G.E.T.S. Easter Outreach

G.E.T.S. Easter Outreach

From 29th March to 2nd April 2018, join God’s End Time Stewards (G.E.T.S.) in the Upper West Region of Ghana as we share the love of Jesus Christ with the people of Ducie.

Ducie is one of the villages in the Chakali land. The Chakali people are among the unreached people groups in Ghana. With a Christian percentage of about 1%. There are about 13 communities that make up the Chakali land with a total population of about 15,000 people. There are only 3/4 communities with churches. Only about 3% of the population are Christian. The community is very underdeveloped with no good roads, no lights, no network and poor infrastructure.

Our Assignment

We are to share the gospel among these Chakali people and raise support for the many uneducated youth in the communities. To the best of our knowledge, they only have senior high school graduates and no tertiary graduates. We also need to support the few Christians who are mainly old women.

 

How you can help:

  1. Pray. You can join us to pray on Sunday 25th March 2018 at 3p.m. at University of Ghana, Legon.
  2. Join us if possible
  3. Support financially or in kind. In kind, we need used clothing, books for B.E.C.E. candidates and food items.
  4. Any other support you can offer.

You can make enquiries or send donations to: 0244808149, 0242268112 or 0243144739

 

 

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Movie review of Skyscraper

Movie review of Skyscraper

So for my friend Esther’s birthday, we ended the day with a movie at Silverbird Cinemas….it was a miraculous happening we give thanks to God for.

We watched Skyscraper. It basically told the story of a guy who had to go into a burning building to rescue his family. The movie made me think a lot. Below are some lessons I drew from it.

1. The crowd of people watching the hero’s every move and cheering him on reminds me of the great cloud of witnesses spoken of in the New Testament epistle to the Hebrews. It reminds us that we have our heroes of faith cheering us on as we run our race of life. And unlike the crowd who only watched, the saints in heaven can intercede for us…because they have been where we are and are now where we are going. That is always awesome to know. More prayers for us!

2. Another lesson that stood out for me was how he made use of everything he had. As a resourceful person, even the wooden leg which is ordinarily a liability became a valuable asset. He made use of duct tape and other simple household items like a rope and a decorative piece. In the face of hardship or difficulty, don’t paralyze yourself by over thinking. Go back to the basics. And of course, pray. God always has makes a way.
3. A third thing that stood out for me was the extent to which people would go. Sawyer, the hero, went to the extent of going into a burning building to save his family. His wife went to the extent of walking on a narrow beam in a burning building with her son at her back to save her son. The main villain went to the extent of burning the tallest skyscraper ever to get the information he wanted. These are extreme cases but the question still remains….what is the extent to which you would go to achieve your dreams?How hard would you work? Have you reached the point where giving up is not an option? Even when it seems impossible, are you ready to keep going?
4. A fourth lesson for me was about the power of information and skill. The building was set on fire because the villain needed information. The owner of the building considered that information his greatest possession and was willing to leave everything else but not that. Sawyer was targeted because of the security details about the building that he knew. His wife was able to assist the police because she could speak their language… that literally saved her family. Question for you and I…in this information era, what skills and abilities are we acquiring?
5. Final lesson for me was about the importance of family, family life and parenting. Sawyer’s wife did her best as a mum to reassure her children even when she herself must have been terrified. She actually walked over to reassure her daughter that everything would be fine. In addition, both of them were very affectionate with their children. They also appeared very close and very concerned about each other. What examples are we setting for our families?
Anyway, enough rambling…hope you enjoy this post!

Cheers!
Angela Azumah Alu, 17/07/18

When He promises you joy

When He promises you joy

Amazing blogpost on Joy by Esther Laryea!!!!

Awolaryea

When He promises you joy stand with your calabash ready to drink your fill. A year ago just about this time , He promised me joy. He confirmed his promise that he’d give me joy. I was badly in need of joy and i held on to the promise with all i had.

Today, I’m filled with joy. I’m quiet happy and at peace and there’s no one thing i can adduce it to. It hasn’t been smooth the entire while. I have no idea what tomorrow holds. But, whenever i feel parched, i quietly remind Him that He’s promised me joy.

I’ll share another favourite

You will keephimin perfectpeace,
Whosemindisstayedon You,
Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3″

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Movie review-Black Panther

Movie review-Black Panther

So I watched Infinity war before I watched Black Panther so when King T’Challa fell over the water fall to certain death I told everyone else he couldn’t be dead yet. Plus, thanks to VLC, we could see that the movie wasn’t over yet.

I now understand what all the hype was about and can really envisage this as a movie I would want to watch over and over again.

Lemme tell you why.

1. I love the way the movie shows “girl power”. From general Okoye and the Dora Milaje(the King’s soldiers) being female to King T’Challa’s sister Shuri being the tech whiz (go girls in STEM) to Nakia being the brain behind ultimately rescuing T’Challa and the incoming ” king maker” being female and of course King T’Challa’s mother being the one who prepares the vibranium mixture that brings him back to life, the movie is rife with bold women who totally rock.

2. Secondly, I love the way it subtly deals with our choices and how they affect us and even other innocent people. King T’Chaka chose his nation (which was expected of him as king) when he killed his brother N’Jobu to save Zuri’s life. But was he justified in choosing to leave his nephew behind? By doing so, he created a monster who threatened his kingdom many years later. As the inner conscious scene showed, Erik was really hurting and needed closure. Could that have been prevented if he had grown up in Wakanda with a loving extended family?

3. Another thing that stood out for me is the theme of love. It was love that made Nakia decide to go and look for T’Challa when she had seen him fall to certain death. It was love that made Okoye and W’Kabi drop their weapons rather than fight each other and thus caused all others to drop their weapons. It was love that made T’Challa take Erik out to see the Wakanda sunset knowing full well that if the tables were turned, Erik would not have done same for him.

4. I loved the various African touches that were added. I saw Kente from Ghana, the lip thing from some other African tribes and some other allusions. Go Africa!

5. When Nakia, Shuri, Ramonda and Ross run away, I’m not sure they really had hope of finding T’Challa. Their hope was gone. However, by going to enemy territory they felt the stood a better chance than staying in the kingdom with King Erik who obviously didn’t want them. It reminds me of the story of the four lepers in 2 Kings. Either way, they were dead…so it was better to move than stay put. What’s the worst that can happen? Sometimes, just move and you may be surprised at how much of a difference that makes.

6. Wakanda is depicted as the perfect African utopia, untouched by foreign elements and so far ahead of the curve, the curve might as well be non-existent. However, that disconnect lead to the creation of Erik’s villany. The power they hoarded for themselves could have helped so many others as N’Jobu and Erik expressed. But their desire to stay separate and their fear of the outside world ultimately came back to haunt them. T’Challa’s passionate declaration to the ancestors is one of the greatest character moments in superhero cinema and reflects one of my favorite Marvel quotes; “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Its never enough to just be…not when you can change the lives of others around you.

7. Another saying this film illustrates well; “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” N’Jobu wanted to free African-American communities from oppression and betrayed his country. T’Chaka wanted to protect his country and instead created a villain in his nephew. T’Challa and Erik aspired to follow in their fathers’ footsteps and created a civil war in a peaceful country. It goes to show us all that the end cannot justify the means. Not when the “how” cause so much pain and suffering.

Well, I have to wrap up now before I write a book…lol. I love the almost non existent sex scenes. There’s just one kiss at that and one which wouldn’t make parents cringe while watching with their children. It’s overall a breath of fresh air in showing Africa in a positive light rather than the usual poverty. There are truckloads of lessons  and of course enough shooting to satisfy people like my friend Joy… Lol.
Wakanda forever!

Cheers

My friend Zuviel contributed to this post so he’s listed as a co-author.

(He’s the resident Marvel universe expert :-).)

Angela Azumah Alu and Zuviel Joshua Naazie

Royal wedding: Harry and Meghan

Royal wedding: Harry and Meghan

As a sucker for love stories, today’s royal wedding represents a lot of things: a reminder about miracles and fairy tales amongst others.

I think of just how different Harry and Meghan are…in terms of background and the experiences they’ve had….even down to their ages; she’s older.

But then I also see just how much richer even their marriage ceremony is because of those differences and just how much they’ve captured our hearts because of the whole fairy tale nature of the story and the marrying of two cultures.

I love how affectionate they are with each other. Honestly, for me it’s been a reminder that love can come in the most innocuous of ways; through a blind date. And that it can be beautiful!

Definitely, it’s not the same thing… but the relatable things: making a decision to love someone and being willing to do everything possible to be with them and to spend the rest of your life with them.

We do not know what tomorrow holds, but we pray they last the journey of marriage and that they continue to inspire young people to dream.

Happy marriage to Harry and Meghan!

Angela Azumah Alu

19/05/2018, Legon

Movie Review of The Avengers: Infinity War and lessons learnt.

Movie Review of The Avengers: Infinity War and lessons learnt.

Infinity War is the latest movie from Marvel Studios about the Avengers. It is absolutely amazing although I didn’t really like the ending. I’m looking forward to the promised sequel. You can read more about the movie if you haven’t watched it yet:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avengers:_Infinity_War.

I watched it with my sister and given that it’s our first Avengers movie, we were a little lost but we enjoyed it nevertheless. The graphics were amazing and the movie itself was very emotionally charged.

At the end of the movie, some lessons stood out….from a Christian perspective. Enjoy!

1. When the movie ended, it seemed like the evil Thanos had won. But guess what, in these movies, it’s always the good guys who win. So we can rest assured that there will be a sequel where the good guys will win…and as always, the odds will be against the good guys but they will win. Reminds me of our lives as Christians. We have already won the war because Christ has won it for us. So sometimes, when the devil seems to be winning, thou shalt not fear or be afraid. The Lord is in control.

2. Thanos got some of the infinity stones because other people decided to save lives. So he got the space stone when Loki had to trade it for Thor’s life and the time stone because Dr. Strange traded it for Tony Stark’s life. Even Gamora shared the location of the soul stone to save her sister Nebula’s life. Love and loyalty make you seemingly weak but that is strength. 

3. Sacrifice. Apart from the above sacrifices, even Thanos himself had to sacrifice a loved one…in this case Gamora…before he could get the soul stone. That was a really big sacrifice and it was moving to see his tears. Question 1 for you and I: Christ sacrificed his life for us…what are we doing about that? Are we living lives worthy of that sacrifice? Question 2…what are you willing to sacrifice for your dreams/aspirations and other things you want?

4.Commitment Even though his goal was horrific, Thanos was willing to see it through to the bitter end. He endured many trials and stayed true to his course no matter what came his way. As Christians, how committed are we to the path Christ walked for us? How often do we stray due to the littlest inconvenience? The path is never easy, its never simple. It just needs to be walked.

5.What do you do when you have done all you can and everything still goes wrong? As Christians, that is time to go back to God, ask Him why and trust Him anew. May God help us all!

6.Final lesson is from Matthew 24:40-42
Jesus talks about the need to be watchful since we do not know the day or the hour of the Son of man. He warns that on that day two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.
Just as it happened with Thanos. Half the world was taken away and half was left. Question is: which half will you be part of? Does Jesus know you?

These are some lessons that stood out from Infinity War. What about you? What stood out for you? Cheers!

My friend Zuviel contributed some amazing insights to this post so he’s listed as a co-author. Do check out his blog:
https://zuvielnaazie.wordpress.com/author/zuvielnaazie/

Angela Azumah Alu and Zuviel Joshua Naazie
2/5/28

 

Book review of “A Silent Heritage” by Letitia E. Obeng

Book review of “A Silent Heritage” by Letitia E. Obeng

Book review of “A Silent Heritage” by Letitia E. Obeng

I love biographies and autobiographies! For me, they represent an opportunity to see another’s life in technicolour/3D view or whatever you want to call it. And I love “girl power”! So when I came across Letitia E. Obeng’s autobiography in Legon bookshop, it was attractive for three main reasons: autobiography (check), about a woman (check) and it was affordable (double check). So I grabbed it! Yay!

The book was absolutely amazing! It chronicles the life of Letitia E. Obeng who was the first Ghanaian woman to obtain both a Bachelor’s degree and a PhD in Science! Talk about impressive….even more impressive was the fact that she did this while raising three children as a single parent. (Ikr).

One of the things I loved most about the book was the fact that she put her story within a context. So she started from the origins of her ethnic group, talked about her parents and siblings and even gave biographies of her children. As a book lover, this was a gourmet buffet for me. She comes from a very large and illustrious Ghanaian family with her father being a former Presbyterian Moderator and her sister Theodosia Okoh, the designer of Ghana’s national flag. One of her sons, Ernest Kwasi Obeng, was a world famous athlete. It was impressive how all of her children went to achieve great academic and professional laurels.

In addition, I appreciated the detail she put into the book about her upbringing in a large family, her education, her marriage and the death of her husband, her professional life and the various experiences she had. This book was really an eye opener in terms of teaching about times past. (Bear in mind this woman is 93 years old now). I loved the pictures and the way they showed how fashions have changed. I particularly fell in love with her description of her love for African prints and how she actively promoted them. As a lover of African prints, I’m very appreciative of her efforts.

I also loved the conversational style she used for the novel. It’s almost as if she’s your favourite grandmother telling you a story. I felt the love, warmth, pride and humour in the book. Even in the parts where she had to recount instances of disappointment or unfair treatment, you could tell it was more about setting the record straight rather than out of malice. I was teary when she described how her husband died. It all happened too suddenly.

And yeah, I enjoyed her practicality in having people assist with child care and house chores so she could focus on other equally important things. This always seems to come up with some people acting as if a woman has to be superwoman and do everything by herself to be considered a complete woman.

So in sum, thank you Madam Letitia Obeng for sharing your life with us!

Cheers!
Angela Azumah Alu