Circuit Project Co-ordinator:
Rev Robin Selmes (Jukwa Circuit, Ghana Project)
On a five year cycle Brighton and Hove Circuit adopts an international project to support through finance and prayer. In 2009, the Rev. Kodwo Arko-Boham of Ghana, who had worshipped in Brighton while a post graduate student at Sussex University, contacted the circuit to suggest adopting his circuit in the Cape Coast District of Ghana for our project. This was agreed and in 2010 a team of 5 went to Jukwa Circuit to learn how Brighton and Hove could support them. It is a very remote and impoverished area with some 18 societies and only one minister. They asked for help in building a water purification plant which would provide a long-term income to the circuit so their many building projects could be funded. £20,000 is needed for the factory and at the time of writing (November, 2011) half of that has been raised through a huge variety of activities. Many more are planned! Brighton and Hove Circuit are also in conversation with Jukwa about the possibility of funding further ministerial support for their single minister.
The water factory project
Progress on building the water plant is continuing and here our fund raising continues,albeit rather more slowly than last year. We have so far raised about £15,000 towards out £20,000 goal. With this, they have drilled the well which is operational and connected to a water tank as a reservoir. The factory building is now roofed. The two most expensive items left to buy are; the filter machine and a lorry to transport/distribute the filtered water for sale. Due to inflation in Ghana, which is very high, we would like to reach our fund raising target by September this year. The committee and circuit churches have been busy planning a variety of events including Lunches, a Summer fair and Ghana quiz night.
Latest Correspondence from Ghana:
“We are very thankful to you for your immense assistance. We appreciate the fact tat you have spent so much on the circuit and the Jukwa water project. We are determined to do whatever it takes to ensure commencement of the sachet water in our circuit. We believe that the water project will go a long way to help eradicate water-borne diseases in our area.” Prince Osei-Nkrumah
The Assistant minister
Separate from the water project, our circuit has agreed to sponsor an assistant minister for the Jukwaa circuit, this will be for the next 3 years paying for their stipend and expenses. The new minister will help the very Rev Minister Joseph Baidoo. The money will provide three years salary and wages for Rev Adu-Offei.
Rev Henry Adu-Offei was stationed in October, 2012 as the First Resident Minister of the Mfuom Church at the request of the Brighton and Hove Circuit, UK. Henry is married with a child and has spent time in the U.K. He also oversees six other Churches in addition to the Mfuom Church. He also provides free pastoral and counselling services to people from within and outside the church, both at Mfuom and the surrounding villages. His arrival has brought some renewal to the churches under his care.