GHANA: BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ)
BASIC is committed to Christian Community Development in and around the village of Kasei, Ghana. Since 2005 BASIC has been working in the village specifically in the areas of education, community development, medical support, and church planting. Our vision is to come alongside and assist our partners in the village to improve their schools, to offer supplies and equipment to better their hospital clinic, and to help a new church to grow and develop their evangelism program in the village. We believe in investing in our long term partnerships with community entities and leaders in Kasei, concentrating on developing deep relationships that have a lasting impact on this village. We are always seeking to demonstrate our arching purpose to show the love of Christ in all we do. FPCSD has directed their support to the Presbyterian church in this West African village.
Covid Update from Seth:
1. Family is well and safe
2. Church is greatly affected because the church and its members do not have the technology to livestream services and many of the congregation are unreached as they are quarantined. Many are also farming on Sundays rather than having worship at home. This has affected the spiritual life of the members. It has also affected our fellowship of meeting together and our social bond; for us as Ghanaians we exist socially, each one for us all and this is difficult to be separated. Staying home has also brought hardship to the families and individuals in the Church, because they are not working daily to earn the living, their sustenance is affected in terms of money and especially food.
3. Our prayer is that church members will have continued spiritual growth during this time and make the effort to have home worship as well as the provision of needs for church members.
Rev. Seth Koranteng
Faith Presbyterian Church of Kasei, Ghana
The church attendance has grown, and children are the largest population in the church. A separate place of worship for the children has been constructed, and drums were bought to enhance their worship.
The Brigade Company is a powerful tool for evangelism for children and youth.
New converts classes continue, music ministry is being strengthened by committed singers.
The youth group has been strengthened and they take an active part in the leadership roles, and involve themselves in the worship service, evangelism and outreach (house to house, and crusades).
General prayer requests:
For effective leadership across board, that is, in all the Church groups.
For continuous growth of all the groups
God's guidance and providence throughout the year.
ACTION PLAN FOR THE YEAR (Causes for Prayer)
MISSION AND EVANGELISM
Focus on the spiritual growth and development of the members.
Increase the membership by 20%
Increase attendance to worship services
Encourage members to attend the evening meetings
Incorporates the group leaders into the usual Visitation to their members alongside the Session
Use Tuesdays as discipleship meeting time for Bible study and Fridays for prayer meetings.
Equip members with basic Evangelism skills for soul winning
Mobilizing the Congregation for prayer and evangelism
Tasking the groups to organize house to house evangelism and also a day crusade during their anniversaries.
Find other ways of raising funds to support the traditional methods.
Increase the welfare fund and also to members
Encourage the members to help go into farming
Conduct Congregational forum on the funding and management of the welfare in the Church
CHURCH LIFE AND NURTURE
Help strengthen the Church groups
Encourage the groups to be part in all the gathering involving their peers in the Church.
Increase the Communicant membership of the Church
Encourage the leadership of the groups to make their activities interesting and meaningful to draw their members to attend meetings regularly
Support the groups if need be to be part of any District or Presbytery Conference involving their peers.
Organize Confirmation and Baptism during the Easter and the Christmas
ADMINISTRATION AND HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Ensure proper records keeping in the Church
Improve and maintain the Church plants and Worship Services
Purchase the required records books and to keep accurate records of events.
Securing and providing the needed equipment and to improve worship service
Improving the efficient delivery of tasks by all sectors of leadership in the Church through training.
To sensitize on the need to stay healthy and keep clean environment
Provide services that will direct and help individuals Church members to overcome their challenges
Tasking the health personals in the church to give health talks on quarterly basis
To form Counselling team for the Church.
Meet the JHS students on two occasions to conduct counselling services concerning their performance, school selection and subject areas as well as conducting a day worship service with them before writing their exams.
Organizing counselling talks on prevailing issues in my area eg. Pre-marriage and post marriage issues
Donate educational materials to those who are on admission into SHS.