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Seat or Feet?


All across America people sit in churches week by week, singing and listening and learning what it means to follow God, to follow Jesus who leads us into the heart of God. And for many, the journey to God ends there, in the pew, or in the chair; but for some, the pew or the chair is not the end of the journey toward God, but the beginning.

When my family prepares for any journey we readDSC_0116 everything we can about our destination, we try to learn about the exciting things in store. Following Jesus leads us into the heart of God. What is it like there? What does God say about religion? God, through James, says this, “[23] For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. [24] For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like… [27] Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world (James 1:23-27 ESV, emphasis mine).

The heart of God is filled with His love for the world, the whole world; and, I am convinced it also holds sadness that so many who have so much are so clueless about real need, true joy, and faith that has feet and not just a seat.

DSC_0929For 50+ years my faith had a seat, but no feet. I was convicted of being a fan, but not a follower. And then Ghanaian Mother’s Hope happened. Through the quiet wooing of the Holy Spirit I found myself on a plane bound for Ghana, and my faith, and my life have never been the same.

Is your faith “true religion?” Does your faith have feet? Have you been hearing… and ignoring the still small voice of God? Notice James doesn’t say, “send money.” He says, “visit orphans and widows in their affliction.” V.I.S.I.T.

Visit. Your life will never be the same. Your faith will never be the same. Your understanding of God will never be the same. Visit. And, you will have stepped more deeply into the heart of God.



Becki Neumann+, Board Member,  Rector, Christ Church


This is a typical primary classroom in Ghana, West Africa

I have been working with children in Ghana for the last six years.  They are so eager to learn but are often held back from learn because of the lack of supplies.  Tomorrow we will dedicate a new Primary School.  St. Paul’s is a public primary school administered by the Anglican church.  Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope with the Epsicopal Diocese of Maryland and the Anglican Diocese of Accra were given a grant to build the school.  In September there will be 240+ students attending.

Painting the board

They have new desks and a big board painted black and used like a chalk board.  Children must bring their own pencils.  There are few or no text books and no teaching aids.  Through donations we are able to supply pencils, markers and glue sticks.  They use composition books which are bought here to conform to school standards.  They wear uniforms, often torn and the wrong size.  But still, they learn and they must learn to pass exams to continue.

Chief Nii Akrama attaching the brown paper

I am impressed with Chief Nii Akrama.  Every time we get to the end of a building project and need help finishing, he is right there.  Today he was down near the floor fixing a brown paper border, then up on a chair gluing a border to the wall.  We had to use “starch”–homemade glue which was still warm.  He really cares about his people.

So how can you help?  Recently Learn How stores donated some borders and posters for young learners.  We were able to decorate the grade 1 class room.  I am sure there are  teachers for classes K,1,2,3,4,5 that have extra aid like posters.  If you could donate them to us we could decorate all the classroom.  We could use teachers for our Reading Camp.  Mission volunteer applications for 2011 will be available in September.  You can change lives, including your own.

Mercia Laryea with Chief Nii Akrama in the decorated classroom

Ghana's future

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