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Profile of MISSION Team members Erica, Ethan & Ellie Shonk
Several times per month we will highlight a member of the 2018 Ghana Initiative mission team. We ask that you would pray for this team member and those that they serve. We are blessed with a loving, committed and skillful team, and look forward to the team God brings together for 2019.
This month our Profile of Mission Team Members highlights team members, Erica, Ethan and Ellie Shonk. As a brother and sisters team, these three worked hard as they served the people in Ghana. They served in whatever capacity they were most needed. It was a delight to watch them interact with the children in the villages as well as with their fellow mission team members. This was the first time that an entire family served with Ghana Initiative all at the same time. The children were joined by heir parents, Leon and Wendy Shonk.
Erica is the oldest of her siblings. She was 16 years old when she served in Ghana. It was Erica's desire to serve on the mission team that prompted her entire family to join us. Erica also wanted to see a very special library. This library is located in Adjena, Ghana. It was planned and built as a result of fundraising activities undertaken by the READ Club at Donegal Junior High School. Erica and her peers worked very hard to raise enough funds to build one of a handful of public libraries found in rural communities across Ghana. This library is used by nearly 1000 children of all ages from far and wide. As it turned out, the library was far more than Erica had ever dreamed it would be. While serving on the Ghana Initiative mission team, Erica taught in the Bible School classroom, she assisted in the pharmacy by counting medications and made lots of new and lasting friendships with young men and women in the villages where we served. We know that Erica had a positive experience while serving in Ghana since she is all set to return on the 2019 mission team. God isn't finished with her yet in Ghana.
Ethan Shonk was 14 years old when he served in Ghana. He was beloved by the children and could always be found surrounded by small children wherever we served. Ethan was always up for a new challenge and loved playing soccer with the young men his same age. Ethan also served in the Bible School classroom. He kept the children's attention as he helped teach the Bible lessons and was especially skilled at assisting the children with their handicrafts. It was a joy watching him walk around town hand in hand with small children as they guided him to meet their family and friends. We look forward to what God has in store for Ethan in the mission field. I don't believe that this will be the last time Ethan goes to Ghana.
Ellie Shonk was only 12 years old on this, her first mission trip. She is the youngest in the family but she played a huge role on the mission team. Ellie has a heart for the children in need. She wasn't afraid to pick up and hold a small child who was crying or seemed to need someone to care about them. Ellie worked hard every day counting pills in the pharmacy, lending a helping hand in the Bible School classroom and handing out special treats and stickers to the children at the end of each day. It was fun watching Ellie take control of a large group of children eager to receive their treat for the day. She was better at it than most of the adults. She just stood her ground, told them all to line up and then put a sticker on their shirts or a piece of candy in their hand if they waited their turn.
We are blessed to have worked side by side with the Shonk children. They were a positive influence on every life they touched and let their lights shine brightly in Ghana. We look forward to seeing the plan that God has for their lives as they grow and find God's path for their lives. May their excitement for serving continue to grow. Thank you Erica, Ethan and Ellie for a job well done!!
"ghana initiative mobile medical mission"
The accompanying video depicts the Ghana Initiative Mobile Medical Mission team in action. It provides a glimpse into the life and culture of those residing in Ghana. It is our hope that you will be encouraged to join a Ghana Initiative MMM team in the future. Please share this video with family and friends who feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit to serve others in a place of need. We thank all who support the work of Ghana Initiative MMM.
We are about building relationships as we spread the word of god!
Ghana Initiative MMM is a non-profit, Christian organization that provides FREE medical care to needy men, women and children in Ghana, West Africa. Ghana Initiative MMM reaches the poor and needy by way of a mobile medical clinic. The clinic is managed and operated by a team of qualified doctors and nurses from the USA and Ghana. Ghana Initiative MMM also works with children. Our team members share the Word of God at a Bible school where children learn Bible stories and participate in arts and crafts projects. The goal of our mission work is to reach tens of thousands of people in need of physical healing and spiritual salvation. The ministry of Ghana Initiative MMM is supported by donations and prayers from people just like you!
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In order to complete this kingdom building project and see the full potential of the Ghana Initiative MMM ministries in action, we are in need of financial support. Would you please pray and ask the Lord if He would have you financially invest in the ministry of Ghana Initiative. Contact Troy Pfoutz at email@example.com if you have any questions about investing in this ministry. No donation amount is too large or too small. The photos below show some of the work that was completed at the site. They also depict the completed well that was drilled and made ready for the community to have fresh clean water. Several other photos show Harold repairing the roof of the Ghana Initiative Mobile Clinic. We thank God for His faithfulness, our supporters for their prayers and financial support and everyone involved in the missionary training center project in Ghana and in the USA.
This is a Kingdom Building project. In order to complete Phase One of this project, we are in need of $65,000. If you or anyone you know would like to invest in the ministry financially, please contact Troy Pfoutz at 717-615-4459 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look at what god is doing!
God is doing beautiful things in Ghana. He is working in and through our missionaries to change lives and hearts! May God receive all of the Glory for what He is doing in Ghana, West Africa through Ghana Initiative Mobile Medical Mission!
Salvation belongs to a young man following his interaction with Bible School teacher Wendy Shonk. "Prince" accepts Jesus as his savior, and becomes the first of 38 new hearts to accept Jesus as their savior during the 2018 Ghana Initiative Mobile Medical Mission experience. Imagine the celebration in heaven as hearts were changed and souls were saved!
Miracles do happen!! After several Ghana Initiative team members laid hands on baby "Ama Dzigbor" and began to pray, she was instantly healed. A CAT scan and check up at the hospital, confirmed that she had been healed! Our God is a MIRACLE WORKING GOD!!
A mustard seed of Faith and a moment of Prayer can move a mountain. (Matthew 17:20) Faith and Prayer bring healing to Ghana Initiative team members, volunteers and patients alike. Our missionary team members put Faith into action by praying for those in need, as they serve the lovely people of Ghana. For each life that is touched, God receives all of the Glory!!
Children meet their sponsors. Ghana Initiative team members allow the love of Christ to shine through them by sponsoring children in need in the towns where Ghana Initiative serves. Sponsorship opens the door for children to go to school, expand their horizons and develop into productive citizens of Ghana.
Generous donations from Ghana Initiative supporters allow us to distribute thousands of mosquito bed nets over the last three years. The nets are given free of charge to those who demonstrate need and to those who come to our clinic having already contracted malaria. We have seen a reduction in the number of cases of malaria in the communities where we gave out bed nets in the last years.
PRAISE THE LORD!! On Sunday, the team attends church at "Jesus Camp" located in Dansoman, Accra. The service is lead by Pastor and Mrs. Charles Otchere-Baffour. The service is Holy Spirit lead and one cannot help but leave with Joy in their heart. We thank God for giving us the freedom to praise and worship Him with all that was within us!
"BOOTS, BOOTS & more BOOTS" Each summer, we give away hundreds of pairs of soccer cleats, to the children and youth. Ghana Initiative team members and many generous sponsors donate the cleats. They are a great blessing to so many and are certain to be put to good use by the boys and girls who received them. We thank everyone who donates cleats each year!
Joy is spread through bountiful hugs! Team members are challenged to spread the love of Christ through a hug and a smile. Both the hug giver and hug receiver are blessed by the joy that wells up inside them. The children yearn for hugs and often don't want to let go as they are hugged by a Ghana Initiative team member.
God made it possible for Ghanaian professionals to join the Ghana Initiative team in greater numbers than ever before. This year we welcomed Dr. Richard, Pharmacist Diamond, Nurse Sandra, Nurse Mavis, Biological Scientist Daniel, and a number of selfless volunteers. We look forward to what God has in store for 2019.
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