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OUR FIRST YEAR

We arrived on the field on April 2007 and started working with a national pastor 20 miles from our home in the village of Adambrobe. We worked preaching and teaching at the Calvary Baptist Church located at the base of the Lartey and Aburi mountain range. Antoinette taught the children's Sunday school class and our children led sword drills and played the accordion.

 

OUR SECOND YEAR

In January 2008 the Lord led to start a new work meeting in the compound of our home. We had about 42 people in attendance on our first service. Four months later we officially organized Lighthouse Baptist Church in Tema, a harbor and industrial city of about 200 thousand people, and started meeting in the room of a primary school. Presently the church is growing. On the average we have 16 adults, 23 youths and 30 children who attend church regularly. We are presently meeting under a tent for services and for classes.

 

We pray that the Lord will provide a place for us to build a church and missions station as during the rainy season months the conditions become unfavorable.

 

Dear praying friends and family,

We began the New Year by casting the vision for 2017 as “Unashamed” from Romans 1:16.   In the month of January and February, the preaching focused on the family as being God’s instrument to build strong churches and reach the world with His Word. In this quarter, we’ll be dealing with stewardship.  The main focus remains...

2017 January - February - March

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Dear Praying Friends and Family,

Who but God would have known that the struggle with our former landlord about four years ago would turn out to be a story that we would stand amazed to see the work of God’s hands. In December of last year we met a dear home school family of eight from the UK who were visiting Ghana for three months. We extended...

2016 January - February - March

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Dear praying friends and family,

We ended the month of May with an intensive two-day leadership training of 17 young people and adults.  We studied the entire book of Nehemiah.  All but one, of these leaders were below the age of ten years when we started the work 8 years ago.  Through much prayer, from our family and our supporting churches and friends, the Lord has worked in their hearts to yield to His call of service.   We’re amazed to see their faithfulness, dedication and

 

2016 April - May - June

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Dear praying friends and family,

You know you’re a traveling missionary family on furlough when you ask your 10 year old daughter what the capital of New Jersey is and she cheerfully responds, “e turnpike!” For our international friends, the turnpike is the major highway or “motorway” that we take to get to our various meetings in the different northeastern states. By the grace of God, our journeys have been safe.

We’ve survived the cold winter season and

 

2015 January - February - March

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Dear praying friends and family,

Truly, with God, all things are possible! In our many years of trusting and walking with Him, sometimes He allows certain situations to come up in our lives that tests our faith. While confirming our flight and checking-in online, in the early hours of the day of our departure, we discovered that our son Michael had been mistakenly given Stephen’s middle name. This of course...

 

2015 July - August - September

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OLDER NEWSLETTERS 2011-2014

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  • October-November-December 2011

    Dear Praying Friends and family,

     Another year has come and gone. God has truly blessed our efforts.  We just finished presenting our Christmas Nativity and Orchestra program. There are so many lives that God has touched.  Each outreach of our ministry has brought souls to the kingdom and added to the church.   Below is an overview of what has been made possible through your faithful prayers and support in our ministry during 2011.

     

    24 people participate in weekly soul winning.

    994 souls saved through "one-on-one" soul winning.

    6 people baptized and have become members of the church.

    15 young girls and 8 women disciple .

    3 adults males in disciple.

    6 young men are being mentored for present and future ministry.

    32 children participated in literacy program.

    4 adults students in literacy program.

    92 KJV Bibles given to people who came to church after being led to the Lord.

    200 Bible verses- memorized in Bible Club, and Men's & Ladies fellowships.

    Church wide reading through the Bible by teens and adults.

    40 people treated for ring worms and given haircuts.

    24 people treated medically.

    22 youth have been taught the fundamentals of music in our youth orchestra.

    4 people reached through sign language ministry.

    13 people completed soul winning training.

    2000 youth reached through three school chapels.

    200 people led to the Lord in the coastal village of Wukuagebe .

    2,700 Johns & Romans distributed with gospel tracts.

     

    Praise Report:

    -We thank the Lord for protecting us and our guard dog's eyes from permanent damage, from the spit of a cobra.

    - I thank  the Lord that I was able to kill the cobra.

    -Our water supply came on after being shut off for 18 days for repairs by the city.  We learned many lessons on how to live with the bare minimum.

     

    Prayer Requests:

    -Pray for our daughter, Mary Elisabeth, who broke her left leg.

    -Safe trip for TX team coming at the end of January.

    -Our ministry outreach to a village in the area.

     

    MAJOR NEED:

    We've been without a vehicle for the past six months.   Although, we've been working daily on foot and via public transportation, many hours have been spent that could have otherwise been dedicated to serving  and lessening the stress on our family. From our research,  we need $17,000 to purchase a 4 wheel drive for ministry and family use.  Would you prayerfully consider what the Lord would have you to do?

     

    Please become part of our Orchestra  Booster Club:

     Do you have any musical instrument, regardless of the condition, that is collecting  dust in your attic, basement or garage?  It would be a tremendous blessing to our ministry.

     Sponsor a set of pads  or reeds #2,2 1/2,3,3 1/2 for clarinets, saxophone: alto, and tenor, oboe; violin, viola and cello strings 1/2, 3/4, 4/4, rosin, valve oil for our brass instruments and soprano, alto, tenor, bass recorders.

     

     Overall, it has been blessing to see God develop our youth  to become faithful young adults during this year.  We still have a long way to go but it is awesome to see growth.  We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

     

    For the Joy of Serving Jesus,

     

    Fredrick & Antoinette Kearney and family.

  • Jan- March,2012

    Dear Praying Friends and Family,

     As I sit here writing this prayer letter, I'm fighting the strong urge and appetite for some dried fruits and roasted nuts form northern California, a scoop of Blue Bell ice cream and a Taco Bell burrito.  As much as I miss these things, there is a tremendous joy in having the privilege to be serving here in Ghana, seeing people saved and watching lives changed through the power of God's word.

     

     We continue to have about twenty-two youth go out for door-to-door soul winning every week.  We are seeing many come to know Christ.  It was so encouraging to hear from a local pastor that he was moved by the passion that he sees in our young soul winners.  Pray for them to continue to be faithful.

     

    Housing: We were able to find a new place close to our church's meeting place. We moved at the end of January.  The move has not affected the ministry.  The community children are able to walk and come to our home for the literacy classes and music practice.  More children from our new community are attending Bible club.

     

    Mission to Encourage: We had the wonderful privilege of having our friends from Faith Baptist Church of Vidor, TX visit with us at the end of January. Their main purpose for coming was to experience what we do from day to day and to encourage and support us in the work.

     Bro. Caleb started his first night off teaching about his favorite Bible hero, Samuel.  Bro. Adkins challenged our young adults and men to preserve their vessels and to be faithful to the Lord.  He also taught our woodwinds music class and gave tremendous tips on how to improve.

     Sis. Kristy came especially prepared just to minister to my wife.  In addition, she also taught the kids in our literacy program kids and shared her touching testimony at our ladies fellowship.

     They spent a good amount of their time helping us move into our new place, provided a 450 gallon water tank reservoir  and did some needed repairs in carpentry, electrical and plumbing.

     They also had the opportunity to see two people come to know the Lord during our door to door soul winning and about four children saved during our usual Wednesday morning worship time at Tema Ridge school.

     

     

    Bible Club Leadership:  Praise the Lord!!  Your fervent prayers have been answered! Two of our young adults  surrendered to lead and teach Bible club and children's church.  They are Samuel Quayson and Agbeme Sefogbe.   We led them to the Lord and has been discipling them for about three years.  It's encouraging to see the fruit of our labor in the work of mentoring and raising leaders, as our young men are truly the hope of nationalizing the work.  Please continue to pray for more of them to surrender their lives for the work of the Lord.

     

     

    Praise Report:

    1.  Mary-Elisabeth's leg is completely healed. Thanks for your prayers.

    2.  Thank you for your $5000.00 in contributions towards the purchase of a vehicle for family and ministry use. We still need $12,000.00.

    3. Personalized New Testament Bibles from Cornerstone Baptist Church of Crossville,TN.

     

    Prayer Requests:

    1.  Pray that God will let justice prevail as we prove with our rental receipts that we don't owe our old landlord anything.

    2. Pray for the progress and faithfulness of our literacy program students, Eli, Samuel, Mawuli, Blay, and Francis.

    3. Protection of our home from thieves.  We lost two student computers last week.

    4. Safety on the road as we drive everyday and especially during the rainy season.

    5. Healing of Mary Safogbe, whom we've assisted with her medical treatment of bleeding fibroids.

     

    For the Joy of Serving Jesus,

     

    Fredrick & Antoinette Kearney and family

  • April - June  2012

    Dear Praying friends and family,

     We thank the Lord for His goodness. We celebrated, in April, the fourth anniversary of  Lighthouse Baptist Church of Tema.  On July 28th of this year, I'll be celebrating my 50th birthday, 43 years of salvation, 33 years of serving the Lord and 8 years as a missionary.  I truly thank the Lord for all that He has done in my life and pray for many more years to serve Him.

    Church Anniversary:

     We are grateful to the Lord, on this 4th anniversary, for all the souls that have been saved.  We highlighted about 12 people whose lives have been molded by the power of God's word through our ministry and your partnership.  Truly it's been a blessing to see committed and discipled young people who are serving and reaching others for Christ.  Please continue to pray for them and the work.

    Discipleship:

     Please pray for Ed, James and Fred.  They are three business men whom I've  been discipling at their work place for the past month.  Pray also for the Lord to draw Peter and his wife Elizabeth in a committed service to Him through our ministry.  He has invited me to disciple his employees on a weekly basis.

    Youth Orchestra:

     Our youth orchestra played six selections at Good Friday service and Easter sunrise service.  We've been recommended by a journalist of the Ghana president to play at a presidential pre-election peace event.

     Please pray for the our upcoming event as we host a musical instrument repair training program led by Dr. Daniel Parker of Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology.  This much needed skill will equip our people with the ability to repair instruments as the instruments experience wear and tear.

    Death Threat:

     Thank you for your prayers during the time that I received death threats as a result of the retrieval of our stolen computers.  Truly, my heart was blessed by the encouraging emails.  The situation helped me to see the more that only what we do for Christ will last.  I exercised wisdom in changing my route of travel and departure patterns and continued to pray.

    Vehicles:

     We've been able to replace an engine and a transmission with $4,000 of the vehicle funds that were raised ($7,000 total).  Both vehicles are back on the road. Our family travels have been made much easier and all ministry activities such as visitation, bus ministry, and Bible Club are moving forward.  Please pray that our vehicles will continue to be strong and make it through the six months of rainy season and poor road conditions.

    Prayer Requests:

    1. Pray for our people to have a heart for God as we hold an upcoming revival and missions meeting in the 2nd week of July.

    2. Pray for the Lord to hold the torrential rain pour during church services as we are still meeting under tents.

    3.  Pray as the people have a mind to build and are ready to start digging the foundation.

    4. Pray for people who get saved to follow the Lord in obedience to get baptized.

     

    For the Joy of Serving Jesus,

    Fredrick & Antoinette Kearney and family.

  • July - August - September  2012

    Dear Praying Friends and Family,

    Soul winning: We are grateful to God as we continue to see 17 to 20 young people come out for soul winning. This quarter, we’ve led about 220 souls to the Lord.  I led the barber, Kwame, at a local barber shop to the Lord.  At a teacher’s orientation, where I shared the plan of salvation, three teachers  received Christ.  At a student orientation, one student, rededicated her life to the Lord.  At Tema Ridge School, where we minister on a weekly basis, we lead many of them to the Lord and challenge them to love the word of God and live their lives to honor Him.

                    Ivy, the daughter of Joseph , the  Muslim gentleman whom I had the privilege of leading to the Lord on his death bed, has also received the Lord as her personal savior. She is presently being discipled .  Her younger brother, Felix, has also received the Lord.

                    Irene: One Saturday morning, this 13 year young girl showed up at our gate with a story of being orphaned.  She said she needed food for herself and younger siblings.  After much inquiry into the matter, and a trip to her home, it was made clear to us that she was a habitual liar.   After the truth was made known to us through her grandmother and aunt,  my wife and another lady from the church, led Irene to the Lord.  She is now coming to church with her three other siblings.  Please pray for her to grow in the Lord.

    Discipleship: We’ve resumed our discipleship program with about 8 youths and are making remarkable progress.  Please pray for God to grant multiplicationthat they would make more disciples  and for much fruit to be seen.  All of our trained high school youth will be attending boarding school this year.  As a result, our trained helpers and laborers will not be available to assist in the ministry.  Please pray that God will help us to disciple and train new converts.

    Bible Institute:   We’ve resumed our Bible Institute with nine students.  Four of these students are our young men who raised their hands indicating that they felt God’s call to the ministry. They are Samuel Mensah, Stephen Kearney, Eli Fiagbe and Agbeme Sefogbe.  Please pray for them.

    Literacy program:  It was a blessing to see and hear 14 year old, literacy student and trumpeter, Samuel Mensah,  stand up in church and boldly read the scriptures for our morning service.  He has a great burden for souls and the discipleship of new converts. Pray for the Lord to use him for His work in a special way.  Would you consider coming for a short term and teach literacy to our youth?

    Orchestra:  We had the most prestigious invitation to play for the president of Ghana, John Atta Mills.  Unfortunately, we had to turn it down because of the ecumenical nature of the event.  The youth were greatly disappointed, but to our shock, the president passed away, four days before the event.

     A few weeks ago, our young people received training in musical instrument repair from Dr. Daniel Parker of Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology (CIOMIT).  We now have a full service shop where we are able to repair brass, woodwinds, and string instruments.  Our special thanks to Dr. Dan, for donating all of his service and tools.  We are featured in the International Musical Instrument Repair journal for the month of October.  Would you come and be a blessing by teaching music to our youth?

    We had the opportunity to repair and overhaul a Bach Strad trumpet for a 64 year old  professional trumpeter, Mr. Edmond Mensah.  We shared the gospel with him and he received Christ as his Savior.  He’s an extremely talented man whose musical gift can be used for the glory of God.  Pray for him.

    Pray also for:

    -Our backslidden youth:  Kofi, Yaw, Charles, and Emmanuel to come back to church and rededicate their lives to the Lord.

    -Agbeme, our Bible club teacher, to continue to stand alone in Christ and serve Him.

    -Hannah and her family: Pray that this lady, whom my wife led to the Lord, will come to church and follow the Lord in believer’s baptism.

                    Lastly, I thank the Lord for allowing me to see and celebrate my 50th Birthday on the 28th of July, 2012.  I’m extending special thanks to all those who sent greeting cards and gifts.  To make my day extra special, I took the opportunity to renew my vows to my wife, Antoinette, of 20 wonderful and blessed years.

    We thank you for giving us the privilege to serve God’s people here in Ghana. Thank you for all your prayers.

    For the Joy of Serving Jesus,

     Fredrick & Antoinette Kearney and Family

  • October - December  2012

    Dear Praying friends and family,

     Another year has come and gone.  It’s been filled with tremendous blessings of the Lord’s provision and protection. It’s also been a year of special thanks and answered prayers. Your work here in Tema, Ghana West Africa has continued through our hands with God’s favor as we reach out to the lost for Christ.

     The ending of the year has been challenging to us as a family.  I lost my dad of 91 years in December 2012 and I had to return to the States to preach his funeral.  Three people received the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior.  Thank  you for the flowers and prayers.

     While gone, my entire family contacted conjunctivitis  and upon return, I also contacted it.  It’s the most painful experience of eye infection that I know.  I’ve presently recovered and I’m able to write this prayer letter the update you.  Thank you for your patience and prayers.

     

    A Year of Special Thanks to:

    -Our Pastor and sending church family of Faith Independent Baptist Church of Glenn Dale, Maryland for their assistance in helping me acquire my plane ticket for my dad’s funeral.

    -All our supporting churches and friends who gave toward the purchase and/or repairs for our vehicles.

    -Pastor Rench, Bro. Gary Center of Calvary Baptist Church in Temecula, CA and Pastor Dunlap of Lighthouse Baptist Church in LaVerne, CA for their assistance in the renovating of my mother’s home.

    -Dr. Ron Comfort of Ambassador Baptist College and Raphael and Susana Cordiero for receiving and hosting me while in the states in November on business.

    - Bro. Bill Ashley of all Points Transport for transporting musical instruments from the West Coast and Midwest to the East Coast to be shipped to us here in Ghana.

    -Mr. Daniel Parker of CIOMIT for donating his time, skill and equipment in training our youth and establishing our musical instrument repair shop.

    -Keith and Kristy Adkins and Bro. Madden of  Faith Baptist Church of Vidor, TX for coming to assist  in packing and moving us to a different dwelling place.

    -My sister, Ms. Marian Washington, for coming and being an encouragement to us and assisting us in  home schooling and the ministry.

    -The Veenstra family of Sound of the Word and Mrs. Bishop for their outreach to our kids and ministry through the sending of literature, books and Cds.

    -Ron of Blackhorse Music in New Jersey for donating instrument repair supplies.

    -Total Logistics of Ghana for sponsoring a complete year supply of all reeds, strings, and brass for the year 2012.

    A Year of Answered Prayers:

    -Our youth are faithful to soul winning, discipleship, Bible Institute, church services, bible club, literacy and orchestra practice.

    -Samuel Mensah, finished the literacy program and can now read the word of God.

    -Abgeme Sefogbe, our faithful Bible Club teacher, soul winner, and orchestra member,  got accepted into a private christian high school after sitting out for two years.

    -Charles, Alex, Yaw and Emmanuel attended church services for Christmas and New Year.

    -God has granted us mechanical grace this year with our vehicles.  We’ve done major repairs on both vehicles .  A dry rainy season kept the vehicles on the road and saved us from mechanical problems.

    -A peaceful presidential election in Ghana.

    Prayer Request:

    -Physical strength, wisdom and God’s continuous protection for our family.

    -Kofi , John and Dzifa to get back in church.

     

     Thank you all for giving us the privilege to serve the Lord and represent you here oTema, Ghana, West Africa through your prayers and financial support.

     

    For the Joy of Serving Jesus,

    Fredrick and Antoinette Kearney and family

  • January - March  2013

    Dear Praying Friends and Family,

    In light of the global economic crisis that has affected every level in our

    society, I’m very much aware of the hardship that so many are experiencing.

    We are thankful to the Lord for the partnership of faithful local churches,

    friends and family members who have stood by us and made it possible for

    us to be able to minister here in Ghana. The impact is felt here as well, as

    we see prices double. Thank you for your faithfulness

    in giving, and may God bless you as you partner with

    us to reach lost souls for Christ in Tema, Ghana.

    About three years ago, Eric, a young man in our Bible

    institute, left our town to work in another region of

    the country. While away, he started a Bible study

    and saw many saved and grow in their faith. This

    past January, I shared with my wife my heart’s desire

    for God to bring Brother Eric back to work with us.

    Two weeks later, God answered our prayers and we

    saw Brother Eric at our Wednesday night service.

    He has become a very useful and helpful servant

    in the ministry. He has led four young men to the

    Lord. Two of them have been baptized and are being

    discipled. Please pray for our upcoming boys retreat of which Brother Eric

    will be teaching a session on Christian growth.

    As the Lord would have it, our ministry has been most effective in reaching

    the youth. Many of them are first generation Christians who live in extreme

    poverty. We continue to see about 20 of these young people come to

    discipleship classes, soul winning, Bible club and orchestra practice every

    week. As we are meeting the spiritual needs, there are also physical and

    emotional needs to be considered and addressed. Please pray with us as we

    desire to build a children’s home in the near future.

    The orchestra ministry is doing well. We played for Good Friday and

    Easter Sunday services and regularly play for Sunday morning and evening services. The quality and the

    tone of their music has improved

    tremendously, especially in our string

    section. Our instrument repair shop

    continues to be a source of blessing

    to the orchestra in the maintenance

    and repair of our own instruments

    and those of our community. The

    shop has made it possible for us to

    finance many of the medical and

    academic needs of those who play

    in the orchestra. We desperately need a bench

    motor and a welding rack. These tools will make it

    possible for us to repair all the instruments for the

    orchestra. Please pray and see how you can help in

    meeting this need.

    Thanks again for giving us the privilege to serve

    the people of Ghana, West Africa, through your

    faithful partnership in prayer and financial

    support.

    For the joy of serving Jesus,

    Fredrick and Antoinette Kearney & family

     

    Praise Report

    After several months of raising support, Marian Washington

    (Aunt Marian),my sister, storyteller and author of “Aunt

    Marian Tells It Like It Is” came to Ghana and spent three

    months with us. In our family, she was a great encourager;

    she read her character building stories to our children,

    babysat and prayed for us. In the ministry, she witnessed

    to many people in the community, assisted in Bible Club,

    taught songs in Sunday School, and read her stories to the

    church children.

    At an overnight girls retreat hosted by my wife, twelve

    young girls between the ages of 8 and 16 from our church

    dedicated themselves to purity by signing a purity covenant.

    Pray for them to stay true to their commitment.

  • April - June  2013

    Dear Praying Friends and family,

    Answered Prayer!

    One of the greatest experiences in my life, as a Christian, is answered prayer. About 13

    months ago, we asked you to pray for the closure of a liquor and drinking spot that was

    adjacent to our home. This open air drinking spot played excessively loud music into

    the late hours of the night. It adversely affected our home life and church activities. We

    rejoiced that the Lord has answered our prayers. The spot has been closed down and

    the sign that once advertised for drunkenness has now become the sign for Lighthouse

    Baptist Church. Hallelujah!!!! It gets even better. As a result of the new church signboard,

    Mr. Appiah and his soon to be wife Christy has joined the church. Thank you for your

    prayers.

    The Lord sends special blessings in unkown packages.

    This past April, the Lord sent us Ms. Jane

    Davison of Stoke on Trent, UK as a short term

    missionary volunteer. She had originally come

    to serve with an orphanage in the capital city

    of Accra. But, God would so have it that she

    would be a blessing to our family and ministry.

    While visiting, Ms. Jane served in various

    ways. She taught reading to the students in

    our literacy program, assisted in Bible club and

    was a great encourager to my wife and children. It was a blessing to have another one of

    God’s servants yield to the call to come to Africa and joyfully make a difference in the lives

    of our people. She has committed to be my wife’s prayer partner by phone. Since, her

    departure, she has been faithfully calling every Monday night to pray with my wife.

    Praise report:

    • I thank the Lord for opening up the opportunity to disciple the marketing director of

    Tema Development Cooperation. Pray that God would open his understanding as he

    desires to serve the Lord.

    • Our musical instrument repair ministry has assisted in repairing instruments for

    Ghana’s navy band and has opened up the opportunity to share the gospel with its

    band master and commander Kwame.

    • there are 22 mothers and their daughters honored in May at our Mother-Daughter Tea fellowship, which was hosted by my wife and the young ladies of our church.

    • Our Father-Son Breakfast, in June, was a success and a tremendous blessing. Four new fathers received Christ as their Savior.

    • There were13 teachers in our ministry who received certificates of appreciation and a dinner in our home. It was our way of expressing gratitude for their hard work, dedication and commitment in teaching literacy, Bible club, Sunday school and children’s church.

    • There were17 King’s Kids Bible Club members who graduated. Our son Michael and his friend Kekeli received the “clubber of the year” award.

    • Our church and personal vehicles are still going strong and are being well maintained.

    • The Lord has made provisions for us to begin building our personal dwelling. Building teams are welcome to assist.

    • My wife experienced an infection with low blood pressure. She has been treated, her appetite has returned and she’s doing well.

    Prayer requests:

    • Prayerfully consider an opportunity to sponsor Agbeme Sefogbe and Martha Cobbinah through their Christian high school education. They are our faithful Bible club, literacy program and orchestra teachers. The total needed for both students is $900.

    • Please pray concerning assistance in building a children’s home in the near future.

    Once again, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for giving us the privilege to serve the people in the industrial city of Tema, Ghana, West Africa. Your financial and prayer support is much appreciated.

    For the Joy of Serving Jesus,

    Fredrick & Antoinette Kearney and family

  • July - August  2013

    Dear Praying Friends and family,

    Answered Prayer!

    One of the greatest experiences in my life, as a Christian, is answered prayer. About 13

    months ago, we asked you to pray for the closure of a liquor and drinking spot that was

    adjacent to our home. This open air drinking spot played excessively loud music into

    the late hours of the night. It adversely affected our home life and church activities. We

    rejoiced that the Lord has answered our prayers. The spot has been closed down and

    the sign that once advertised for drunkenness has now become the sign for Lighthouse

    Baptist Church. Hallelujah!!!! It gets even better. As a result of the new church signboard,

    Mr. Appiah and his soon to be wife Christy has joined the church. Thank you for your

    prayers.

    The Lord sends special blessings in unkown packages.

    This past April, the Lord sent us Ms. Jane

    Davison of Stoke on Trent, UK as a short term

    missionary volunteer. She had originally come

    to serve with an orphanage in the capital city

    of Accra. But, God would so have it that she

    would be a blessing to our family and ministry.

    While visiting, Ms. Jane served in various

    ways. She taught reading to the students in

    our literacy program, assisted in Bible club and

    was a great encourager to my wife and children. It was a blessing to have another one of

    God’s servants yield to the call to come to Africa and joyfully make a difference in the lives

    of our people. She has committed to be my wife’s prayer partner by phone. Since, her

    departure, she has been faithfully calling every Monday night to pray with my wife.

    Praise report:

    • I thank the Lord for opening up the opportunity to disciple the marketing director of

    Tema Development Cooperation. Pray that God would open his understanding as he

    desires to serve the Lord.

    • Our musical instrument repair ministry has assisted in repairing instruments for

    Ghana’s navy band and has opened up the opportunity to share the gospel with its

    band master and commander Kwame.

    • there are 22 mothers and their daughters honored in May at our Mother-Daughter Tea fellowship, which was hosted by my wife and the young ladies of our church.

    • Our Father-Son Breakfast, in June, was a success and a tremendous blessing. Four new fathers received Christ as their Savior.

    • There were13 teachers in our ministry who received certificates of appreciation and a dinner in our home. It was our way of expressing gratitude for their hard work, dedication and commitment in teaching literacy, Bible club, Sunday school and children’s church.

    • There were17 King’s Kids Bible Club members who graduated. Our son Michael and his friend Kekeli received the “clubber of the year” award.

    • Our church and personal vehicles are still going strong and are being well maintained.

    • The Lord has made provisions for us to begin building our personal dwelling. Building teams are welcome to assist.

    • My wife experienced an infection with low blood pressure. She has been treated, her appetite has returned and she’s doing well.

    Prayer requests:

    • Prayerfully consider an opportunity to sponsor Agbeme Sefogbe and Martha Cobbinah through their Christian high school education. They are our faithful Bible club, literacy program and orchestra teachers. The total needed for both students is $900.

    • Please pray concerning assistance in building a children’s home in the near future.

    Once again, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for giving us the privilege to serve the people in the industrial city of Tema, Ghana, West Africa. Your financial and prayer support is much appreciated.

    For the Joy of Serving Jesus,

    Fredrick & Antoinette Kearney and family

  • September - December  2013

    Dear praying friends and family,

    Praise the Lord! Another year has come and gone. Truly the Lord has been good and merciful to us. We have so much for which to be thankful. As the year has come to an end, we wanted to share with you the many wonderful lives that we have been able to touch with His Word through your prayer and financial support for the year 2013.

    Salvations: 884

    Baptism: 3

    Churches Started: 1

    Missionaries Supported: 4

    Sunday Morning Attendance: 63

    Sunday Evening Attendance: 18

    Wednesday Evening Attendance: 20

    New Members: 6

    Adult Members: 7

    Youth Members: 17

    Children: 35

    Deceased Members:1on Fri. Dec. 20,

    2013

    Literature Distribution: 2,000

    Preacher Boys in Training: 4

    Men’s Fellowship: 3

    Ladies Fellowship: 4

    Discipled Christians: 13

    Medical Outreach: 12

    Bible Club Members: 33

    Electronic Bible on Micro SD Cards in

    Local Language: 8

    Faithful Soul Winners: 13

    School Outreach:2 (Private and Deaf

    School)

    Girls Purity Retreat Commitment: 12

    Teacher Training Conference: 17

    Children Literacy Program: 20

    Adult Literacy Program: 4

    Orchestra Members: 16

    Instrument Repairers: 9

    Student Sponsorship: 3

    Praise Report:

    - 17 young people accepted Christ at our Bible Club Fun Day outreach in November.

    - Preached at the first service of the African American Assoc. of Ghana church service.

    - 7 souls got saved at our second Annual Orchestral Christmas Nativity Performance on the 23rd of December.

    - Our first literacy program student and teacher, Patience Amegbor, enrolled in senior high school this school year.

    Prayer Requests:

    - Pray for the family members of our church member, Sister Peace, who tragically lost her life last Friday evening after being struck by a car while crossing the street. Her three-year-old toddler, who

    was on her back, survived the accident with a broken arm and is

    presently hospitalized and is awaiting surgery.

    - Our current teachers will be continuing their education in January. Pray for new teachers who are committed, hardworking, compassionate and teachable.

    - Our oldest son, Fredrick, will be applying for North Bennett Street School of Piano Repair in Boston, MA. Please pray the Lord to provide the funds needed for tuition, room and board ($40K for

    two years).

    - Pray for Seth and Melissa Acree and their three children as they make their final preparation to come to Tema, Ghana, and work with us at the beginning of 2014.

    A CHANGING LIFE: EMEFA SEFOBGE

    The Lord brought Emefa Sefogbe in to be part of Lighthouse Baptist Church about 7 years ago. Over the years, we’ve trained her in God’s Word, taught her the principles of modesty and purity and how to win souls for Christ. She serves as a teacher in children’s Sunday School and teaches literacy to both children and adults. She serves the Lord on Sunday by playing either the bass or B flat clarinet in our orchestra. She desires to attend senior high school and study to become a journalist and a news reporter. About four month ago, she lost her mother. Pray for Emefa to continue to be faithful and to trust in the Lord to supply all her needs.

    Thanks again for giving us the privilege and making it possible for us to serve the Lord in the city of Tema through your faithful prayers and financial support.

    For the joy of serving Jesus,

    Bro. Fredrick & Antoinette Kearney and

    Fredrick, Stephen, Michael and

    Mary-Elisabeth

  • November - December 2014

    Dear praying friends and family,

    Truly the Lord has been good and faithful! I thank the Lord for my salvation! My heart is overflowing with joy knowing that Jesus, my Saviour, is the reason for the season. He has provided for us exceedingly and abundantly above what we could ask or think. He has given His angels charge over us in all our travels through the highways and byways. He has given us favor in His work as we visit and share with pastors and their church families and our dear friends. The Lord has moved in the hearts of many of you to be a blessing. We are most grateful. Family: I thank the Lord for adding another year to my wife of 21 years, Antoinette, who celebrated her 45th birthday on November 20. We thank the special ladies Bible study group of Whittier who sent encouraging words with cards and a special “angel” acquaintance from New Life Baptist Church, of Moreno Valley, who surprised her with a birthday cake and a special lunch.

    The entire family had the wonderful privilege of spending the Thanksgiving holidays with my mother of 94 years, in Perris, California. It was a blessing to see my sister, Lovella, recovering and doing well after having gone through chemotherapy and radiation. We thank the Lord for His healing power and all your prayers. We also had time to visit and spend time with our oldest son, Fredrick, at West Coast Baptist College (WCBC) while we attended the mission’s conference of Lancaster Baptist Church. After numerous auditions, he was selected for the WCBC singing tour group. Please pray for his testimony to continue to be God honoring. He is doing well academically and is also advancing well in his bassoon playing. Stephen had the opportunity to play “Come thou Fount” as a solo on his saxophone during our family’s church wide interview with Pastor Paul Chappell. He is doing an apprentice program in instrument repair at Blackhorse Music Shop. Michael, Mary, Stephen and Antoinette are always ready to minister in music with their instruments. They are seriously working on a new issue of the Kearney Kids Newsletter, which will update you on their lives in Ghana as well as their furlough experience.

    Ministry work in the US:

    Since we’ve arrived, our mission field is now everywhere we travel. It’s been a tremendous blessing to personally lead people to the Lord. Please pray for the spiritual growth of Dave and Jim whom I led to the Lord at a tire repair shop in Clementon, New Jersey. Pray the same for Antonio of Moreno

    Valley, California, who gave me a ride to church early one Sunday morning. Also pray for Joshua, whom Antoinette led to the Lord during door-to-door visitation.

    This past Thanksgiving season, our children had the opportunity to minister in music to

    about 800 people through the faithful leaders and members of Faith Baptist Church’s

    outreach in the community of Wildomar, California. We saw 180 people saved on that

    wonderful Saturday.

    Ministry work in Africa: Brother Seth Acree is overseeing the work in Ghana, and

    things are progressing. He has been keeping the doors open and the lights shining bright

    at Lighthouse Baptist Church of Tema. Please pray for him as he acquires proof of his

    resident permits for the entire family. Pray also for the Lord to strengthen his dear wife

    Melissa, who will be having their fourth child during this Christmas season.

    As always, we would like to thank your for your fervent prayers and financial

    support. Surely the Lord has used you to allow us to be an extension of your

    love to the people of Ghana for Christ. It’s a privilege we hold very dearly. We

    pray that you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    For the joy of serving Jesus,

    Fredrick and Antoinette Kearney & family

  • October 2014

    Dear Praying friends and family,

                   The song, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” echoes in my heart as I think about the goodness of the Lord and all that He’s done for us.   It’s been a tremendous blessings to have you stand behind us in prayer and faithful financial support.   To the glory of God, we've transitioned safely into the United States for about 8 weeks now. We were warmly welcomed by our pastor and sending church family of Faith Independent Baptist Church in Glenn Dale, MD.   Our east coast residence is at Cedar Lane Missionary Homes in Clementon, New Jersey. The address is 130 Cedar Lane, Clementon, NJ 08021.

    Our first four weeks were spent adjusting to the time change, dropping our son, Fredrick, off to college, doing medical check-ups, and learning how to operate our smart phones.  What an adjustment it’s been to make this transition into the “techno” world of America!  We’re still learning to get accustomed to this change.    Not to mention our GPS which wasn’t so helpful when our son set “home” to be two hours away from “home”.   All in all, we’re making good use of the “techno” world in homeschooling and working on keeping in touch with friends on facebook.

    To top this all off is the BIG Ebolo scare!!!.  Oh what an experience!   Many of you are concern about the Eblola epidemic and whether or not we’re okay.  Yes! Rest assure! We’re fine.  So far we've gotten sick from other viruses found in the good old land of the USA.  We are thanking the Lord for keeping the Ebola virus away from Ghana.  Keep praying that the number of cases in Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea would continue to drop.  Pray also for the grieving family members to find comfort in the Lord and for their stranded family members in Ghana’s refugee camps to be able to reunite.  Through all this, we've heard that church attendance has increased in these places.

    Thus far, we've been able to contact a few of our supporting churches and have scheduled and attended a few mission conferences and church meetings on the east coast.  We look forward to visiting you to give an updated report on what the Lord has done, on your account, in Ghana.  Please contact us at fakearney@yahoo.com or 856-419-7723 or 609-334-1008 to schedule a meeting.  Presently, we’re in the west coast for about 30 days.

    Praise Reports:

    BOTH youth conference and Marriage conference in Ghana was a great success.

    Salvation of our New Jersey neighbors, Rasheed and Daniel.

    Healing of Stephen, and Mary-Elisabeth from the deadly E-D68 virus they contracted in America.

    Donations of several musical instruments, music lessons and accessories from faithful supporting church members and Black Horse music shop in Runnemede, New, Jersey.

     

    Prayer Requests:

    Our family’s safety during our many miles of travel.

    Much needed rest for the entire family as we travel and visit supporting churches and family members.

    Immigration papers to go through for the Seth Acree family, who are overseeing the ministry in Ghana.

    Safe pregnancy for Mrs. Mellissa Acree and safe delivery of their unborn baby in December.

    Faithfulness of preacher boys and church members in Lighthouse Baptist Church and its ministries.

    Stability of the bank that our church banks with in Ghana.  Stability of the cedi to dollar exchange rate.

    Pray for our son Fredrick to continue to progress well in West Coast Baptist College.

    Provision of a church, and protection for, Martha Cobbinah, church member, who will be attending a seven year medical program in Russia.

                   As always, we’re very thankful to the Lord and to all our supporting churches, family and friends who faithfully pray and give to the work that the Lord has made us stewards of in Ghana, West Africa.  It’s truly a privilege and a blessing to represent you as we serve the people of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Tema.

    For the Joy of Serving Jesus,

     

    Fredrick &  Antoinette Kearney and family

Kearneys To Ghana

Contact Info

Ghana Field Address

Missionary Fredrick Kearney

US Ph# 856-419-7723

609-334-1008

P.O.Box CE 11477

Tema Ghana West Africa

Ghana Ph# 011-233-20-855-7254

or 011-233-20-855-7251

 

fakearney@yahoo.com

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