Sacramento, CA -- The call to end the rising cause of deaths which has engulfed in the African communities, especially in the Liberian community for some time, was achievable in a three-days fast and prayer ceremony, which was held at Friends in Jesus Church of the Nazarene –one of the leading African churches in California.
Pastor Tim Wulah Jr, Bishop R.S.W. Chea, Apostle Macdonald Jaa, Pastor Clinton Bobray, mother Brown, and others joined in endless and restless three days fast and prayer climax with three days revival, asking the communities to call on God and pray for forgiveness; Pastor Tim Wulah Jr, the head pastor of that church, was the one that called for the three days community prayers and fasting ceremony. Also, Dr. Pamela Chea and ACFLi former president, Bendu C. Hunter, was at the ceremony.
Pastor Tim who was in Germany for a visit realized that something had to be done to end the death spells that had recently hung over the African communities in Sacramento, California. “The Lord has led me to call for three days community fast & prayer ceremony next week Wednesday, Thursday & Friday July 16, 17, and 18. Friday will be all night service beginning at 8pm at Friends In Jesus. Too much is going on in our community and we need to turn to the Lord. The theme of the three days fast and prayer and revival was from a Bible verse, second Chronicles 7:14,” Pastor Tim Wulah Jr sent out a message to the communities; his positive thinking did came true when some of the community leading pastors, Bishop, apostle and other accepted his plea-to-God’s proposal for the communities.
Teaching by Pastor Tim Wulah Jr
Pastor Tim Wulah Jr teaches that night; in his message, which lasted about 35 minutes, he elaborated on why the communities should come together to fast and pray to God: “Because if we fast and prays, he [God] is willing and ready to take away the dark cloud from over our community,” Pastor Tim Wulah Jr told the church congregation in his teaching, and he added that “And no more dark cloud ... we thank you [Lord] for our victory,” which was repeated five times. And Pastor Tim Wulah Jr confirmed to the audience that the three days fasting and praying ceremony premier-purpose is that the communities are in a period of losing loved ones: “We are losing our relatives. People are dying”; this was the words that ended his thoughtful and extensive teaching that night about why the communities are fasting and praying.
Bishop Chea’ Messages
And Bishop R.S.W. Chea, founded of Adonai International Ministries Global Outreach and a columnist for Beeafrican Networks and other online media, was among the communities God-fearing leaders who, also, preached and taught that night. His messages for that night was strong, powerful, and of course, spiritual and comparing. Bishop Chea spoke about how the communities need to be consistent in their prayers to God. The Bishop had the audience in a want-to-learn mode when he spoke about people are not using the Bible in the right way: “People are using the Bible as a decoration, rather than reading it and calling on God’s favorite and mercy, for he [God] needs us to do his work,” he told the congregation.
Pastor Clinton Bobray Preach
Also, Pastor Clinton Bobray of New Beginning International Ministries in Oakland, CA powered up the ceremony. The words “But for God” and “Repent Now” was Pastor Bobray theme for that night. In fact, Pastor Bobray kept the congregations on their feet during his entire powerful and spiritual preaching. “Because of loving our children so much that we (the parents) do not want to punish or teach our children in the right way,” and he added that “Loving them so much can cause the devil to take their life,” Pastor Bobray educated the church congregations about not letting their children to go astray because of “Love.”
Prayers By Apostle Macdonald Jaa
Apostle Macdonald Jaa, the senior Pastor of El Shaddai World Evangelism, did not preached at the closing ceremony on Friday night, but he anointed and prayed for the church congregations that were present at the end of the night -and including those congregations were Pastor Tim Wulah Jr, his loving wife, and one of his youngest daughters. Apostle Jaa believes that God has blessed each one that seeks God’s help and also those who prays in the time of struggle, happiness and so on.
Mother Brown Prays For Liberia
Mother Brown attended Friday night ceremony. She calls on God to please end the Ebola disease in Liberia and it surrounding.
In addition to the ceremony going on all night long, Mr. Lobo Marwieh, the worship leader of Friend In Jesus along with the praise team, sang praises and worship songs to awaken the audience and most importantly to glorify God, the Almighty.
The three days fast and prayer ceremony for the African community in Sacramento, California not only united the community and some community leaders, it was a ceremony that calls on God to have his mercy on each and every one. “We must seek God face because God says if we don’t more is going to take place. Hallelujah. But thank God that we can come together,” Pastor Tim Wulah Jr concluded.
Mr. Lobo Marwieh also contributed
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In two classrooms in Ghana's Greater Accra region, solar-powered computers project animated videos broadcast live by satellite on to walls. Pupils at Mataheko primary school are taking part in a lesson in addition and subtraction based on the price of Spider-Man rucksacks and of dresses, and reciting songs about skiing for verb practice.
The project is an attempt to improve the fortunes of girls, who are quitting school early and underachieving in disproportionate numbers. The high dropout rates are caused by a variety of factors: child marriages and teenage pregnancies are common, and, in communities where polygamy is the norm, large numbers of children to feed and educate within single families often means that girls are expected to earn supplementary income.
While children in other classes at the school are being taught by rote, using well-thumbed textbooks, the youngsters in these two maths and English classes are being led in activity-based lessons by teachers in studios in the capital, Accra. Each class has a facilitator – the local teacher, who is physically present in the classroom, fielding the microphone for the occasions on which pupils in their group are chosen to answer questions, and making sure children are keeping up with the pace the studio is setting.
Mataheko is one of 72 schools piloting the £3m interactive distance-learning project – the first in Ghana – designed to boost educational attainment, manage the quality of teaching and help cut teacher absenteeism.
The project, MGCubed (Making Ghanaian Girls Great), is being rolled out by Gems Education Solutions a UK consultancy funded by Britain's Department for International Development (DfID) as part of its Girls' Education Challenge (GEC), which aims to help a million of the world's poorest girls improve their lives through education. The Gems programme plans to reach 8,000 children.
In the studio, teachers enunciate like gameshow hosts, as their lessons are broadcast to a number of classes. Each class consists of about 40 girls and boys – though the project is aimed at girls, classes are mixed – and is part of a regional cluster in which the teachers in Accra can speak to the children in English as well as in their local language.
Despite gross enrolment rates in Ghana's 22,000 primary schools having steadily increased in recent years – in 2013, the enrolment rate reached 87%, – a high proportion of students fail to attain basic competency in core subjects.
"Since the MDGs [millennium development goals] wave one, there are very clear charts where you see enrolment levels going up and … national exam results going down, so there's been a clear trade-off between getting enormous [numbers of] bums on seats and crowding," says Gordon Carver, the project director of MGCubed.
"I think the next 15-20 years for education in sub-Saharan Africa is all about quality and improvement. This model is just one of many different interventions trying to tackle that issue."
Carver also hopes that a byproduct of the MGCubed model will be its teaching methods finding their way to other classes and to those of other teachers in the school. As opposed to learning by rote, children are encouraged to participate more. Studio teacher Shine Dewovo, who undertook the profession for three years before joining Gems, sums it up: "Instead of spoon-feeding children, we are leaving them to generate ideas and derive their own questions."
The single satellite atop the roof links Mataheko school to the studio in Accra
Dewovo also says the project helps to improve attainment by tracking teacher absenteeism, as the local teachers are required to appear in a studio in the capital every day via webcam. "You always have to be present because someone is watching," she says.
Teacher absenteeism is a big problem in Ghana, especially in rural areas. In March, the president, John Dramani Mahama, promised to tackle the problem. However, during the rainy season, roads can become impassable and teachers – who often don't live locally – struggle to travel.
Money for the project is coming from the "innovation" bracket of DfID's GEC fund, which has allocated almost £30m to 19 innovative projects in 12 countries, led by the private sector. DfID has not been shy about its desire to get the private sector more involved in development, although that is not without controversy. According to the Gems chief executive, Chris Kirk, DfID has structured the funding "on basis of payment by results … We will only make a profit from the programme if we exceed on the targets that we've been set."
Speaking at the launch of the project this month, Charlotte Pierre, deputy director of DfID Ghana, stressed that the money was "not a free gift", and called on teachers, students and community members to play their parts in ensuring its success, but defended the involvement of the private sector. "When you are working through a smaller partner, like a private company like Gems … the potential for innovation and for being more agile [is a benefit]," she said.
For Mark Rosenberg, from Alleutia, a UK company that manufactures the solar computers for the project, "these lessons are making education personal over long distances". At the project's launch, he desribed it as a "brave and bold experiment; we should acknowledge the potential for the continent as a whole".
But some aspects of teaching cannot be replicated by distance learning. Asked what she misses about being physically present in a classroom, Dewovo says: "Getting to hear the kids' jokes."
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