It is with great joy that I write this first in a series of messages (Form the President’s Memo) that I would be sending out periodically.
I want to first of all thank you all for your prayers and great support and appreciate you for the responsibility entrusted to us to lead GEMA for the next three years.
We are totally committed to this Servant Role and Task and will do our utmost best to move GEMA forward and to serve your interests as the members of GEMA.
There is no GEMA without you. There is no GEMA without the Member Organizations.
We therefore want to continue to add great value to what GEMA offers you.
For the next three years, we have a few things we seek to focus on and achieve in the course of our three year mandate by the Grace of God.
Focus on continuous implementation of the Objectives of GEMA
Mobilizing Prayer for Missions
The continuous capacity building of Mission Leaders , Missionaries and Staff of Mission Agencies
Strengthening the avenues for Collaboration and strategic Partnerships amongst Member Organizations
Partnering with GEC for a National Evangelization Plan
Partnering with GEC and the Churches for a Target number of Ghanaian Missionaries to be sent within a specific period of time
Mentoring – the next generation in Missions and Evangelism
Continuous Mobilization and training of the Ghanaian Church in Missions
Developing a viable Missionary Training Program
Raising a ( Missions) Sending Community in Ghana
Deepening our Channels of Communication
Exploring avenues for financial sustainability for GEMA Member Organizations
Strengthening our relationships with Strategic Partners, Regional & International Mission Networks and Churches
EXPLOSION OF JOY & BEST NEWS EVER
A good friend involved in Missions in another country forwarded a piece written by Ray Ortlund, Senior Pastor of Immanuel Church in Tennessee, USA to me just yesterday.
“There has been a long tradition which sees the mission of the Church primarily as obedience to a command. It has been customary to speak of ‘the missionary mandate.’ This way of putting the matter is certainly not without justification, and yet it seems to me that it misses the point. It tends to make mission a burden rather than a joy, to make it part of the law rather than part of the gospel. If one looks at the New Testament evidence one gets another impression. Mission begins with a kind of explosion of joy. The news that the rejected and crucified Jesus is alive is something that cannot possibly be suppressed. It must be told. Who could be silent about such a fact? The mission of the Church in the pages of the New Testament is more like the fallout from a vast explosion, a radioactive fallout which is not lethal but life-giving.”
This might sound controversial to some people, but it could also change in some ways how we see and do missions as well as how we mobilize the Church.
We have the best news ever. We have the greatest Commission and Assignment ever.
Hallelujah!! We should be excited to sacrifice and serve the Lord with all of our being and even our lives for this greatest cause on earth. Really exciting!!!
Halleluyah!! Lets celebrate that you and I are called to share this Great News!!
PARTNERSHIP WITH GEC
I am very glad to announce that our partnership with GEC continuous to blossom and continues to grow stronger. Praise the Lord.!!! We have many similar objectives and we seek to work together more to mobilize the Church for Missions.
Our Mobilization Director, Rev Dr. Godwin Ahlijah and I have been in some meetings with the GEC Director and are both also part of the Planning Committee of two GEC Conferences.
TWO KEY UPCOMING PROGRAMS
One-Day Conference on Missions & Evangelism
GEC is organizing a One Day Missions Conference for all the Mission Directors of the Churches/Denominations in Ghana as well as for the Directors of Mission Agencies and Para Church Organizations. The Goal of this Meeting is to create a platform for the Mission Directors and the Mission Agencies Leaders to meet and connect and for the valuable services and programs offered by the Mission Agencies to be made known to the Churches. The conference will also draw attention to the need for reaching out to Muslims.
Date – Wednesday, 1st march 2017.
Venue: GEC Conference Hall, Abelenkpe
Time: 9am -4pm
Registration: GHS 40 (Forty Ghana Cedis)
Exhibition – GEC is providing space for free exhibitions by all interested GEMA Members. The goal as already mentioned above is to connect the Mission Agencies with the Churches and create awareness of the Services or Tools we have available that the Churches can access for Evangelism, Discipleship and Missions.
This is a great opportunity for all GEMA Member Organisations. GEMA has also been given a slot to speak and I will be inviting a few of the Agencies to make brief presentations on the Tools they have.
Please kindly contact Theresa if you and or your Organization is interested in attending and exhibiting.
The Kairos course is an amazing tool for Missions Mobilization
and many Churches and Christian leaders have benefitted from it over the years. This particular course is specially being organized by our Training Director andKairos National Coordinator, Rev Daniel Hyde Appiah, for the Staff and Missionaries of the GEMA Member Organizations.
We encourage you to kindly send your Staff/Team members to attend and it will greatly impact their lives and work at your Agencies.
Date: 20th – 24th March 2017
Venue: Pioneers Africa, East Legon, near Islamic University &Trassaco.
Registration: GHS160 for nonresidential and GHS200 for residential ( Includes Conference materialsand Lunch for five days)
EXECUTIVE RETREAT & ANNUAL CALENDER
The Members of the GEMA Executive Council will be having a two day Retreat this weekend. We kindly request for your prayer support as we fast and pray and seek the Lords face and develop Strategic Plans for GEMA.
We will also come out with the Annual Calendar of all GEMA Programs as well as International Conferences and Training Programs so you are well informed ahead of time on what is going to take place.
We will also be grateful if you will send to Mrs Theresa Parbey, info on your upcoming Anniversary programs, Conferences and other Programs that you would want GEMA Members to participate. This will be added to the Annual calendar. We will appreciate if we could receive this by Monday, 20th Feb 2017.
Thanks so much,
Yours for the cause of the Unreached