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My update from my recent trip to Ghana is below. Thank you for partnering in prayer!
Update from John Agee
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EMI Ghana Team

Partnering to Educate Leaders

Hertiage Christian University College (HCUC) is a dream of the Churches of Christ in Ghana, specifically Nsawam Road Church of Christ. Nsawam Road Church of Christ has planted nearly 900 churches, and they have missionaries serving in 9 countries. Over the years, God has led this church to initiate a Bible school/theological seminary, a street program, a children's home, a clinic, a farm, a prison ministry, a deaf ministry, and a water well (borehole) ministry. Now the church body is preparing to launch an accredited university program in business and information technology at HCUC.

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Working together on the HCUC Master Plan

I was blessed to lead the team of two EMI interns, two architects, two civil engineers, one electrical engineer and his wife to serve HCUC in Ghana a few weeks ago. This design trip involved working with Ghanaian design volunteers on a Ghanaian-initiated project, which has been a dream of mine--working in partnership with West Africans for God's glory and His kingdom. The team worked well together as an act of worship, and we made tremendous progress in one week to master plan the 7-acre campus for the school. We will continue our work to finalize the design and to provide documents for HCUC's fundraising efforts, both in the U.S. and in Ghana. By God's grace, this new university will begin classes in late 2012, providing education for future leaders in Ghana and the West African region. Before then, I plan to lead another EMI team to complete Phase 2 design for the university, including a library/administration building, campus store, and site infrastructure recommendations.

EMI Team at HCUC presenting Master Plan model to Board

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Reflections on Ghana

After a third trip to Ghana, I stand amazed at how God has orchastrated projects, teams, and connections in this West African country. My time in Ghana has included project trips with three church denominations in three different parts of the country, introductions to missionaries and ministries, radio interviews, meetings with national design professionals, and, most recently, a presentation to hundreds of engineering students. Interns Jay and Elena joined me in sharing about EMI with a hall full of students at Accra Polytechnic who were eager to learn about involvement with EMI through volunteering or internships. Praise the Lord for this opportunity to share testimony about how He grows our skills and uses them for His glory! May God continue to lead West African designers to share the hope of Jesus with the poor.

I am grateful for these opportunities in Ghana to see the body of Christ working together, which reminds me of Paul's writing in Romans 12. I encourage you to humbly present your body as a living sacrifice to God so that Christ's global church body is built up.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. - Romans 12:1-5
John & Jane in Ghana

A Few Days with Jane

Jane and I enjoyed our short time together in Ghana, and we look forward to meeting again as soon as the Lord enables us to. Jane flew from southern Nigeria to join the EMI team as we visited the beach and bounced across the canopy walkway, and we then attended our first Ghanaian wedding, which was not too much different from a traditional church wedding in the U.S. Thank you for continuing to pray for us as we wait on the Lord's timing to bring us together. Please pray specifically for wisdom in deciding on where Jane should finish her university education and for Jane's U.S.A. visa interview scheduled in March 2012.

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Developing Excellence Forum 2011

I am planning to attend Accord's Developing Excellence Forum in mid-November to represent EMI and to network with other relief and development workers in Baltimore, MD. I will participate in the WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) Summit to help develop principles of excellence in this field. As this is a special opportunity, I am requesting partners to contribute financially so that I will be able to attend this forum. Please let me know if you would be interested in contributing toward this need as I prepare to gather with leaders in Christian relief and development work.

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Prayer Requests

  • New partners to Cover $100/month financial need and additional funding for West Africa zone research
  • That God would raise up an EMI team for EMI's West Africa office
  • Praise God for continued connections with people & ministries in West Africa
  • For Jane & my relationship to grow and for God's provision for her and her family in Nigeria
  • Praise God for EMI teams that recently returned from around the world, and pray for our work to finalize designs

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