The adventure started chasing the sun. We took off at sunset (from NYC) and after 10 hours in the air, we met the sun on the other side of the planet. The mission was to lead our workshops to teach pastors and church leaders the importance of parents pastoring their children in the home. They don’t have statistics, like we do in the US, that quantify the percentage of parents in the church who pray and read the Bible at home with their children, but the message of the importance of faith at home was received as so important that during the conference, Vincent said,
“It will impact our own families as well as the future of our churches.”
Pastor Zach emailed me two weeks later:
“I honestly was blessed and challenged at the same time to be more proactive in instilling faith in my family. My family has started doing devotions together. There is so much joy and happiness in my family now than ever before. I have also taken it as an opportunity to teach the church, of the many significance and blessings that are coupled with it. It is my desire to teach other churches around me on the necessity of having homes devoted.”
The second goal of leading this conference was to do it in such a way that they were able to experience the teachings, first as a participant and then discuss how they could implement the teaching to parents within their indivual settings. I gave them all the digital files (my notes, handouts, videos, transcripts), so they would have everything they needed to share this vision and train parents how to bring God into the framework of everyday life at home. Now the adventure continues as we stay in touch with these leaders, offering ongoing coaching as needed.
A HUGE THANK YOU!
I feel the urgency to take this message to parents in the U.S. and abroad. Thank you to all the donors who made this trip possible. And also our monthly supporters; without your belief in this mission, we wouldn’t have the means to inspire and equip parents to have homes devoted locally and in other parts of the world.
One cultural difference was their view of children. They love their children, but expect them to adapt to their adult world much more so then in America. We esteem our children; our world revolves around them. Not so in Ghana. (The last picture on this page will tell this story more.) On the other hand, there is great respect for the wisdom of the elderly. Another big difference was that all their high schools are boarding schools, so at around age 14, children leave home to live at school. This means the time parents have with their children are years shorter than in the United States.
Some things are common in Ghana like most countries: more affluence means more distractions that keep people (and families) from spending time with God as well as a lesser dependence upon God. Another similarity is many parents are both working and because roads are not the best, it can take parents and hour or two just to get home.
Takeaways: Short Video
Meet some of the participants in the video below from the the conference in Ghana. Pastors and church leaders from different denominations share how it impacted them and how they will lead others.
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There are pictures you will laugh out loud to and some you will want to share with your children when they feel the need to complain. 🙂