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Venturer Update: Sabrina Haynes Visits Westhunt Church in Ghana

Sabrina and the members of Westhunt Baptist Church in Ghana.
Sabrina and the members of Westhunt Baptist Church in Ghana.

Posted: 3/18/16 at 8:00am.

Sabrina Haynes is a Venturer from Westhunt Church, Richmond, who currently serves in Ghana in support of More Than Nets. Her time of service wraps up in April, and she has been helping Emmanuel “Muss” Mustapha in the Yendi region. She wrote the following commentary to describe her experiences to date.

I got to go to Westhunt Baptist Church, in Kujooni, Yendi on Sunday! What a blessing and honor – they asked me to preach. I do not feel called to ministry this way, but am so grateful for the firm foundation laid for me by my parents and church family at Westhunt Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia, to be able to share testimony and scripture without significant preparation (although I did suspect they might ask, so I had a day or two to think).

One of the scriptures I had planned to share was 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, focusing first on verse 18. We arrived during Sunday School, being taught by their church leader, Johnson (he is in the orange shirt to the far right in front of me).

He taught from Isaiah 65:17. Only our God can arrange for his scripture and mine, without collaboration, to mesh – and for giving me the discernment on how to incorporate his scripture into what I shared. Francis acted as my translator, got everyone started with praise in song and prayer and then was kind enough to reinforce what I shared, so Johnson could translate to make sure everyone had a chance to understand. They were SO excited to hear that a church in America prays for them every week!!

The children enjoy the masks Sabrina bought them.
The children enjoy the masks Sabrina bought them.

God is so good even in the silly details – my camera battery died, but I had my iPad to show them photos of Westhunt Baptist Church in Virginia.

I had purchased visors, which were a big hit in Nepal to give as gifts on behalf of their “mother church”. While shopping on Amazon for them, I found foam masks of animals – all native to Africa, so I bought all they had.

Because I took group photos of them before and after, I was able to show them. They LOVED seeing their pictures – even the women in their visors laughed, but the kids squealed with delight to see themselves as “wild” animals! Attendance was not the usual because there was a funeral. So I had extra visors and masks, which I left for the pastor to distribute.

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