The year 2020 is the tenth anniversary of the Upper Northern Presbytery and Lake Erie Presbytery’s Partnership.
Sunday, February 9th – Come and hear Doug Ebert talk about his recent experience in Ghana during our regular worship service at 11:00 am.
Some History: The initial groundwork for the Ghana Mission Partnership began to be laid ten years ago this month – February, 2010. An initial delegation traveled from Lake Erie Presbytery to northern Ghana. In the months that followed it was the sense that God was leading Presbyterian leaders in both countries to establish a Partnership through which relationships in Christ could be built and a larger understanding of the global Christian Church could be encouraged.
Current activity: In October, 2019 a total of six people traveled to Ghana to continue the Partnership between the Upper Northern Presbytery, the Presbytery of Lake Erie and Chosen International Medical Assistance (ChosenIMA) of Erie. Lake Erie Presbytery has reached the goal of $25,000 to enhance the medical clinics in northern Ghana. This money has been matched by ChosenIMA. It is an exciting story!
Information that could be helpful to educate, connect and engage members in both presbyteries:
The Upper Northern Presbytery, Presbyterian Church, Ghana, spreads across the entire northern part of the country and includes about ¼ of the entire geographic land mass of Ghana. Togo is to the east; Burkina Faso to the north and Cote D’Ivoire to the west. Ghana includes about 24,000,000 people and geographically is the size of Oregon.
The Upper Northern Presbytery is composed of 108 congregations divided into 7 districts:
Bimbila District – 17 congregations
Katiejeli District – 9 congregations
Saboba District – 19 congregations
Tamale/Najong District – 10 congregations
Bolgatanga District – 5 congregations
Chereponi District – 17 congregations
Yendi District – 31 congregations
Presbytery Moderator – Rev. Vincent Dagadu
Presbytery Communicator – Ruling Elder Tony Atsu
Ghana Missions Support Shea Butter Workshop Opportunity: You are invited to the Shea Butter Workshop! Led by the “Bethel Belles” at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cranesville. You will learn how the raw shea butter is processed in Ghana and how to make a variety of shea butter products. The workshop will prepare you plan a shea butter activity with a group of friends or a group in your congregation. We have plenty of shea butter! Donations from the shea butter products support Maternal and Child healthcare provided by the E.P Church Wapuli Clinic in Northern Ghana. The workshop will be held Sat. Feb. 29th, 10am-12pm, at the Bethel Presbyterian Church, 8990 Crane Rd, Cranesville 16410. Bring a bag lunch. Contact Linda Bennett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 273-0747, if you wish to attend.
“Labors of Love”: To commemorate the 50th Anniversary in 2019 of medical missions and service, CHOSEN is partnering with the Presbytery of Lake Erie and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana in a new endeavor called “Labors of Love”. The goal of “Labors of Love” was to raise $50,000 that will be invested in the four Health Clinics to increase and improve healthcare services to the women, children, and communities that they serve in the upper north where hospitals are few and far in travel distance over rough terrain. Each of the Health Clinics has specific needs for getting to the next level of development. These include building construction, renovations, equipment, supplies, infrastructure, potable water, sanitation, staff training and support. Labors of Love Update: The presbytery has received $25,551.73 for the four Health Clinics in Ghana. Please keep up your faithful giving. To make a donation, contact the Presbytery office for more details: 814-868-4891.