On February 2, 2014, Lutheran Hour Ministries—Ghana, known locally as Lutheran Media Ministry, joined in a special celebration: the dedication of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ghana’s new seminary facility in the Accra area. The hundreds of people who attended the event included a number of dignitaries, among them the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Speaking at the ceremony, Harrison highlighted the importance the Ghana church and its seminary would have in the spread of the message “Jesus ye oudia”—“Jesus is for you”—throughout the country.
One of the interesting things about the event is what didn’t happen next. Once you have dedicated your seminary, you gather your students in, close the doors and hit the books to begin the task of training tomorrow’s pastors, right?
Well, not this time, not exactly, not entirely. One of the things that did happen next was that students at the seminary and volunteers from Lutheran Hour Ministries—Ghana met together in the concourse of the new seminary building; then they hit the streets in the community of Seduase, where the seminary is located, and in the nearby community of Sasaabi.
Carrying with them the message “Jesus ye oudia,” teams made up of LHM volunteers and seminarians went house to house, getting to know the seminary’s neighbors. They shared materials and performed dramas in schools. They presented rallies and film shows. They got to know the youth participating in local sports programs.
Then, just two months after the seminary was dedicated, on Sunday, April 6, they met again in the concourse of the seminary building, this time to celebrate the inaugural worship service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ghana’s newest congregation, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.
“By 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, people were already arriving for the service,” writes LHM—Ghana Director Justice Oman. “For our team members, the service was an emotional one for two reasons: they were grateful to God for using them to reach out to people—and it was all joy to see those people come to the worship service that Sunday morning!”
Please join Lutheran Hour Ministries in praying for the work of Lutheran Media Ministry/LHM—Ghana, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ghana, its new seminary and its newest congregation, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. To learn how you can support the work of LHM—Ghana through an International Ministries Partnership, visit www.lhm.org/partner.