Greetings from Ghana. As I reflect on the past couple weeks, I am thankful for all that God has done in and through the hospital assessment team of engineers in Sierra Leone.

Update from John Agee
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EMI Sierra Leone Team (2012 Term 1)

Reflections on Sierra Leone

It had been three years since my first visit to Sierra Leone, and God again encouraged and blessed me throughout my time around the country over the past few weeks. Early in the trip I was reading from Romans chapter 5. God highlighted verses 6 through 8: "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die--but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Death continued to be a recurring theme in my thoughts, our team devotions, and as we visited hospitals, seeing the reality of death and those mourning the loss of loved ones. Through all of this, God was faithful to remind me of the hope that we have in Christ: that we are dead to sin and alive by His grace. Christ's death while we were yet sinners to bring glory to God and life to those who believe is the gospel, the good news.

Even though we all face death, God has placed each of us who trust Him on the earth with specific assignments as His ambassadors. I am grateful for the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with the EMI team in Sierra Leone, sellers at the big market in Freetown, and with the maintenance volunteers at the government hospitals in Makeni, Bo, and Kenema. In the midst of assessment work, our team loved the people around us, from the children to the staff to hospital patients to those grieving loss. The local pastor with us, Pastor Moses, was an encouragement and example to the team in walking alongside those who had just lost loved ones, simply reminding them to look to God for hope and strength.

God has also provided some clarity for future direction, touching my heart through the ministry of Mercy Ships in Sierra Leone and their desire to assist the government in working to improve local hospitals. Lord willing, I plan to move to Sierra Leone for one year starting as soon as August or September 2012. Please pray with me for continued direction in this and that the Lord works mightily through the mentoring, discipleship, learning, training, and support that I and short-term teams will go through with the hospital maintenance staff. I will share more details as the time draws nearer, and I am eager to share how God moves throughout my upcoming extended period of time in West Africa. Plans are still in progress for an EMI office in this region, most likely in Ghana, but we continue to trust God's timing for staff and resources to advance.

Thank you for your faithful partnership through prayer and finances to see God's kingdom come in more fullness here. Let more worshippers of Jesus rise up and call upon His name for salvation in Sierra Leone!

Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in. - Isaiah 58:12

Civil Team Performing Hospital Water Assessment in Makeni
Civil Team Performing Hospital Water Assessment in Makeni

Preparation for Time in Ghana

God provided me an opportunity to pause and rest in Him this morning, preparing for the plans during my time here in Ghana. Designers from around the region will gather this afternoon to learn more about EMI, to fellowship with each other, and to hear some presentations given by past EMI volunteers. Please pray with me that Christ will be exalted through our time together and that lasting relationships will be built.

My next project, building designs for Phase 2 of Heritage Christian University, begins on Sunday evening as the team gathers to learn about each other and the project ahead. We begin our work week on Monday morning with a team of five West Africans, two Americans, and an intern and myself from EMI Colorado Springs. Thank you for lifting us up to Father God in prayer with thanksgiving for bringing such design talent together. May God grow us in creativity, unity, skill, and passion for Jesus as we work hard together.

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  • For the EMI West Africa volunteer conference this afternoon (Saturday, February 18) in Ghana
  • New partners to Cover $60/month financial need and additional funding for West Africa zone research
  • That God would raise up a staff 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
  • For Jane's USA visa interview on March 9
  • Praise God for EMI teams that are out serving around the world

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