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Ghana trip invitation May 26-June 9

 October Update:  Plans may change due to health issues in Africa.  Please contact Carol and David for current information.

August 2, 2014

  Dear Friend:  At one time you indicated interest in possibly travel with us to Ghana. Enclosed is our next proposed trip scheduled for May 26- June 9, 2015.  Although, it is still about 10 months away, tentative bookings are being made with British Airways. Reservations have been made at the

. There is room for the first 8 people to sign up. Please consider this as an invitation to join us on this venture. 

 

Proposed 2015 Mission Trip to Ghana

The Following Are Approximate Costs for the Following Itineraries

Depart Boston, Miami, New York, or Toronto –Tuesday, May 26. 2015. Transfer in Heathrow, London, England for 7 hour flight to Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Arrive at Accra, the next evening and immediately depart for Ho.

This trip presupposes a group of not less than six, nor more than twelve (First come, first served)

During our Ghana stay, we will primarily be housed at the Kekeli Hotel, the Social Center of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the city of Ho. Clean and comfortable, with air-conditioning, each room will be for two guests and will have an in-room bathroom, cold water shower, and sink. Bottled drinking water will be available for in-room use. Meals will be prepared and served in the dining room of the hotel and will feature a mixture of Ghanaian and continental food, sensitive to our dietary needs. Three meals a day are included in the cost. All fees, tips, lodging and ground travel as well as admissions are covered. This includes 12 days in Ghana, departing May 26, 2015 and arriving back June 9, 2015

Lodging for the trip to Cape Coast-Elmina area is still in the process of being settled.

The Ghana experience will include a Worship opportunity in a village in the region of Ho each Sunday. We will join the people of the villages and communities of the Volta Region. All participants on the trip will participate in age/skill appropriate mission projects to include such things as physical labor at a work site, teaching in a school in the Ho district, work in a medical clinic, presence in a hospital, or with the EP Church. During the time in Ghana, we will try to arrange daily cultural presentations to arts, dance, drum, song, fabric making, culture, and/or history.

We will make a four-hour trek to Cape Coast area where we will visit a Slave Fort and Kakum National Park which has a canopy walk over the rainforest.

Afternoons will be reserved for periods of rest and relaxation or free time for exploring the city and market of Ho and perhaps a visit to Tafi Monkey Sanctuary, Wili Waterfall or Keta Sea Defense.

Ghana (Estimated): $3,150 Boston, Toronto, New York, or Miami

Plus Visa Required: $60-100 Plus Shots required:Yellow fever, malaria meds, etc.

Contact:The Rev. David Christensen telephone: 1-860-759-0791

Box 50, West Tisbury, MA 02575 email: dgcatbcc@aol.com

 

Send Deposit of $200 by September 25, 2014 for air and trip mailed to Rev. Christensen

Send Payment of $1,000 by November 30, 2014 mailed to Rev. Christensen

Send Payment of $1,050 by March 15, 2015 - mailed to Rev. Christensen

The first checks should be made out to “The Federated Church” with the notation “Ghana Travel.”

Balance Due $900 by May 1, 2015

The final check should be made out to David Christensen with notation “Ghana travel.”


Note: Payment details on  attached Proposed Form

 

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Gifts of Hope: An alternative way of giving

Gifts of Hope: An alternative way of giving

This holiday season are you looking for a gift for someone who seems to have everything? Why not make a gift to a Ghana Mission project and receive a card and information you may send to that special person.

Project donations include : helping rural villages get safe water, transportation and meds to rural clinics, helping the “cured” lepers’ village, scholarships, school supplies, and helping elderly seniors. These along with items from Ghana will be available after church , Sunday, November 24th.
Thank you- The Rev. David Christensen

May 27,2014 Mission Trip to Ghana

 

David and Carol Christensen are planning their next mission trip to Ghana.  Below are the details.

 

 

Proposed 2014 Mission Trip to Ghana

The Following Are Approximate Costs for the Following Itineraries

Depart Boston, Miami, New York, or Toronto –Tuesday, May 27. 2014. Transfer in Heathrow, London, England for 7 hour flight to Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Arrive at Accra, the next evening and immediately depart for Ho.

This trip presupposes a group of not less than six, nor more than twelve (First come, first served)

During our Ghana stay, we will primarily be housed at the Kekeli Hotel, the Social Center of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the city of Ho. Clean and comfortable, with air-conditioning, each room will be for two guests and will have an in-room bathroom, cold water shower, and sink. Bottled drinking water will be available for in-room use. Meals will be prepared and served in the dining room of the hotel and will feature a mixture of Ghanaian and continental food, sensitive to our dietary needs. Three meals a day are included in the cost. All fees, tips, lodging and ground travel as well as admissions are covered. This includes 12 days in Ghana, departing June 10 and arriving back June 11, 2014

Lodging for the trip to Cape Coast-Elmina area is still in the process of being settled.

The Ghana experience will include a Worship opportunity in a village in the region of Ho each Sunday. We will join the people of the villages and communities of the Volta Region. All participants on the trip will participate in age/skill appropriate mission projects to include such things as physical labor at a work site, teaching in a school in the Ho district, work in a medical clinic, presence in a hospital, or with the EP Church. During the time in Ghana, we will try to arrange daily cultural presentations to arts, dance, drum, song, fabric making, culture, and/or history.

We will make a four-hour trek to Cape Coast area where we will visit a Slave Fort and Kakum National Park which has a canopy walk over the rainforest.

Afternoons will be reserved for periods of rest and relaxation or free time for exploring the city and market of Ho and perhaps a visit to Tafi Monkey Sanctuary, Wili Waterfall or Keta Sea Defense.

Pastor David reserves the right to determine the mix of the group.

Ghana (Estimated): $ 2,950 Boston, Toronto, New York, or Miami

Plus Visa Required: $60-100 Plus Shots required: Yellow fever, malaria meds, etc.

Contact: The Rev. David Christensen telephone: 1-860-759-0791

Box 50, West Tisbury, MA 02575 email: DGCATBCC@Aol.Com

Send Deposit of $1,000 by November 15, 2013 mailed to Rev. Christensen

(non-refundable amount – $200)

Send Deposit of $1,050 by March 20, 2014 - mailed to Rev. Christensen

The two first checks should be made out to “The Federated Church” with the notation “Ghana Travel.”

Balance Due $900 by May 1, 2014

The final check should be made out to David Christensen with notation “Ghana travel.”

Ghana Trip

May 27, 2014 – June 11, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghana Update

GHANA UPDATE FALL , October 2012

Dear Friends- Carol and I want to share with you what is happening in our continuing “Mission to Ghana”. Recently, we returned after several weeks in Ghana. Suzanne Monnon joined us from Ontario Canada. We worshipped in Kpenoe, Takla, at Mawuko Girls School, Takla Tokor, attended a wedding, a funeral, memorial service, and joined in the celebration of the Asogoli State Yam Festival and worked in four schools.

We visited a Senior Center and joined in a country-wide Senior Citizen Durbar as part of United Nations World Day of Ageing Celebration. We bought and delivered a sewing machine to the Regional Leprosarium: 100 kilos of rice, 2 gallons of cooking oil, bananas, and coconuts insuring that those “cured lepers” will have food, while receiving on-going care and treatment. We also gave them funds, for sewing business start-up and sewing supplies.

On our latest visit we also accomplished the following:

1. Delivered $7,500 to complete and help furnish, Dr. Robert Everson Memorial Library at Mawuko Girls School, serving 1800 students and set aside $2660 per wishes of donors for helping stock library shelves.

2. EP Church Scholarship Funds through the National Church Headquarters, as well as office supplies and funds for headquarters ‘ administration.

3. Gave money and/or educational materials to Ho Heve, Takla Primary School, Ho Dome, Elmina Iturae, Tsito Primary School, Ho Kpodzi JSS, Mawuli Senior Secondary, Royal Praise Academy, Rising Star Academy, Ho Bankoe, Dzogbefeme, Alavanyo Wudidi and Volta Regional Museum. We gave mathematical kits and locally made drawing boards with T-squares to Takla JSS and Mawuli JSS.

4. Funds and supplies distributed to Womens’ Activity Center (Training for women to be employable)

5. Purchased goods from carvers, jewelry makers, seamstresses, bead makers, micro- businesses, weavers and shop keepers for resale to fund future projects.

7. Funds and materials through Roman Catholic Diocese of Ho for education.

8. Items of Clothing to Rural Clinics, widows and orphans of EP Churches in Takla, Taviefe, and Senior Centers.

9. Distributed funds to Ho Farms Extension Service for livestock inoculations and registration.

10. Eyeglasses and funds given to Shepherd Center for the Ageing and through EP Headquarters.

11. Medical Supplies delivered to Volta Regional Hospital and paid for a post-operative surgery stay for Doris.

12. Met with the leaders of Dzogbefeme and the Ho Rotary Club and connected them to Rotary International Clubs in Connecticut, and South Florida as they seek safe water.

13. Met with church leaders in Wegbe Kpalime and donated clothes for widows and orphans, and funds for their 100th Anniversary Celebration.

14. Provided scholarship help for Patricia, Zekina, and Bridget (Primary school). Irene (Junior High), Manuela, Esinam, (Senior High), Edem and Rita ( University).

15. Met with the Takla Community and was installed as Development Chief of the village. Convened the initial organizational meeting of “Dry Season Vegetable Growers Cooperative”, a new development project in Takla.

Thanks to all who contributed, and prayed for us and continue to support our work in and through the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana, our United Church of Christ Global Mission Partner. Plans call for us to return to Ghana with a group September 16, 2013- October 2, 2013.

In His Service – David and Carol Christensen

Ministries in Ghana”

 

 

 

 

 

Christiansen’s sermon from July 29, 2012

Called

 

Ephesians 4:1-7. 11-16

 

We bring you greetings from the people of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana West Africa and from our friends in the villages of Takla and Kpenoe and the city of Ho and wish to thank you all–that we are able to share our ongoing story of a wonderful and mutually beneficial mission partnership. We rejoice in what we see God accomplishing through the peoples of the EP Church and we continue to be blessed beyond measure even as we seek to serve our God and fulfill our calling..

 

In the lesson shared today, the writer of Ephesians most likely Paul urges the people to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with humility and gentleness and making every effort to maintain the unity n the bond of peace. He also reminds us that by God’s grace we have been gifted so that the body – the church will be built up and come to unity in faith.

 

You and I have each been given the gift of life, as well as a talent, a skill, an opportunity, a vision, a dream, faith, tradition, and resources. We are called to be what God has given us wherever we are and whatever we are called to be. Gifted and called by God. Thanks be to all who continue to support and follow through on mission and ministry of God.

 

God has called us to Ghana but mission does not need to be half a world away. It can be working in Hati or Costa Rica

Helping on an Navajo Reservation or in Louisiana

Volunteering at the food bank or Habitat for Humanity

The important thing is that we do something for someone in need with love and prayer.

 

We started 10 years ago by asking the United Church of Christ’s global mission partner, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana, what we could do to help. Ours was to become a ministry of presence for this church of 800 congregations. They requested our presence in their churches, programs, projects and schools, for by being there we are telling them it is of worth and value and worthy of THEIR support.

 

In the rural schools we work in we have seen the starting age drop from 8 & 9 to 5 & 6 year olds kindergarteners. By starting at an earlier age more will complete Jr, High or higher. They are just starting crèches or nursery schools in Ghana. We visited many creches this past March to choose a couple of needy ones give to give them grants and educational materials.

For we bring educational materials, medical supplies and clothes to widows and orphans. Eye glasses and hearing aids are given to a seniors program…thank you for your donations to that project. We learned recently that a scholarship given to a women studying at the university was well used. She graduated and passed her teaching exams this March and was one of 20 out of the class of 700 to be asked back to take the Master’s of Education program.

 

The people of Ghana know and trust God and recognize that it is by the grace of God, that they and all peoples live and move and have their being. The Psalmist writes, “Unless, God builds the house its builders labor build in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city the watchmen stand guard in vain.” Palm 127:1. In Ghana the people truly know the truth of these words. In fact for as long as they can remember, they have trusted in God and being a symbolic and oral society, they constantly utter the words and share the picture “Gye Name” which translated means Except- or without God nothing is possible but that if God is in the midst of it, all is possible. “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stand guard in vain.” Psalm 127: 1 As we gather for worship that is the consistent theme whether it be Sunday AM, mid week services, weddings, funerals, baptisms. Even as we have come and gone now these many times,

 

I truly believe that though we go and find ourselves leading worship, serving communion, Baptizing and leading people to Jesus, teaching school, bearing gifts, though we have raised funds to help with projects, though we have purchased materials over there and helped stimulate the economy, regularly we continue to be blessed with letters, e-mails and prayers by and from the people of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and Ghana itself. We are all of us blessed to be a blessing. And it is in letting go and serving that we are blessed. We have gone from village to village, but we have always felt welcome and the hospitality and love we experience is wonderful.. God is good! All the time God is good!

 

 

So we go and bring others with us in answer to the call and we share the gospel and sometimes even use words to share the way. And the way is the way of love. God wants the people to be safe and healthy, living with God and healthy, whole and well. To that end our work in Ghana supports and helps people.

 

We raise funds through the sale of jewelry, carvings, and cloth items as well as donations. When we go with our teams we help share in hands-on labor or work in the schools or minister to health needs. It is amazing what God does with the funds we bring and supplies we give and how timely it seems to be. A God Wink (there are no coincidences) A girl assisting at an elementary school I visited had dropped out of school due to lack of finances and hence was earning money to go back….the God wink?.. her name was the same as my middle name..she got a grant to pay for next year’s junior high classes.

 

As our time in Ghana has progressed, leaders of the church brought to our attention significant community needs. God wants the people to be whole and well and to that end we have been and continue to work with the leaders of the villages, the church elders, the District chiefs and ministers of the country to help facilitate the process of getting safe drinking water to our partner villages which are now supplied only by several major hand-pumped wells and lack sanitation.

 

Beginning 2002 it became quite clear to us that safe water was a major need in many villages. As we expanded our ministry of presence we built bridges that have seen completion of 114 water & sanitation projects in conjunction with Rotary International & USAID. We are presently working with the leadership of the village of Jo-pay-pem-may and matching the Ho Rotary Club with Rotary Clubs in Florida and Connecticut.

 

. And it is true that whatever there is that has been done to enhance the quality of life it has been initiated through the local churches. We help with medical clinics – mobile & static …give grants to an agricultural extension program that is in partnership with Church World Service… give educational scholarships at all levels of education…work with a training center for unwed mothers….and give grants for micro-loan business start-ups …all programs of the church.

 

One of our major projects for the last several years has been the overseeing of the building of a library at Mawuko Girl’s School, an all girls high school. Robert Everson, my cousin, went with us to Ghana in 2006 and taught at Mawuko. Upon both of us retiring we planned to teach for a semester. Unfortunately Robert died a week after he retired. His widow wanted something good to come from his death so decided to build a library at Mawuko in his memory. We went to Ghana 2 weeks before the dedication of the library only to find much work left to be done and no money left to do it. The God wink was we had brought enough money to complete 2 of the four rooms and furnish them. Men worked around the clock for two weeks to complete it in time for the celebration.

 

The people of Ghana praise God, trust God and are doing all that they can to help themselves and for this reason Carol and I believe so heartily in what we are doing . Their faith, honesty and integrity bless us so much. Jesus demonstrated in His life and ministry that he met people where they were and helped them become what God intends that they be. We have tried to do so whether in leading worship, teaching in schools, sharing in mission projects, or simply witnessing by our lives. God’s way is not restricted to one nation, racial or ethnic group. God’s way is for all humanity.

 

Through our mission partnership God has transformed us all. We are all changed, our perspective is more global, our priorities different and our sense of being part of God’s family enlarged. On earth amongst God’s family, we have brothers and sisters in the faith, whom many of us have not seen but God promises us blessings and all the ends of the earth will come to know God as we all lead a life worthy of the calling to which we have been called. Amen

 

A dialogue sermon preached at Chilmark Community Church, July 29,2012 by the Rev. David Christensen and Carol Christensen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A dialogue sermon preached at Chilmark Community Church, July 29,2012 by the Rev. David Christensen and Carol Christensen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghana Update Spring 2012

GHANA UPDATE  SPRING,  2012

Dear Friends- Carol and I want to share with you what is happening in our continuing “Mission to Ghana”. Recently, we returned after several weeks in Ghana as part of a time when we dedicated the Dr. Robert D. Everson Memorial Library at the Mawuko Girls Secondary School, Ho,  I memory of David’s cousin, who had spent time at that school in 2006. Also part of our group was Willa Everson, Bob’s widow, and David and Carol’s son, Eric Christensen. We worshipped in Kpenoe, Takla, and at Mawuko Girls School and worked In six schools.

Through a partnership with the local communities, the church, Rotary International Water Projects, and USAID, in 2011, 114 Water and Sanitation Projects were completed for over 250,000 people, including Takla Gbogame, where we visited and celebrated the new water system and its seven stand-pipes.  This culminated a three year process and cost $5 million, and involved hours of local communal labor and training for a local water and sanitation committee.

Delivered to the Regional Leprosarium: 100 kilos of rice, 2 gallons of cooking oil, boxes of fish, spaghetti sauce, soap and a  water catching  tarp to be used with special attachment for cisterns, insuring that those “cured lepers” will have food, while receiving on-going care and treatment.   On our latest visit we accomplished the following:

1.  EP Church Scholarship Funds through the National Church Headquarters

2. Supply Packet for every Mawuli Junior High teacher.

3. Educational materials and First Aid kits to 8 primary / junior high schools

4. Supplies distributed to Womens’ Activity Center (Training for women to be employable)

5. Purchased goods from carvers, jewelry makers, seamstresses, bead makers, micro-     businesses, weavers and senior centers.

6, School Fees for Ho Heve Primary School (Miami Everglades Can recycles) plus one scholarship

7, Funds through Roman Catholic Diocese of Ho for Education

8.  Items of Clothing for Rural Clinics, widows and orphans in Takla and Kpenoe

9. Distributed funds to Ho Farms Extension Service

10. Eyeglasses and funds given to Shepherd Center for the Ageing

11. Medical Supplies delivered to Volta Regional Hospital

12. Visited and gave First Aid kits to 4 Creches (pre-schools) Gave funds and educational materials to 2 needy Creches

13. Scholarship for Junior High Student from Elmina Itura

14. Placed orders for drawing boards, T-squares and math kits for Mawuli Junior High, Takla JHS, to be delivered in time for Fall Term.

15.  Grant to an adult to enable him to attend the Africa Peace Building Institute, In Nairobii

16. Funds distributed for furnishings, books and supplies for Mawuko Girls’ School Library

17. Explored possible venues for September group trip to work and serve

18. Met with the leaders of Dzogbefeme and contributed to their water project fund and connected them to Rotary International

Thanks to all who contributed, prayed for us and continue to support our work in and through the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana, our United Church of Christ Global Mission Partner. Plans call for us to return to Ghana with a group September 17, 2012

In His Service – David and Carol Christensen

“Ministries in Ghana”

Carol and David Christensen Return

Dear Friends – Happy Easter to you all- Carol and I have just returned safely from our latest Mission in Ghana. We were able to dedicate a library in memory of my cousin, Dr. Robert Everson on  March 31,accompanied by his widow and our son, Eric   We also shared in worship. brought food to a Leprosorium .and gifts to a hospital, taught in schools and planned our next trip for September. We visited water sites and celebrated the completion of 114 deep well water and sanitation system projects for 250,000 people. Thanks for your prayers and concern. A full up-date to come later.Peace and BLessings
David and Carol

 

Ghana Update from Carol and David Christensen



GHANA MISSION STATEMENT

 

We travel to Ghana as ambassadors of Christ’s love and join with our mission partner the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people of their churches, schools, and projects. Ours is a ministry of presence as we ask God and the leaders of the church to use us in whatever way they see fit to enrich the ministry of Christ’s church in the Volta Region. We work through its congregations, projects, schools, development programs, and medical facilities.

We affirm together our partnership in mission and ministry as we bring greetings from the people of The Federated Church, Edgartown, MA and of Christian churches in the United States. We affirm, “Unless God is in the building the laborers build in vain.” Psalm 127:1

 

David Christensen meeting with village elders, the chief, church leaders to establish a water committee in the village of Takla Gbogame to receive water and sanitation helpin partnership with Rotary International and USAID.

 

Carol Christensen teaching in Primary School in Ho, Ghana West Africa

GHANA UPDATE 2011

Dear Friends- Carol and I want to share with you what is happening in our continuing “Mission to Ghana” . Because of a variety of circumstances, family and otherwise, we were not able to make our annual visit.  By inter-net, bank transfers and deliveries made by brother, Jim Christensen, we were able to insure that all the funds which were donated through us went to the appropriate recipients.  Thank you for your continuing support and prayers.

  1. 1. Through a partnership with the local communities, the church, Rotary International Water Projects, and USAID, in 2011, 114 Water and Sanitation Projects were completed for over 250,000 people, including Takla Gbogame.  This culminated a three year process and cost $5 million, and involved hours of local communal labor.
  2. 2. Delivered to the Regional Leprosarium: 100 kilos of rice, 2 gallons of cooking oil, and 2 boxes of soap, insuring that those “cured lepers” will have food until the end of the year, while receiving on-going care and treatment.
  3. 3. University Education for Elementary School teacher – tuition for 2011-12
  4. 4. School Supplies Ho Dome Primary School
  5. 5. EP Church Scholarship Funds through the National Church Headquarters
  6. 6. Supplies for Mawuli Junior High  ( 140 tee squares & Magna-tiles for3 dimensional templates)
  7. 7. Gifts and Funds to Klefe Creche (Nursery School)
  8. 8. Supplies for EP Takla Gbogame Primary School
  9. 9. Funds distributed to Womens’ Activity Center (Training for women to be self-sufficient).

10. Purchased goods from carvers, jewelry makers, seamstresses, bead makers, micro-businesses, and senior centers.

11. School Fees for  Ho Heve Primary School ( Miami Everglades Can recycles)

12. School Uniforms for students at EP Schools

13. Funds to Church Headquarters for them to use at their discretion

14. Supplies for Takla Junior High  (60 mechanical instrument kits, 60 tee squares)

15. Funds distributed to rural clinics

16. Pharmaceuticals distributed to Volta Regional Hospital through “Americares”

17. Arranged for Solar Powered Talking Bibles to be delivered to Leprosarium for blind patients and to EP Church for members who are poor and blind

In His Service – David and Carol Christensen

“Ministries in Ghana”