A Leg Up in Ghana – A Cat Story

Who would’ve ever thought that God could speak through a cat?

Yes, we said a cat. For weeks now we’ve been working with the Jesus Rescue Team, Total Wellness and Recovery team in Ghana. We have helped them with the Elijah Project, and the Barnabas Training. The Elijah Project is a 12 week course designed to help people get out of their current way of living and get them on their calling with God. The Barnabas Training is a 4 week course of intensive training to prepare organisations on how to mentor, befriend, and run groups to support people in their care.

We had it on our hearts to help the working girls in Ghana by supporting them in a vocation to get them out of prostitution. We also had it on our hearts to sponsor someone from the ghettos in Ghana to get a job and get out of the ghettos.

So, back to the cat of the story. Whilst we were working the previous issues, a loud cat kept visiting our back garden. He would come in, and at times late at night we would hear someone eating at our cat’s food dishes. We just assumed it was our cats, but at times we could see both in the room. We could never catch the cat if it was indoors, because if we moved he must’ve heard and left quickly.

We decided to post his picture on a Lost and Found page on Facebook to see if anyone knew if he was lost. We found out that he might have been a lady’s cat who was missing for quite some time. We ruled this out, because the cat would’ve had to cross a motorway and 2 major roads to get to us.

We knew the cat was a stray because he would sit on our wall in the rain (not a normal cat behavior), and rest under our lounger in the back garden. He didn’t trust us, and wouldn’t come near us, but after weeks of trying to get him to trust us, Jim finally got within 6 feet of him. I guess the cat was observing social distancing rules.

On that day we knew that we were on a winner with the cat, so we dug out food, tuna fish, anything we could find to entice him into the house. We even moved the food closer to the door so he could get to it. When he came in, we quickly closed the door and offered up the cat carrier to him. He went in without much fuss!

Now came the tough part. We are in lock-down, so visiting a vet is by appointment only and you can’t go in, the vets come out to see you, etc. So capturing a cat we took the risk and showed up at the vets. They told us, if the cat wasn’t micro-chipped we would have to take it back home and find the owners. Not ideal, since this isn’t our cat and he would need to be integrated into the house.

So, we waited patiently for the vet to check the cat. Whilst we did that we were searching for catteries that would take him in or another vet that would house him.

The vet came back out and said she was on the phone with the owner of the cat and she was shouting down the phone. We thought, great we just stole someone’s cat from the local neighborhood. The vet said she was so overjoyed that her cat was found she was shouting down the phone!

The vet couldn’t tell us much, but she asked if the owner wanted to contact us to thank us can she have our number? Of course we gave it to her and within about 30 minutes the lady called us to thank us for saving her cat. She then dropped the bomb on us, saying the cat had a £500 reward for finding it. Bear in mind this cat was from the lady 2 major roads, and 1 motorway away, there was NO way they would’ve found this cat. So we knew right away what we would do with the God given money, and we accepted the reward.

Within 30 minutes the money came in, and we had also sent the money back out to Ghana. This money that God provided paid for Richards training, his certificate, and 50 GHS for lunches. It also put down money for the girls in Tema to make dish soap to sell, rather than selling themselves for money. To start up making dish soap it costs 500 GHS, so the remainder of the reward paid for that.

If you think that God doesn’t answer prayers, then look to the animals of the world. He kept that cat alive, allowed it to find our house where God lives, found two people willing to help it in time of need, to then abundantly bless Richard and the girls of Tema!

What is your story?

1 Year On

This time last year we were planning our trip to Accra Ghana, and the surrounding areas. We decided to go to Ashanti region, northern region, eastern region, central region, and western region. We traveled many days, and if you know anything about Ghanaian roads, you know this is slow and arduous travel.

Each village we reached had a collection of people eager to hear God’s word, we even stopped off in truck stops and had gatherings of people eager to hear a message from one of the pastors we were traveling with. I can’t single out just one place that was the most impacting because every place we went was of great importance.

Ghana is a beautiful country, and throughout our whole visit we were inspired by everything we saw. Since we left a part of us is still in Ghana, and we are looking forward to coming back.

We have been working with CONDA since it’s inception in October 2019, and they are making brilliant strides to unify the different NGO’s that work with vulnerable people in the country. We are also partnering with Jesus Rescue Team in Accra Ghana, and their work with the prostitutes and the men in the ghettos is vital work.

After lock down and we’re allowed to travel back, we will visit these specific organisations to see what they’ve been doing and to also see how we can support them more. We financially help out CONDA and Jesus Rescue Team, we are also looking into helping Mama Happy and MAHLEF in Bankumen Tema. MAHLEF helps the teens who have found themselves pregnant and in a serious situation, where they can’t feed or educate their children. This is vital work in Ghana to help educate the children of the area to become a better version of themselves. Just recently they fed hundreds of children, teen moms, and the needy. They are a constant outreach in the Tema area.

We did an interview with Mama Happy, and when we’re allowed back into church we wish to show this video. I will post the interview here, so you can hear what a great work she’s doing.

My interview with Mama Happy whilst touring MAHLEF

Now that you’ve seen and observed the great works going on in Ghana, you can understand why we want to go back there. We have established a few Elijah Projects in Ghana, but we need to do more. If you want to help the ministry and get us into more places around the world, please feel free to contact Dawn & Jim, dawn@recovered4life.org and jim@recovered4life.org. Every salvation we had whilst on this trip was like liquid gold to us, and we look forward to having the same if not greater impact of salvations.

We reached thousands on the first visit, now we’re looking to expand that to tens of thousands. We had so many healed, salvation’s, and praise reports from so many. We will touch the lives of those in this country and many more countries in the future. God has already plowed the flied, we’re just following behind him to plant the seeds.

Addiction

How do I know where to begin?

Did this all start because I dared to sin?

Did it all start when I was very young?

With the slaps and the belt and a vicious tongue?

 Was it when I was left that time naked in the shed?

Or was it that time I got punched in the head?

So many pictures run through my mind,

Trying to find that answer but never seem to find.

 Did it begin when I was offered my first drink?

You had a choice I was told by my shrink!

You could have refused and walked away,

And you wouldn’t be in this mess today!

 Guilt and shame I carry with me,

Emotional pain I cry out to thee.

Just take it away, I can’t stand it anymore!

I have lost my choice I bang on the door.

 One more hit, one more high,

Anything to dull the pain I hear myself cry.

I’ve lost my choice, I need it again,

Man the pain and the shame, and it’s me they all blame.

 No one understands the torment in my head,

The days I have slept wet through in my bed.

Longing to die, but so wanting to live,

So on my knees my life to the Lord I give.

 The rush I get is like no other before,

A smile on my face as I hit the floor.

 I suddenly know I am not alone, I am loved, and I am secure.

 It’s a feeling I can’t explain but I no one thing is for sure; there is no more fear and no more pain.

 Written by: Dawn VanSice

Inspired by: The Holy Spirit

Future of The Elijah Project

After 7 months from our visit to Ghana, we have do so much. We have been in contact with many in the different regions building up the Elijah Project and other ministries.

With Covid-19 hitting the entire world, the need for the Elijah project is in greater need. We found that with the Jesus Rescue Team in Accra that we can help them facilitate teaching to the guys in the ghettos. We are also working with CONDA to get the NGO’s working as one voice in the country. They will start to effect the surrounding area.

We are looking forward to meeting with Bishop Johnny Isaacs to start up the SACRED tour. South African Crusade on Recovery Education will start once the talks begin again after the lock-downs. We are going to help many churches out there do the same things as we did in Ghana 7 months ago.

We have a vision to reach everyone suffering with addictions, and give them help to recover from alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc.

God gave us the Elijah Project, and soon Jim will finish writing the compendium to the Elijah Project Training Manual. We don’t know the books name, but it is based on mentoring with God.