I earlier blogged about upside down Kingdom building and the purpose wasn’t to say that God did ministry differently but that He did it so perfectly that it sometimes appeared upside down to us. Sacrificing His own Son for the sins of His rebellious people; teaching that the first will be last and the last first, to lead you must serve, to live you must first die are but a few examples of this. Bob and Bonnie Parker followed this example when they started Seed Ministry and the results speak for themselves.
Bob and Bonnie Parker were called by God to minister in Tamale Ghana during the two-week mission trip they took there in 2001. They returned home from the mission trip and sold most everything they could and with $2300 in their pockets and no formal theology and/or missions training left their 3 children, 8 grandchildren, church family and friends and flew off to Ghana. Little did they know the extent to which a faithful God would use and bless their faithfulness to Him.
Tamale Ghana is predominantly Muslim and traditional African religions with a small number of Christians. Bob and Bonnie had a history of ministering to children back in the states and used that expertise with children to set up Bible Clubs for the children of Ghana to memorize scripture and gain more Bible knowledge and participate in competitions throughout the year where they would recite scripture verses and answer Bible questions and compete for prizes given for most correct memorization of the 200+ questions.
This upside down kingdom approach ingeniously got God’s word into the hands and, more importantly, minds of these children who then took it home to their parents, siblings and other adults through the verses memorized by their children. And, the involved children would eventually become the Bible Club leaders and future pastors and leaders in their community churches.
The results from these Bible Clubs is phenomenal. Currently there are more than 300 weekly Bible Clubs throughout Ghana with over 12,000 participants to date.
38 churches have been built in their 17 years in Ghana with a corresponding urgent need for train pastors and church leaders. Bob and Bonnie therefore started Church Leaders Training Academies (CLTA) in three (3) cities, Tamale, Gushegu and Jirandogo, which is a two year program that to date has had 150 graduates and 100 more current students in training.
Both God’s Story and Paul’s writings have been translated into 6 languages and God provided them with a boat and soon this Soul Searcher’s vessel was traveling up and down the Volta river sharing the gospel.
In addition, literally thousands have been baptized and become part of the family of God, 3 ministry centers built, pastor and church leadership training programs provided, the Jesus Film shown throughout Ghana, Children’s Crusade’s launched, and Farming, Food, and Outreach Ministry programs developed to help with farm training and feeding those in need.
The fields are white for harvest and by following God’s harvesting model Ghana is being transformed into a Christ-centered oasis for West Africa. You can learn more about Seed Ministry at http://www.seedministry.com or by email at email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please prayerfully consider coming along side and supporting Seed Ministry and be a part of what God is doing in Ghana 🇬🇭.