Hello, Brothers, Sisters, and Heartdwellers Family. We are excited to announce the changing of our name to Heartdwellers Africa per Mother Clare’s counsel. She felt that we should really focus our time, resources, and energy in Ghana. As the Bishop over Africa, I was trying to plant many other Heartdwellers missions in various places. However they didn’t want that and [they] went to the Lord about it, and it was clear I was being stretched too far. We still have the Children’s Hope Community Center mission in Zambia, but the City of God community planning will take priority and we will be changing the name in the US soon.
Thank you, guys, so much for your generosity, your words of encouragement and your support. [They have] really gone far to help the children in Ghana and to supply our needs as well. As Derrick and I are trying to get our footing as a newly married couple, there is some cohesion that still needs to happen between us before we begin to build the City of God Community. So the Lord led me to work with the children in our own community first, which now I am so grateful for because it’s great preparation for what he is calling us to do. Working with the children, I realize I need much more prayer and I have no idea what I am doing— but God does. I have met two wonderful souls who have come alongside me to help with the children in this community. Many of them are poverty stricken and are being helped by the local Pentecostal church and [the] leader who runs it. The woman is very generous and has given many of the women, and their children, places to stay for free.
I was in Adoration when I first got the inspiration to begin meeting with the Kids every Wednesday to teach them and to pray with them, after seeing one of the Mothers who is single and had two kids. Her child kept staring at me as I took a walk to pray, and we started a conversation where she mentioned the father of her children has left. She can’t work because she has no one to watch the children (who are 2 and 3 years of age). She was just praying to God, that week, for a miracle. I thought, Wow, it’s amazing how the Lord can use us to be an answered prayer. She has such a pure heart that when I told her about what I intended to do she introduced me to six other women in the neighborhood who needed help, and their children. We then found out many of the children could not afford school, which is only $50 for admission and, in total, about $250 for each child for the whole school year.
We sought the Lord, and Derrick and I felt the Lord wanted us to help as many children go to school. So as of now, we have provided the first quarter admission for sixteen (and counting) children to go to school. We still have to pay $3,272 for the remainder of the year, so their fees [would be] paid in full. So we are trusting you to be generous as you have been so we can make that happen for the children. You will meet the family and the children so there [are] names to the faces.
We also have purchased a 55-gallon barrel [that] we can fill up with many supplies and have it shipped to Ghana for the children. The cost of shipping the Barrel is $180. And we want to get at least $300 worth of school supplies, crafts for our Wednesday meetings, sanitary items, and shoes. If you would like to make an in-kind donation and have old or used clothes, toys, [or] school supplies, that would be greatly appreciated.
We intend to ship the barrel [during] the second week of January. It will take about eight to nine weeks to get to us. If you would like to donate, please send all packages to 2402 Overbrook Dr., Arlington, Texas, 76014, and [label] the package, Heartdwellers Africa. Whatever you can give would be of great help.
Then we went to the deaf community in Bechem, which is an older town outside the capitol in Ghana. We had a blast with the children. I took sign language in college — although I forgot most things, I remember the ASL alphabet. I was able to communicate with them and learn all over again. Father Derrick had a wonderful time as well, as we also showed the kids water balloon games. They had never played with water balloons, and I notice that all the kids in Africa love that. It was so much fun.
The deaf school is very large and accommodates the “dumb and blind” as they are called. So we would love to host a big party of games for them all because not all of them could play. There are over 200 kids so, whatever donations you can provide, you can put towards items for them to host another water balloon game and party.
I’m excited to share with you, family what we have been doing so in Ghana, and how far your support has taken us to end this year with a wonderful bang! Please lift up the children in your prayers. The second week that we had our gathering, there was so much in-fighting among them, that two of the children got into a fistfight. Then we found out that two of the children got a three-old and tried to sodomize him. My goodness! So we have been praying for a spirit of purity upon them. Now I am meeting two earlier so I can pray ahead for the ministry before we meet on Wednesdays and that has changed everything.
We’re excited to see what the Lord has in store for us next year, in 2023. Please continue to pray for Father Derrick’s and my marriage. The opposition and attacks have been so fierce, and I know they’re after the promise and this work. Your prayers brought us to the altar, and I know your prayers will continue to carry us until God’s work is complete. God bless you, family, until the next message.