All You Need to Know About Missions and Family Life 2017

 

We advice that you download a pdf copy of this information for your personal reference. Click Information Sheet_Missions and Family Life 2017 to download a copy.

This conference is being organised by Mimesis Christou, a discipleship and mentoring ministry, and the Great Commission Army, a missionary organisation reaching out to peoples in the rural Ghana and in other African countries.

The purpose of the conference is to give an all-encompassing training to young people covering missionary work and family life.

In this regard, the conference will expose young people interested in ministry to relevant information and tools needed in planning for their future and encourage them to strike a perfect balance.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

Arrival (4pm onwards)

Venue: Presbyterian Retreat Centre, Mile 50, Koforidua (see below for directions to the venue)

Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/2ojRB0opPTNoSEJf1

NB: Registration (accommodation and feeding inclusive) is free

Please bring along beddings, toiletries, cutlery, plates and cups, and some snacks.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

Theme I: The Family as Missionary Tool

Talk I: Putting on the Armour of Marriage for the Great Commission

-Michael K. Okyere Asante, Executive Director, Mimesis Christou

We need to understand that God is the purpose of marriage and that marriage is central to His mission to this world. Until we live our single and married lives with this in mind, we will continue to create problems for the health of our families and for the Great Commission. If families are disintegrating, it is because we have made ‘self’ the purpose of, and reversed God’s intent for, marriage. In this talk, Michael Okyere Asante will shed light on why our single lives must make God primary and marriage secondary, and how we can use our marriages to fulfil the Great Commission.

Talk II: Worse than an Infidel? Getting the Perfect Balance Between Career, Marriage and Ministry

-Rev Joshua Kwame Owusu Ansah, Coordinator, Campus Ministry, Akuapem Presbytery

In many Christian homes, the imbalance between ministry, career and marriage is creating dysfunction in family life. We need to redefine our conception of marriage and mission and see marriage as a tool for God’s mission to this world. Paul admonishes that “If anyone does not take care of his own relatives, especially his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Does care only mean providing money for the family at the neglect of their spiritual and emotional needs? Could the neglect of the family’s emotional, physical and spiritual needs negatively affect ministry work? How can the minister balance ministry, career and family effectively? At this conference, Rev. Joshua Kwame Owusu Ansah will expound on balancing career, marriage, and ministry.

Theme II: Entrepreneurship as a Funding Tool for Missions

Talk I: Start Small, Think Big: How to Kick Off, Lead and Sustain Businesses

-Dr Alexander Nuer, CEO, Alamnyaki Group

One of the challenges of missionary work is funding. In this session, Dr Alexander Nuer will lead participants through the processes of thinking and implementing business ideas that can raise funds not only for families but also for missionary work. The knowledge gained will be an opportunity especially for those who want to get into full-time ministry to have something on the side to support their ministry. It will also give participants ideas on how to sustain the businesses they establish.

Talk II: Financial Independence: Investing in and Doing Full Time Missionary Work

-Akwasi Yeboah Appiagyei, Country Director, Spread the Gospel Ghana

Without financial support, it is almost impossible to embark on effective missions. The thrust of this session is to encourage participants to be financiers of God’s work. Akwasi Yeboah Appiagyei will lead participants on how to become financially independent, and provide them with ideas on how to fund missionary work. At the same time, he will have a word for full-time missionaries and how they can fulfil financial responsibilities toward their families despite being in full-time ministry.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

Theme III: Missions in Africa: Field Experiences, Challenges and Prospects

Talk I: Missionary Work in Northern Ghana

-Ebenezer Oguamena, Director of Home Missions, Great Commission Army

Should we allow language and culture to discourage us from embarking on God’s call to go into the world? What is it like to be a full-time missionary to a community whose language and culture you are unfamiliar with, and yet have the joy of seeing God move amongst the people? How should we reach out to people of other faith? And what is it like to leave a full-time corporate job to do full-time missionary work? Ebenezer Oguamena will share his experiences, challenges and prospects of doing missions in Northern Ghana.

Talk II: Missionary Work in Southern Africa

-Bismark Ofosu Bamfo, Director of Prayer, Great Commission Army

What do you do when God asks you to embark on a mission to Lesotho? You have no idea exactly where you are going to, who you are going to, and how you are going to get there. You know no one in Lesotho, you have no funds for such a journey, not to talk of the difficult processes involved in securing a visa. But God says, “Go”. By faith you go only to realise that God Himself has made provisions. What begins as a step of faith results in a great revival in Lesotho and the planting of churches there. Bismark Ofosu Bamfo will share his experiences, challenges and prospects of doing missions in southern Africa.

Talk III: Missionary Work in Eastern Africa

-Emmanuel K. Sampson, Missionary, Youth with a Mission/Excellent Youth Outreach

What do you do when God calls you right after school to be a missionary? Despite misgivings from relatives, you succeed in embarking on a missionary journey to rural communities in Ghana. But what happens when God calls you, this time, into a war-torn country? How do you do missions during political and economic crises, when there is war, famine, inaccessible roads and your security is threatened? Emmanuel K. Sampson will share his experiences, challenges and prospects about his call to missionary work, and his journey through rural Ghana and South Sudan.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

FRI., SEPT. 22 ARRIVAL 
DAY 1

SAT., SEPT. 23

SESSION 1: THE FAMILY AS MISSIONARY TOOL
7.00-7.30am Prayer, Praise and Adoration  
7.30-7.40am Welcome Address Mrs Patience G. Okyere Asante
Talk 1

7.45-8.25am

Q & A

8.25-8.45am

Putting on the Armour of Marriage for the Great Commission Mr Michael K. Okyere Asante
Talk 2

8.50-9.30am

Q & A

9.30-9.50am

Worse than an Infidel? Getting the Perfect Balance Between Career, Marriage and Ministry

 

Rev Joshua Kwame Owusu Ansah
9.55-10.55am Prayer Session I  
  SESSION 2: ENTREPRENEURSHIP AS A FUNDING TOOL FOR MISSIONS
Talk 3

11.00-11.40am

Q & A

11.40am-12.00pm

Start Small, Think Big: How to Kick Off, Lead and Sustain Businesses

 

 

Dr Alexander Nuer

 

 

12.00-1.00pm Lunch
Talk 4

1.15-1.55pm

Q & A

1.55-2.15pm

Financial Independence: Investing in and Doing Full Time Missionary Work

 

Mr Akwasi Yeboah Appiagyei

 

  SESSION 3: PRACTICAL VOCATIONAL TRAINING
2.20-5.20pm Bead making, etc.  
5.30-6.30pm Prayer Session II  
6.30-8.20pm Supper/Wash-down  
8.30-9.30pm Workshop Groups  
DAY 2

SUN., SEPT. 24

SESSION 4: MISSIONS IN AFRICA: FIELD EXPERIENCES, CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS
7.00-7.30am Prayer, Praise and Adoration  
7.30-7.50am Recap of Day 1 Mrs Patience G. Okyere Asante
7.50-8.50am Workshop Group Reports  
Talk 1

9.00-9.40am

Q & A

9.40-10.00am

Missionary Work in Northern Ghana

 

Mr Ebenezer Oguamena
Talk 2

10.10-10.50am

Q & A

10.50am-11.10pm

Missionary Work in Southern Africa

 

Mr Bismark Ofosu Bamfo & Mr Ernest Owusu
Talk 3

11.20am-12.00pm

Q & A

12.00-12.20pm

Missionary Work in Eastern Africa

 

Mr Emmanuel Sampson
12.20pm-1.20pm Lunch  
1.20-2.20pm Prayer Session III  
2.30-3.00pm Parting Words & Closing  

DIRECTIONS TO THE VENUE 

From the South (or Accra)

From Accra or Madina, pick a Koforidua bus which will use the Akuapem Mountains en route to Koforidua.

At the outskirts of Koforidua is a place called Okorase. Inform the driver you will alight at Asomdwoe Junction 4 or Peace Hills SHS Junction. This junction is between Okorase and Mile 50.

At Junction 4, ask of the Presby Prayer Camp. It’s only about 7 to 10 minutes’ walk from the main road.

From the West, North or East (Tamale, Cape Coast, Takoradi, Kumasi, Kwahu region, Ho, etc.) 

Option 1

Pick a car from location to Koforidua. At the Central Business District (CBD) or township of Koforidua, ask for the Main Taxi Station.

Pick a taxi bound for Okorase and inform the driver you will alight at Asomdwoe Junction 4. It’s about 2 minutes’ drive from the Eastern Premier Hotel.

At this Junction 4, ask of the Presby Prayer Camp. It’s only about 7 to 10 minutes’ walk from the main road.

Option 2

Arrangements are being made to make transportation to the conference very smooth. Hence all those in and around Kumasi who will be attending the conference should please contact Karim on WhatsApp 0247865244 or call 0501382172 for more details.

NB: If you are driving, you are to use Asomdwoe Junction 1. This junction is closer to the Eastern Premier Hotel.

Contacts

For further help with getting to the venue, please call any of the following numbers: 0202993935, 0249801005, 0549885221.

For help with registration, please call 0506114958 or 0546134586.

For more information about the conference, please call 0546134586, 0207280882, 0542421707 or email us at mimesischristou [at] gmail.com

We cannot wait to have you join us at this conference. Safe journey and God be with you.

 

We advice that you download a pdf copy of this information for your personal reference. Click Information Sheet_Missions and Family Life 2017 to download a copy.

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