Summer brings hope to children in Ghana.

By April 1, 2005

Ghana (MNN)–On the 48th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence, government observers say the Ghana of today has a new vision and a hopeful future.

The country has long been known to struggle with poverty, illiteracy and a host of related problems. They’re still dealing with refugees and returning nationals escaping rebel fighting in Cote d’Ivoire. The AIDS epidemic has also played a role in the struggles of this country.

But it all comes down to the people who are willing to work to reverse the previous circumstances. Every Child Ministries’ Lorella Rouster says they’re looking forward to hosting a team of 20 people who will be ministering this summer in Ghana.

It’s more than a short-term trip, she explains. It’s an investment. “Some of the group will teaching children’s Bible classes. Others will be training and encouraging teachers and leaders. Some will be conducting a day camp, and others will be working intensively with children from deprived backgrounds that you see on Haven of Hope.”
Rouster says these teams see many children come to Christ. ECM then does discipleship through their regular ministries.

However, it’s the summer teams that provides the breakthrough. “The personal attention of the American teams is one of the ways that we can show the children the love of Jesus, and, it’s one of the ways that we can demonstrate to the African church that children are very important.”

While the summer team is full for this year, Rouster says if you’re interested in next year’s team, applications need to be made by this fall. For contact information, go to:

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