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Vol. 18 Issue. 01 US: Beacon House USA Attn. Scott Danner 7343 Ridge Rd. Lexington, NC 27295 336-764-1900 sdanner@bhusa.org Africa: Beacon House Ghana PMB KA 97 Airport, Accra Ghana (Skype:pcnghana) clines@bhusa.org Akwaaba! 1 Fundraising Reminder 1 Books and Stuff 2 Preschool teacher need- ed 3 Exciting News! 4 Inside this issue: Akwaaba! Friends and Fellow Servants Summer 2011 Beacon House USA Clines-n-Ghana Serving the Kingdom Through the Saints Over the years we have made many life-long friendships in Ghana with most beginning as commitments to Christ. It is rare that we can get so many of our friends together in one place because they are usually very busy with their lives of service to our Lord. Three of these folks; Stephen Nomosour, Joe Afututse, and Sammy Asiedu worked with me on building the campus for Ghana Christian University. Each now oper- ates their businesses, owns property, and homes. God has blessed them for their sacrifices and hard work over the years. However, they know that being blessed is not a conclusion but a point where one is given an opportunity to pass on something worth more than gold. Without hesitation, I often say that I could not have completed the campus without their commitment to something more than just a paycheck. They were committed to helping me, as well the other missionaries, faculty, and staff achieve a goal that God placed on our hearts. In time, they too have caught the vision of Christ, through GCU, and continue to participate in that vision. Catching a vision is the founda- tion of ministry because it is a sus- taining element through life’s tough times. Ministry vision drives us to achieve that which God has placed on our hearts and can only achieve through Him. Catching the vision of ministry to the point where not par- ticipating in it is uncomfortable is really a blessing, although at times it may seem like a burden. If you think about it, Jesus did not say he is not a burden just that his burden was light (Mat 11:30). Jesus will not ask of us what we cannot do but does demand what we can do. The vision of Beacon House that God has placed on the hearts of our missionaries, supporters, and prayer partners may not be a small burden but when shared through the yoke of our faith it becomes light. Now that we have purchased land for the church/school near Vea we need to move on to moving our missionaries, the Akurugus, to Vea. Our goal is to have them set up by Jan. In order to do this we need to raise money to support their rent. In time, the school will provide income but for now we need to help them get started. We found a two bedroom block house near the land but the rent is $250/mth. I originally thought this to be high but after further re- search found this to be reasonable in the area. All rent in Ghana requires 2 year’s advance. Fundraising Reminder: Please do not forget to help us raise funds for a mission vehicle. There is no cost to you. All those unwanted or obsolete electronic devices can be sent to one address and we will receive a donation. Print out a flyer and take it to work. Go here for more: http://clinefamily.us/fundraising/recycle/
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  • 1. Beacon House USA Clines-n-Ghana Serving the Kingdom Through the Saints Vol. 18 Issue. 01 Summer 2011 Akwaaba! Friends and Fellow Servants US: Beacon House USA Attn. Scott Danner 7343 Ridge Rd. Lexington, NC 27295 336-764-1900 sdanner@bhusa.org Africa: Beacon House Ghana PMB KA 97 Airport, Accra Ghana (Skype:pcnghana) clines@bhusa.org Over the years we have made many life-long friendships in Ghana with most beginning as commitments to Christ. It is rare that we can get so many of our friends together in one place because they are usually very busy with their lives of service to our Lord. Three of these folks; Stephen Nomosour, Joe Afututse, and Sammy Asiedu worked with me on building the campus for Ghana Christian University. Each now operates their businesses, owns property, and homes. God has blessed them for their sacrifices and hard work over the years. However, they know that being blessed is not a conclusion but a point where one is given an opportunity to pass on something worth more than gold. Inside this issue: Akwaaba! 1 Fundraising Reminder 1 Books and Stuff 2 Preschool teacher needed 3 Exciting News! 4 Without hesitation, I often say that I could not have completed the campus without their commitment to something more than just a paycheck. They were committed to helping me, as well the other missionaries, faculty, and staff achieve a goal that God placed on our hearts. In time, they too have caught the vision of Christ, through GCU, and continue to participate in that vision. Catching a vision is the foundation of ministry because it is a sustaining element through lifes tough times. Ministry vision drives us to achieve that which God has placed on our hearts and can only achieve through Him. Catching the vision of ministry to the point where not participating in it is uncomfortable is really a blessing, although at times it may seem like a burden. If you think about it, Jesus did not say he is not a burden just that his burden was light (Mat 11:30). Jesus will not ask of us what we cannot do but does demand what we can do. The vision of Beacon House that God has placed on the hearts of our missionaries, supporters, and prayer partners may not be a small burden but when shared through the yoke of our faith it becomes light. Now that we have purchased land for the church/school near Vea we need to move on to moving our missionaries, the Akurugus, to Vea. Our goal is to have them set up by Jan. In order to do this we need to raise money to support their rent. In time, the school will provide income but for now we need to help them get started. We found a two bedroom block house near the land but the rent is $250/mth. I originally thought this to be high but after further research found this to be reasonable in the area. All rent in Ghana requires 2 years advance. Fundraising Reminder: Please do not forget to help us raise funds for a mission vehicle. There is no cost to you. All those unwanted or obsolete electronic devices can be sent to one address and we will receive a donation. Print out a flyer and take it to work. Go here for more: http://clinefamily.us/fundraising/recycle/
  • 2. PAGE 2 V O L. 1 8 ISSU E . 0 1 them how to write their names so no man would never again be their witness or have to use their fingerprints as a signature. A trade was in the works! It was through picture stories like the ones above that God used through me to teach the ladies about the God who loved Ruth, a village girl like them, and Esther, who became a great chief's wife. What particularly touched Ursula was that God trusted young Mary, a woman, to give birth and care for His son Jesus. Additionally, that Jesus, a man, loved them so much that He sacrificed his life, so they would never again be separated from God. Heather is giving David Akurugu some Sunday School material to be used in their work up north. Books and Stuff Thank you for the wonderful book drive this year for the work in northern Ghana. Out of the hundreds of books we received over the last year we also received new educational materials. Pictures are, as the saying goes, worth a thousand words. Sometimes they are even priceless, like when teaching about Jesus. We gave David some material consisting of a series of picture cards relating Old Testament stories and the Life of Christ. These types of material are wonderful with non-native English speakers. David and Ursula can use the pictures to tell the stories in the Gurenne language. If anyone has ever done any cross-cultural/language work you will understand that some words simply do not translate. Before our friends in Pioneer Bible Translators can put together the translations, front line missionaries like the Akurugus, will use picture stories to communicate and learn local phrases for things like baptism, holy trinity, savior, i.e. core doctrine. Then they will pass that information on to the professional translators. Years ago David and Ursula heard the Word as Ursula attended a literacy class that used similar material. She would learn a new subject and then share what she was learning with her husband. When Heather first asked Ursula and two of her friends if they would like to join a bible study she was leading, their response was: GodJesus, they are men so NO, we do not what to hear about them. No God that is a man will even care about us. After much prayer as to how God wanted me to reach these women, God put on my heart to ask them if there was anything they would like me to teach them. They came back to me and asked if I could teach Teaching people about Jesus, no matter where you are, is not complicated. In most cases, it is simple as telling a story. Sometimes it is your story and sometimes those that God gave us in the Bible. Heather and I may be missionaries to a foreign land telling the stories of Jesus and the salvation He offers. Even so, someone in the US told those stories too, inspiring people to participate in foreign missions so another not fortunate enough to be born in a great country like ours to hear of Jesus. Technology is changing the way we reach people for Christ. In the coming years, it will be more efficient to use laptops and video to tell the story. As we recently found out the hard way, shipping is becoming too expensive to bring paper material to Ghana. However, where one door closes another opens. The price of laptops and projectors has fallen dramatically. We can now deliver translated material to Ghana in CDs, or even via the Internet, so field evangelists from GCU can tell the stories of Jesus to hundreds, even thousands, at a time. A projector, laptop, and small generator donated by a supporter in FL has helped with the evangelization of many people in remote villages in Ghana, Togo, and Liberia. Technology may have changed but the message will always be the same. Such a little Beacon House Blessing! The lactose free formula, donated to BH by US sponsors, was just what she needed to get those chubby cheeks. Without your help she would have never had a chance. She continues to gain weight and grow stronger. When you hold her you cant help but wonder how God is going to work in her life, for He has good plans for us!
  • 3. V O L. 1 8 ISSU E . 0 1 PAGE 3 David Akurugru is preaching to villagers in Vea. The Frafra people separate men, women, and children (of a certain age) in public gatherings such as this presentation; very much similar to the Muslims in the area. Here, the children are to the right and left of the speaker. There are many shared traditions among the people from many different faiths. Planting New Testament Christianity will be a long road indeed! For Beacon House to have long term volunteers, we will need a quota. PC is filling out the Ghana Immigration Quota Application. A quota basically stipulates how many expatriates an organization can bring into Ghana for any extended period (over 90 days). See below for opportunities for you to get on our quota and volunteer with BH-Ghana. female pre-school teacher, or two, to come for an extended period. Our little ones are desperate for an English preschool teacher to help them develop all their skills. Most all the kids at BH have been through trauma and need the consistency and love that a preschool teacher could give them. The schedule would be Monday to Friday, teaching from 7:30am to 11:30am and taking a break at snack time. Ages would be three to five year olds. Three year olds would only join the class from 7:30 to 9:00. This schedule is flexible to your teaching style. Heather teaching art with the children at Beacon House. Lady in the foreground is Lynn, one of many great volunteers we are blessed with occasionally. Beacon House Needs a Preschool Teacher! Lynn and all our volunteers are a blessing to us at BH. They come and serve as often as they can while on other business in Ghana. Some are here with their spouses, some are working on graduate degrees, while others are here just working. While each volunteer is cherished and are a huge benefit to the children, regularity is non-existent. We cannot schedule classes with any amount of consistency month-to-month. We need a If we could get a teacher, retired, newly graduated, or someone having experience teaching young children. You need to be flexible and creative as we have limited material! We would love for you to come and serve for 1-2 years. Your service would be such a blessing to the kids and to the ministry of Beacon House. Heather home schools Jaden and cannot be at Beacon House to teach the preschools everyday and truly needs help in this area. Heather can help them quickly come up to speed on the curriculum and the culture. You would need to raise your support for tickets and monthly funds. We would help you to find housing as we have for other volunteers who have served. If you feel Gods calling let us know, and we will do all we can to help you through the steps needed to come. Your friendly vehicle fundraiser reminder! Go to: http://clinefamily.us/fundraising/recycle/
  • 4. Prayers 1. Pray that we can find a church willing to partner with David and Ursula in the north of Ghana. 2. Pray for our fundraising effort towards a mission vehicle. Also, go to our website and print out some flyers and give them to friends and co-workers. 3. Keep Kayla in your prayers. She is in her second year of college and doing well. 4. We need a preschool teacher to serve at Beacon House from 7:30 to 11:30 M-F. If you feel the calling or know someone that would come to Ghana for 9 months to 2 years please contact us. Support need to be raised is around 1,500 for a single per-month. 5. Pray we can find a health insurance policy we can afford and will cover Kayla in the US. 7343 Ridge Rd. Lexington, NC 27295 US Phone: 336-764-1900 Skype: 336-793-2443 (pcnghana) E-mail: clines@bhusa.org Treasurer: sdanner@bhusa.org http:clinefamily.us http:beaconhouseusa.org Praises 1. 2. For new opportunities for the students at Ghana Christian University to bring the good news of Christ throughout Ghana and beyond. 3. Weve unfurled our flags at GCU! I think everyone knows the two end flags, Ghana and USA. The flag next to the Ghana flag is the universitys and after that is the flag for the University of Wales, our academic partner. Mr. Nortey, the office manager for GCU is pictured with me. Join us in rejoicing over our Ghanaian ministry partners. We are close to having funds needed for a water well and wall on the land close to the college that will one day be the permanent location for Beacon House. The building now currently being used is rented and does not have a secure future. Exciting News! Over the years Heather and I have been involved in a number of different communities based projects, starting schools and Little League Baseball, even playing in international theater groups to raise funds for various projects. For the most part, we have been known in the community as the Christian college missionaries. Each project exposed our work and ourselves to people outside of the mission community. This is as it should be. This past May long time benefactors of Beacon House came to us with a proposal. Out of respect for their desire to remain anonymous we will not use their names here. We call them the As when speaking in a mixed company in Ghana. Over the years, they have watched our work and us. Mr. A was impressed with my using a business model, the School of Community Development, as a tool for evangelism. The As noticed that Heather and I engaged the Ghanaian community as coworkers helping to build their society for Christ. During a conversation, they indicated a desire to partner with us so that we could remain in Ghana doing the work God put on our hearts. Hearing of our difficulties of late with housing and our personal vehicle failing, they offered to let us stay in one of their houses rent free and use of a company vehicle. The vehicle is for personal use in and around Accra as it cannot take some of the roads we travel on. Therefore, we still need a mission vehicle. This is exciting for us in many ways. The As company has over 57,000 employees in West Africa and is continuing to expand into other countries. The one thing they asked was for me (PC) to help Mr. A set up a training institute for his company. This actually works quite well with what I teach at GCU and will help with networking for the college. In fact, there is a possibility for some of our graduates to be a part of their expansion in West Africa. All of their offices have devotions three days per week. The As are Christians and put Christ first in all they do. Theirs is a quintessential Business as Mission company. Mrs. A has also been Heathers prayer partner for four years.