DOROTHY EUNSON

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Box 5722

Accra North, Ghana

NEWSLETTER
AN EXCEPTIONAL WEEKEND

Mrs. Tom Barkes 662 Golf Course E>rive

Elizabethton, TN 37643

Volume 7 Issue 8
Dear Friends in Christ.

February, 1997

In mid-December ItooK oft in my beautiful new red truck with friend Kwame Amevor and with the student and evangelist Richard Ntim for Western Region. Since the engine was very new, we limited our speed to 50 mph. But, oh how pleasant It was to drive with power steering and newer suspension. Thank you, God, and thank you, friends in the States. We alternated between Chnstmas carols and gospel music on the tape player. We drove about six hours with one brief stop in
1akoradi to buy roasted plantain and groundnuts for lunch.

We arrived in Amokwasuazo about 3 p.m. and were
welcomed by some of the members of the church in that

small village. The preacher, Bro. Seth Croffie, arrived
about a half hour later from the other town where he leads a

second church. I was given a room of my own with a

double foam mattress, mosquito net, and kerosene lamp. The three men shared another room. AH the buildings were
built of mud and some were plastered and floored with cement. Thatched roofs were the rule, although in this

forest area palm leaves are used instead of grasses. We
toured the village, greeted some village elders, saw the

had brought our own drinking water.

unfinished mud chapel, walked to a couple ofnearby farms, and had a look at the stream a quarter mile away from which they carry all their v/ater. At our hosts' requests, we

a meal at AmoKwasuazo with Seth, Kwame, and Richard

We had a prayer service Friday night, an early morning devotion on Saturday before some left for their farms, and two Sunday services. Bro. Ntim did the preaching, teaching and prayer meeting. Kwame taught the children on Sunday
morning and evening.

Regularly during the weekend the women served us wonderful food of a wide variety. All of the meals were eaten out of doors around a small wooden table. The protein included fish, chicken, beans, eggs, snails, and "bush meat" from the

rodent family. {Don't say "ugh." Squirrels and rabbits are from the same family.) The meat was tasty and very tender.

Baths were taken morning and evening with abucket in the usual outdoor bath shelter. For our convenience, they had dug a brand new pit latrine completely enclosed with woven paim leaf walls and door. They said the old one was too far away.
other and to us. The blessing and encouragement we took to them was more than equaled by their warm friendliness and hospitality. They were thrilled because we were the first city Christian church members to sleep right in the village with
The overwhelming impression we received the whole weekend was one of great love ofthe 35 or so members toward each

each of us some money, and what they gave to me was more than 1had put into the offering! 1have written much more about this experience, praying that some of the blessing will flow into your hearts. You make it possible for me to serve in
Ghana.

them. When we left on Monday morning, the back of the truck was filled with their gifts of farm produce. They also gave

OTHER CHRISTMAS TRIPS AlVD CONVENTIONS

and Nkwanta areas. The youth of the Nkwanta area were so zealous in their witnessing that the leaders of the local male cult made formal protest. Much talking was required from the church leaders to smooth ruffled feathers and avoid a fine.
ROUGH WATER FOR STUDENTS

to Christ the night before and had been baptized early Sunday morning. Conventions were also held in the Yeji, Sunyani,

Kalbs went all the way to the North of Ghana for eight days to visit two of the Ghanaian evangelists. The Rifes visited a church convention in the Ada area on Christmas Sunday, but didn't learn till later that about 20 people had given their lives

Three students have not returned for the second term and their reasons are not yet known. One student dropped out first

term for financial reasons although he hopes to resume later. ALiberian lady has been asked not to attend classes until she pays her back fees for more than two terms. Another student failed to take his final exams because he believed he was

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being troubled by evil spirits. Just this past weekend, another student exhibited strong evidence of mental imbalance and
was taken to the mental hospital. Please pray that those who are ill will become well, and that those who have financial troubles can find better sponsorship.
NEW CAMPUS PROGRESS

It's slow. We are grateful that we were finally able to get a legal document thumb printed by the old chiefand his elders

saying they had never sold the three acre section of our plot that was being claimed by another man. Then our original deed was misplaced, and at last we had to have a new one prepared and properly thumb printed ands signed. Now those documents are ready for presentation to the Lands Department. Pray that they will accept the affidavit about the three acres. Efforts are being made to obtain building permits so we can break ground for the first building: a classroom
building. Pray for these efforts.
WELCOME TO THE RIFES

Ron and Doris Rife returned to Ghana after a twent>'-two year hiatus except fur a few working visits. We areglad to have
them here. Ron is teaching classes and serving on the Relocation and other Committees.
PERSONAL NOTES

Connie Sheffler had a group birthday celebration in early November since her husband Bob's, Brian Jennings' and my birthdays fa!] within a five day period. Fifty nine for me. Guess what next year brings?...Two days before Christmas I went to the doctor with a swollen, red-streaked forearm and hand and an ugly sore. She scolded me for waiting so long and treated me for an infected skin worm intrusion. It looks as if I want to sample everything Ghana has to offer...It was my
turn to host our missionary Christmas dinner, although everybody brought some of the delicious food. Kalbs had two Peace Corps girls with them, so they were included. It was a Happy Day...My annual vacation between the 26"^ of Dec. and the reopening of college turned into a working vacation. The friend who usually goes with me was unable to because of her

out-of-control diabetes (she is better now). I stayed at Sheffiers' house (they were in the U.S. for holidays), but I took my typewriter along and almost completed a long list oftasks... Both complete taillight assemblies were stolen offmy new truck on the carport the night ofJanuary 11. My fault. I should have had the screws spot-welded in the beginning.
THANK GOD FOR: A new term of opportunities to teach and serve; Kalbs' new granddaughter, Emily Sue; the new
truck; for the health and strength of thefaculty and staffof thecollege.

PETITION GOD FOR: Money to build the new campus; health for the students who fall ill mentally and physically;
mutual love and cooperation in the Christian churches brotherhood.

Gratefully yours,

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL; Ghana Christian College is desperately in need offimds for the first building onthe new campus. Ifyou would like materials/displays/mission lessons for VBS to use as your Mission Project, just let me know as soon as possible. Questions? Please call or write. Barbara Barkes, forwarding agent
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Dorothy Eunson Ghana Christian College
Box 5722

Accra North, Ghana FEBRUARY, 1997
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Dear Friends in Christ,
ANOTHER CLASS TO TEACH

Mrs. Eghagha, one of our teachers, started work on a Master's Degree at the University of Ghana here in Accra several years ago. The deadline for turning in her thesis is the end of March. She has been given the rest of this term off from Ghana Christian College to make some necessary revision. Three of us have taken over her classes. It is very enjoyable to be teaching Bible Survey (New Testament) again for a
change.
DORIS RIFE WORKS IN THE LIBRARY

Doris has had experience helping in the library at Dallas Christian College, and she is pleased to offer much needed help in ours. In fact, during term time I have very little time for it. She comes at least two mornings a week to do whatever she can. Her work has made a noticeable improvement already.
TRIP TO KONONGO CHURCHES

On a Saturday in January, our local minister, Matthias Tornude, went with me to a twon about 140miles from here called Konongo. I felt so much stress anticipating difficult driving conditions that I lost patience when my usual traveling companion was late and we left without him. As it turned out, traffic was manageable, and the new truck made the trip much less of an ordeal than 1 had expected. It hurt Kwame's feelings to be left behind, and I'm sorry 1did that. Next time I will give him a departure time
30 minutes ahead of my real goal.

Matthias and I met with leaders from the four small Konongo area congregations that Saturday afternoon concerning a plan the National Evangelism Committee has. In the evening we participated in a last minute outdoor preaching service in the small town where the newest congregation is. Several people gave their names for followup.

On Sunday we participated in the morning worship service and presented to the church the gift of encouragement sent from the Abeka church. It was the equivalent of about $28.00. After that, we
returned to Accra, stopping for a late lunch on the way.
PRAY WITH US AND FOR US

Thanksgiving: for faithful and hardworking faculty and staff at the college; for our health, for the nice wedding of Doris Adjei, the Principal's daughter. Petition: for Brian Jennings'support to increase; for funds to build the new campus; for building permits to be granted; for land registration to be completed very soon; for the health and growth ofthe driver's new baby son, bom a month early.
Sincerely in Christ,

Dorothy

Dorothy Eunson Ghana Christian College
Box 5722

Accra North, Ghana
APRIL 1997

FOR CONTRIBUTORS AND PRAYER PARTNERS

Dear Friends in Christ,
SECOND TERM COMPLETED

Did you notice that there was no March letter from me? The work load wasjust too heavy. I didn't even make a village church visit in March. Classes and exams were over

bythe26'\ As oftoday, April 12, 111 marking andgrades aredone andsyllabi areready
for next term Hooray! The Errand Girl, Ghana
ACCRA EASTER CONVENTION

Ten Christian churches in the Greater Accra Region gathered in the village of Mayera, 10 miles north of the city. The great majority of the people stayed in classrooms, some of which had onlypartial walls. The Mayera church has built the platform send of its new chapel and erected cement pillars to support a future roof For the convention the people put up bamboo poles with palm leaf thatch "inside" the chapel area. The convention was well-attended, and several remarked of its orderliness and on the high level of interest and understanding during the teaching times. At least ten people from the village acceptedChrist at the outdoorevening preaching services and were baptized. I had decidedearlier not to stay in the village as 1was too worn out. 1did take a load of men and equipment out on Thursday to set up and an extra load of wateron Friday. All of us missionaries went out for the Sunday morning worship service. For the sermon, we moved25 feet away from the shelter and sat under some trees while on the of the elders interpreted for us. The loudspeaker made it possible for him to hear easily. The offerings for the week totaled over $250, and a special offering for the local church to buy roofing sheets realized
the same amount. FACULTY RETREAT

After church on Sunday, April 6, we drove 169 miles to a Christian retreat center in Kumasi. The retreat was planned bythe Spiritual LifeCommittee and the program was arranged by Ron Rife. Sunday evening and all day Mondaywe were involved mostly in prayer and Bible Study. The theme was the whole armour of God. I was touched and blessedby the depth opf insight and like-mindedness among the faculty. It was a very good way to
bind us closer together as a team in the service ofthe Lord.
PRAYER TIME

Thanksgiving: for a completed term; for the spiritual growth that was fostered at the convention and the retreat;
for the souls won to Christ at the convention; for the rains that have started early this year; for faithful supporters like you.

Petition: for lans registration (the government raised the fee); for building permits to be approved; for spiritual and emotional strength for the missionaries to resist depression.
Sincerely in Christ,

Dorothy

DOROTHY EUNSON
Dorothy Eunson
Box 5722 Mrs. Tom Barkes

Accra North, Ghana

NEWSLETTER
A TALE OF AFRICA

662 Golf Course Drive

Elizabethton, TN 37643

Volume 7 Issue 9
Dear Friends in Christ,
Setback No. 1

May, 1997

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at the Government Lands Office. Things do a ' •' not movequickly. In 1996, the Lands Departmentsaid that three acres of our plot were registered in someoneelse's name. The "seller's mark" was that of a chief in a different village. Sincehis name wasthe sameas one of our past students, the Principal tracked down that student, who in turn led us to the old man, a distant relative, whose mark had been used. He and his elders said they knew no man by the name of the said owner, and they had never sold that piece of land because It was not theirs to sell. It took monthsto find out the proper kind of paperswe needed and to have them madeand then to get them signed bythat old chiefand his
elders. Setbacks 3 and 4

At last we wereready to refileour original papers plus the affidavit and other documents concerning the three acresbeing questioned. However, the Principal was on a visit to his sons in the U.S., and the original deed could not be located, even after phone conversations with the Principal. So the processwas on hold until the Principal's return to Ghana in November. The solution was for the college to pay for a new deed and several copies, all of which needed to be signed by the village chief and elders. All this took numerous trips to accomplish. Early this year the papers were reflled. While the process was going on, the fees for registering
the land were raised to C2.600,000 (more than $1300).
Setback No. 5

In April this year, the Lands Department said they had discovered that another plot within "our" land was also registered to someone
else. Why didn't they discover it at the same time as the other one? Who knows? The new claimant had the same clan name as a young man in our church. The chief who sold us the land said the claimant worked

in the Lands Department. He had been sold the land by a rival chiefwho had been defeated in a court battle with "our" chief. Th^
Principal asked the young man in our church to go to the Lands Department to track down tlie claimant. George found that the man
had retired, but his siter still worked there. The sister told George where the man lived. The present plan is to find him as soon as possible and persuade him to accept another plot of land from the present chief in place of the one that is within our land. I'll let you know the outcome of this effort. We cannot get official building permits until the land is finally and completely registered.
Setback No. 6

We have had a succession of surveyors. It was discovered in late April that the one who first marked the center of the campus was
twenty-eight feet off! The circular road that had already been graded and partially graveled will have to be redone. Foundation holes that had been dug for the footers fo the classroom building will have to be filled in and redug.

I have told you this long story to illustrate the frustration we feel and perhaps you do, too, when it seems as if we are making little progress on the new campus we keep talking about. Please keep praying with us.
ENOCH NYADOR TO COME TO STATES

Although various missionaries have helped the Christian Churches in Ghana financially to some degree, the money invested has been a fraction of what has been put into the college. The churches have asked the missionaries to help them sponsor Bro. Enoch Nyador on a trip to the U.S. to raise money to help them plant city churches that will eventually support other evangelism in Ghana.

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Believing that the churches deserve a chance to help themselves in this way (and to find out it isn't easy to raise money!), we have agreed. The missionarieswill pay for Bro. Enoch's plane ticket and will match other expensemoneythat the Ghanaian churches
raise.

Enoch taught in the college for six years and then went fulltime as F.A.M.E. Ghana's director in their work of village clinics and evangelism to unreached tribes. He is also vice-chairman ofthe loose organization ofthe churches whereby they try to help each other. The trip is planned for September and October of this year. Friends in the U.S. are helping to arrange speaking opportunities
for him.

The money all of you send to me is budgeted to the limit now, but I can suspend a "payment" into the college Endowment Fund if necessary. However, if any of you can send a little extra designated "For Enoch Nyador's trip", we shall give thanks to the Lord.
EASTER CONVENTION

Ten congregations of the Greater Accra area were represented at the convention held in the village of Mayera, ten miles north of Accra. I wasn't feeling well, so other than taking equipment and water on two days, I attended only the Sunday morning service. Several people remarked on the orderliness opf the conventionand the depth of thinking in the teaching and discussions. About a dozen people in the village responded to the evening preaching, were baptized and are attending faithfully.
ABEKA CONGREGATION TO PLANT DAUGHTER CHURCH

For years we have talked about "someday" planting another city church sponsored only by our local congregation. This year we are really starting! We have three couples, two men and one young woman in our church who live in the targeted area. They have agreed to be the nucleus. Abeka has given roughly $200 to a private school proprietor to roof two unfinished classrooms. In exchange, we can use those two classrooms for Sunday services, Sunday School, and evening programs for as long as we need them. We hope to have our first morning service the third Sunday in June.
THE CLASSROOM

During second term several of us picked up an extra class because Mrs. Eghagha needed some time off to finish her Master's thesis for the University of Ghana at Legon. She finished and must now wait patiently until the examiners call her. For this third term we have also done some shifting. Enoch Nyador is coming one day a week to teach a double period of Cross-cultural evangelism. We are also preparing within the next two months for the first visit of an inspection team for government accreditation.
LOCAL BENEVOLENCE

The Women's Fellowship of Abeka sponsored a clothing drive for some Christians in the Nkwanta area whose houses and belongings were completely burned when a fire swept through the thatched roof village. The evangelist there said the people were just overwhelmed at this kindness shown them. They had enough to share with non-Christians in the village. Clothing brought after ^he deadline will be sent to ahotffCT needy area in the north.
PRAYER TOPICS

Thanksgiving; for a good Accra Area Easter convention and the souls won; for a wonderful spiritual retreat for faculty held the weekend after Easter; for the good rains that have come early this year; for safe travel of faculty and students; for regular support and special gifts

Petition; for land registration to be completed and for the claimant of the three acres to accept an alternate plot; for safe travel and happy times for Brights as they face a summer of camp, V.B.S., two femily weddings and a high school graduation before returning to Ghana in August; for a refreshing visit to the U.S. for the Kalbs this summer as they settle family matters and have a culture break; for all the faculty to overcome obstacles in working together as a team for Christ.
In His service.

Dorothy.

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JUNE 1997

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Dear Friends in Christ,
SPECIAL PRAYER BULLETIN

Carrie Lynn Waddell, newly married daughter of Tom and Barbara Barkes (my forwarding agent and her husband), was in an automobile accident on June 4 and suffered severe injuryto her brain stem. As of June 29 she had made slightprogress and was beginning to open her eyes. Please pray for her full recovery and for strength and courage for her husband, Craig, Tom and Barbara andthe rest of the family. Their love and
service is a vital fector in my life and work in Ghana.
LAND AFFAIRS TAKE A TURN FOR THE BETTER

The man who apparently owned the second three disputed acresof our new campus truly did own them. It is the chiefand village elders who deceived us. Fortunately, the man was perfectly willing to sellus (again) the three acres at about $2,000 per acre. As a former employee of the Lands Department, he is also veryfamiliar with all the ins and outs of land and
building matters, and has promisedto help us get our buildingpermits.
AWOSHIE CHRSiTIAN CHURCH BEGINS QUIETLY

In spiteof earlymorning rain on June 15, we rejoiced inthe twelve women and seven men present for the first Sunday
worship service ofthe new church. Seven of us were visitors, but those who will be members seemedhappy to be accounted as such. The proprietor of the school has not used our money to rooftwo new classrooms yet, so we were in an old room with pittedcement floor. We will be patient and concentrate on the preaching, teaching and soul-winning. A young man from the Abeka church is the leader and one ofthe college students is helping him.
OTHER RECENT ACTIVITIES

Abeka's semi-annual Harvest (fund raising) brouglit in over $350 to help us fulfill the spiritual goals in the budget.
Our minister was ordainedafter three years of service. He came an hour and a half late because of a very difficult residential change that required moving from one room to anotherthat morning after being up till 1 a.m. painting.
OTHER PRAYER TOPICS

Thank God for: our good health: the good rains; the continuing teaching ofthe Word.

Pray for: Hostetters. Kalbs, Brights, Icenogles, and Clines, all in the U.S. The first three families will be back in Ghana before the end of September. Icenogles are on regular furlough and Clines are in school at Kentucky Christian College; for the churches hereto do their part in sending Enoch Nyador to the States; for mefor God's comfort during the times I feel
lonely or discouraged.

We have a Sierra Leonean student. He just learnedhis wife and two small children have fled to Guinea to get away from the violence in Freetown. Pray for wife OUvet and the childrento be safe and perhaps to join student Francis here.
Sincerely, Dorothy

Dorothy Eunson Ghana Christian College
Box 5722

Accra North, Ghana
JULY 1997

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Dear Friends in Christ,
THIRTY-FIRST GRADUATION

Fourteen degree candidates, fourteen diploma candidates, andtwenty-eight who had completed the short term program for a certificate enjoyed the usual noisy, colorful, joyfulgraduation exercises at Achimota Secondary School'sjam-packed open air chapel on July 19. The guest speaker was a doctor of tropical parasitology who has studied theology within the last few years. He gave good straight-from-the-shoulder
advice to ministers of the gospel.
ENTRANCE EXAMS

The very next week two days of intense exams and interviews for potential students for September resulted in acceptance of twenty-four men and women for the new class. On the night before the interviews, a few of us were still collating scores at 8 p.m. in the library. The power dropped so low that not a single fluorescent light remained on. Two people went home to try again early the next morning. I went home and worked under an incandescent light. The academic dean lit a candle and finished up in the library! We do have a new transformer
actually sitting on college property, but it isn't hooked up yet.
BUDGET MEETINGS

Our new fiscal year begins August V\ but we have all been too busy to prepare a new budget. Serious work will begin on it the first week of August. Student fees have all been raised for next year, but we are still hurting. The electricity corporation has raised our rates over 80%. Please pray that contributions for the college will increase
both in the U.S. and in Ghana. PRAYER TOPICS

Thank God for: the successful completion of another school year; for the grown man baptized at the new Awoshie church and three young men baptized at Abeka church; that Carrie LynnBarkes Waddell opens her
eyes and tracks with them.

Petition God for: spiritual and physical refi"eshment of our missionary friends now in the U.S.; for Enoch Nyador's fund-raising trip to the U.S.; for the travel and adjustment to the U.S. ofone ofour teachers, Manuel Adjei, who will begin graduate study this fall at Lincoln Christian Seminary; strength for both teachers and students during the August short term course (it is my years to teach Christian Education); land registration to
be completed; Carrie Lynn Barkes Waddell's continuing recovery from brain stem injury.
Sincerely, Dorothy Eunson

Dorothy Eunson Ghana Christian College
Box 5722

Accra North, Ghana
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 1997
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Dear Friends in Christ,
TWO GHANAIAN BROTHERS IN THE U.S.

Bro. Manuel Adjei, O.T. lecturer and office manager here at the college, arrived safely in the U.S. and was taken to Lincoln Christian Seminary by David Couch (former GCC missionary) and David Kalb. Manuel began classes the first week of September and is working very hard.

Bro. Enoch Nyador flew out of Accra on the 3ofAugust and is based first in Jonesborough, TN for his fund-

raising efforts forthe urban church planting in Ghana. He returns to Ghana 30^ October.
Please pray for both men as they fulfill their particular responsibilities.
SHORT TERM COURSE COMPLETED

Forty-two men and three women were in the combined second and third year class for the two weeks I taught Christian Education four hours a day. One man said he is the only man in his church (one ofthe African independent churches) who has had any schooling at all! He himselfhas had onlya littleand had great difficulty following oralteaching, but since the outlines are printed, he studied hard and did all right on the exams. He begged me to cometo their church and help them, but the best I coulddo was to give him the name and address of one of our graduates who has a particular love for Christian Education.

Although I can see howthe college is helping many in this August course who otherwise would not have any training, I had come to the conclusion that "it is too much for me." I have written a letterto the Principal saying I cannotteach in it anymore, but will makea contribution so that the college can pay someone else. My reasons are that my migraine headaches are occurring about oncea month. There never seems to be anyrelaxing time. Also, so far this"longvacation" (two months), I have had only a part of one dayto work on the library.
LATE ENTRANCE EXAMS

We accepted twelve more students for the new term that begins 15^ September. Pray for the thirty six who
wish to come that they may get the financial sponsorship they must have.
PRAYER TOPICS

Give thanks to our gracious God: that bothBro. Enoch and Bro. Manuel weregranted U.S. visas and arrived

there safely; for Brights' safe arrival on the 24^ ofAugust; for the baptism oftwo Awoshie converts and six

Abeka S.S. youth on the 7^ September; for successful completion ofthe short term, course, budget meetings,
and lateentrance exams. Petition our loving Father for: health for Agnes Adjei, the Principal's wife (high blood pressure); for Carrie Lynn Waddell's continued recovery; for Manuel andEnoch (seeabove); forthe strength of the faculty who never seem to rest. Grateflilly, Dorothy

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Volume 7 Issue 10

November, 1997

Dear Friends in Christ,
MORE NORTHERN CHRISTIAN IN TRAINING

Two of our first year students were won to Christ in the North fairly recently. One is a Mamprusi from the work of a graduate who serves as a Christian Church missionary near Walewale. The second one is a Konkomba from the area being evangelized by the Yeji area Christian churches. The whole North is in desperate need of more trained workers, so we are pleased to have these two men in the college.

Our total student body stands at 104 full-time students. Some have barely enough to eat. At the same time, two men are day students who drive their own cars to school every day, and one of these carries his cellular phone with him. This is a microcosm of the great extremes one finds in Ghana, with the majority on the lower end of the economic
scale. A TALE OF AFRICA CONTINUES

1was sure that the college land would be completely registered by this newsletter. Not so. The second three-acre parcel that the lands department questioned has been rebought by the college. The owner is a former employee at the lands department and he promised to help us with the registration. No progress has been seen. I cannot explain it except to give our common response, "This be Ghana." Bob Sheffler is in the process of buying several acres adjacent to the college property to build a home for Christian Leadership Training Institute. (Their focus is theological education by extension - TEE.) He will give several plots to the college. He also needs prayer support to see the process through to completion.
GHANAIAN MEN IN AMERICA The two Northern Christian Church Students

Bro. Manuel Adjei, Old Testament lecturer and office manager of Ghana Christian College, is studying very hard at Lincoln Christian Seminary for a Master of Arts Degree with an Old Testament emphasis. It is a one-year program. Valley View Christian Church in Dallas gave a $5,000 grant to help with expenses, and the Seminary granted a tuition-free scholarship. We have bought a new laptop computer for Manuel to use during his course; then he will bring it back to Ghana for college use. Bro. Enoch Nyador, Director of F.A.M.E. Ghana, is in the States at this writing, raising funds for the Christian Churches to use in Ghana to plan city churches who will be able to help with rural church-planting eventually. In addition to visitingchurchesin various locations, he has participated in Missions Weeks at Johnson Bible Collegeand Cincinnati Bible Collegeand will lead a workshop at the National Missionary Convention. The churchesof Ghana raised $1,000 to help with his expenses. Bro. Enoch returns to Ghana
on October 30. HEARTBREAK

After a formal complaint was made bythe church leaders of the Accra area, an investigation was made of the accounts ofthe Christian Churches National Council, through whom missionary donations havebeen channeled to support evangelists in the North, to give one time giftsto preachers, andto help churches buyroofing sheets for their buildings. Thebottom lineis that overa period of four or moreyears, tiieTreasurer has embezzled several thousand dollars that should havehelped churches and individuals. Weare all shockedand chagrined that such behavior wasn't discovered long ago, and many of us must share the blame for that failure.
Necessary changes are beingmadeto prevent any future fraud. We praythat the former treasurer willshow fruits of his apparent
repentance and try to pay at least some of the money back.
BABY CHURCH ALIVE AND WELL

With Abeka's blessing andsupport, the Awoshie Christian Church first met for morning worship on June 15. Several Abeka members made upthenucleus andtheevangelist. About six people have been baptized so far. Theschoolroom they use is not very attractive, and the school proprietor has not kepthis promise to rooftwo new rooms with money we gavehim,but the group is happy to be a new
local bodyof Christ and to spreadthe light in theirneighborhood.

One big blow wasthe death of an adultman whowas onlyabout two weeks old in Christ. He had sickle cell anemia and had a crisis that he couldn't overcome. Several of the members went to his home villageand preparedthe bodyfor burial. Since Awoshie are still considered membersof Abeka for two years, Abeka will give a gift of about $50.00 to the widow. This lady had given birthto a baby
girl a week before her husband died. She is not a Christian yet.

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DOROTHY EUNSON NEWSLETTER

When twenty Abeka women visited the Awoshie women as part of our Women's Week, we were surprised and pleased to be met by
ten of them. We had ridden out on a local van we hired. We presented a wall clock to the church and then had a devotional program.

Then the Awoshie ladiesgave us soft drinks. All of us enjoyed the eveningand received encouragement from the Lord and each
other.

"VACATION" ACTIVITIES

After the thirty-firstgraduation ceremony for fifty-six men and women from variousprograms, the faculty stayed busy right up until the re-opening with two sets of entrance exams and interviews, the August short-term course, budget meetings, and preparations for the new school year. 1taught Christian Education for two weeks in August.
MORE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

This time I am talking about physical light. For five years we have suffered in this immediate neighborhood from low voltage, especially between six and ten in the evening. It got so bad that most of the fluorescent tubes went out by 7 p.m. That left no light at all in the library. I sometimes found it difficult to grade papers in the evening when the incandescent bulbs were so dim. Barbara Kalb has been making periodic trips to the office in charge of our area for more than eight months. Under her pleasant but relentless pressure, they designed a new project for our area. Finally, about two weeks ago, we were hooked up to a new transformer right on college property. We are so g^teful to God and to Barbara Kalb. Other neighborhoods scattered throughout the city have the same
problem we had.
FURLOUGH NEXT YEAR

This has been a long term, but now I can say that. Lord willing, I will be back in the states to visit you in lessthan a year, leaving Ghana near the end of August 1998. First on my agenda will be a visit withmy mother in New York, but 1hope to be in Florida in time for next year's State Convention. Those of you, who plan long in advance, take note!
PRAYER TOPICS

Praise God for: the safe return of Brights, Icenogles, Kalbs, Sherrie Hostetter and the children to Ghana; Jeff Hostetter's arrival this month; a successful short term course; a new budget finally hammered out for the college; and a great start for a new college year; also for the special gifts that nearly covered my share of Enoch Nyador's expenses. Petition God for good health and a retentive mind for Bro. Manuel Adjei at Lincoln Christian Seminary; good health and spiritual

strength for all of us; completion of the landregistration; replacement fiinds that hadto be usedto buya "new" secondhand enginefor my old truck; continued progresstoward recovery for Carrie Lynn Barkes Waddell (who is cominghome November 14after five
months of hospitalization).

Gratefully yours,

Dorothy Eunson

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Dear Friends in Christ,
BRO. ENOCH'S TRIP SUCCESSFUL

After his return to Ghana on October 30, Bro. Enoch reported to the National Council of the Christian Churches Brotherhood on his fundraising efforts in the U. S. He completed forty-four presentations of carious kinds and traveled hundreds of miles in a borrowed car. When the borrowed car broke down on his way to return it, the expenses of the trip

pushed beyond what the Ghanaians and missionaries had given forthat purpose by $226.00. Bor. Enoch suffered a bout of malaria in the U.S., having carried it with him from here, but is fine now. We give thanks and glory to God for his safety and forthe interest, concern and generosity shown toward him and the goal of m^ban church planting in Ghana. So
fer $17,654.00 has been received.
TWO MORE STUDENTS FROM THE NORTH

In the October general newsletter I told of two first year students who have come from the Christian Churches in the North. There aretwo more that I hadnot gotten acquainted with. One young man is from the Nkwanta areaandthe other, although a Southemer bybirth, has Uved and worked intheNchumburu area and is preparing to return there to help in the
work. We are happy to have all ofthem.
LOCAL CHURCH LIFE

You will remember that I spend most of my church time with Abeka Christian Church. In the last couple months there have been at leastten baptisms. Our follow-up program for new converts has been in disarray for some time. A young man has made a good suggestion on howto revive it; let's praythe plan will come to frnition. It makes me sadthat I am
unable to keep up physically as much as I used to.

The Women's Fellowship did their annual missionary project. With items the women brought we made up small Christmas parcels for 16 &milies or individuals who are involved in missionary work far away from Accra. I was shocked how the ladies used the scotch tape - long strips of it - but the parcels did get wrapped in bright paper. Bro.
Enoch made a trip to the Norththe very next week,and he took mostof them alongfor delivery.
PERSONAL TIME

My 60*"* birthday took place in November. Like many, I had to say, "It doesnt seem possible." 1thank the Lord for my health and str^gth and ability to serve. Several people gave me extra and une5q)ected attention to make a special birthday. There are nowtwo carved el^hants 18 inches high sitting in my living room. They are bug enough to sit on. Connie Sheffler hosted a triple party again this year: her husband Bob, Brian Jennings, and 10 all have birthdays within
five days.
PRAYER SUPPORT

Thank God for: my sixty years of hfe; enough money to pay a second year's insurance on the red truck; that Carrie Lynn Barkes Waddell can be home eventhough intensive care and therapy must continue; for the completion of our first term
on December 3; for new commitments to Christ in many churches.

Petition God for: land registration; for safe travel for those planning three different trips north during the holidays to
encourage the br^ren; continued improvement for Carrie Lynn Waddell.
Love, Dorothy