David and Joyce Erber
Reformation Day 2020
Dear Partners in mission,
This morning, October 31, Lutherans in Accra, Ghana, gathered at All Saints Lutheran Church in Anyaa to worship, to remember the Lutheran Reformation and to celebrate that we are saved by grace through faith – a free gift of God!
During this trying time of Covid19, the church in Ghana is trying to maintain as much ‘normalcy’ as possible. Yet they are also trying to be sensitive to the risks of the virus.
Last Sunday, October 25, the church in Ghana installed a new seminary principal, Rev. Dr. Ebenezer Boafo and a new director of deaconess studies, Dr. Mrs. Akosua Eghan.
The church in Ghana has three huge new training programs they are starting at this time:
1. Equipping selected senior Ghanaian pastors for service as seminary instructors.
This involves enrolling and mentoring four Ghanaian pastors in graduate studies in local theological degree programs and providing them with guided teaching opportunities.. This will increase the church’s ability to train pastors and to pursue accreditation for our Lutheran seminary in Ghana.
2. Starting seminary classes for employed men who aren’t otherwise able to attend seminary.
The church in Ghana has the goal of starting Lutheran preaching stations and congregations in all of Ghana’s districts. Training men who aren’t dependent on significant income from the church will increase the church’s capacity for reaching out to new areas.
3. Starting a Deaconess program.
The church in Ghana has 20 women in their first group of deaconess classes.
I am very involved in the developing seminary instructors process. And, I have been preparing to teach “Introduction to the Old Testament” through WhatsApp for the new training programs for pastors and deaconesses.
About the equipping pastors to serve as seminary instructors:
The cost for tuition and other assistance is about $3,500 for each of our four pastors (per year). If you can help us with this financial need, please contact us!
Joyce and I remain in the USA during this Covid time and are working on these and other things.
Thank you for your prayers and support! The Lord be with you!
David and Joyce