About mobile money scams

About mobile money scams

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6:41 PM

So I’m in a tro tro going back to campus after work…thinking about myself….then I get a call on an MTN line. It’s a twi speaking guy claiming  that he works with MTN and that apparently I won a promotion….ha…I don’t usually enter promotions but hey, stranger things have happened.

Well, I couldn’t really hear him so I asked him to call back since I was in a vehicle. That was when he got his opening, I am sure. He said they would send me a message. By then, I am certain it is a scam. And I was right!

The message that popped up was a request for me to approve a payment of GHS 550.00. Now, why anyone would think I would approve that mystifies me. I may be wrong but why would I part with GHS 550.00 for a supposed unknown price from a competition I don’t remember entering? Maybe I watched too many episodes of Hustle but seriously…why?
It was at this point that I start laughing at the scammers…for tracking my transactions without realising that the money is not mine. In fact, the money in the account is meant for a get together. And there was no way I was going to mess with that.
Well, thank God for small mercies. At least I got a blog entry! Yay!
And a free lesson…always crosscheck. And an analogy.  Just as my mobile money is such a good conduit that it attracted scammers, you and I are called to be disciples of Christ proclaiming him so well that we  bring people to Him.
How are we doing in that great commission?
May God help us all.

Angela Azumah Alu
26/7/2017

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Short Message for Students of Jinijini SHS

Short Message for Students of Jinijini SHS

Dear students,

It is a pleasure to send this message to you.
We thank God for your lives and for the many wonderful potentials He has placed in you.
Our message is that with God there is nothing that is impossible. (Luke 1:37)
I challenge you today to offer your hearts to God if you have never done so before.
If you have, I encourage you to reaffirm your commitment to Him and to trust Him with everything. In Joshua 1:8, he promises that if we meditate on His law day and night and obey it, we will have great success.
He has great plans for you if only you commit yourself to Him wholly.
And in the bible He shows us examples of many young people like us that He chose and gave great success too.
He used Joseph, formerly a spoilt brat who became a slave, to save the people of Egypt and his own family.
He used Esther, an orphan who became a queen to save the Israelites.
He chose Ruth, a young Moabite widow, and made her an ancestress of the Messiah, Jesus.
He chose David, a young shepherd, to be a king.
He chose Jeremiah to be a prophet when he was young.
He chose Daniel, a young exile, to be a leader.
He chose Mary to bear the Messiah when she was young.
There are many other examples of young people that God chose.
Even recently,
Martin Luther King Jnr was a young pastor who stood against racism in the USA.
In Ghana, there are many examples of young people who have achieved great things……Kwame Nkrumah was a young man when he joined the fight for independence for Ghana.
There are many other examples of young men and women who are doing amazing things like the 9/11 year old who wrote a book, Justin Bieber and Adel (musicians), even President Obama who became president of USA at a youthful age. We can talk of Wiyaala, a Ghanaian musician who came from a very poor background….her first time of going to Accra was to audition for stars of the future.
Portia Dery who is helping to teach Ghanaian children in the North love reading and is an author herself,…….the examples are innumerable.
He does not promise that the going will be easy but He promises to be with you and to deliver you. (Jer 1:19)
He knows all about you and knows your deepest desires but He invites you to commit your ways to Him so He directs your paths. (Pro 3:5-6)
He has great plans for you….only trust Him!Learn to hear Him speak to you if you have not done so already and always be prepared to obey His words.
Know that you are unique and that God has a plan for you. (Psalm 139:16). Believe in your own uniqueness and never listen to the devil’s lies that you are not good enough or that you will amount to nothing. No matter how many people you hear that from, it is NOT TRUE! You are created in God’s image and likeness; you are His work of art and you were created for good and amazing works. (Eph 2:10)
Only trust Him! He is faithful and ever able to do much more than you could ever hope for imagine. (Eph 3:20) Do you think your dreams are too big? To God they are not, He will do more than that for you. If you don’t even have dreams, I pray that you begin to dream today and see how far God takes you.
May He give you a desire to leave a legacy in your school, your community, the nation and even the world as a whole. But most importantly, may you come to know Him as He truly is and see the extent of His love for you. (Eph 3:14-19)
God loves you and so do we!
Angela Azumah Alu 5/12/15, Legon
DAY TWO OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION 27TH MARCH 2012, SPEAKER: PROPHETESS ZIPPORAH KORANTENG THE NEED FOR MISSIONS AND MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING MODELS USED IN THE EARLY CHURCH

DAY TWO OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION 27TH MARCH 2012, SPEAKER: PROPHETESS ZIPPORAH KORANTENG THE NEED FOR MISSIONS AND MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING MODELS USED IN THE EARLY CHURCH

 

In our day, we face almost the same situation as the early church did. We are in a society where prosperity is seen as a sign of God’s favour, where people are lovers of themselves rather than of God, a society filled with necromancy, occultism, a focus on externals and many other things that digress from the gospel of Christ. The world cries out for authentic Christianity.

We must remember that although the externals are not the essence of Christianity, whatever spirit that is ruling our life will affect all we do, ie, what is inside us will invariably show up and show which kingdom we belong to. If you belong to Christ, what is the evidence?

God sent for the message of prosperity and divine healing however, we have taken it to mean that if you are not prosperous, God has not blessed you and have forgotten that the Christian walk entails suffering as well. It has also affected the body of Christ because we have a whole generation of Christians who expect prosperity as a sign of God’s favour and are not well grounded in the basic doctrines of Christianity. That has even taken away the impetus for evangelization.

Again, the whole crazy about prosperity has created a desperate class of people who feel their poverty acutely and may do anything to get out of it including homosexuality and “sakawa” further creating problems for the society. It is imperative that we pray for the poor of the nation but beyond that show love for needy Christians as well in order to avert some of these problems. The early church was noted for the love they showed.

Let us remember that we as Christians are the salt and light of the earth. We are the ones supposed to model behavior in the society.

In the early church, the message was entrusted to reliable/faithful men and women (2 Tim 2:2). The essence of Christianity is God being in control of our thoughts and aactions. (Matthew 28:18-20). We also need to study about the basic doctrines of Christianity (Hebrews 6:1-2). It is important for churches to have discipleship classes so Christians can grow.

Let us remember that the greatest evidence of Christianity is a changed life!

 

DAY ONE OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION 26TH MARCH 2012 SPEAKER: PROF. J. D. K. EKEM MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING MODELS USED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ERA

DAY ONE OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION 26TH MARCH 2012 SPEAKER: PROF. J. D. K. EKEM MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING MODELS USED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ERA

God intervened in human history in many different ways but his ultimate intervention was sending Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Jesus Christ came to pursue a missionary agenda (Lk 4:16-19). He had a mission of redemption and emancipation. A missionary is someone who carries out a purpose, in this case, God’s purpose.

God has his own purpose and although He is sovereign, He uses human channels as well. Remember mission is not just about the spiritual but about the physical needs as well (cf James). Jesus gave us the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. He is the reason for all missionary activity. He commanded us to carry out missions in God’s own style and to present the totality of the Godhead. God the father, Jesus the redeemer and the Holy Spirit the Sanctifier. Jesus was a disciplemaker: he called the twelve; they were ordinary people and he trained them for three years.

Now we take a look at Paul. God made use of Paul’s background : He was a Jew, a Pharisee and rabbi; he was familiar with Hellenistic (Greek) thinking; he was a Roman citizen and He became a Christian. God has a purpose for everything and prepares us using our backgrounds. Let us be available for God’s use.

As a missionary, Paul was very strategic. He was a church planter, pastor and great disciple maker. Let us look at some of his strategies

  1. He made use of the synagogues. The synagogue was a familiar place to him, it was also a place where both Jews and Gentiles came to worship. (Acts 13:13-16, Acts 14:1-2) In mission work, you proceed from the known to the unknown. Be systematic and remember missionary work is gradual.
  2. He made disciples and delegated mission work (Acts 14:21-23, Titus 1:5-9)

Missionary work is team work; you don’t do it alone. Paul trained people and made them leaders in the places he went to minister.

  1. Mentoring: a mentee is someone who sits at your feet to acquire knowledge from you. Paul did this with Timothy. (Acts 16, 1,2 Timothy, 2 Tim 1:5-8). It is important especially for leaders to bring others up in missions.
  2. Paul always acknowledged the others he worked with. In his epistles he writes with his fellow “slaves” like Sylvanus, Sosthenes and Timothy. (1 Cor 1:1, 2 Cor 1:1, Philemon).

Remember mission work and discipleship occur in the context of the body of Christ. (1 Cor 12). We are all members of the body of Christ. We complement one another in our various giftings and areas of service. Do not try to be like anyone else because you are unique in God’s sight.

Finally, remember that mission work and discipleship are God’s business. We are the junior shepherds (1 Pet 5:1-4) and Christ is the chief shepherd.