Prayer and Praise: Sunday, November 18, 2018

PRAISES

  • God allowed us to move IN to our CENTER of Operations, the land and buildings God has given to ALMA/Friend Indeed in 2016!!!   We are thrilled!
  • God provided renovations to be done, made possible by the efforts of so many folks!  We are so grateful!!
  • God provided a secretary for us and a guard for us in our Center!  (Pics to be posted later)
  • God provided some folks to use the hotel in September and October.
  • Our first ALMA Board meeting was held in our Center in November!!
  • Our newly trained care providers in  5 churches have been awarded their certificates and will start the work of coming alongside people who need care in the community.
  • Electricity has been provided to our Center finally!!

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Please pray for the volunteers in each of the 15 churches who have just been trained to come alongside suffering folks to provide friendship and care as a ministry of their church. We (ALMA) provide education and support to these churches and volunteers.
  • Please pray for the development of a ministry to reach out in surrounding communities to provide testing for HIV, blood sugars and malaria. We need ministry funds for this, $5000 to start.
  • Please pray for each contact in the community to be accompanied by a clear gospel presentation.
  • Please pray for the development of a ministry of providing adherence/support groups for those directly affected by HIV or AIDS.
  • We need to drill for water again, and funds are required to help us have a potable, sufficient and clean water for our Center!  We need $5000 for this.
  • We need funds for renovations of the gazebo, which will be used as a kitchen and restaurant, also $5000 to finish the very needed project.

 

To Build or Not to Build? That is the question. May/June 2016

As many of you may know, we have been planning for quite some time, to build a restaurant/guesthouse as a self-sustaining means of support for the ministry. We have land near the ABWE mission hospital in Kpele Tsiko, where most of us in ALMA work as our regular jobs. We saw God do amazing things as He provided about $20,000, almost HALF of what was originally estimated to build ($45,000). Well, as we’ve been trying to decide about how we could build something smaller with what we have, while waiting for the rest on our small lot, GOD was up to something bigger.

A man, whose land borders ours to the back and left side, came to us and asked if we would like to buy his property. On this 2 1/2 acre property, IS: a house with 4 bedrooms, 2 inside baths, 1 outside, living room, kitchen, porch, and storage shed. Also there is already a tower for placing a water tank, a gazebo with a second floor that overlooks the woods and a second small two room building that could be made into guesthouse rooms. The total price we would pay is $32,000 (1/2 now, 1/2 in December). Then there are many renovations to be done, which we do not yet have the estimate, but none less than $15,000 which brings us to a total of $48,000, only $3000 over the original estimation but with oh so much more!!

We cannot know what wonderful plans The Lord has for us, as His ways are so much higher than ours. We are ecstatic! What’s more is that there is much room for building out the back or for gardening, growing our own vegetables, compost pile, etc. Please pray with us that the rest would come in quickly. The $16,000 by the end of December and simultaneously for repairs, at least $15,000 maybe more. Thank YOU. My dear friends who love us and love the ministry God has given to us. We serve Him, our King of KINGS, and lay ourselves as an offering before Him, to be used as He will. Here are a few pics of the land and buildings on it. Yes, much work! But so worth it! We need you to come and help. Can you hammer, paint, plumb, plaster, build, roof, whatever needs done on a house, needs done here!! Or bring a team, we’d love to have all of you!! Please use the paypal on this site or go to abwe.org/give and write Brenda Mastin, ALMA Restaurant/Hotel to give online or also my church has an account for this, and you may call 859-491-1955 (Matt Shelton) for more information. To GOD be the glory, great things HE hath done!!

The Gazebo with a beautiful outside dining area above (once made solid enough)
The Gazebo with a beautiful outside dining area above (once made solid enough)
Water tower
Water tower
The seller behind the house.
The seller behind the house.
The house is white, in between the trees.
The house is white, in between the trees.

More churches and brochures. March 2016

In March, we went to a few more churches.

We wanted to revisit some we had been to previously, just to respond to their plea that we come back again, as for them, we started in 2014 so it had been a long time and they wanted a reminder of all they’d been taught previously so we obliged as we still had some remaining funds.  We went to the Chateau church, Kpotame and Beme-Todzi, all for the first time. And we revisited Adeta, Dzogbe Feme, and we have one left to go to, where it all began: Kpele Tsiko.

Skit about HIV care at Kpotame church
Skit about HIV care at Kpotame church

 

 

 

 

 

Koku teaching at Kpotame
Koku teaching at Kpotame

 

What else happened in March is that, thanks to a good friend and excellent graphic designer, who donated her services, Debi Wadsworth, we created a brochure that can be placed in anyone’s hands who desires to know about the ministry and wants to be involved. These pics try to capture the different sides (because I don’t know how to download the PDF file on here), just to give you an idea. Please let me know if you would like one, and I’ll send one to you. Actually my Dad will, if you’re in the US. A BIG THANKS to Debi and her incredible support!!

Outside of Brochure
Outside of Brochure

 

 

Inside of brochure
Inside of brochure

 

 

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