result I am making inroads into their system of accepting Christ as their personal Savior.
    Evangelism
    From April to the end of June as I wanted the Lord’s work to go on smoothly, I engaged Brother Isaac Kwame Opoku a preacher at Esreso Church of Christ, who has also moved from his place to stay at Ejisu. He is now without a church to preach. We rotate on weekly basis while I am at Asuboa he will be at Dampong and vice-versa. I bear his expenses on any day we make a trip. This method is yielding positive results. We have agreed on launching “Operation Win A Soul” for the Lord from Sunday 30th July to 31st December 2017. Many activities will be outlined and the program will be communicated to you in the next quarterly report.
    Baptism
    A recalcitrant teenager, staying around my residence at Ejisu was baptized into the Lord’s church at Ejisu. Her Catholic parents could not control her. With her mounting problems at the highest peak she left her home and joined a group of outcast juveniles and came home pregnant. After giving birth, she wanted to go back to her hideout. Her parents had to report to me and through the mighty work of the Lord she accepted Christ as the Son of God and was baptized into Ejisu church on the 7th of May, 2017. She is called Joana Adu Bobi aged 17.
    At Asuboa, one Mr. Francis Oduro, 72 years and a retired headmaster of a junior high school, was baptized into the Lord’s church on 25th June, 2017. Mr. Oduro has been a staunch member of the local Presbyterian Church and a well-known person because of his profession.
    Financial Support
    On 23rd April, I had USD 400.00 for the months of March and April, 2017. That of May and June contributions were sent to me on the 31st of May, 2017. Therefore the contributions came to me as follows; between 1st April and 30th June.
    April, 2017 – USD 200.0
    May, 2017 – USD 200.00
    June, 2017 – USD 200.00
    Totaling USD 600.00
    This amount covered travelling expenses and meals for the two of us and the purchase of 70 pairs of second hand trousers for the men at Asuboa and Dampong. As well as catering for 20 members of the churches to attend the Life Improvement Workshop hosted by the Churches of Christ in Kumasi, from 13th – 17th April, 2017 at KNUST Senior High School campus.
    Rescheduling of Programs.
    The rainfall pattern has changed hence an increase in rainfall between May to-date, forcing us to postpone some major activities lined up for the period. However, we hope the rainfall will subside to give way for the Visitor’s Day with fellowship at Dampong on 6th August, 2017. Individuals will be invited to worship with us after which there will be a fellowship meal for all the invitees and church members. We take records of all the visitors and then follow them up for bible studies in their homes. “Operation Win A Soul” for the Lord will be launched on that day. We are also planning to use the day as “Homecoming” to invite the brethren who have left the town to sojourn in the cities for greener pastures to come to our aid in the church building.
    Prayer Request.
    I refer to James 4: 13- 15 and ask your elders to pray for Brother Sampson Ofori and two other old women including a blind member who at the moment cannot make a move to attend church service. For the blind woman, she was baptized in her blindness. She used to come to church with the help of some sisters but now she can no longer walk. All the three are above the age 85.
    There is another middle aged sister who has some chronic ailment. Please I would be very grateful if the elders pray for them in the spirit even though they are not with us. I do believe in intercessory prayers to the letter and how they work perfectly.
    My wife has also been battling with a cardiovascular disease for some time now and needs your prayers. It has not been easy treating her. It has been diagnosed as a heart failure. I have spent a lot and still spending because she has not yet seen the green light since 2013.
    Conclusion.
    With the inclusion of Brother Isaac Kwame Opoku, who graduated from the Ghana Bible College in 2004, church attendance has been steadily increasing in both churches as a result. An itinerary has been drawn to cater for the churches, in this we change the pulpit each other week making it possible for them to have a preacher in each church on each Sunday. Finally, the death of the Bompata church preacher has created a vacuum there and since the church is not too far from Asuboa, the brethren has called on me to be visiting them at least to boost their spiritual up growth. I am very optimistic the Lord who has strengthened us will see us through all the activities planned.
    My warmest greetings to all the elders, leaders and members of the Washington Church of Christ, Pennsylvania. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all in Jesus’s Name, Amen.
    This’s Brother John
    APRIL 3, 2017 Report
    FIRST QUARTER REPORT (1ST JANUARY - 31ST MARCH, 2017) ON ASUBOA AND DAMPONG CHURCHES OF CHRIST, GHANA.
    TO THE ELDERS OF WASHINGTON CHURCH OF CHRIST
    THROUGH BROTHER JEFFREY BUNNER
    FROM BROTHER JOHN E W ANYIM,
    CHURCHES OF CHRIST, ASUBOA AND DAMPONG, GHANA.
    HIGHLIGHTS.
    A. Salutation
    B. Introduction
    C. Gift from God (Financial Support)
    D. Activities Performed
    E. Programme of Activities Planned for next Quarter.
    F. Request Prayers for the Aged and the Sick
    G. Material Support for Church Member
    H. Conclusion.
    A SALUTATION
    Grace and peace be to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    B. INTRODUCTION
    This is the first Quarter Report in 2017, that is from 1st January - 31st March, 2017 , concerning programmes and activities at both Asuboa and Dampong Churches of Christ in Ghana. It is the sixth Report in our deliberations so far as the Lord's work concerned in the two churches since September, 2015. The periods are as follows:
    October - December 2015
    January - March, 2016
    April - June, 2016
    July - September, 2016
    October - December, 2016
    January - March, 2016
    C. GIFT FROM GOD ( FINANCIAL SUPPORT)
    During this period , I received February's contribution as well as that of March/April, 2017. The contribution for January has already been captured in the October - December, 2015 Report sent to you last January, 2017. This is the summary of how the support was received:- January support received in December, together with that of December 2016 - US$400.00 February's gift received on 13th February, 2017 - US$200.00, March/April, 2017, - US$400.00
    D. ACTIVITIES PERFORMED
    The period under review the following activities were performed (a) We had three joint meetings, a monthly joint worship by the two churches on the following Sundays: 29th January, 2017 at Asuboa, 26th February at Dampong and 26th March,2017 at Asuboa. As usual we invite a preacher from outside the two churches worship with us by preaching the sermon.
    (b) BUILDING PROJECTS
    The building projects are still on going but the only setback at the moment is the Christian brother who takes time off his busy schedule in Kumasi to come to our aid in the masonry work. He is now very busy on a project and has asked us to suspend work on our projects till early June, 2017. We are praying that things would work faster than before.
    (c) WEEK DAY PRAYERS
    I still attach importance to prayers on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am - 2pm on each day. On these days it is a taboo to do any farming work at Dampong and Asuboa respectively.I engage them in prayer sessions so that that they do not engage themselves in any unwanted activities.
    E. ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR NEXT QUARTER (APRIL TO JUNE)
    (a) LIFE IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOP WORKSHOP IN KUMASI
    The Life Improvement Workshop is coming off again at the Technology Senior High School on the Campus of Kwame Nkrumah of Science and Technology, Kumasi. We have already prepared to attend the programme from 13th April to 16th April, 2017.
    (b) MEN' TRAINING PROGRAMME
    The second Mens Training programme is to be organized at Dampong in June, 2017. The actual date to be fixed later in May, 2017.
    F. REQUEST PRAYERS FOR THE AGED AND THE SICK
    Brother Sampson Ofori and his wife need prayers from the elders of the Washington Church of Christ. Brother Ofori's feet are swollen again.He has been the pivot in the church and it is on record that ,he, his family and his extended family form at least over 50% of the population of the church at Asuboa.
    G. MATERIAL SUPPORT FOR CHURCH MEMBERS
    Down the memory lane, when the churches were established, I did solicit clothing from friends and well-wishers in churches of Christ in the city for distribution to adults in the two churches for farming work. This time around, I am continue the exercise by sending them farming implements, eg. machetes and wellington boots for use in their farming as this will boost their morale.
    H. CONCLUSION
    My sincere thanks will forever go to the elders, leaders and all members of the Washington Church of Christ for keeping me more active in the service of the Lord despite my age.I am more prepared than ever to work for the Lord.
    I am confident in the Lord that by the close of this year things will change totally in the two Churches.
    Thank you and God bless you all in the Name of CHRIST JESUS, amen

    January 10, 2017 Report
    To The Elders through Brother Jeffery
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